Unstoppable: a retreat for post-confirmation teens

Article from the November West River Catholic

“Any retreat is an opportunity to step away from the world briefly and dedicate time to deliberately be with Jesus,” said Father Tyler Dennis, Martin. “In a world filled with noise and distraction, a retreat is a place where the environment helps us to listen with our hearts and to hear the voice of Jesus as he declares his infinite love.”

This year, Deanery 3 and the Office of Youth and Young Adults are hosting a post-confirmation retreat for post-confirmation teens grades 8-12, December 28-30 at Terra Sancta Retreat Center.

The idea for the retreat originated when Father Dennis and Father Tim Hoag, Wall, were brainstorming ways to share confirmation resources.

“With the younger age of confirmation now, it is important to provide something for those who have already received that sacrament,” said Father Dennis. “If young people do not know Jesus and want to meet him, if they feel like they have known him, but he has grown distant, or if they want to deepen an already strong relationship with Our Lord, they should come to this retreat.”

The theme — Unstoppable — will focus on the significant moments in the life of St. Paul the Apostle as an analogy of the process for conversion in the lives of individual Christians. Presenters will include young adults from the diocese who have lived experiences of the various topics that will be discussed during the retreat.

“Our focus is to provide a place where the young people of our diocese, and especially those from the prairie, can take advantage of the resources of Terra Sancta, meet other committed young Catholics, and know Jesus more powerfully. There is no agenda except to make Jesus known and loved,” said Father Dennis.

The retreat begins with check-in and dinner December 28 at 5:30 p.m. and concludes Saturday at 1 p.m. Registration forms can be found online at www.rapid citydiocese.org/yya. Deadline for registration is December 15. Cost for the retreat is $105 which covers retreat materials, food, and lodging. (Teens will stay in rooms with 1-2 roommates.) For more information call Craig Dyke or Linda Batman at 605-716-5214 or email lbatman@diorc.org or cdyke@diorc.org.