Confirmation Retreat Options
CONFIRMATION RETREAT OPTIONS FOR
ST. STEPHEN’S CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES
Each Confirmation Candidate is required to participate in a weekend Confirmation Retreat sometime before the May 18, 2014 celebration of Confirmation. The purpose for this requirement is to assure each candidate a personal and prayerful time for conversation with God, a time to pray, a time to “re-treat” from normal events, and a time to ponder their faith.
Where are Retreats? When are Retreats?
St. Stephen’s Catholic Church recommends four retreat sites as you choose your retreat. Each retreat option offers varying styles, settings and interaction for your retreat. Review online descriptions well. Each retreat group offers a variety of weekend dates. The four retreat sites suggested are:
Central Minnesota TEC: Together Encountering Christ
Dunrovin Senior High Retreats
Twin Cities TEC: Teens Encounter Christ
NET Ministries Confirmation Retreats or WOW (Women of Worth) Retreat
IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER
Choose a retreat date and register early… don’t wait until the last minute to sign up for a retreat! Remember, if your retreat requirement is not completed by May 18, 2014, you are choosing to postpone the celebration of Confirmation until all requirements are met. If you have special concerns/needs, please contact us. Thank you!
GETTING SIGNED UP
1. Check your calendar to sign up for a Confirmation Retreat.
Confirmation Candidates and their parents/guardians should check the calendar and consider family events, school and extracurricular commitments.
2. Confirmation students choose their retreat and obtain the registration forms.
3. Fill out the required forms and send in the required fees to the retreat organization.
All retreat information can be accessed online. There are some forms and literature in the pamphlet rack outside The Refuge, which is the youth room at St. Stephen's.
4. ENJOY YOUR CONFIRMATION RETREAT! Some specific description points about each site are noted below.
SUGGESTED RETREAT CHOICES SPECIFIC FOR
CONFIRMATION HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH:
Central Minnesota TEC
Together Encountering Christ
Central Minnesota TEC is a 3 day retreat weekend based on the Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Central MN TEC has both teen and adult participants on the weekends. Youth must be 17 years old or have completed their sophomore year of high school. Because this is a high-energy retreat experience, it is recommended for the safety of our youth, that parents or other responsible guardians drive students to Belle Prairie and pick them up after the retreat concludes.
The retreats are held on the grounds next to Holy Family Parish, Belle Prairie, MN, just north of Little Falls on Highway 371. Start and end times depend on the specific weekend. The cost of this weekend retreat is $95.00.
For more information, visit www.cmtec.org or call 320-532-4455.
Dunrovin Senior High Retreats
Dunrovin, a Christian Brothers’ Retreat and Conference Center, is located 9 miles north of Stillwater, MN on MN Highway 95. Dunrovin’s 50 acres provide an ideal setting for reflection and spiritual renewal. Dunrovin’s mission is to “empower, provide, and celebrate the discovery and growth of Christian beliefs and values in youth.”
Dunrovin Center provides individual accommodations for 40 persons. Each room is simply and comfortably furnished. Retreats begin Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and conclude on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Our parish has a limit of 4 parishioners per retreat date—2 young women and 2 young men. Register EARLY if interested! The cost of this weekend retreat is $145.00.
For more information, visit www.dunrovin.org or call 651-433-2486.
Twin Cities TEC
Teens Encounter Christ
Twin Cities TEC is a 3 day retreat for baptized Christians desiring to grow in their faith. TEC provides an opportunity to learn more about the beliefs of the Catholic faith, build friendships with other Christians, and take practical steps to develop a deeper relationship with Christ. All retreats start at 9:30 a.m. on the first day and end at 4:45 p.m. on the third day. Participants must be able to attend all 3 days of the retreat. This retreat is also open to adults, as well as youth, though the retreat is designed for the 16-17 year old.
All Twin Cities TEC Retreats will be held at St. Michael Church at 337 East Hurley Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118. The cost of this weekend retreat is $150.00.
NET Ministries: Confirmation Retreats
and WOW (Women of Worth) Retreat
NET Ministries Confirmation Retreats“ challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church.” These retreats begin Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. NET Ministries weekend retreats are located at: The Net Center, 110 Crusader Ave. W, West St. Paul, 55118. The cost of this weekend retreat is $145.00.
For more information, visit www.NETusa.org or call 651-450-6833.
Questions about registration—contact Lauren Ballew, 651-450-6833, ext. 21.NET Ministries also offers a retreat for women called WOW (Women of Worth). “I Believe in Love,” A retreat with the wisdom of St. Therese of Lisieux (for ladies in grades 9-12). Cost of this retreat is $100. For more information and to register, visit www.netusa.org/wow.
If you have questions, please contact David Gockowski at 763-712-7480.