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Spirit Filled Retreat

We are joining six other youth groups for a Spirit Filled Retreat: St. Patrick, St. Agatha, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Brendan and St. Matthew


In His landmark Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Franics has called the faithful to become missionary disciples, evangelizers that are fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit. This retreat is simply a "going deeper" discipleship retreat based off of Section 5 of Pope this document where we follow our Holy Father's gameplan for evangelization. There are 5 sessions (see below) with a significant amount of time spent in discipleship groups that are limited to 4 students per 1 CORE team member. This includes 1) equipping us with the tools needed to be effective members of the New Evangelization AND 2) seeking a missionary outpouring of the Holy Spirit to have the power to carry out the work of evangelization that God calls us to do for Him. On top of the sessions there will be 4 meals provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), free time and outdoor recreation opportunities, bonfires, and tons of fun.

Place: Camp Marengo 

Price: $45 (including T-shirt) plus $12 gas money and money for lunch on Sunday on our way back.


each youth ministry will have small groups with teens from its own youth group with a small 1:4 ration of CORE team to teens. Each session is based upon Pope Francis' encyclical as follows:

Session Guides

Opening Session Friday Night: Personal encounter with the saving love of Jesus (para 264) 

Saturday Morning Session: The Heart of Missionary Discipleship (para 265): Convinced, Enthusiastic, Certain & in Love (para 266)

Saturday Afternoon Session: Evangelization through Relationship (para 268-274) and the The missionary power of intercessory prayer (para 281-283)

 Sat Evening Session: Fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit" (para 259-261,280)

Sunday Morning Session: Mary, Mother of Evangelization...Star of Evangelization (para 284 - fin)

Tentative schedule: 

Friday Apr 10th

6:30pm - Registration @ Camp Marengo in lodge

7:15pm - Session 1: The Heart of Missionary Disciple (Aaron Richards). Includes, Adoration, silence, Confessions, prayer

10:15pm - Discipleship Groups

10:45pm - Social Time

11:15pm - Night Prayer

11:30pm - Off to Cabins


Saturday Apr 11th

7:30am - Wake Up

8:00am - Breakfast (simple)

9:00am - Session 2: The Heart of Missionary Discipleship (Keith & Iwona Major)

10am - Discipleship Groups

11:15am - Large Group Follow Up

11:45am - Lunch

12:15pm - Split Group Confessions and free time

3:00pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet (confessions continue)

3:15pm - Session 3: Evangelization through Relationship & The Power of Intercessory Prayer (Patrick Reis)

4:15pm - Discipleship Groups

5:15pm - FREE time

6:15pm - Acts 13 bread and water fast + catechesis

6:30pm - Worship and Prayer

7:45pm - Session 4: Spirit Filled Keynote (Patrick Reis)

8:15pm - Exposition, corporate worship, Acts 13 prayer teams led by each parish CORE team, Benediction 

10:15pm - Discipleship group pizza party and sharing

10:45pm - Holy Spirit Bonfire

11:45pm - Go to Cabins and rest in the Spirit :-)


Divine Mercy Sunday

8:00am - Wake Up

8:30am - Breakfast (simple)

9:00am - Session 5: Mary Mother & Star of Evangelization

10:00am - Final Discipleship Group

11:00am - Divine Mercy Sunday Mass


REGISTRATION for retreat (this is where you register and pay)

You also have to Sign up here for travel to and from the retreat (2h 45 min drive one way)

We would leave on Friday, April 10, at 3:00pm and come back on Sunday afternoon, at about 4:00pm.  There is no dinner on Friday, so we will have to stop on the way to grab something or you can bring your own meal with you. On the way back, we would stop for lunch. 

This will be a great preparation for sharing your faith with the participants of weekly six session 'mission' in Sacred Heart parish in Weirton that will start the week after this retreat (more info is coming soon). 

Later Event: April 13