Youth Retreats

     Carrie Albaugh

      Pastoral Associate for Youth Faith Formation

      [email protected]

      618-654-2339 x210


Welcome to St. Paul's New Year's Retreat: Always Forward! 

This retreat takes place on Sunday, December 31, 2023 through Monday, January 1, 2024, and is open for students in 6th-12th grades. To help pay for meals, please pay $30 per student at registration. 

The registration page can be found here!

Meals: Lunch Sunday- Burgers/hot dogs, chips, and cookies,; Dinner Sunday- Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and cake; Breakfast Monday- TBD; Lunch Monday- Pizza (If you need substitutions, please feel free to pack your own food.)

Need a packing list? Click here!

If your student has prescribed or OTC medication, please email Carrie ([email protected]) to receive a medication form.

Here is the schedule:

9:30 am
Meet in Trinity Hall and sign-in
10:00 am
Sleeping assignments
10:15 am
Gathering activities in the gym.
11:00 am
Session One: Fearlessly Forward
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
Music, large group gathering, games in gym, and snack
2:00 pm
Session Two: Pressing Forward
3:30 pm
Quiet reflection time/journaling in Church
4:00 pm
Solemnity of Mary Mass (This Mass is open to the parish)
5:00 pm
Dinner and free time: board games, large group tag, etc.
6:30 pm
Session Three: Freely Forward
8:00 pm
8:30 pm
Small groups
9:00 pm
Snacks, dance party, and small group skits
11:00 pm
Prayer Service in Church to ring in the New Year
12:15 pm
New Year’s Party!!
1:00 am
Relax in sleeping quarters and watch a/multiple movie(s)


7:30 am
Divine Mercy Devotion in Church
8:00 am
8:30 am
Free time: large group tag, sports games, board games, etc.
9:00 am
Music and large group gathering games
9:30 am
Session Four: Confidently Forward
11:00 am
Large group retreat sharing/journaling
11:45 am
Group picture
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
Free time: large group tag, sports games, board games, etc.
1:30 pm
Pack and clean up
2:00 pm