Sacramental Preparation Retreats
Our 24:7 Youth Ministry full day retreats assist in the preparation for and celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Delivered onsite in parishes and primary schools, or in ultra modern learning spaces on campus at Servite College, each retreat reinforces prior teaching and learning and provides opportunities for reflection.
Servite College Youth Chaplain Paul Crossley works closely with schools, priests and parish communities to ensure the retreats are family-focused and complement the sacramental preparation students complete in schools and parishes.
Qualified Servite students assist in retreat facilitation as Youth Ministry Interns, generating positive peer learning outcomes for all students.
With a strong focus on student engagement, retreats are built around interactive learning sessions that include: games. dramas, videos, small group activities and sharing testimonials.
Aligned with the content included in Catholic school curricula and the catechesis provided by the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) to students not attending Catholic schools, each retreat is tailored to suit the learning objectives and outcomes required by schools and parishes.
Reconciliation: Forgive & Forgiven
Our Reconciliation retreat looks at how God wants to draw us close to Him through offering us His love and forgiveness. This retreat is jam packed full of meaningful and engaging activities tailored for young minds and attention spans.
- The need for God’s rules in our lives.
- That we sometimes do wrong and the need for forgiveness.
- That God forgives us continually and it brings us closer to Him.
Session 1: Rules
- What are rules?
- Why do we need rules?
- What are God’s rules?
Session 2: Forgiveness
- Receiving forgiveness and giving forgiveness in return
- “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”
Session 3: God
- Exploring our relationship with God
- Why do we need God’s mercy?
- How is God’s mercy offered to us?
First Eucharist: Invited to the Table
Our First Eucharist retreat builds on the understanding that Baptism draws us into God’s family where we are supported in faith. We explore how the sacraments bring us closer to God and each other, paving the way for us to enter into thanksgiving through the sacrament of the Eucharist.
I understand that:
- Our family brings us to the door of the Church to be welcomed as one of God’s Family, through the Sacrament of Baptism, where we can be supported and helped to grow.
- We are drawn closer to God and one another in His family when we are reconciled through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Eucharist means ‘thanksgiving’ and when we participate in the Eucharist we give thanks for all Jesus has done for us.
- We are united to God’s Son, Jesus and made spiritually strong when we receive His Body and Blood at the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Session 1: Baptism
- Jesus is the vine and we need to be connected to the vine
- How do we join the family of the Church?
- How does Baptism prepare us for First Communion?
Session 2: Reconciliation
- How does Reconciliation prepare us for receiving Christ in the Eucharist?
- What is the role of forgiveness in Mass?
- Eucharist means thanksgiving. What are we thankful for?
Session 3: Last Supper
- How does this relate to the life of Christ?
- ALTAR – Adore, Love, Thanks, Ask, Resolve
- How do we pray?
- How does Christ invite us into the celebration?
Confirmation: Led by the Spirit
Our Confirmation retreat is designed to assist students to grow in appreciation of how the Holy Spirit empowers us. An interactive and fun approach to learning about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the symbols that are present in the rite of this sacrament.
1. The gift of the Holy Spirit.
2. How the gifts of the Holy Spirit empower me to make a positive contribution in our society.
3. How Confirmation is crucial to receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Session 1: Gifts
- What are the Sacraments?
- Presents vs Presence – are we attentive to God?
Session 2: Gifts of the Spirit
- Exploring Gifts
- How do Saints express their Gifts?
- How are we called to be Saints?
Session 3: Confirmation Process
- How does the Sacrament happen?
- How are we called to be ‘the light of the world’?
- We can go out and transform the world
Ryan Wiles, Director of Ministry, Servite College
(08) 9444 6333 | firstname.lastname@example.org