There are four overnight Confirmation Retreats offered during the 2016-2017 school year. Registration preference is given to students who will be confirmed this school year or the fall of 2016.
2016-2017 Retreat Dates
October 21-22: Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Cloquet - registration deadline October 7* - FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED
December 2-3: St. Andrew’s Church, Brainerd - registration deadline November 18* - The retreat registration is full, but you may register your students at the link. They will be put on our waiting list.
Documents Needed for the Retreat
2016-2017 Confirmation Retreat Information Sheets:
2016-2017 Permission Form for Students: Click here. Print and bring to retreat with payment.
2016-2017 Group Registration Check-In Form (Form A) for Chaperone: Click here. Print and have parish leader/chaperone bring to retreat with student permission forms and payment. One check per parish is requested to be turned in the night of the retreat.
Why Do Confirmands Have To Have a Retreat?
"Retreat: During the process of preparing for Confirmation, an overnight retreat or its equivalent is required. An overnight retreat enables the young person to be removed from everyday activities and thus allows him/her to focus fully on the greatness of the Sacrament he/she is preparing to receive. The retreat should be specific to the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Diocese of Duluth provides Confirmation retreats, and each parish is asked to strongly consider participating in these retreats. If you have questions regarding retreats for Confirmation, please contact the Diocesan Pastoral Center."
For other requirements, please read the document found at the link above starting on Page IV-4.
What Are The Options For Confirmation Retreats?
The role of the chaperone is vital to the success of the retreat. Therefore, they are required to be present throughout the entire retreat. They will be responsible for the retreatants they bring, we do also ask that the chaperones be willing to assist in the taking care of behind-the-scenes details once they arrive. Duties might include helping in the kitichen, covering patrol duty during the night and praying for retreatants.
Driving: Each parish is responsible for getting their students to and from the retreat. Friday's dinner is not provided.
Attendance: All retreatants will be expected to attend the entire retreat to fulfill the Diocese of Duluth Confirmation requirements.
What to Bring: Students are to bring sleeping bags, pillows, toiletries, etc. as well as snacks (to be shared by all). Leave cell phones, radios, CD players, etc. at home. Drugs and alcohol will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from the retreat.
Registering For the Retreat:
BEFORE the registration date:
*Cost and Payment:
Please bring one check payable to the Diocese of Duluth from your parish for the total amount due for all retreatants.
A Note To Youth Ministers and DREs:
Retreats are a great opportunity for building relationships with your youth. If you have a youth attending a retreat, we expect you'll make the most of this opportunity and be willing to serve as a small group leader or chaperone.
Due in Altum,
"You cannot be half a saint. You must be a whole saint or no saint at all."
Diocese of Duluth