School Classes 9 – 12

Freshman Retreat:  Discovering Yourself in the Image and Likeness of God

The purpose of this retreat is to offer support and encouragement to freshman students as they attempt to find their place in the world of high school and young adulthood.  The morning sessions of the retreat are focused on a three part discussion: the variety of masks that we wear, the reason for wearing them, and how these masks can make it difficult for us to live in the image and likeness of God. 

The afternoon sessions are focused on defining what self-esteem is and is not, identifying our God-given gifts and talents, and encouraging young people to see and love in themselves what God sees and loves in them; namely, the image of Jesus, the Son.

Finally, the retreat frames the high school experience as a Paschal Mystery; retreatants are provided tools of faith to overcome obstacles and find hope and new life in God during the journey. 

Key elements:

  • Presentation on the masks we wear and the consequences of wearing them
  • Presentation on self-esteem and personal activity focused on realizing one's God-given gifts.
  • Encouragement & tools to find God in the obstacles of life 
  • Exploration of the Paschal Mystery & its relevance for our daily lives 


Sophomore Retreat:  What Makes Me Catholic?


As sophomores begin to establish their identity, this retreat gives students the opportunity to discover what truly makes them Catholic.  The morning session centers around the question, how do I find and relate to Christ in my life?  The students are presented with several typical teenage characters that relate to God in various ways, and through small group discussions, activities, and witnesses, students begin to examine how they encounter Christ in their lives.

The afternoon session focuses on beliefs, and how our relationship with Christ affects what we believe.  We discuss the importance of living the beliefs we claim to hold, and touch on several key beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church.  There is also time for students to discuss several beliefs of the Catholic faith with the hope that they will learn to incorporate these in their lives.

Key elements:

  • Presentation of four fictitious characters and how they relate to Christ in this world
  • Discussion of beliefs, and how what we believe affects the way we live
  • Provocative discussion of several important Catholic beliefs and their effect on our lives

 

Junior Retreat:  Developing Christian Leadership


As juniors grow in their call to be leaders in their high school and local community, students are presented with the Five C's of Christian Leadership.  Commitment, Compassion, Community, Commission, and being Christ-Centered.  Students will learn how these five elements can impact their day-to-day lives, and how these elements can make them better leaders and better individuals.

Students will receive training in concrete skills and discuss how Christian leadership relates to their everyday life by presentation on group dynamics, self-esteem, priorities, and decision-making.

Key elements:

  • Role playing activity on avoiding one-dimensional roles and labels
  • Self-Esteem module about the importance of self-image and self-worth
  • Role playing scenarios illustrating the importance of the Five C's of Christian Leadership


Senior Retreat:  Where is God Leading Me?


During a time of great change and transition, the senior retreat focuses on students' past, present, and future.  We believe in order to know where you are headed, you must understand where you have come from with attention to God's hand on this journey.  Thus, we give the participants a chance to reflect on the significant people and events that have shaped their lives.

We help students recognize and appreciate who they are and what they hold most dear to them today, and give them some tools to boldly embrace their future.  This retreat helps students move beyond what has become familiar and comfortable in order to grown and be strengthened for the continued journey of a life with Christ after high school.

Key elements:

  • Presentations on searching for God's activity in your past, including the creation of life journey timelines
  • Paper tower construction as symbol for the present foundation of your life
  • Developing a game plan to realize your hopes and dreams for the future

 

 

 

 

 

 

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