Ascent Parish Wide Retreat

Registration is now closed. Please contact Chris Kostelc if you have questions.

ASCENT is a parish-wide retreat designed to invigorate our ministries and to give us all a boost in our spiritual life.

Are you involved in a ministry or group here at HNOJ? Are you one of our volunteers, whether frequent or simply on occasion? Are you a parishioner looking to increase your involvement? Does your faith life just need a boost? Or are you just curious about how HNOJ is carrying out our mission? If so, this retreat is for you!

Who: All are welcome, especially those who lead and those who support our ministries

What: A unique opportunity to explore missionary discipleship, foster personal spiritual growth, connect with other HNOJ leaders, music, Mass, prayer and more!

When: Friday, Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m. + Social Hour 9-10 pm.
Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Mass at 8 am with simple breakfast to follow. 

Where: HNOJ Campus

Cost: None

ASCENT is designed to help us each find our “why”: Why are we motivated to follow Jesus, and why do we wish to bring others along with us? This unique retreat will bring us together, to connect and build relationships, and to foster growth as a whole.

Our large parish is bustling with activity. We have many ministries, commissions, events, and volunteers. All of our combined efforts achieve the work of the parish, reaching one another and furthering our commitment to Christ. But do we know how our goals align with the mission of HNOJ? Have you ever wondered what other ministries are doing and if there is a chance to join efforts?

This retreat includes a Friday evening session and a Saturday morning session with breakfast provided. It will begin with a talk and Eucharistic Adoration 7-9 p.m. Friday (and Parish Social Hour 9-10 p.m.) and then on Saturday we will gather again for Mass at 8 am and conclude by 12:30 p.m.  There is no cost to register; simply sign up here by Tuesday, Sept. 24. Questions? Email Chris.


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Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t lead any ministries at HNOJ, can I still come?

Yes! Ascent in a parish retreat for any and all parishioners who care about HNOJ and growing in holiness. If you lead a ministry, sit on a commission, or just want to grow spiritually, this retreat is for you!


What if I can only come one day?

While it would be preferable to attend the entirety of the Ascent Retreat, we understand some schedules can’t be altered and it is possible to only attend part of the retreat. 


Will childcare be provided?

No. Due to the timing of the sessions, we won’t be able to provide childcare for this event. We do guarantee that this event will be “sitter worthy”! 


Is this training for leadership at HNOJ?

Not exactly. Our time together will help all get the root of what it means to follow Jesus and be an active Catholic. This retreat will help leaders better align their ministries with the mission and vision of HNOJ. This retreat will aid in making disciples. However, I wouldn’t call it a training. 


What’s the purpose of this retreat?

ASCENT offers us a pause from the busyness of life and a chance to encounter Jesus Christ in a profound way. ASCENT is a  unique opportunity to explore missionary discipleship, foster personal spiritual growth and connect in fellowship with other HNOJ parishioners. If you are looking for ways to feel more like part of this dynamic parish community, join us!