Spring Retreat

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Register online here.  For paper forms visit the Parish Office.

THE CREW's Spring Retreat (Apr. 17-19, 2020) is for real teenagers who are looking for a weekend to get away, have fun and make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. After a weekend of deep conversations, serious fun, and prayer that goes deeper, God is closer and faith makes sense.

Why go on retreat? We go on retreat to step back, to retreat from the stresses of everyday life. A weekend retreat at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor, MN is exactly that, an opportunity to take a break, relax, think, talk, and pray about who we are, why we are here, and what our faith has to do with it all. Rarely do we take the time we need to get away from it all. THE CREW's Spring Retreat is your chance. It is worth every minute. This retreat is open to ALL high school teens. All are welcome.

What: A weekend retreat During the weekend we will hear talks, discuss, pray, relax, play football, spend time outdoors, dance, play, talk, and grow closer to others and God.

Where: Big Sandy Camp Big Sandy Camp is nestled alongside of Big Sandy lake near McGregor, MN. Ideal location to get away and experience God in the outdoors. Resort-like facilities make for a comfortable weekend. Nothing like coming down for breakfast and putting the feet up next to a roaring fire. It's like going to a cabin with 70+ friends all at once.

Who: HNOJ Staff and Volunteers   The weekend is run by HNOJ staff and volunteers. We do all the planning, give all the talks, lead all the small groups. This is great because it leads our teens back to HNOJ to be more involved and to grow in participation in the parish. Nate Reinhardt will be doing music all weekend.

When: April 17-19, 2020 We get away for a whole weekend, from 5 p.m. on a Friday through a Sunday afternoon (about 3:30 p.m.). By the end of the weekend, most everyone wants to stay longer.

Contact: Ashley Cermak, 763-233-0251

Cost: $135 by March 25 $150 from March 25 - April 10

Due: April 10, 2020

Teen Registration:

Parents and Teens:

Friday Evening: Dinner will NOT be provided on Friday evening, so teens should have had something to eat before they arrive at HNOJ at 5 p.m. They will be provided regular breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and then breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Mass: We will be having Mass on the weekend for the teens. This way when they come home they are free to work on homework and get ready for their week. However, if they want to attend the Sunday evening 5:30 Mass, they are more than welcome to do so.

Packing List:

There is VERY limited room for bags so please pack just enough clothes for the weekend and leave all extra stuff at home. If your bag is too big, you will have to sit with it on your lap for the 2-hour bus ride.

  • Comfortable Clothes – We will spend time both outside and inside unless the conditions are extreme, so come prepared for both.
  • Warm Outdoor Clothes – Never know what the weather will do up north.
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Bedding and Pillow (sleeping bag recommended)
  • SNACK to share with the group (i.e., large bag of chips, brownies, homemade cookies, etc.)

Other recommendations: Bible, Journal, Any sort of prayer guide
Things You Won't Need (a.k.a. Don't Bring): MP3 player (iPod, etc.), Watches, Cell Phones, Pagers, Radios, CD players, any gaming device (i.e. Game Boy), TV’s, spaghetti string tops, midriffs, low cut pants, high cut shorts, offensive shirts. If you have a question about something feel free to ask, but chances are you would be better off just not bringing it. We ask that you not bring a watch because we want you to participate not anticipate!


Friday, April 17:

  • Meet at HNOJ at: 5:00 p.m. (No dinner provided, please eat beforehand)
  • Leave HNOJ at 5:15 p.m.
  • Arrive at Big Sandy at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 19:

  • Return to HNOJ between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Emergency Contact Information:

Ashley Cermak: 952-693-8151 (Service is limited at the house at times, so please leave a message and I will call you as soon as I can).  Green Lake Bible Camp phone number: 320-796-2181.