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History of ACTS

Our Mission & Purpose

Our vision and mission is to help connect people to faith

An ACTS Retreat allows the participants to experience God’s love and joy. It strives to achieve the directives of Vatican II and the goals of the Revised Code of Canon Law of 1983 which emphasize “community and pastoral care” within a parish. Participants return to their parish with a deeper love for each other and a desire to become more involved in their parish faith community.

The Purpose

An ACTS weekend is designed to help the participants enter into a deeper relationship with our Lord and fellow parishioners. This is accomplished through Adoration and daily prayer, the call to Community in one’s parish as a member of the Body of Christ, and Theology in encouraging the study of Scripture and our Catholic faith. All of which emphasize and encourage the virtue of Service to our Lord, our parish, and one another.

About ACTS

In 1997 ACTS Missions was founded to help spread the ACTS movement to parishes all over the world. Today, ACTS is in at least 22 states in the U.S., 8 states in Mexico, as well as Canada, Honduras, South Africa and England. Interest is growing literally around the world. Visit their website at

Non-Catholics are welcome to attend.

ACTS is open to all Christian faiths and is generally directed to those within a parish. The ACTS retreats represent the wishes of the Team Director and team members. No two retreats are exactly alike. There are certain events that are mandatory but each retreat is unique.

After the retreats, participants are encouraged to continue their journey to a closer relationship with God and to participate in parish activities. ACTS should not be thought of as a “Group” or as a ministry, but as a movement which awakens parishioners to a greater desire for the love and knowledge of our Lord.

The first ACTS retreat at St. Rose of Lima, Roseville was in August 2011 under the spiritual direction of Father Phil Briganti of El Paso Texas and Father Michael O’Reilly of St. Rose, and with the blessing from Bishop Soto of Sacramento. The St. Rose Pastor supports this Parish movement and welcomes all Parishioners to experience an ACTS retreat.

ACTS, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has opened the hearts of many; brought countless people back to the Church, and; has inspired others to seek God through the sacraments. Let us pray that someday all parishes in the Sacramento Diocese will have the ACTS movement inspiring our faithful to a deeper relationship with God.