Confirmation Retreats have been done collaboratively since 2015, the start of Billerica Catholic Religious Education.
The Confirmation Retreat Team (teens and adults) will offer activities and witness talks about faith and life. Our retreats aim to provide meaningful experiences of community and prayer, as a unique experience apart from the classes. The sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered, as well as an anonymous question and answer period.
Candidates for Confirmation must attend one retreat, and may attend any Billerica Catholic Confirmation Retreat regardless of their home parish, location for Confirmation classes, or location to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Please note that the retreat will end with Mass, and a retreat conclusion, at one of our parishes, which is noted on the sign up.
All Confirmation candidates are expected to attend one retreat, and to attend the entire retreat (including Mass). If a candidate cannot attend the entire retreat, they should sign up for another retreat.
Basic Information About the Retreat:
- Please bring a snack or drink for a community snack table (snacks should be labeled and contain no peanuts, due to allergies)
- Lunch will be provided
- Please wear clothes that are nice enough to attend Mass, but casual enough for the day retreat (no yoga pants or sweat pants)
- Please inform us of any allergies or dietary concerns.
- Please leave your cell phones/digital music players at home – they will be collected at the door upon arrival to the retreat.
Confirmation Retreat Team
The Confirmation Retreat Team is made up of teens and adults in our community who create an authentic community experience for our retreat participants. They bring their joy, desire to share our Catholic Christian faith, and witness of living as Catholics today. Our goal is to have teens give as many of the retreat talks as possible. Occasionally, we have past retreat team members (who are college-age and older) come and join us, which is a great witness of continuing to live as Catholics in the world today.
If you are a teen who has attended a Confirmation retreat, and wish to join the Confirmation Retreat Team, please contact Jim or Tony – even if you have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation!