Dec 4-6, 2020

Got a new gun? Interested in one? Got one packed away and feel unsure about it?

SJF is hosting a pistol/handgun instruction weekend retreat for fathers and sons.


Catholics are pro-life. God created life, and He seems to prefer we leave that it in His hands. Cain learned that the hard way.

But, Catholics, in their effort to defend life, often find themselves in a violent world. Some are prudently armed and trained. Some would like to be.

St. Joseph’s Farm will be hosting a weekend to learn about being properly trained and properly armed. Our goal is life, not the glorification of armament. Prudence is the virtue that looks forward to potential threats to the good entrusted to them. For fathers this often means the ability to protect their family.

Some like to shoot guns for sport. Because shooting guns is fun.

Our Lord said to St. Peter as he wildly slashed at a guard’s ear that those who live by the sword die by it. He also said to him, “put [the sword] into its place” (Matt. 26:52). Learn how to do that with your weapon.

This weekend workshop is suited for all experience levels, but is particularly helpful to new gun owners and as ways to safely introduce your sons to pistol use.


Friday evening – Meatless Meal, Fireside instruction on:

  • Avoiding conflict
  • Saving lives
  • Being prepared long before a need for a weapon

Saturday – Classroom, Target Shooting, and a Feast

  • Essential gun safety rules
  • Different types of pistols and which one is best for you
  • The basics of ammunition
  • The fundamentals of pistol shooting
  • Different shooting positions
  • The most common shooting errors
  • Proper gun cleaning and maintenance
  • How to maintain your skills

Sunday – Depart for Mass


This class will be taught by NRA Certified Instructor Joel Raines. Mr. Raines is a father, retired police officer, Olympic-style weightlifting coach, and a 3rd Order Dominican.

After the class participants can receive an NRA Certification for Pistol Safety and Shooting.

Participation and Certificates are not related to NRA membership (i.e. this is an educational event and affiliation and membership not required). Certificates are received through the NRA after course completion.

If you cannot bring your own pistol, please let us know so we can provide one for instruction and target shooting.


$280. Includes:

  • Lodging at SJF Friday-Sunday
  • All meals, including Friday evening meatless dinner and some freshly harvested pork from SJF.
  • Classes.
  • Field instructions (shooting).

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