Are you thriving or just surviving?

We all have an insatiable desire for happiness. We all want to feel like we belong. And we all want to find friends who will walk with us through life’s challenges.

Four Parishes, One Faith is always looking for ways to help our parish become the-best-version-of-itself and for ways to help you become the-best-version-of-yourself.  And one of those ways is through a new ministry called Welcome.

Welcome is a renewal weekend at the parish that helps parishioners discover what is missing in their lives and what to do about it. The Welcome Weekend will inspire you to:

  • Find clarity and purpose in your life
  • Form meaningful relationships
  • Approach your life with renewed energy and a fresh perspective

Welcome is a ministry of Dynamic Catholic. Listen in as Matthew Kelly, founder of Dynamic Catholic, shares about the Welcome experience.

Upcoming Welcome Weekends at Four Parishes, One Faith

Men’s Welcome Retreat

October 1-2 – Hosted at Our Lady of Lourdes (Dobie)

March 25-26 – Hosted at St. Joseph Church (Rice Lake)

For questions or more information, please contact:
Austin Hagen – 952-956-2801
Dale Odell – 304-704-3894

Women’s Welcome Retreat

October 7-8 – Hosted at Our Lady of Lourdes

April 1-2 – Hosted at St. Joseph Church

For questions or more information, please contact:
Emily Hagen – 715-736-3113
Susan Wojtkiewicz Haughian – 715-790-6624

Registration Coming Soon

FAQs

What is Welcome?

Welcome is a weekend retreat designed to bring parish members together in Christ and emphasizes continued growth in Christian life. It is found throughout the United States. During the weekend you will find love and laughter, great food and friendship, and a renewed sense of belonging to this parish.

When and where do the weekends take place?

Separate retreat weekends for men and women are held at Our Lady of Lourdes (Fall) and St. Joseph (Spring). See registration info above for specific weekends.

What happens during the weekend?

The weekend will be an enjoyable experience for you. It will include some group activities and interactions, some prayer together, and reflections shared by members of the presenting team. You may expect an opportunity, in a relaxed setting, to hear Christ’s call to you and to respond to a deeper and closer relationship with Him.

Who may attend?

Each weekend is open to 24 participants, who are over the age of 18.

Who conducts the weekend?

10-20 fellow parishioners that have been preparing for four to six months will conduct the weekend.

How long will it last?

The Welcome weekend begins with breakfast, Saturday at 8 a.m., and ends no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday.

What should I wear?

The weekends are casual, so bring your most comfortable clothing—jeans, sweats, etc. Layers are recommended.

How do I sign up?

You may register by filling out the online link in the section above. See the website.  Please note any special needs on this form.

Where do I sleep?

We will be staying on site at the retreat location (Our Lady of Lourdes or St. Joseph). Accommodations for Saturday are simple and adequate. You should bring your own bedding (such as a sleeping bag or blanket), cot or air mattress, pillow and earplugs. If you have any concerns or questions about the sleeping accommodations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Don’t let the sleeping accommodations prohibit you from experiencing the Welcome weekend.

What about my meals?

Delicious hot meals, as well as coffee, cold drinks, and snacks will be provided throughout the weekend. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

What is the cost?

There is no cost to you to attend the Welcome weekend.

If I have special needs or health issues, may I still attend?

Certainly! Please note any special needs on your registration form.

Will I have to get up and talk in front of people?

No one is required to get up and speak, although you may share your thoughts with a small group.

How can I be contacted in an emergency?
An emergency number will be given to you before the weekend, which will be answered by one of the weekend team members. To avoid interruptions, please plan to give family members this contact number instead of your personal cell phone.

For other questions, feel free to contact:

Emily Hagen at 715-736-3113