There were two overnight Confirmation Retreats planned for the 2020/2021 school year by the diocese. The first planned for October 2020 has been cancelled because the current health situation and outlook for COVID is not as good as we hoped. We are collecting registrations for the March 2021 retreat. Please see below for options for those who had registered for the October retreat.
Parents and guardians should register their children as all permissions are electronically signed during registration.
2020/2021 Retreat Dates, Locations, and Registration:
Retreat Option 1 of 2: CANCELLED 9/30/20
For those who registered: We can either cancel your registration or transfer your registration to the March 19-21, 2021 Confirmation Retreat. You will be contacted by e-mail soon. Your October 16th payment will be cancelled.
Cost: $95 for students and chaperones if registered before the deadline. The cost increases to $105 after the deadline. It is possible the retreat could be cancelled due to COVID, so choose the PAYMENT PLAN and DO NOT pay in full during registration. This guarantees that your payment will not be processed until one week prior to the retreat. If the March retreat needs to be cancelled, we hope to do so before March 12th to avoid having to refund everyone. You will enter credit card information during registration and your card will be charged one week prior to the retreat.
CHAPERONES should register at the same link. Please choose the retreat with "CHAPERONE" in the title. Registration for chaperones will open at a later date. Permission is needed for a chaperone 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:
Parent or guardian must register retreatants on-line at the link provided on this page.
*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, the chaperone/parish representative should 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