Have you ever wondered what ‘Chirp’ (CRHP) is? This article and others to follow will attempt to answer some of your questions and help you decide if you would like to talk with someone about CRHP.
What is CRHP? CRHP is a weekend experience designed to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus and with others. As the name implies the weekend is all about renewal. The men’s weekend is in May and the women’s weekend happens October. During the weekend, you will listen to scripture and many ‘normal’ people talk about their real life experiences. Many participants enjoy getting to know others that share the same daily struggles and challenges. Following the weekend, a formation process begins. Formation is a fun way to grow spiritually, and develop relationships with your team. Your team also prepares themselves to ‘give’ the weekend experience the following year.
Who attends the weekend? All St. Susanna parishioners are invited to attend. You do not have to be a spiritual person to attend the weekend. In fact, many men and women attend because they are not as spiritual as they would like. People often attend because their spouse previously attended. Others attend because they have a desire to find something that is missing in their life. Still others attend because they are searching for peace and comfort. All receive unconditional love and acceptance from their CRHP sisters or brothers.
Why does St. Susanna need CRHP? St. Susanna is calling all of its parishioners to renewal and CRHP is one way to develop a stronger faith and a deeper relationship with the Lord. St. Susanna now more than ever needs its parishioners to grow in their love for the Lord and their love for each other. ‘Moving Forward in Building God’s Reign’ is more than a capital campaign, it is also about building our spirituality.
Why does CRHP seem secretive? There are many special parts of CRHP that are better left unknown to the participants. The CRHP process is well designed and has been successful in many parishes since the early 80’s. We have found at St. Susanna, that the experience is richer when you do not know everything about the weekend or the formation process. Additionally, one of the cornerstones of CRHP is confidentiality. When someone denies your request to share information about the weekend or the formation process it is because they are following the confidentiality guideline or they do not want to reveal something that will lessen your experience.