Retreat Themes

Retreat Themes

Choose from retreats that last from five hours to the entire weekend. NET conducts junior high, senior high, Confirmation, and mixed-age retreats. We provide a variety of retreat themes, dramatic skits, and lively songs, making every retreat a unique experience. While the theme varies, the basic 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 ministry program or to use as a youth group night. They also work well for parishes and schools without a youth ministry program.

Anchored In Hope (NEW!)

Why, more than 2,000 years later, is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ still relevant in and applicable to our lives today? Because just as Jesus carried his cross to Calvary and suffered to the point of death, we as young men and women in the world follow in the same sense: we carry crosses throughout our lives and, in some instances, feel as if we endure suffering to the point of giving up on faith entirely, “how can any good come from this?”, we might ask ourselves. This, contrary to what might seem to be the end, is in fact just the beginning. Throughout the Gospel we see how Jesus’ actions during his ministry on earth, including his death, point us toward one virtue in particular: hope. Jesus’ example of excruciating suffering and glorious rising allows us to know for certain that there is more than just a cross to carry, but a resurrection to hope for as well.We have a decision to make in the matter of our lives: do we continue to see our circumstances with scaled eyes, only noticing our struggle and the crosses that weigh us down? Or do we indeed see with eyes of faith and rest assured that the present will come to pass as we hope in the glory of the resurrection?

Life to the Full

What do you want? What in your life do you wait for? This retreat explores the deep and universal desire in our hearts for a life centered on a relationship with God. It also explores the dissatisfaction we experience when we place the things of this world before our relationship with Him.

Reality Check

In the world today, there are many outside influences that can affect the lives of young people. Most of what we see in the media presents a false reality – truth and happiness are distorted. This theme takes a look at how the world influences the way we live our lives, and how God presents us with a new, life-giving reality.

Why Catholic?

This theme explores the beauty and richness of the Catholic Church. As we are all members of the Body of Christ, it is important for youth to understand the uniqueness of that identity. This theme is intended to further young people’s relationship with God and make Him a daily part of their lives.

You Will Receive Power

(For Confirmation Retreats)
We already received the Holy Spirit at baptism, what’s the big deal? Why do we need more? This talk explores the sacrament of Confirmation by exploring its relationship to the powerful experience of Pentecost. The youth will also be invited to explore the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how they equip us for daily life. Main topics include: looking at the experience of the apostles in scripture, Pentecost in your life, and living a life empowered by the Holy Spirit (including the seven gifts of the Spirit).

Strength and Beauty

This retreat focuses on our unique call as God’s sons and daughters. Since young men and women have different struggles and needs, a portion of this retreat is divided, tailoring specific talks for each gender. In this age where society has blurred the line of our identities, this is a great way for the youth to understand the significance of their unique calling.

Weekend Retreats

We also have weekend retreats available. Inquire about these with our scheduling department.