Youth Retreats

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 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!)
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

Cell phones
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

Permission Form

Confirmation Retreat Form (April, 2017): Due by April 20, 2017

Retreat (February 3-5, 2017)

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)

Individuals in Charge

Patrick Smalley and Youth Ministry Staff & Volunteers


$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

Permission Form

Retreat Permission Form (Feb. 3-5, 2017): Due January 29, 2017

Field Trip (Bloomington Winter Games)

Bloomington Winter Games
For grades 10-12
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Permission Slip
Pay Uniform Fee

2016 MEA Getaway Retreat

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

Permission Form

MEA Getaway Permission Form: Due October 16, 2016


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: