YOUTH 2000 is a stress-free zone where you can give your worries to God…gives a look into how awesome it truly is to be a Catholic…can give you a great, faith-filled, fun adventure for the weekend, teaching you to grow in your faith and bringing you closer to God…deepens your faith…changes your life…is an incredible and uplifting opportunity…allows you to gain more in your spiritual life than you could ever imagine…is a great experience that gives you so much inspiration…is cool and eye-opening…is amazing! – Members of the 2017 Core Team

I’m so glad I came because I had so much fun. It was so nice meeting new people. I loved the jokes, and I most definitely loved spending time with Jesus. – Alondra, 13

I feel closer to Jesus because he was in our presence and I went to Confession. I feel like a new person. It was a great experience. – Abby, 13

YOUTH 2000 has helped me not only to feel closer to God, it has given me even more courage to go out and praise his name. – Anthony, 16

I feel closer to Jesus now. My favorite part was when we all sang songs together. It made me feel like I was part of one big family in Christ. – Josie, 13

This weekend was one of the most prayerful moments of my life. I feel like I really grew in faith and have drawn closer to God. The most memorable thing was coming closer to God through Adoration. – Jacob, 13

My favorite part of YOUTH 2000 was the Eucharistic procession. When I touched the humeral veil, God spoke to my heart and reminded me that I am loved. I told Him, “I am not worthy.” But God said, “You are loved.” – Brianna, 17

After this retreat I do feel a lot closer to God. I feel like I am connected to Him on a whole new level. I also now understand much more about our faith. My favorite part of the retreat was the meditation/Adoration part. I could really focus on Jesus during this time. Overall this was an amazing experience and I am glad I came. – Grace, 13

I feel closer to God and Jesus. I liked celebrating Jesus in many different ways, like singing songs and going to Mass. I’m glad I got to go and be a part of it. – Lauren, 13

I feel closer to Jesus now. We are best friends. – Eric, 14

I heard over and over, “I’m not going to like it.” Then on Sunday, “I loved it!” This weekend changed me. On Saturday Adoration I looked at Jesus and I felt lonely, and then God filled me and I felt a great wave of peace come over me. It made me think more, sing louder and love more.- Mike, 14

I feel closer to Jesus and have grown a lot this weekend through YOUTH 2000. My favorite part of this weekend was meeting others and everyone coming together for Mass. Seeing so many people together for Jesus is amazing. – Abby, 15

I feel a lot closer to Jesus after my experiences at YOUTH 2000. The music is wonderful, and it is amazing to see how many young people join together to praise the Lord. My favorite part of this weekend was Adoration. Everyone fell silent, and everything was very peaceful and calm. You could really feel a unity among the people and knew Jesus was present. – Carolyn, 16

It was so special to be with my daughter as she experienced her 1st retreat. It was my first Eucharistic Adoration retreat and wow have I been missing out! To be sitting with Jesus for a long period of time – ahhh so lovely.

A couple sweet things to share with you, one of our girls was not planning to come on Sunday because her parents couldn’t make it work logistically with her siblings other commitments. She was pleading with her mom last night asking if there was any way possible she could come back today. Doesn’t that speak volumes of how much she wanted to be there? We figured it out and she was there today. One happy girl! As I was driving the other two girls to their 8th grade play practice, they were debating what song to sing for their friends. When they arrived they got up on the stage and showed their class the hand movements to the song. They were excited to share their experience with those who could not make it. Please tell your team how great the whole weekend flowed. The schedule was perfect, a great mix of praise and worship, quiet reflection, the best music ever, even the snacks were all the rave. The core team was the best models of how to be respectful, reverent, kind, and joyful. And thank you to all the folks behind the scenes. I can’t imagine how exhausted you must all be.  May you feel all the special graces the Big Man upstairs is sending your way!

I asked the girls what their favorite parts of the weekend were:

  • Panels
  • International Rosary
  • Night time adoration
  • Religious life video (they all 3 thought this was very interesting.  I wasn’t there for that but they really liked it.)
  • Snack buffet – kudos to whoever went shopping!
  • Divine Mercy chaplet (1st time they were ever exposed to that)
  • Core team testimonies.  (It gave me goosebumps about the girl who lost her friend to DIPG
  • They liked the leader who was moderator all weekend.  He kept everyone in line in a fun way and even squeezed in praise to get everyone quiet with his lines of “God is good all the time and Jesus/Mercy”.
  • Last but definitely not least, they loved all the music and dancing. They said it was the best part, to praise Jesus that way.

-Anonymous Mother (October 14th, 2018)