Confirmation Retreat Dates
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In-person retreat fees are $175 per teen. Total amount includes a nonrefundable portion of $75 per retreatant as well as a $50 rescheduling fee. Reserved spaces are transferable until two weeks before, after which there is a $50 rescheduling fee (provided space is available on the desired weekend). The cost will include lunch, dinner, and snacks on Saturday and breakfast, lunch, and a snack on Sunday. Accommodations can be made for those with allergies to egg, dairy, gluten, and nuts, provided advance notice of at least two weeks is given. For other special food requests, including vegetarian and vegan meals, please contact Jeffrey Campeau.
For those teens unable to attend in person, we have the following virtual retreats available. These retreats are open to teens in grades 8-12 from around the country. The retreats are 3 hours long from 6:00-9:00 p.m. CT and cost $40 per teen. Each session is limited to 50 teens, and new sessions will be added here as interest requires and schedules permit. While these are tailored to teens preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the retreats are also appropriate for confirmed teens who are interested in a retreat experience.
Each teen will need their own device and will receive a link to the retreat for a desktop or laptop computer. Teens using a desktop or laptop computer can log in via the website. Teens using mobile devices such as tablets or phones so teens will have to download the BlueJeans app on these to enjoy the full experience. Details and the retreat link will be sent to the email address provided at registration. Click on a date below to register.
Confirmation retreats hosted at the NET Center in West St. Paul are for Catholic youth grades 8-12 preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. All of our Confirmation Retreat Weekends offer the same programming and content. They offer the opportunity for Adoration, Reconciliation, and Sunday Mass, as well as large group talks/presentations, small group discussions, games, skits, and more. They will have teens in attendance from all over the Archdiocese (and some from neighboring dioceses as well), and average 80-85 attendees each weekend.
Throughout the weekend, you’ll hear talks on:
What being Catholic truly means
How the world presents a false reality to the way we live our lives
The dissatisfaction we experience when we place the things of this world before our relationship with God
The gifts of the Holy Spirit in relation to Confirmation
Separate men’s and women’s sessions, focusing on our unique call as God’s sons and daughters
There is also an opportunity for the sacrament of Confession and Sunday Mass.
Please complete and submit an Event Waiver by the deadline (two weeks prior to your scheduled retreat). If you have any questions, please contact Dani at 651.450.6833 x137 or by email.
NET Ministries thoroughly screens and trains every NET team member prior to their work with young people. Specifically, NET follows the recommendations of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” which was created by the National Catholic Conference of Bishops (now USCCB) in June 2002 and June 2005. Per these recommendations, all of our team members go through a four-part scrutiny to ensure their suitability for work with youth prior to their conducting any ministry with youth.
- In the initial screening and selection process, NET requires several references for each potential NET team member, references who can testify to the suitability of a prospective team member. Each reference is originally submitted in writing, and then verified by our staff. This is part of the extensive application process which includes two live interviews and a letter from their Pastor stating they are in good standing with the Catholic Church.
- NET conducts a criminal background check of each prospect, specialized to accommodate the young age of the NET team members. Our criminal background checks are conducted by a private investigation agency called The McDowell Agency, which is also the agency being utilized by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This background check includes a search on the National Sex Offenders Database.
- NET team members are trained and certified in safe environments through the “VIRTUS–Protecting God’s Children” course by the National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. NET Team members are also required to successfully complete NET’s training process, which is conducted prior to and during their ministry. During this training, the NET team members receive instruction concerning:
- appropriate standards of conduct for those working with youth;
- inappropriate speech, touch, and relationships with youth;
- requirements for creating a safe environment for all retreatants;
- guidelines for ensuring their own personal safety.
Lastly, all team members acknowledge, by their signature, that they have received, understood, and intend to conduct themselves in accordance with NET Ministries’ Personal Conduct Policies. Once the NET team members are in active ministry with NET, they continue to receive ongoing training and supervision by NET staff members, which includes weekly contact and monthly onsite visits. Personnel records, including the above mentioned paperwork, are all kept on each individual team member at the NET office. A more comprehensive explanation is available if needed by contacting NET’s Human Resources Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I get in contact with my child if I have an emergency while they are on retreat?
If you need to contact your child during the retreat due to an emergency, please contact our CRW Emergency phone number at 651.472.4134. The phone will always be with a staff member, and they will be able to help you get in contact with your child.
What accommodations are there?
The NET Center has both Women’s and Men’s dorm rooms. Each dorm has a shower room, a toilet room, two sinks, five bunk beds, and cubbies to hold clothes and bags.
What if my child has allergies?
We try to accommodate all allergies and dietary restrictions. When filling out the waiver, please let us know any allergies or dietary restrictions your child has. Our hospitality staff goes to full lengths to make sure that each allergy is accommodated for with an adequate substitute and that there is no cross-contamination with foods. If you have concerns, please contact Jeffrey Campeau at email@example.com. Our missionaries and staff are also trained in administering Epi-Pens.
When and where do I drop off and pick up my child?
You can drop off your child at the NET Center Events entrance located at 110 Crusader Ave. W, West Saint Paul, MN. The Events entrance is at the far end of the parking lot. Drop-off/Sign-in is at 8:30 am Saturday morning, and pick-up is at 4:00 pm Sunday evening.
Will my child be in a small group with people they don’t know?
Each small group is split between men and women and has about 6-8 youth. We ensure that there are at least 2-3 youth from the same parish in each small group.
Can they have their phones on them?
We encourage all youth to leave their phones at home. If they do not, they will be asked to keep it in their dorm room for the duration of the retreat, helping them to fully enter into the environment without the distractions of friends or social media.
Is the building safe and secure?
Yes, our building is locked at all times besides drop-off and pickup. We have staff who regularly walk through the building to make sure all youth are in their session or small group. Additionally, we hire overnight staff to stay up throughout the night to ensure sleep, and dorm safety, as well as being awake and alert if emergencies occur.
Can my child leave early or come late?
Unfortunately, we do not allow youth to come and go throughout the retreat as they will miss important talks and sessions. If there are schedule conflicts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule your weekend or discuss any unique circumstances. We do make exceptions in some cases.
What do they need to bring?
An email regarding information about the retreat is sent out one month, two weeks, and the Monday before the retreat weekend. It will contain all the information you will need to know about the retreat and what to bring. It also contains this list below:
- Sleeping Bag & Pillow
- Toiletries & Towels
- Water bottle
- Casual & gym clothes (leggings, spandex, cut-out/cut-off shirts, tank tops, and short shorts are not permitted)
- Dress clothes for Sunday Mass
- Journal or notebook
What NOT to bring
- Cell phone
- Food (candy, soda, etc.)
- Drugs, alcohol, tobacco (including e-cigarettes)
Is there a dress code?
Youth are encouraged to dress casually, comfortably, and appropriately during the retreat. There are a few sessions of recreation time so bringing rec clothes is encouraged. We also ask that you bring “Sunday Best” clothes for Mass on the retreat.
Is there a schedule I can follow?
Yes, the schedule is posted on our confirmation page at netusa.org/confirmation.
How can I follow up with my child after the retreat?
It is so important for parents to be involved in their child’s faith life. We encourage asking your child how they were impacted on retreat. You can ask these prompting questions:
What is something you learned about the Sacrament of Confirmation that you didn’t know before?
How was your experience of adoration, confession, and prayer?
How are you feeling about being confirmed soon?
What new things do you want to implement in your life since the retreat?
Is there anything our family can do to further our faith?
What is the most meaningful thing you got out of the weekend?
Does the retreat make you think differently about the confirmation process and classes you’re taking?
What was it like being in a small group with people your age?
The NET Center
110 Crusader Ave W | West St. Paul, MN 55118