NET Ministries conducts retreats for 6th – 12th grade aged youth. We provide a variety of retreat themes that include dramatic skits, meaningful activities, and music, making every retreat a unique and Catholic experience. While the theme varies, the message is always the same: “In Jesus Christ, the son of God made man, who died and rose from the dead, salvation is offered to all, as a gift of God’s grace and mercy.” (Evangelization in the Modern World, Pope Paul VI). NET Retreats are a great component to integrate into your existing Catholic Youth Program, Parish/School Programs, and Youth Nights.
2022 – 2023 NET Retreat Themes
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NET Missionaries present the Gospel. Our themes explore different aspects of the Faith and look at life through many different lenses. What do your youth need to hear?
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Is Jesus Christ truly present in the Eucharist, and if so, how does that change our lives? The life of Bl. Carlo Acutis, a teenager who is on his way to becoming a canonized saint, answers those questions by showing us that we don’t need to be very old to recognize the beauty and utmost importance of the Eucharist.
At confirmation, Christ seals us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can be better equipped to spread the Gospel like the Apostles at Pentecost. But it’s not enough to just receive these gifts. We have to accept them and choose to use them.
Trials are inevitable, but when we encounter them, do we allow Christ to be a part of them? Our hope is in Jesus, who rose from the dead; he has conquered death. Through the lens of hope and trust, we explore how God is a good Father that helps us face any trial.
(Identity in Christ)
Sin separates us from God’s love, distorting our understanding of our identity as His beloved children. At our baptism and by the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we are freed from our slavery to sin. This gives us the freedom to know, love, and serve God in this life and to remain with Him forever in the next.
Our relationships with the people in our lives are meant to reflect our relationship with God and bring us closer to Him. Still, because of our fallen nature, we experience broken relationships. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we can be given the grace to forgive, helping us enter into more authentic friendships.
God created us to live a life of happiness, but often we choose instant gratification over authentic joy. God has given every person free will. With free will, we can choose to accept God’s love, or we can choose to reject it. The world suggests that we can be happy without God. But, it is only by freely accepting God’s will for our lives that we can find authentic joy.
What does it mean to be men and women of God? In the context of men’s and women’s sessions, this theme explores authentic masculinity in response to Christ’s example of laying down His life for others, and authentic femininity through imitating Our Blessed Mother, Mary.
Advent | Christmas | Lent | Easter
When we see that it truly was God who became man, we can be open to the journey He invites us on to become like Him. We are each on a journey. Two thousand years ago, Magi traveled to visit a child during this season we now call Advent. But what sort of child attracts the attention of the world leaders of the time? This Advent theme explores the intrigue surrounding Jesus’ birth and our journey to become like Him.
You are loved and saved! How can we experience the gift of God’s Joy this season? In Pope Francis’s letter, The Joy of the Gospel, he writes, “Christianity spreads through the joy of disciples who know that they are loved and saved.” This Christmas theme explores how we can experience the Joy of the Gospel by remembering God’s love and saving grace.
Commit to the Heroic 40; Forty days and forty nights of prayer with guaranteed results. Think about the many diet plans that promise great results “in just forty days.” What would the world be like if we took these 40 days of Lent to truly grow closer to God? This Lenten theme explores the way God can transform our life when we seek him consistently in prayer.
“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” 1 Cor 15:14. Jesus rose from the dead so that we can live. Too often our daily faith experience is disconnected from the power of Christ’s resurrection. What difficulty in your life do you need the power of Christ’s resurrection to overcome? This Easter theme demonstrates that Christ’s rising from the dead has a direct impact on the lives of those who follow Him.