There will be two overnight Confirmation Retreats offered during the 2019-2020 school year by the diocese.
Please note: Parents and guardians should register their children as all permissions are electronically signed during registration. Please notify your parish when you register your child. Some parish Directors of Religious Education and Youth Ministers choose to register their group by using paper permission forms instead of having parents register their children online. Payment is collected at the time of registration. You can either pay only the $50 deposit or the full amount ($95 or $105 depending on date). Automatic payment plans are available for future payment.
2019-2020 Retreat Dates, Locations, and Registration:
Retreat Option 1 of 2:
All registrants were e-mailed on 10/17/19. If you did not receive an e-mail, please check your junk mail; then e-mail Heather at [email protected]
Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29: Big Sandy Camp, McGregor
CHAPERONES may also register HERE. Please choose the retreats with CHAPERONE in the title. Registration for chaperones will open at a later date. Permission is needed to register. Please contact the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry if your parish has not received permission for you.
Please note: Supper will not be provided on Friday night so please eat before you arrive. Lunch will not be provided on Sunday, so you may wish to bring money to stop for food on the way home.
Please DO NOT bring:
Why Do Confirmands Need 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 also ask that the chaperones be willing to assist in the taking care of behind-the-scenes details once they arrive. Duties might include leading a small group, helping in the kitchen, 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, tablets, etc. at home. Drugs, alcohol, and weapons will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from the retreat.
Registering For the Retreat:
BEFORE the registration date:
*Cost and Payment:
Individuals may pay online. Parishes may request coupon codes if they prefer to collect money for the retreat. If parishes collect money, 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.
Duc in Altum,
"You cannot be half a saint. You must be a whole saint or no saint at all."
Diocese of Duluth