Catholic Literature & Arts Summer Program (CLASP)
School Classes 5-8 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 retreat focuses first on the variety of masks that we wear, the reasons we wear them, and how they can hinder us from living in the image and likeness of God. Then our focus shifts to 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, in 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.
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 reflect on 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.
Developing Christian Leadership
As juniors grow in their call to be leaders in their high school and the local community, students encounter the Five C’s of Christian Leadership. Commitment, Compassion, Community, Commission, and Christ Centeredness. Students will learn how these five elements impact their day-to-day lives, and how they can make them better leaders and better individuals.
Retreatants will receive training in concrete skills and discuss how Christian leadership relates to their everyday lives through presentations on group dynamics, self-esteem, priorities, and decision-making.
Where is God Leading Me?
During a time of change and transition, the senior retreat focuses on retreatants’ past, present, and future. We believe in order to know where you are headed, you must understand where you have come from with special attention to God’s hand in this journey. Thus, we give the participants a chance to reflect on the significant people and events that have shaped their lives.
We help retreatants recognize and appreciate who they are and what they hold most dear to them today and give them tools to boldly embrace their future. This retreat helps participant’s move beyond what has become familiar and comfortable in order to grow and be strengthened for the continued journey of a life with Christ after high school.
Our program includes parish retreats and missions and school retreats.
For information regarding any of our retreats, please contact us at 845-424-3609.
Women of the Water Retreat
“SHARING THE WATERS OF LIFE I TO YOU, YOU TO ME”
The Women of the water have made it their mission to help women grow spiritually and deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Their name is derived from the bible story of the woman at the well, where Jesus wanted to share living waters with her. The Women of the Water want to share the living waters that Jesus gives to the women who attend the retreats. This is accomplished by a retreat weekend run by the women of the water, focusing on women of the Bible that reflects her love for God and His mission. Each year they bring in the strength of women that surrounded Christ during His ministry and the Blessed Mother. This retreat is filled with meditations, teachings, witnesses, singing, and mass. They laugh, pray, cry, build relationships with each other, but most of all with Jesus Christ and the mission of His church.
There were many dedicated women who always made it their business to be in the kitchen for DDA retreats, at openings and closings, being on a team not to mention the hours spent with their parish youth groups. One of these women was Regina Toolan. Regina and Rita Andriello approached Father Bob Abbatiello and asked if they could use the retreat house once a month. This monthly prayer group quickly turned into a life-changing retreat weekend. February 2004, was the first retreat weekend. Each year their numbers grow, they have reached capacity each year. Since then the retreat has transformed women’s lives.