HNOJ Family Retreat

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Registration is closed for the Family Retreat 2021! Email Chris with any questions. 


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 5th FAMILY RETREAT will be held February 13th at Holy Name of Jesus from 3-7:30 p.m. While we won't be able travel up to Cragun's Resort and spend our normal weekend away, we are planning a stand alone afternoon and evening for families to still gather for fun, faith, and prayer. 

Registration is closed for the 2021 HNOJ Family Retreat. Email Chris with questions.

The Family Retreat will take place from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m with a break for Mass and dinner at 5 p.m. Families may choose to attend Mass at 5 p.m. and then eat dinner from 6-6:30, or go home for dinner from 4:45 and return by 6:30. Those who choose to bring their dinner or order the optional pizza and vegies will be assigned separate rooms to enjoy dinner with their families. From 6:30-7:30 we will have Eucharistic Adoration. 

Basic Information

When:  Feb. 13, 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 Wednesday 2/10/21
3-4:45 retreat session with VBS style sessions for kids, adult-only talks, and whole family activities 
5-6 Mass (or home for dinner)
6-6:30 Dinner 
6:30-7:30 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.

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.