GRADE 8 RETREATS

Our 8th grade students participate in an overnight class retreat in October. The retreat is chaperoned by our principal, assistant principal, and parents who lead the students in fun activities, community building exercises, and faithfilled enjoyment. This retreat experience is a great opportunity for class bonding and united growth, setting the tone for a great year together.

Our 8th grade students also participate in a confirmation retreat coordinated by the Holy Name Director of Religious Education. This dynamic retreat experience prepares our students hearts and minds for the wonderful Sacrament of Confirmation that they are about to receive. Their hearts are set on fire with joy and anticipation for a life animated by the Holy Spirit.

In recent years, Bold Ministries has led our confirmation retreat. Bold Ministries is a pair of people devoted to dynamic, full and BOLD ministry to the young church by presenting the Gospel with vibrancy and humor, always centered on the beautiful content of the Catholic faith.  Holy Name students join with students from the Academy of the Sacred Heart, U of D and St. Mary, Royal Oak. Parents also join the students to share in their experience and be a source of encouragement and affirmation on this great step in their children's journey of faith. A recent year's retreat included a theme of the story of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through song and story, sharing of Scriptures, small group discussion, and delving into the mystery and beauty of our “story” --seeking to discover God’s omnipotent presence in our lives through the gift of the Spirit. Parents, especially, expressed gratitude for the gift of having this opportunity to be on retreat with their son/daughter. They expressed the fact that they felt more spiritually connected with their child and hunger for more opportunities to be fed spiritually in such a setting.

We look forward to your child and your family growing together in faith through such retreat experiences with our Holy Name community.
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