A Eucharistic Centered Retreat  –  February 9, 10 & 11, 2018

  • Lively Music, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Inspiring Talks, Sharing Faith, Personal Testimonies, and more!
  • Come pray for peace in our hearts, and in the world with hundreds of young people

About The Presence

THE PRESENCE is a response to the challenge of Pope John Paul II to “become shining heralds of the re-evangelization and generous architects of the civilization of love.” The focus on the Eucharist shows young people that Christ must be at the center of their lives. The format of the retreat, which includes the Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer, talks, music and fellowship, provides a means to help young people develop a deep and lasting personal relationship with Jesus Christ, especially in the Eucharist, “the source and summit of Christian life” (Lumen Gentium 11).  Young people gain a solid foundation upon which to build their lives.
The weekend includes talks given by priests, testimonies by young people and time for small group discussion. The speakers discuss topics important to young people, for example,
  • Who is Christ?
  • What does the world offer me?
  • What are the values I seek?
  • Do these values bring me a true and lasting peace?
  • How do I pray?
  • How can I affect other young people?
  • How can I build a civilization of peace and love?
  • How do I follow Jesus Christ?
The small discussion groups give young people an opportunity to meet with other young people, make new friends, and talk over the topics of discussion. The small groups also provide a forum for young people to discuss the many difficulties they face the world today.
Mass is celebrated, during which time the blessed Sacrament is reposed. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is another vital part of THE PRESENCE weekend. the priests discuss the Sacrament in an effort to give young people a deeper understanding of the importance and the need for reconciliation with God. The Sacrament is available throughout the weekend.
Devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, is shown through daily recitation of the rosary lead by the young people.
Recreation is also part of THE PRESENCE. Meal time and breaks provide a great opportunity to meet, share and laugh with youth from other places.
Over and over, young people have responded with great enthusiasm and zeal. Young people are finding a true and lasting love for Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith. By placing Christ at the center of their lives, young people are finding a deep peace and a way to cope with the culture of today.






Sponsored by The Presence Committee in cooperation with the Secretariat for Catholic Education and New Evangelization.

Contact The Presence Committee @ theprsencekalamazoo@gmail.com

Hackett Catholic Prep High School is for retreat site only.
Do NOT mail forms to HCPHS or call HCPHS for retreat questions.