Home for the Holidays

2023 Advent Retreat 

Saturday December 9th from 5:30-9:30pm

St. Mary's High School in Westfield, MA

Open to all middle to high school students

Featuring talks by the Nashville Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

And the Diocesan Youth Ambassadors

Start off Advent on the right foot and come join us for this special night! 

Parents Registration

The registration deadline for the retreat is Wednesday December 6th. After the deadline, registration and walk-ins will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Parents and group leaders must register their kids for the retreat. 

Price: $10*

*Group Discounts available. Please see below for more information on how to buy tickets as a Group Leader.

Youth and Parish Group Leaders

For more information on group registration, please contact Joe Austin by clicking the button below or calling 413-276-5134. Group discounts of up to 25% are availble for more than 10 kids in a group.

Youth Team Members

If you are a current member of the Diocesan Youth Team, you do not need to register for the retreat. Please RSVP at the next meeting.


What will take place at the retreat?

The Office of Youth Ministry and Diocesan Youth Leadership Team invite all middle to high school students to join for a special night of preparation for the coming of the Lord through talks by the Nashville Dominicans, a witness by a member of the diocesan youth ambassadors, fun activities, fellowship, time for small group discussion and Adoration, and a hot buffet dinner. 

Who may attend the retreat?

All middle to high school students are welcome to attend. Post high school graduates 18+ including parents who wish to attend must contact Joe Austin at 413-276-5134 or j.austin@diospringfield.org prior to attendance and must be in compliance with the Office of Safe Environment prior to attendance. The Office of Youth Ministry reserves the right to turn away at the door any adults who are not in compliance with the Office of Safe Environment. 

What is the theme of the retreat?

The name of this year's Advent Retreat is "Home for the Holidays," and it will offer attendees an opportunity to prepare for their hearts for the coming of the Lord.