#Shift is a service-focused week retreat for high school teenagers designed to help them deepen their ability to see the face of Christ in the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized. Teenagers experience the different social issues of their community during the week; they will also learn what the Catholic Church is doing around the world to […]
Brick is written specifically with high school freshmen and sophomores in mind. This retreat shares the simple Gospel message that Jesus was sent to take on our punishment for sin and reconcile us back to God. The goal of this retreat is to introduce teenagers to the Person of Christ and the Paschal Mystery. Teenagers are challenged to acknowledge Jesus Christ as their savior and enter into a deeper relationship with Him.
At the beginning of the retreat, teenagers are each given a brick. This brick is carried with them through the first three sessions and represents the weight of sin that they carry with them. After teenagers receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they place their brick at the foot of the cross. They learn that, freed from sin, we are called to put our hope in Christ and make him our firm foundation. Teens are given a brick at the final session, now painted white and labeled with “1 Peter 2:6-7” as a reminder that Jesus is the Cornerstone of their faith.
The goal of this retreat is to call and equip teens for the mission of evangelization. Using the stories and characters in the book of Acts as a basis, this retreat will help teens understand that they have an important testimony to share about how God is moving in and through them. It is our baptismal call to share that testimony with the world, “so that the divine message may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth” (CCC 900).
Using the idea of athletic training as an underlying theme, this retreat will help teens understand the importance of prayer while giving them the opportunity to “exercise” different forms of prayer. The goal of this retreat is to help the teens develop a lifelong habit of prayer.
The goal of this retreat is to help Juniors and Seniors take a greater ownership in their faith as they head toward high school graduation. Using Colossians 2:7 and Pope Benedict’s World Youth Day message as the basis, this retreat will challenge the participants to look at the roots of their faith, what it is growing into and how it will thrive through the storms that inevitably come. The retreat also seeks to remind the upperclassmen of the importance of the Sacraments and active participation in the life of the Church in order to truly thrive in the years to come.
This retreat, which is based on the book The “R” Father by Mark Hart, focuses on the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is one of the greatest gifts we were given by Christ. It is the perfect prayer. Our entire lives could be spent meditating on it and we would still not scratch the surface of its divine depths. A more intentional and prayerful approach to the Lord’s Prayer for your teens will pave the way to a far more intimate and robust prayer life in their college and adult years.
Using music and the Psalms as a basis, the goal of this retreat is to bring teens into intimate and honest relationship with God through the Sacraments, Scripture, prayer, worship, and community.
This one-day retreat is based on the four cardinal virtues of the Catholic Church. The retreat is geared specifically to young men in high school. This retreat is meant to instruct the men on how to live their lives as men of God with the help of the divine grace that comes through living the cardinal virtues. This retreat offers the young men an opportunity to learn about their faith and their bond as brothers in Christ. In addition, it will serve to strengthen their commitment to living the cardinal virtues and their commitment to the Christ, His Church and to one another.
Based on the life of St. Paul, the goal of the retreat is for the teens to encounter the incredible power of God’s grace to convert and transform their lives. This retreat will also show the teens that conversion is a process instead of a single event. Finally, this retreat will empower the teens to become an unstoppable force of God’s grace in their world.
This one-day retreat is based on the four cardinal virtues of the Catholic Church and is geared specifically to young women in high school. This retreat is meant to instruct the women on how to live their lives as women of God with the help of the divine grace that comes through living the cardinal virtues. The retreat focuses on having true beauty inside and out, by learning more about how the virtues can enhance the beauty within. This retreat offers the young women an opportunity to learn about their faith and their bond as sisters in Christ. In addition, it will serve to strengthen their commitment to living the cardinal virtues and their commitment to the Christ, His Church and to one another.
This retreat will allow teens to discover how God’s time and our time are connected through the Liturgical Year. They will come to better understand and appreciate the wisdom of the Church and the totality of the Catholic journey as presented through the Liturgical Year. Through the liturgical cycle, this retreat will help teens encounter a timeless and eternal God who loves them in the present moment.
Full Filled is designed to help strip away the worldly, prideful parts of our lives and teach us how to truly empty ourselves of all that is not of God. Only after we are emptied can God fill us. Only after we are empty will we more perfectly, more authentically, more humbly encounter Christ in the Word and the Sacraments. Full Filled should help you, your Core, and your teenagers get back to the basics of the faith by first emptying yourselves and, next, being fully filled by God so that Christ can overflow in your lives and then spill His love onto all those you encounter after the retreat.
The goal for the retreat is to lead each and every young person into a personal encounter with the person of Jesus Christ and to impart to all of them the power and life of the Holy Spirit. That Spirit is the key to living the life of a disciple; to be a follower of Christ, to have the power to overcome even the most basic of our fleshy desires and to bear fruit in our life “thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:20 It is our conviction in Life Teen that you need this power of the Holy Spirit alive in your ministry and alive in your teens. In fact, this power needs to be at the very center of everything you do. We have designed this retreat to help you introduce this power and life of the Holy Spirit first to your Core and then to your teens.
The goal of the retreat is to empower all the teenagers to make personal commitments to change the way they are living and to instead live for Christ. The teens will be able to recognize the sin in their lives, reconcile that sin, and make a commitment to change their lives. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to join together with their peers to keep that commitment and set a foundation to walk the walk in their daily lives.