Youth Retreats

Our Retreat Themes: Encountering the Living Christ

Our youth retreats at St. Rose are designed to bring middle-school and high-school teens to a life-changing personal encounter with the living Christ. Our teens often have their deepest and most meaningful encounters with the Living Christ while on some type of retreat, whether that be a parish retreat, the diocesan Williams retreat, or a Steubenville conference.

At St. Rose, our youth retreats offer a custom-designed blend of Adoration, catechesis, community-building, learning to pray, confession, Adoration, and more! We take every teen’s needs into consideration to plan retreats that bring you closer to the heart of the Living Christ. Jesus loves you deeply for who you are, and is waiting for you in the sacraments. We want you to be able to connect with Him when on retreat.

Currently, we are planning to offer weekend parish youth retreats for middle schoolers and high schoolers at the Mission of the Good Shepherd during the summers and the fall and spring semesters, a winter diocesan retreat in Williams, and a summer Steubenville Conference retreat trip.

Summer 2021 Retreat

Our Summer 2021 Retreat is open to all incoming, current, or recently graduated high schoolers and middle schoolers who wish to encounter the Living Christ.

Our retreat will be held from Saturday, July 24th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Mission of the Good Shepherd. We look forward to your participation!

What Should I Expect?

Just leave your expectations behind and come! If you invite God to come into and transform your life, He will show up and blow you away with His love for you!

Community-Building

On our retreats, we have fun and build community.  We work hard to create fun and exciting memories with each other during our retreats!

Life Sharing

Hey, we get it. Life is tough and is certainly not easy or fair, but when we live life together and support each other, life is easier.  We are here for each other to build each other up as friends and as brothers and sisters as we journey through life. On our retreats, we form small groups and confidentially share our graces, our struggles, and our insights with each other.

Learning To Pray

Relationships are a two-way street requiring open, honest, and frequent communication, and relationships with Christ are no different.  It is through prayer that we communicate with Christ and build our relationship with Him.

Teens who are seeking to build their relationship with Christ often need tools and spaces to learn how to pray.  On our retreats, we focus on making prayer and learning to pray a major focus of what we do.  To do this, we teach teens many ways of prayer. We start with prayers that teens have most likely already learned such as the Our Father and the Hail Mary, and then introduce teens to other forms of prayer such as the Ignatian Examen, the Seven-Step Prayer Process, the Liturgy of the Hours, and more. 

Each retreat incorporates Mass, Adoration, and Reconciliation. By receiving the sacraments, the teens who go on retreat get to experience deep and life-changing graces that will transform their lives as they learn to build their relationship with the Lord.

Retreat Sponsorships

Unfortunately, not every family that would like to go on retreat is able to cover the cost of attending the retreat.  Thanks to a number of donors in the parish, we have been able to offer sponsorships to teens who would like to attend but who have financial difficulties.  If you need a sponsorship or if you would like to sponsor a teen on the next retreat, please contact Joshua Baldwin.  We will do everything we can to make it possible for you to go on retreat and encounter the Living Christ!

Retreat Resources

Adoration

The Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction Prayer Card

Reconciliation

Examination of Conscience Worksheet: Seven Deadly Sins

Prayer

The Examen Prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Angelus
The Seven-Step Prayer Process by Matthew Kelly

Liturgy of the Hours

Ordinary Time        
Saturday Midafternoon Prayer Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Saturday Evening Prayer Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Sunday Morning Prayer Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Sunday Midafternoon Prayer Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Sunday Evening Prayer Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Night Prayer Saturday Sunday