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"Whenever a young person falls, in some sense all humanity falls. Yet it is also true that when a young person rises, it is as if the whole world rises as well.  Young people, what great potential you have in your hands! What great strength you have in your hearts! Today too, God is saying to each one of you: 'Arise!'... 'Arise! I have appointed you to testify to what you have seen'(Acts 26:16)."
-Pope Francis

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YES! Retreat
March 15-17, 2024

La Salette Retreat Center

The YES! Retreat is a three-day weekend retreat experience run by a Board of Directors and sponsored by the Secretariat for the New Evangelization. The YES! Retreat provides high school youth an opportunity to encounter God through the sacraments, testimony, fellowship, and a closer examination of self and relationships with others. The experience allows young people to affirm their confirmation promises and return to their communities with renewed conviction and empowerment to bring Christ to others. 

 

Opens in the Fall 2023

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SEALED
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is"sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit"

By booking with the Diocesean Retreat Program for your parish you will recieve a retreat package designed to hone in on the greatest need of your parish and it's teen parishoners, and a follow up training, consultation and support for Adult catechist to accompany teen parishoners through their journey of faith. Availbility of dates are limited 

Confirmation Retreat Package

  • Pre-retreat planning meeting, assessment, and goal-setting.

  • Retreat Programing (on scheduled date)

  • Post-retreat follow up meeting with Adult Team designed to set in motion goals, training, and support.

[Confirmation Retreats are goal driven retreats to help the vitality of parishes, parish community, youth engagement, and youth evangelization/discipleship tracts.]

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Diocesean
Regional Retreats

"[T]rue happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement...but in God alone, the source of every good and of all love"

-CCC#1723

This retreat is designed for numerous parishes to come together as one community to participant in a day long retreat. These retreats are designed to help the youth see there greater purpose in life, as they search for happiness. 

November 18th 2023

Bishop Connolly, Fall River

December 16th 2023

Bishop Stang, Dartmouth

January 27th 2024

St. John Paul II, Hyannis

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Additional Programs

The following are youth programs within the Diocese of Fall River, but that are independent of the Office of Faith Formation

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Diocesan Catholic Scouting Committee

The Diocese of Fall River seeks to support scouts, their parents, scout leaders and local parishes. Catholic scouting activities are overseen by the Diocesan Scouting Committee. For more information, contact: 

 

Diocese of Fall River Catholic Committee on Scouting

P.O. Box 70737

North Dartmouth, MA 02747

774-202-3047

Fr David Frederici

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ECHO 

of Cape Cod

Encountering Christ in Others (ECHO) has been active on the Cape and Islands for over thirty-five years. This teen weekend retreat program is open to all high school juniors and seniors who are seeking to deepen their faith and enhance their relationship with Jesus.​ The weekends are held at the Craigville Conference Center in Centerville, MA.  

ECHO Website

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Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

CYO offers organized sports for Catholic Schools and young area young people, with locations in Fall River and New Bedford. For more information, contact:

Fall River Area CYO
Tel. 508- 672-9644

New Bedford Area CYO
Tel. 508-996-0536

Tel. 508-675-1311 x6716

Oscar Rivera

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