“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness” (Luke 4:1-2)
From the beginning of the Church, Christians have followed Jesus into the wilderness to encounter God and be led by the Holy Spirit. The desert fathers sought Christian perfection in solitude, Saint Jerome meditated upon the Scriptures in silence, and Saint Benedict created a rule of life for men to strive after God together in community. Saint Ignatius of Loyola wrote the Spiritual Exercises for all Christians to find holiness by reflecting on the life of Christ. If the language of God is silence, then retreats offer us the opportunity to hear him.
Saints Peter and Paul parish provides opportunities for high school youth to go on retreat and be “led by the Spirit” in their lives. Youth retreats vary greatly from one another, but each is an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ and discern God’s will in your life.
Kairos 9 – March 10-12, 2017 – Juniors and Seniors only
“Chronos” and “Kairos” are two words ancient Greeks used for time. While “chronos” refers to sequential or counted time, “kairos” refers to the opportune moment, an indefinite period, a time when God acts. The Kairos Retreat is an opportunity to step away from your scheduled daily routine and allow God to act in your life.
Over a three day period (Friday at 7pm to Sunday at 5pm), you will hear how God has worked in others’ lives and discover how He is at work in your own. Secrecy is required due to the nature of the retreat. Kairos is led by adult leaders and teen leaders who have previously attended. There will be opportunities for personal and liturgical prayer (including Mass), small group discussions, and self-reflection.
Cost: $100 made payable to Diocese of Joliet
Location: Our Lady of the Angels retreat center in Lemont
Totus Tuus – June 25-29, 2017
Totus Tuus is a diocesan catechetical summer youth program whereby seminarians and college students travel throughout the summer proclaiming the Gospel through catechetical instruction. Mass, confession, games, fun and more!
For those entering Grades 7-12, Totus Tuus will be held Sunday – Thursday, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
One Bread, One Cup – July 6-10, 2017
“One Bread, One Cup” is a five-day liturgical leadership conference focusing on the Word, Sacrament and Mission of the Roman Catholic Church for high school youth groups and their campus and youth ministers. Conferences focus on community building, leadership development, catechesis, liturgical and spiritual formation, and theological reflection.
There are opportunities for personal prayer and contemplation, liturgical prayer, charity and action, and vocational discernment while living and actively participating in an intentional Christian community.
At the conferences, youth and adults discover the Church’s treasures of Word, Sacrament and Mission and enjoy opportunities for fellowship and fun through team building, outdoor recreation, a variety show and a dance. Participants come to appreciate the Benedictine balance of prayer, work and recreation.
Cost: $225 payable to Saints Peter & Paul
To Register: Submit a $100 deposit to the Religious Education Office. Following the deposit, you will be sent a registration e-mail. Complete the Registration, and return the Medical Form and Code of Conduct Form to the RE office by April 1st.
Catholic Heart Workcamp – July 23-29, 2017
We will spend one week in Muskegon, MI, ministering to the poor and working within the community to give hope to its residents. You will work hard, laugh, find inspiration, and be challenged to go outside of your comfort zone as you give yourself to others. Days typically begin at 6:30am with breakfast, morning program (including Mass), working in the community from 9am-3pm, and returning for free time, dinner, and the evening program. We will have one free day to explore Muskegon. We will be staying at Muskegon Catholic Central school with other parishes and youth groups.
Cost: $175 payable to Saints Peter & Paul
To Register: Submit a $90 deposit to the Religious Education Office and complete the online registration here: https://chwc.wufoo.com/forms/chwc-application-muskegon/. After completing your Registration, you will be sent a Medical Form and Code of Conduct Form. The Medical Form must be signed and notarized. This can be completed at the Naperville Municipal Center. Both forms are due on April 1st.