What is Destination Jesus?

Destination Jesus has traditionally been a 40 hour eucharistic retreat for high school students. This year it will be a 1 day retreat from 9am-9pm due to COVID-19. This is the 27th year of Destination Jesus. 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 info@destinationjesus.org, and then have your students and chaperones use the links in the menu bar above to register and pay. 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 specify this on the registration form. We are 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 Saturday during check in. 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 or 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).  Bibles, journals, and spending money are encouraged (many participants like to get things from our vendors).

 

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. We ask that your group not exceed the maximum Adult to Youth ratio. Priests are not included in the Chaperone ratio.

 

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 retreat. 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. 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.

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: volunteer@destinationjesus.org

 

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. 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 recommend 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, please connect with your youth minister.

 

Who do I contact for more information?

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have! Please contact us at info@destinationjesus.org or 317-846-3878. We are always ready and able to help!

 

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