At HNOJ we believe that in the midst of our busy and demanding lives, it is essential to take a break, step away, and make room for God to move powerfully in our lives. 

And what better way to do this then as a family! HNOJ's 7th WINTER WEEKEND will be held in February 2023! We will have music, games, VBS style sessions for the kids, talks and small groups for the adults, Mass, Dinner, and Eucharistic Adoration. Families with kids of all ages are welcome to attend. We encourage teenagers to sign up to help out with the younger kiddos, but any confirmed teen may join the adult sessions as well. 

New this year! You may have noticed we changed the name of this event from Family Retreat to WINTER WEEKEND!  Along with this name change we've made some tweaks we hope you will enjoy. While the weekend will still hold the beautiful mix of fun, family, and faith, we have a few changes we are excited to share with you.

  • New Resort! We will be at beautiful BegBee Hive Resort in Paynesville, MN on the shores of lake Koronis. Check out their website to see all the incredible amenities and potential cabins. 
  • New Weekend! We will head out the 2nd weekend of February. This moves off of a 3 day weekend when many of our families had other commitments. We hope this increases availability for our friends!
  • New Schedule! We will be altering our schedule to maximize our time and so that we can finish by early Sunday afternoon. 
  • New Teen Program! Middle School and High School aged teens have always served at our children's sessions, but now we will be offering Teen events just for them. 

Basic Information

When:  Feb. 10-12, 2023
Where: BugBee Hive Resort - Paynesville, MN BugBee Website
What: Weekend Retreat for the whole family
Who: HNOJ families: adults, teens, children - all families are welcome
Cost: $100 per family; additional costs for housing and shared dinners
Due: Registration begins very soon!


Questions? Email Chris or Gabby.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have some questions about the HNOJ Family Retreat? Here are some answers to the most FAQs about the WINTER WEEKEND.

Question: What age children typically attend the weekend?

Answer: Any age! In the past, we have everything from newborns up to seniors in high school.  We make sure to mix in activities, roles, and material suitable for all ages.  There are large chunks of free time where families can choose age-appropriate activities and ways to spend their time outside of retreat programming. 

Question: What is the lodging like? Are there different options?

Answer: BugBee Hive Resort offers multiple great options for lodging, everything from small cottages to cabins with a kitchen. For pictures and layouts visit BugBee Hive's webiste. In the past many families have rented cabins together and shared the space. It's a fun way spend the weekend. 

Question: How does lodging work? 

Answer: Lodging is a first come first serve basis. Please select your accomodation request in the Registration form. 

Questions: How do meals work?

Answer: Families will be responsible for their own meals over the weekend. All are invited to a potluck community dinner on Saturday night, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Many families choose to pack their own food for breakfast and lunch to enjoy in their rooms. Most cabins have a full kitchens.

Question: How much free time vs. programming is there?

Answer: We typically gather as a large group for the morning and part of the evening with a large gap of free time in the afternoons. 

Question: If we have to come late or leave early can we still come?

Answer: The short answer is yes!  However, we highly encourage families to make arrangements to be able to attend the whole weekend.  We don’t want you to miss out on any of the experience.