Retreats offer the priceless gift for students and adults alike to sit in the quiet of the woods and listen for the whisper of God. It is a time away from the chaos and the busyness of life. It gives each soul, no matter the age, a time to pause and ask the pertinent questions about our lives and to find some answers that can help us begin again. At St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy, retreats are mandatory. We believe that the spiritual life is foundational in the culture of the school and a cornerstone of a Catholic education.
Kairos is all about stepping into God’s time. The atmosphere on a Kairos retreat offers seniors the opportunity to be with God and to experience His presence through their community. Kairos is more than a retreat, it is a journey. Students get the chance to intimately reflect on their life and discern where God is calling them in the future.There are two Kairos retreats hosted for the senior class throughout the year. One retreat is hosted in the fall and one in the spring. Since much of the Kairos experience is meant to be a surprise, you have to experience this retreat to fully understand how powerful it can be.
The goal of this retreat is to help youth experience the Paschal Mystery in their lives. The Paschal Mystery is about Christ’s death and Resurrection. Every time we experience suffering or darkness in our life, whether through our own sins, the sins of others, or simply because it is dark point in our life, we always have the opportunity to unite ourselves to Christ’s death and Resurrection. Whether it is a “little death” or a “big death” we experience, that death leads to resurrection when it is united to Christ. In short, Christ restores us to life through His death and Resurrection and we experience this restoration through every suffering that is united to Christ.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS (Fall Sophomore Retreat) September 28, 2018
True friends walk together through their weakness. Betrayal, gossip, and scandal: these traits often characterize friendships portrayed in the entertainment industry. What if our friendships, were instead marked by support no matter the circumstances? This theme explores the role of authentic friendships and their ability to empower us to greatness. This retreat is lead by NET Ministries.
UNSTOPPABLE (Fall Junior Retreat) November 8-9, 2018
Based on the life of St. Paul, the goal of the retreat is for the teens to encounter the incredible power of God’s grace to convert and transform their lives. This retreat will also show the teens that conversion is a process instead of a single event. Finally this retreat will empower the teens to become an unstoppable force of God’s grace in their world.
RIGHTEOUSNESS (Spring Freshman Retreat) January 25, 2019
We owed a debt we couldn’t pay; He paid a debt He didn’t owe. We owe a debt we can’t pay. Who has the righteousness to volunteer as tribute? This theme explores who Jesus was and how His sacrifice restores our relationship with God. This retreat is lead by NET Ministries.
The goal of this retreat is to help Juniors take a greater ownership in their faith as they head toward high school graduation. Using Colossians 2:7 and Pope Benedict’s World Youth Day message as the basis, this retreat will challenge the participants to look at the roots of their faith, what it is growing into and how it will thrive through the storms that inevitably come. The retreat also seeks to remind the upperclassmen of the importance of the Sacraments and active participation in the life of the Church in order to truly thrive in the years to come. They will have 2 hours to put their faith into action through a service project.