More than 100 high school students and young adults spent part of their spring break on retreat.
An A.C.T.S. Retreat was hosted by St. Elizabeth Parish at camp Zypher. The retreat is focused on Adoration, Community, Theology & Service. According to A.C.T.S. Mission in San Antonio, the A.C.T.S. retreats have enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people; men and women, teens and retirees, rich and poor, Catholic and non-Catholic. It is a parish- based retreat, meaning it is led by parishioners of a hosting parish for parishioners.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish under the Pastorship of Father E. Julian Cabrera developed & hosted a F.L.A.M.E. Retreat also at Camp Zypher. The retreat acronym stands for Faith, Love, Adoration, Miracle (Eucharist/Mass) & Evangelization. The retreat derives its inspiration from the Cursillos & ACTS Retreats. Like the aforementioned retreats F.L.A.M.E. is a Lay Movement in the Catholic Church which helps lead others to a deeper understanding of Gods love for them and their call to go out "and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you," (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Teens have returned with a willingness to evangelize their peers and a thirst for Christ. The men and women of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Alice will soon be developing and hosting a F.L.A.M.E. retreat for women and one for men in the near future. "May we all continue to work at building the kingdom of God and may we continue to live and support one another," Father Cabrera said. "I commend all those who hosted the retreat, primarily the pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish."
Cabrera reminds his parishioners the importance of continuing to call others to Christ through these retreats and to always be inclusive in their approach to evangelization.
"We should all be cautious not to exclude others who have not experienced any of these retreats. Some individuals who have lived a Cursillo or an ACTS retreat make a mistake by portraying what happens at the retreat is a secret," Cabrera said. "There is nothing secret about what happens at these retreats for nothing is secret about the gospel imperative. We should encourage all to live out a retreat experience."