Confirmation Retreats

Boys Retreat:

March 15-17, 2019

Girls Retreat

March 22-24, 2019

Leave: ST. MARK 6:15 PM on each Friday (having already eaten dinner)

Return: ST. MARK 2:30 PM on each Sunday

Where: Hunting Ridge Retreat Center, Winchester, Virginia (

Emergency Phone: (540) 662-9004

The 2019 Confirmation Retreat Permission Form is due to the Youth/RE Office by February 28.

What to bring:

Snacks. We ask that each child bring a snack. Snacks will be collected when we arrive at Hunting Ridge Retreat Center and will be shared during different breaks during the course of the retreat. Please avoid foods with nuts as some children have peanut/tree nut allergies.

-What to pack. Several changes of clothing with the ability to layer for cold weather, shoes for sports/activity, bath towel, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sleeping bag, pillow, games that can be played in less than an hour, and sporting equipment (frisbee, soccer ball, volleyball, etc). Bringing a bible and/or journal may be helpful, though it isn’t strictly necessary.

-Be open to having fun and be inspired. A lot of effort goes into combining fun and faith elements on the retreat. Come with an open mind, ready to meet new people, enjoy yourself, and be inspired!

-No cell phones, electronics, or valuables please. Retreats offer the opportunity to temporarily disconnect from our normal busyness so we can see things more clearly. Please leave all cell phones and electronic devices at home. If a student must call home, they can use the cell phone of one of the adult leaders. Also, please refrain from bringing valuable items that could get accidentally lost on retreat (expensive jewelry, cash, etc.).

Quick overview of the Confirmation Retreat:

Some find it helpful to have a basic understanding of the different stages of the retreat:

-Friday Evening. Friday activities focus on making the kids feel comfortable. The goal is to have eighth graders going to bed on Friday night feeling comfortable, safe, and open to the retreat experience!
-Saturday Morning/early Afternoon. Confession is the focus for this time frame. None of us like thinking about our own sinfulness/brokenness, and we work to put kids at ease as they might feel a little unsettled.
-Saturday Evening. Saturday evening is about building community and helping the kids fall in love with Christ and his Church. The kids will enjoy 1-2 hours of time where they can play, and we’ll try to facilitate an encounter with Jesus later in the evening. We typically end the night with a bonfire and s’mores (weather permitting).
-Sunday. Sunday is about bringing the retreat experience home. We’ll have Sunday Mass and will encourage the kids to ponder how they will live out their faith well post-retreat/Confirmation.


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