HNOJ Family Retreat & Fall Warm Up

At HNOJ we believe that in the midst of our busy and demanding lives, it is essential to take a break, step away, and make room for God to move powerfully in our lives. 

And what better way to do this then as a family! HNOJ's 6th FAMILY RETREAT will be held in February. To get ready and kick off preping for this event, we will hosting our very first Fall Family Warm Up. In short,  the Fall Warm Up will have all the same beloved components of the Family Retreat, but in a shortened time frame. The Fall Warm Up will by just one night, 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at HNOJ.

We will have music, games, VBS style sessions for the kids, talks and small groups for the adults, Mass, Dinner, and Eucharistic Adoration. Families with kids of all ages are welcome to attend. We encourage teenagers to sign up to help out with the younger kiddos, but any confirmed teen may join the adult sessions as well. 

Basic Information

Unfortunately the Family Fall Warm-Up has been canceled in 2021. Look for registration for the Family Retreat coming soon! 

When:  Oct. 16, 3-7:30 p.m.
Where: Holy Name of Jesus 
What: Single night event for the whole family.
Who: HNOJ families: adults, teens, children - all families are welcome. 
Cost: $25 per family. Additional costs for dinner.
Due: Registration ends Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
3-4:45 p.m. retreat session with VBS style sessions for kids, adult-only talks, and whole family activities 
5-6 p.m. Mass
6-6:30 p.m. Dinner 
6:30-7:30 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration

Questions? Email Chris or Kelly

Frequently Asked Questions

Have some questions about the HNOJ Family Retreat? Here are some answers to the most FAQs about the Family Retreat.

Question: What age children typically attend the retreat?

Answer: Any age! In the past, we have everything from newborns up to seniors in high school.  We make sure to mix in activities, roles, and material suitable for all ages.  There are large chunks of free time where families can choose age-appropriate activities and ways to spend their time outside of retreat programming. 

Question: What is the lodging like? Are there different options?

Answer: Cragun’s offer multiple great options for lodging, everything from a standard hotel room to cabins with a kitchen. For pictures and more information check out: In years past we have reserved the Lakeview Hotel Rooms (Fireplace Room) and Lakeview Cabins. 

Question: How does lodging work? 

Answer: Once you register for the family retreat through Holy Name of Jesus we will reach out with a list of available rooms (with details about beds and amenities specific to each room) and let you select your lodging.  We do this on a first come first serve basis.

Questions: How do meals work?

Answer: Families will be responsible for their own meals over the weekend. There are several onsite restaurants available. We will be offering community dinners on Saturday and Sunday night, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Many families choose to pack their own food for breakfast and lunch to enjoy in their rooms.  Each hotel room has a microwave, small fridge, and coffee maker.  Cabins have a full kitchen.

Question: How much free time vs. programming is there?

Answer: We typically gather as a large group for the morning and part of the evening with a large gap of free time midday from 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  

Question: What is there to do during free time? What recreational activities does Cragun’s offer?

Answer: There is ample time should families choose to spend an afternoon in Brainerd or Nisswa to enjoy what these towns have to offer. Cragun’s offers tons of fun recreational activities, everything from dog sledding and snowmobile rentals to swimming and relaxing in their indoor pool area.   To see a full list of recreational activities available at Cragun's check out:

Question: If we have to come late or leave early can we still come?

Answer: The short answer is yes!  However, we highly encourage families to make arrangements to be able to attend the whole retreat.  We don’t want you to miss out on any of the experience.