As part of my Confirmation preparation, I attended the retreat that took place at St. Zepherin’s Parish Center. It started on Friday night with dinner and ended on Sunday at noon. During my retreat I felt very emotional, and it was one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had. The experiences I had while being on the retreat made me feel like a different person in a really good way. I was so overwhelmed and touched by the different experiences of the retreat that I literally did not know what to do with myself, but I knew I always wanted to cherish the feelings that I had that weekend.
The retreat experience forced me to examine my faith and learn from others who were further along in their faith journey.
Even though the retreat experience was very overwhelming for me emotionally, it was also lots of fun! My favorite part was all the games that we played in an effort to get to know other people. There were games that promoted teamwork, trust, memory, listening skills, drawing – and there was lots of laughter. We even had to learn how to communicate without using words as we all tried to work together toward a common goal. We were in St. Zepherin Center, the Parish Offices, on the Plaza and in the Church. We even roasted marshmallows and made s’mores on the first night of the retreat which was lots of fun. I never thought I’d see a fire pit on the Church Plaza!
I really liked how the leadership students were the ones in charge of the small group discussions. It was really neat to hear from peers who had already been Confirmed. It also made talking and sharing personal information in a small group environment easier. We discussed things that I wouldn’t normally discuss with people I had just met and I felt I really got to know people. The Confirmation staff including Laura, Nick, Kelly and all the parent volunteers did a wonderful job making the retreat a memorable experience for everyone and for myself.
When the retreat was over on Sunday, I felt closer to God and to those that love me. I appreciated that all the people on the retreat were nice, helpful, and non-judgmental of one another. Oh, and the food was really good.
If I had to sum up what my Confirmation Retreat experience felt like, I would say it was an emotional roller coaster that I wasn’t expecting. The ups and the downs were all part of a great ride that make me feel ready to be Confirmed this Spring.