Youth Group Trips 2016-17


Mission Trip


INFORMATIONAL MEETING - June 13, 2017 @ 7pm in the Youth Group Room

This year's summer Mission Trip will be June 24-30, 2017, in Wise County, VA.

Mission Trip Packing List

What is the Diocesan Mission Trip?

The Diocesan Mission Trip is a weeklong camp experience for high school youth to serve our brothers and sisters in need by making their homes safer, warmer, drier, and greener while also having the opportunity to grow in our Catholic faith. Mission Trip is not just a youth event. It is an opportunity for parishes to make a difference in the lives of those in need right here in our diocese while encouraging youth to answer their baptismal call to serve others.

Who should attend Mission Trip?

Mission Trip is open to all high school-aged youth (rising 9th graders through graduated 12th graders). The week is going to require that youth give of themselves to serve others and to grow spiritually. It will be a challenging week that will provide many learning opportunities for participants.

Where and when is the Diocesan Mission Trip?

The Diocesan Mission Trip will be held Saturday, June 24 through Friday, June 30, 2017 in the Wise County, VA area. The work projects will take place in the surrounding community. Participants will be staying on the campus of the University of Virginia at Wise. They will be in the dorms which include air conditioned double-occupancy rooms with beds and mattresses. Participants will need to bring a sleeping bag or bed linens and pillow.  Showers will either be included in the dorm room or on the dorm hall. Housekeeping to clean restrooms and showers will be provided during your stay.

Youth will have the opportunity to serve alongside youth from other parishes during the week. We will spend some time getting to know each other and learning how to work as a team. We will also review general safety and instructions and have the opportunity to prepare for the specific site locations. Each day we will celebrate Mass together. At various points throughout the week, there will be the opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation. Evening program will have a wide variety of components and will be geared towards helping participants understand what the Catholic Church teaches about social justice. Each day there will also be the opportunity for each parish to gather to process the experiences of the day.

How much does it cost?
Cost this year is $250 per person. The parish is subsidizing $75 off the diocesan fee of $325, and there are numerous fundraising opportunities for you to raise the remainder:

---Registration for Mission Trip is now closed for youth participants; however, we still need volunteer contractors! Email Deacon Grimm if you are interested---

Quo Vadis

What is Quo Vadis?

Quo Vadis is a Latin phrase which translated means “Where are you going?” The goal of the Quo Vadis Camp is to bring high school aged men together who desire to grow in faithful discipleship and personal holiness to be better able to discover their own vocation invitation from our Lord, whatever that might be. This is accomplished through a 4 day experience that is highly energetic, fun, active, prayerful, and meant to build fellowship among the participants.

Who should attend the Quo Vadis Camp?

Quo Vadis is open to all rising 10th through 12th graders for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Due to the nature of the camp experience, we cannot accept any individual who is younger than a rising 10th grader. In addition, we cannot accept any recently graduated 12th graders. For this population, there are other young adult discernment experiences that are available during the year.

Where and when is the Quo Vadis Camp?

The Quo Vadis Camps will be held on Tuesday, July 11 through Friday, July 14, 2017 on the campus of the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. All youth will be housed in dorms at the University of Richmond.

How much does it cost?

Cost this year is $125 for youth participants, discounted from the $150 diocesan cost. There is no charge to adult chaperones. The registration fee will cover lodging and food Tuesday through Friday on the University of Richmond campus. In addition, each participant will receive a t-shirt and the supplies needed for the camp. 




Sign up here to reserve your spot on the Youth Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville Ohio. Trip dates are July 14-16, 2017Cost is $125/person for conference fee, transportation, meals, lodging, and t-shirt. There are FOUR spots available at this time. (Updated 5/14/17)

This year's speakers have been announced: Preview the awesomeness here!

“Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5

Fiat Days

July 26-28, 2017      ~      Shalom Retreat Center


What is the Fiat Days Retreat?

“Fiat” is a Latin word that refers to Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). The goal of Fiat Days is to bring high school aged women together who desire to grow in faithful discipleship and personal holiness to be better able to discover their own vocation from the Lord, with a special focus on the call to religious life. We will be joined by religious sisters from several communities for this three-day retreat.

Who should attend Fiat Days?

Fiat Days Retreat is open to all rising 10th graders through graduated seniors. Due to the nature of the retreat experience, we cannot accept any individual who is younger than 10th grade.

Where and when is the Fiat Days Retreat?

The Fiat Days Retreat will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, through Friday, July 28, 2017. The retreat will begin at 2:30 pm at Shalom House Retreat Center near Richmond (15340 Robert Terrell Rd, Montpelier) on July 26th and end at 5:15 pm on Friday, July 28th. Families are invited to join us starting at 3:45 pm on Friday, July 28th, for a closing program and Mass.

What is the lodging situation?

Lodging will be at Shalom House. All participants will be housed, two people per room, with their own bed. Roommates will be pre-assigned. Linens and towels will be provided.

How much does it cost?

The cost for youth participants is $100, discounted from the diocesan fee of $125. The registration fee will cover lodging, food, and activities for the duration of the retreat.