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Confirmation Retreat

Today is day #2 of my parish Confirmation Retreat (it started last night) for the 8th grades of St Bernadette (both School & CCD).  Since most of the CCD kids were my students last year, I assisted with a few minor things.  The theme of the Holy Spirit was implimented with the popular LifeTeen format called “Fire & Ice” that is supposed to be a 3-day retreat, but it was a adapted to 2 long evening sessions.  Simply … it was awesome!  The parish hall was used for most activities with awesome decorations themed FIRE & ICE.  Most of the talks were done by former high school confirmandi of the parish.  The small group discussion were facilitated by peer ministers from local Archbishop McCarthy High School and the activites were a lot of fun (especially the “Human Pinata“).
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The end of the retreat got pretty emotional, especially with Adoration/Benediction, a video from YouTube.com (below) featuring a skit at a Christian youth conference done to the Lifehouse song “Everything” (definitely moving), an altercall & open mic sharing, but everything affirmed the Holy Spirit moving in our lives preparing to affirm their commitment to the sacrament of Confirmation.

  1. Judy
    February 9, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Can you explain the human pinata? I am planning a Confirmation retreat.

  2. February 10, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    The “Human Pinata” is just a fun activity. Not related to the theme of the retreat. The “pinata” person puts on a painter’s suit (see pictures). Using duct tape (upside-down, sticky side out), you wrap up the pinata and stick candy to the tape. They participants are blindfolded and given a soft foam noodle (like the ones you play with in the pool) and hit the pinata for everyone to grab the fallen candy. — fun! (for everyone except the “pinata”) 🙂

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