Confirmation Retreats

Confirmation Retreats

There are four overnight Confirmation Retreats offered during the 2017-2018 school year.  Registration preference is given to students who will be confirmed this school year or the fall of 2018.

Please note: PARISH STAFF should register all students.  Contact your parish to register.  

Parish Contacts: Click below on the retreat your student wishes to attend to register him or her.  Please make sure to print off the permission slip and group check-in form found below.

2017-2018 Retreat Dates, Locations, and Registration

October 20-21: Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Cloquet - registration deadline October 6

December 1-2:  St. Andrew’s Church, Brainerd - registration deadline November 17

February 23-24:  Blessed Sacrament Parish, Hibbing - registration deadline February 9

April 6-7 Stella Maris Academy, Holy Rosary Campus, Duluth  - registration deadline March 23

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Documents Needed for the Retreat

2017-2018 Confirmation Retreat Information Sheets:

2017-2018 Permission Form for Students: Click here. Print and bring to retreat with payment.

2017-2018 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.

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Why Do Confirmands Have To Have a Retreat?
One requirement for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation is to go on a Confirmation retreat.  The Diocesan Guidelines for Confirmation state:

"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."

-Diocesan Guidelines for Catechesis: Sacramental Prep Policies - Page IV-5

For other requirements, please read the document found at the link above starting on Page IV-4.
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What Are The Options For Confirmation Retreats?
1) Diocesan Confirmation Retreats
- Four are offered throughout the year.
2) Provide your own parish retreat
- Must conform to the Diocesan Guidelines
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Chaperone Information:
The parish must provide: One chaperone for every eight (8) retreatants. Chaperones must be 21 or older and be confirmed. They must complete the Diocese of Duluth Online Youth Protection Training which includes a background check and  acknowledgment of the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy.  Go to www.dioceseduluth.org/Sa to log in.

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.


Preparing For The Retreat:

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.
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Registering For the Retreat:
It is the parish's responsibility (DRE/youth minister/Confirmation coordinator) to register the students. Individual students cannot register themselves.

BEFORE the registration date:
Please register retreatants on-line at the link provided on this page.

*Cost and Payment:
$35 per student before registration deadline
$40 per student after registration deadline
No cost for chaperones

Please bring one check payable to the Diocese of Duluth from your parish for the total amount due for all retreatants.
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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,
fathermike
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"You cannot be half a saint. You must be a whole saint or no saint at all."
-Saint Therese of Lisieux

Contact:
Father Michael Schmitz
fathermikeschmitz@gmail.com 
218-724-9111

Heather Serena
hserena1@me.com
218-724-9111

Annette Merritt
amerritt@dioceseduluth.org
218-724-9111

Diocese of Duluth
Youth/Young Adults
2830 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812
Fax: 218-724-1056

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