“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 – June 21-24, 2018 – 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 four days, you will hear how God has worked in others’ lives and discover how He is at work in your own. Kairos is led by adult and teen leaders who have previously attended. There will be opportunities for personal and liturgical prayer (including Mass), small group discussions, and reflection.
Location: St. Francis Cabrini Retreat Center, Des Plaines, IL
To Register: Application coming soon!
Totus Tuus – June 24-28, 2018
Want to experience a week of crazy-fun games, inspiring talks, and intimate prayer?
Totus Tuus is a summer program where college students come to proclaim the Gospel and share their lives with young people. You will laugh, meet friends, and be challenged to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ.
For those entering Grades 7-12, Totus Tuus will be held Sunday – Thursday, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Location: Saints Peter & Paul Social Hall
Register online at https://www.givecentral.org/totus_tuus
Steubenville Conference – Revealed– July 13-15, 2018
The Steubenville Conference is a weekend retreat for high school students to ask the deepest questions in life and encounter Jesus Christ. There will be music, inspirational speakers, opportunities for personal prayer and liturgy, and a LOT of fun! Two thousand teens from across the United States gather for this spectacular weekend.
Cost: $285 payable to Saints Peter and Paul
Location: Steubenville, OH
To Register: Complete and return an Application Form with a $40 deposit made to “Saints Peter and Paul” as soon as possible. Spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Final payments are due April 20th
Mission Trip – July 22-28, 2018
Give yourself in a week of service with the Youth Groups of Saint Michael, Saints Peter and Paul, and Filio Catholic Youth Ministry. High School Students are invited to work alongside Catholic Charities while living in community at the Catholic Center of Missouri State University.
Cost: $290 payable to Saints Peter and Paul
Location: Missouri State University, MO
To Register: Complete the Missouri Mission Trip Application Form and submit with a $50 deposit made to “Saints Peter and Paul” by March 30th. The remaining balance ($240) is due on May 18th.