Destination Jesus 2020
Give Me Faith
February 14 – 16
“Jesus came on Earth to be my model. I want to follow him and walk generously in his footsteps.”Saint Bernadette
Destination Jesus is a weekend conference-style retreat for high school students. It is a weekend of prayer, breakouts, food and music, joining with other high school students, priests, seminarians and sisters from around the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.
We are blessed to celebrate the 25th year of Destination Jesus. The theme for the weekend is “Give Me Faith”. Registration will open the first week of December!
Mission Statement & Goals
Destination Jesus is a Catholic retreat that draws young people into a deep and lasting union with Jesus Christ, especially through sacramental encounter. Opportunity for healing in the Eucharist and Reconciliation allows participants to experience true freedom in God’s mercy. The retreat aims to:
1. Promote knowledge and love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament – the source and summit of Christian life.
2. Inspire devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.
3. Encourage fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Magisterium.
4. Awaken discernment of Holy Vocations as ordained by God and His Holy Church.
Jimmy Mitchell – EMCEE
Believing deeply in the power of beauty to change the world, Jimmy’s gift of storytelling and piano-playing brings him to every corner of the world. From summer camps and corporate retreats to large-scale conferences, his greatest joy is inspiring others to fall in love with God. He’s the chief curator of Love Good, a subscription company that empowers artists, patrons, and young people to raise their standard for media and build a better culture. When he’s not traveling, Jimmy enjoys time with family and friends over good music, old books, and local coffee.
Noelle Garcia – Speaker
Noelle Garcia is a Catholic recording artist and speaker, wife, and mom to five kids. She travels the country sharing the faith through witness, Scripture, catechesis, and music. For over ten years Noelle has shared her ministry at events such as Steubenville Youth Conferences, the National Catholic Youth Conference, LA Congress, and many others. Her main topics include sharing her witness of struggling with depression and self-harm, and having faith during suffering. She has three music albums – her latest “Wonderfully Made” — is a project she did with her husband, David McHugh. Noelle also has two Lighthouse Media talks: “13 Reasons Why You Matter” and “Getting Others to Heaven.” Noelle has a Masters of Theological Studies from Newman University. She currently resides in Dodge City, Kansas.
Steve Angrisano – Special Musical Guest
Steve Angrisano is one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. People of all ages embrace the passionate message of faith woven throughout his music and storytelling. A veteran musician, composer and youth minister, he’s performed at seven World Youth Days (Panama 2019, being his latest WYD), the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), and many other national and international events.
Steve burst onto the contemporary Catholic music scene in 1998 with Make a Difference, his first album. Co-written with Tom Tomaszek, the collection features the iconic “Go, Make a Difference” and the popular Mass of a Joyful Heart. More than seven collections later, including Welcome Home and A New Day, Steve shows no signs of slowing down. In 2007 he released Live: Songs from the Road, a spine-tingling live-performance CD, and a companion songbook/guide titled Essential Songs: A Road-Tested Resource for Youth Ministry. Many of his songs have entered the mainstream worship repertoire, including “Psalm 63: My Soul Is Thirsting,” “Emmanuel,” and “Sweet Redeemer.” His most recent collection is High Above Our Way, offering nine songs for liturgy, prayer and inspiration, including a handful of songs co-written with fellow Catholic composer Curtis Stephan.
Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve’s ministry has grown out of who he is: a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ. This makes him a popular choice for youth rallies, retreats, concerts, parish missions and faith formation workshops.
A long-time resident of the Denver, Colorado area, Steve and his family now call Coppell, Texas home.
6-7pm Gathering Music & Opening
7-8pm Opening Keynote Session
9:30-10:30pm Evening Wrap-up, Small Groups & Reconciliation
9-9:30am Welcome & Morning Prayer
9:30-10:30am The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive
10:30-11:30am Mass with Bishop
11:30-12pm Morning Session Wrap-up
12-1:30pm Small Groups, Lunch & Reconciliation Available
1:30-2:30pm Elevate Your Mind
2:30-3:30pm Worship & Small Groups
3:30-4pm Divine Mercy Chaplet & Adoration
4-5pm Breakout Sessions
5-6:30pm Dinner & Small Groups
6:30-7pm College Witness & Skit
7-9pm Eucharistic Procession
9-10pm Evening Wrap-up & Small Groups
8:30-9am Welcome & Morning Prayer
9-9:40am Living Out Your Vocation
9:40-10am Living Alive Again
10-11am Worship & Adoration
12-12:30pm Closing Video & Theme Song
Destination Jesus will only accept registrations by parish group.Each participant must register through their parish to attend Destination Jesus.
Note: Group registration closes on January 31, 2020. No additional spots for your parish will be accepted after this date.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to receive a registration packet.
Destination Jesus is a 40 hour eucharistic retreat for high school students. We are celebrating our 23rs year and expecting over 900 high school students and chaperones. Our hope is that the young people attending will grow in prayer, a devotion to the blessed sacrament, and community with fellow Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.
Who can attend Destination Jesus?
Destination Jesus is designed for high school students and their adult Leaders who are 18 years of age or older and have graduated high school.
How do I register?
We are here to make registration easy! You will reserve your spots online this year and receive confirmation through email. In order to start group reservation, please email us at email@example.com, and we will send you the registration link. As always, please feel free to contact us at with any questions you may have at 317-846-3878.
Can I send my youth alone?
In order to provide the best possible context for fellowship, sharing, ministry, and supervision, we will only handle registrations by parish groups only. No individual registrations will be accepted.
What do I do if I have a food allergy?
If you have a food allergy we need to be aware of (vegetarian, lactose intolerant, wheat/peanut allergy, etc.), please contact Joe Domina at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is able to accommodate most allergies and food sensitivities. You also have the option of bringing your meal already prepared, place them in reheatable containers, put them in a bag with your parish name, your name, group leader name, and phone number on the outside. You will bring your food directly to the kitchen on Friday during check in. Group Leaders: Make sure you indicate your groups allergies on the parish google roster due: 1/29/2016. We always do our very best to accommodate your needs; however, it never hurts to bring some snacks just in case.
Someone in my group has a special need for housing due to a physical handicap. What should I do?
We will do our very best to help accommodate whatever needs that individual may have. Remember, we can only help as much as you communicate with us. For that reason, please contact the OLMC Faith Formation office (317-846-3878) as early as possible to explain your needs.
What should I pack?
Each participant should bring clothing appropriate/comfortable for a church function (it may be cold in the worship space, layers are encouraged), sleeping bag, twin size air mattress only, pillow, towel, washcloth, toiletries, Bible, journal, and spending money (many participants like to get things from our bookstore).
The following items may also be helpful in your packing: Sleep Mask (in some sleep areas lights remain on at night), Extra blanket, flashlight, Chapstick, plastic bag for wet towels, Bathing suit if desired for showering. You may pack a snack for the sleep areas, if desired.
Also, please note: Pack your items in a Duffle Bag if possible, and avoid using luggage with wheels.
How many chaperones do we need to bring?
For the safety of the youth and to foster productive small group times, we require you to have 1 Adult / 8 Youth during the day, & 1 Adult / 6 Youth for each gender in the sleep areas per Diocesan regulations. Also remember that if you are bringing male and female youth, you MUST have both male and female chaperones. We ask that your group not exceed the maximum Adult to Youth ratio. Priests are not included in the Chaperone ratio due to separate housing.
I am a chaperone coming to the retreat and want to bring my small children; can I do that?
Although we strongly support Catholic family life, our staffing, facility constraints, and insurance regulations do not allow us to provide childcare. In addition, the focus of the Adult Chaperone/Group Leader needs to be on the youth participants. If adults bring their own children, their focus will be divided. With the best care of the youth in mind, please refrain from bringing non-participant children with you.
What are the criteria for Group Leader, Adult Chaperone and Youth?
Group Leader: The adult responsible for organizing your trip and serving as the main contact for your group. Written and oral correspondence takes place between the Group Leader and the retreat office. The Group Leader must attend the ENTIRE retreat and will be responsible for the entire group. (Group leader must be 21 years of age or older)
Adult Chaperone: An Adult Chaperone is someone attending the retreat to chaperone the youth throughout the ENTIRE weekend. All Adult Chaperones must be 18 years of age or older, have graduated high school and have been approved to work with youth through the groups home diocese protocol training. All Adult Chaperones are expected to be with the Youth throughout the ENTIRE retreat, to include sleeping in the same sleep area with the Youth. This weekend is challenging physically and spiritually. All Adult Chaperones must be able to lead kids to safety incase of an emergency: Ex. Fire, Natural Disaster, etc. We recommend that chaperones feel comfortable directing, sharing with, and praying with youth and that they have completed their first year of college or job. Priests are not included in the Chaperone ratio due to separate housing.
Youth: Youth participants at the retreat must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.
How can I volunteer?
We are always in need of additional volunteers to make Destination Jesus a success. Thank you for your interest in helping, please contact us at: email@example.com
I am a priest and I would like to concelebrate Mass and hear Confessions. What do I need to bring with me?
We would love for you to concelebrate! We ask that you please bring your own vestments as we cannot promise that we will have enough or the correct size. We have a vesting room where you can leave your vestments all weekend.
Where is Destination Jesus held?
Destination Jesus will take place on the campus of Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Indiana. Dining will take place in the cafeteria on campus and housing will be in a couple different schools throughout the area. Once you arrive on campus, parking officials will guide you to registration.
I am a youth attending Destination Jesus; can I bring my cell phone?
We know how important it is for you to stay connected, but we require that youth leave all electronic devices at home. It may be difficult at first, but disconnecting from electronics (even phones) will help all participants to truly connect to the Lord and those on retreat. Should you need to contact home while on retreat, phones are available in the Destination Jesus Logistics Office.
Who do I contact for more information?
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-846-3878. We are always ready and able to help!
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Organizer / Contact
Address 14598 Oak Ridge Rd, Carmel, IN 46032
St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School
Address 15300 Gray Rd, Noblesville, IN 46062
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