Retreats are a very unique opportunity to “step away” from daily distractions and enter into a place of prayerful reflection. They promote personal growth and group bonding through individual, small group and large group activities.
Confirmation Retreat (Grades 8-9)
Friday, April 21, 6:00pm to Sunday, April 23, 11:30am* (2017)
*Attend 10:30am Mass at Church of St. Edward YMCA Camp Ihduhapi (3425 Ihduhapi Trail, Loretto, MN 55357)
Transportation provided from and to the parish Letter from Patrick Smalley
This Confirmation retreat is a requirement for all 8th graders who intend to be confirmed in the spring of 2018 and the 9th graders who intend to be confirmed in the spring of 2017. This three-day retreat will be an important time for students to connect with God and each other, as they consider God’s presence in their lives so far and His promises for the future journey ahead of them. This retreat is an essential component of our Confirmation preparation. For 8th graders, this is an opportunity to dive-into the beginning of your year of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. For 9th graders, it is an opportunity to reflect on your experiences over the past year and determine your readiness for the sacrament in May. While parts of the retreat will be together, there will be times for specific groups to meet for those entering Confirmation and those completing Confirmation. We hope that by combining the different experiences of the 8th and 9th graders, we will be able to create a greater sense of community around the sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of St. Edward. If your child is unable to attend, we expect that you’ll make alternate arrangements for an alternate retreat. Please contact Patrick Smalley at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Meet at St. Edward’s at 6:00pm on Friday, April 21st. Make sure youth eat dinner before the retreat! Youth will bus up to YMCA Camp Ihduhapi (3425 Ihduhapi Trail, Loretto, MN 55357) where we will spend the weekend. We will depart Camp Ihduhapi after breakfast and closing activities at 9:00am on Sunday, April 23rd. Arrive back at St. Ed’s on Sunday no later than 10:15am in time for the 10:30am Mass. Candidates are encouraged to sit with their families during the service.
What to Bring
Comfortable clothes Boots / tennis shoes
Grubby clothes (weather-appropriate we will go outside!) Pajamas
Bible, journal, pen or pencil
Sleeping bag or sheets/blankets (we will be sleeping on cabin bunks) Girls: Snacks to share with the group Boys: Beverages to share with the group
What NOT to Bring
Any other media/technology
A very important aspect of retreats is removing ourselves from the noise and distraction that normally surrounds us. We have found that in today’s society, our cell phones tend to bring that noise with us wherever we go. Furthermore, it is a safety concern to eliminate inappropriate use of cell phones. Please ensure that youth leave their cell phones at home. If they need to contact you for any reason, leaders will have cell phones that they can use. Likewise, if you need to contact them in case of emergency, you can call Patrick, Nicole or Matt: Patrick Smalley (cell): 952-212-3750 Nicole Smalley (cell) : 612-816-5007 Matt Kenutis (cell): 612-239-6631
In the event that we discover that a youth has brought their cell phone on the retreat, it will be confiscated and it will have to be collected by a parent/guardian at the end of the retreat.
$100 (due by April 20, 2017) Pay Online: Credit or Debit Card Pay by Check or Cash:
Bring payment to the parish office, Patrick Smalley, Nicole Smalley or Matt Kenutis. Checks should be made payable to: Church of St. Edward
For grades 10-12
Friday, February 3, 6:00pm to Sunday, February 5, 12:00pm
Eagle Haven Retreat Cabin in Red Wing, MN
Transportation provided; drop off and pick up at St. Ed’s lower level parking lot (near youth room entrance)
$150 (due by Jan. 29, 2017) Pay Online: Credit or Debit Card Pay by Check or Cash:
Bring payment to the parish office, Patrick Smalley or Matt Kenutis. Checks should be made payable to: Church of St. Edward
For grades 10-12
Thursday, October 20th, 4:30pm to Sunday, October 23rd, 4:30pm
Coach bus to and from St. Stephen Lutheran Church (8400 France Ave South, Bloomington)
There is limited space, students from St. Ed’s are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Individuals in Charge
Patrick Smalley, Matt Kenutis, Nicole Smalley
$230 (if registered before Oct. 12, 2016)
$245 (if registered after Oct. 12, 2016) Pay Online
MEA Getaway is a retreat organized by over 30 local churches and youth groups. All travel together to Castaway Club on Pelican Lake near Detroit Lakes and experience group games, hangout time, great food, awesome music, speakers, and time to connect with one another.
Want to see what the MEA Getaway is like? Watch this video:
Day 17: Read Ezekiel 37: 1- 14
Feeling dry, tired, worn out? God wants to breathe new life in you. Like spiritual CPR. Pray and ask Him to give you this new life. Need more inspiration today? Look up the song "Come Alive" by Lauren Daigle.
Day 15: Read Genesis 2: 1- 25
We have indeed been fearfully and wonderfully made by the Master designer, God Almighty who created us with a purpose. Spend some time praying and ask God to show you what that purpose is. Don't expect an answer immediately, instead be open to the ways God might reveal that you over time.
Day 13: Read Hebrews 10:23-25
It's much easier to stir up trouble than it is to stir up love. Especially in today's world. How can we be a force of change in a world that is so quick to hate, judge, yell and complain?
Day 12: Read 1 John 5:1-5
Our love for God can't be in words or thoughts alone, our love for God also needs to be put into action. And when we put God's commandments into action, they are not burdensome instead they help us "conquer the world."
Join our St. Ed's Youth March Madness Bracket Challenge! Go to ESPN.com and create a bracket. Then, join our group using the following info:
Group Name: stedsyouth
Group Password: kittens
Winner gets Buffalo Wild Wings with two of your friends!! Tournament starts Thursday morning, so brackets must be submitted before the first game begins. Don't miss out!
Day 11: Read Proverbs 4:10-27
How's your heart? These verses remind us how important it is to protect our hearts. And it's a not a job for someone else - you are in charge of guarding your own heart. That means being aware of the things you allow into your heart. These things form your thoughts and attitudes, and ultimately, shape who you are. No matter what your circumstances (the outside) are, if your heart (the inside) is right, you're going to be okay.
Tomorrow night Base Camp is taking on an Escape Room! Meet at church by 5:30! Don't know if you should come? Let Chris Evans aka Captain America convince you. Click the link in our bio to watch the video.