How can the REAP Team serve you?
The REAP Team is available to serve your church or school. We are able to present retreats and mini-retreats for junior high, senior high, parent, faculty, young adult, adult, and senior citizen groups. We are available on weekdays, weekends, and evenings. We are willing to travel, up to a 2-hour drive out of St. Louis, to give a retreat.
What are your responsibilities?
Should you decide to book a retreat with the REAP Team, please call well in advance with several options of dates. It is not uncommon for some schools and parishes to secure our services over one year in advance of the actual retreat. We ask our local contact person to be responsible for gathering background information for us about a particular group of students, reserving an adequate retreat facility, set-up, and any meals that would be a part of the retreat. If sacramental needs are discerned, the local contact person is responsible for recruiting any priests who might be needed. Finally, depending upon the size of the group of students on a given retreat, we also might need some local help to facilitate small discussion groups.
What is the cost of a REAP Retreat?
Listed below is our suggested retreat fee schedule. The REAP Team depends primarily upon retreat fees and private donations for its existence, though we also receive some funding from the ACA (Annual Catholic Appeal). It is the policy of our ministry that we never want our fee to be an obstacle to an opportunity to work with God’s people. Therefore, if this fee is in any way problematic, or if you have budgetary constraints, please let us know. We are willing to negotiate, and we are even willing to do retreats for free for those who cannot afford to pay anything. In addition, we would gladly accept the generosity of any group able to give more than our suggested donation, as we would certainly benefit from such financial support.
|Our minimum fee for any ministry event is…||$250.00|
|For a retreat for up to 25 people we ask…||$110/hour|
|For a retreat for 26-50 people we ask…||$120/hour|
|For a retreat for 51-75 people we ask…||$140/hour|
|For a retreat for 76-100 people we ask…||$150/hour|
|For a retreat for 101-125 people we ask…||$160/hour|
|For a retreat for 126-150 people we ask…||$170/hour|
|For a retreat for 151-175 people we ask…||$180/hour|
|For a retreat for 176-200 people we ask…||$190/hour|
|For a retreat for over 200 people we ask…||$210/hour|
|For an overnight retreat, we ask…||$1700.00|
In addition, when a parish or school that is not a part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis employs the services of the REAP Team, we are now asking that they cover round-trip transportation expenses. This transportation fee is currently 56.5 cents per mile, and this fee reflects the current Archdiocesan mileage reimbursement guidelines.
REAP Retreats Outside of the Greater St. Louis Area
The REAP Team's policy is not to drive any further than two hours from our headquarters in St. Louis to do a retreat; our past experience was that driving more than that became too burdensome on our staff members and volunteers. However, we have recently begun doing some retreats at a greater distance, provided that a few team members can be flown in. The parish or school is thus charged our regular retreat fee (as stated above) along with incurring the costs for meals, rooms and travel. These events need to be booked well in advance and during a time that is not too hectic for retreats here in St. Louis. Additionally, it can be helpful if a couple of parishes work together in organizing the REAP Team's visit to another city, in order to maximize the ministry and share expenses.
How can you get more information?
You may write, call, or e-mail Paul Masek, the coordinator of the REAP Team for more information regarding program fees and the availability of specific dates. When you write or call, you may also ask to be added to the REAP Team’s mailing list and/or added to our e-mail list.
All of our contact information can be found here.