What age youth can attend?

Young Catholics ages 13 to 30. Most participants are high school age. All minors 13–17 must be chaperoned (in groups of up to seven per chaperone).

What does the weekend cost?

The fee of $50 per person includes meals and live music. Mail by Sept. 27 for $10 Early Bird Discount! Need-based assistance is available on request.

Is this an overnight?

No. A light breakfast is available Saturday and Sunday; there is lunch and supper Saturday, plus lots of snacks along the way. Please eat before you arrive on Friday.

What’s the deadline for registration?

Mail by Oct. 4. Space permitting, walk-in registration will begin at 5:30 pm Friday, Oct. 12.

Can my child leave for another commitment?

Yes. Students may leave during the event if they give us a signed note from their parent/guardian. Their chaperone must sign them out. Students should return as soon as possible.

What does a chaperone do?

You get to watch over your group and attend the retreat throughout the weekend, enjoying all the great activities — talks, music, sacraments, fellowship, food, and more. Getting to see young people “blossom” over the weekend is a true joy!

What is the schedule?

Each day is packed: daily Mass, rosary, Eucharistic adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation. Lively preaching by priests and brothers on fundamentals of the faith. Dynamic live music, breakout panels, and kids’ testimonials…all this and snack-time too! See ABOUT US for the timeline; brochure has full schedule and topics.

What is the set-up?

Everyone gathers in the large gym for the retreat (talks, music, Mass, prayer, testimonials, etc.). Meals and snack breaks are in the school cafeteria. Handicap accessible; carpet squares provided for youth; chairs available. Dress casual, comfortable, modest.

What about medical needs?

Parents should make sure participants bring necessary medications and supplies, such as inhalers. Please notify your child’s chaperone about any medical issues. First aid supplies are available and a hospital is not far. Inform the front desk attendant of any emergencies.

How do the panel sessions work?

We separate boys from girls and sort by age group. Older participants gather separately. A panel of adults including priests answers the questions posed. Groups meet Saturday morning and afternoon.

What’s with the Core Team?

Members of our Covington Diocese YOUTH 2000 Core Team will be active throughout the weekend, helping the Friars and Sisters and the event organizers. The Core Team has been meeting for several months to prepare for YOUTH 2000 and to promote it in their schools and parishes. Thanks, Core Team — way to lead the Retreat!