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Welcome Retreats

There is More to Life

Do you sense that something is missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?

Welcome is a weekend retreat hosted by Saint Clare of Assisi Parish designed to help participants have an encounter with Jesus, develop a personal prayer life, and discover the genius of Catholicism.

"Welcome" is a ministry of Dynamic Catholic, whose mission is to reenergize the Catholic Church in America. The Welcome retreat is a central part of this mission, as it has proven to be one of the most effective ways of inspiring engagement among Catholics.  "Welcome" retreats have been around for many years under the previous name "Christ Renews His Parish." 

We hope you will attend the next men’s or women’s Welcome Weekend! It is an incredible experience that will help you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it. Whether you want to connect with other people in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the busy routine of your everyday life, come and discover what you are looking for.

Welcome Retreat Testimony


Men’s Weekend April 17-18, 2021

Women’s Weekend April 24-25, 2021


Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens During the Weekend?

Come prepared to have fun and renew your heart. There will be time for personal reflection, through scripture and prayer, sharing and dialogue. Sacraments are an integral part of the weekend. You will have the opportunity to go to confession and the weekend concludes with a special Mass.

Who can participate?

Every person living within the parish boundaries of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church who is over the age of 18 is invited to attend a weekend. Welcome is a weekend for active Catholics as well as those who have stopped attending Mass or have lost interest in the Church. This is a time to reconnect with Christ and the Church He gave the world.

What Time Does Welcome Begin?

The weekend is held in our Parish Hall beginning Saturday morning at 7 am.

Do I Have to Stay Overnight?

No. You can spend the night in the comfort of your own bed. Just be back at the Parish Hall by 7am Sunday.

What About Meals?

You will enjoy great meals and beverages during the weekend with many breaks and snacks. If you require a special diet be sure to let us know on the registration form.

How Much Does it Cost?

The Welcome Weekend is such a powerful experience it is your gift from previous attendees who want to share their joy of Christ with you. However, if you wish to and are able you may make a free will contribution at the end of your weekend to ensure Welcome retreats continue.

What about YOU?

Are you ready to renew and refresh your faith? Then, this is the program for you. We offer friendship, camaraderie, and Welcome you to our spiritual family. If you need further help, pray and ask God, “Is this what I should be doing right now in my life?” Please contact Deacon Dave at There's more to life!

To sign up for a Weekend, use this Register link.

For more information contact:

Deacon Dave Opsahl
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