Please see below for information on upcoming events
Youth 2000 Retreat
April 21st, 22nd, 23rd
Led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
A fun, faith-filled, Eucharistic centered retreat tailored to meet the needs for those 13 – 25 years old
Neenah-Menasha area parishes are working together to host this event for youth and young adults!
St Mary’s Gymnasium
528 2nd Street
Youth 2000 is a Eucharistic-centered retreat that leads young people to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through talks, music, adoration, prayer, workshops, fellowship, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the celebration of the Mass, the young people deepen their love and understanding of the Catholic faith and encounter the power and richness of God’s love and mercy.
This retreat brings young people to know the joy of a life lived in the worship of God and in service to God’s people and empowers them to go forth with renewed faith, to be witnesses to the Faith, to share the Good News and to be the evangelizers of the New Evangelization.
SCHEDULE- YOUTH 2000 RETREAT
“I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE” Jn. 6:35
Friday, April 21st
5:30 P.M. Registration Opens
6:30 P.M. Music
7:30 Mass, Homily – A Retreat with Jesus Christ
8:30 Short Break
8:45 Talk – The Eucharist (Adoration and the Real Presence)
“I Am the Bread of Life” Jn. 6:35
9:30 Exposition, Music, Meditation, Adoration
Saturday, April 22nd
9:00 A.M. Music
9:15 Morning Prayer
9:30 Talk – Who is Jesus Christ?
“Whoever Sees the Son and Believes in Him Shall have Eternal Life” Jn. 6:40
11:00 Short Break
11:15 Music, Testimonies
12:30 P.M. Lunch
1:30 Talk – Examination of Conscience and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
“I Will Not Reject Anyone Who Comes to Me” Jn. 6:37
3:30 Music, Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:00 International Rosary, Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament
4:30 Mass, Homily – The Eucharist and the Paschal Mystery
“This is the Bread That Comes Down from Heaven” Jn. 6:58
7:00 Talk – Reconciliation: Gift of the Holy Spirit
“It is the Spirit That Gives Life, the Flesh has Nothing to Offer” Jn. 6:63
8:00 Music, Meditation, Adoration
8:45 Eucharistic Prayer Service
Sunday, April 23rd
8:30 A.M. Music
8:45 Morning Prayer
9:00 Talk – Mary, Star of Evangelization
“Do Whatever He Tells You” Jn. 2:5
10:00 Short Break
10:15 Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10:30 Crowning of Mary
10:45 Mass, Homily – Witnessing to Christ (Evangelization)
“The Words I have Spoken are Spirit and Life” Jn. 6:63
Participants ages 18-25 are welcome and encouraged to attend YOUTH 2000 – Neenah/Menasha.
The only paperwork required for participants ages 18-25 is the Liability Release Form and Registration Form.
IF, however, there are plans for an individual who is 18-25 to ALSO play a role of responsibility at YOUTH 2000 as a volunteer or chaperoning someone (a chaperone must be age 21+) – please see the following information.
NOTE: Any adult who is playing a role of responsibility for anyone under the age of 18 or assisting at the retreat (i.e. Chaperones, Youth Ministers, Guardians and Volunteers for food prep, door management, etc. AND attending Youth 2000 Retreat) must fulfill and be in CURRENT compliance with their Diocesan policies and requirements for providing a safe and secure environment for minors by completing any Diocesan required training and a current criminal background check.
All Adults who are playing a role of responsibility must complete the Liability Release and Registration Form and be in compliance with any Safe Environment requirements. Those chaperones arriving at the Youth 2000 Retreat who have not submitted the required documentation or whose names cannot be verified as being in current compliance in the Safe Environment database of the Diocese of Green Bay will NOT be admitted to the Retreat. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Chaperones are adults age 21 and over who arrive with, attend with, stay with and are responsible for their youth during the Retreat.
Parent/guardian assumes the responsibility for finding a chaperone. Parents are welcome as chaperones for their children. Youth/young people are anyone attending the Retreat who is 17 or younger. Each youth must have a designated chaperone named on their Registration Form.
Parents who wish to attend with their child are welcomed and encouraged to do so – however may not chaperone other youth unless there is full compliance with all Safe Environment policies.
We require a minimum of 1 chaperone for every 8 minors. The chaperones should include a male chaperone for male youth and a female chaperone for female youth. Chaperones need to be at least 21 years old and need to be Virtus trained as well as to have passed background checks and all other Save Environment guidelines.
Members of the Diocese of Green Bay must be fully compliant and CURRENT with the SAFE ENVIRONMENT certification process required by the Diocese of Green Bay, including completion of all Diocesan required steps of the Safe Environment Screening procedure. A letter on appropriate letterhead or documentation from your parish or the Diocese stating that you are in compliance with all Safe Environment requirements pertaining to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People would be sufficient.
Meals and Snacks
Lunch, dinner, and a drink with each meal on Saturday as well as snacks during breaks will be provided. The cost for these meals/snacks is included in the Registration Fee. Leaving the site for these meals/breaks is not an option. Please eat dinner on Friday before you arrive at the retreat. Please note any food allergies on your registration form – thank you.
Special Medical Needs
YOUTH 2000 does not provide medications. Chaperones, please check that participants bring any medications and supplies, such as inhalers, that they might need.
YOUTH 2000 is not responsible for overnight accommodations.