RSM holds Faith Retreat

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Brayden Ricke plays keep away with Jacob Britt using a giant ball while teacher, Tim Osterman looks on.
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Instead of attending classes on Wednesday, November 28, Remsen St. Mary’s High School students gathered at St. Catherine’s school in Oyens for a retreat.

The theme for the retreat was “Almost There!” based off of St. Joseph of Cupertino. The phrase symbolized how we are almost to heaven yet, there are a few more steps we have to take. St. Joseph of Cupertino struggled with both academics and friendships in school. He was such a nuisance that monasteries wouldn’t accept him. Eventually, St. Joseph was accepted and became a priest. His relationship with God became so strong that he would levitate when he preached or said Mass. St. Joseph Cupertino was also chosen for this retreat because he is the patron saint of students and test takers.

The day started of with breakfast. Next, students broke up into groups and listened to four different speakers. Dan McCarty, COO of Orange City Area Hospital talked about making time for Jesus in our hectic lives. Owner of 3 Sister’s Bistro, Ann Muller, spoke to students about her journey back to the Church. Students also listened to Nic Nelson, athletic director of Briar Cliff, discus his journey with his daughter, Grace, who was born with SMA, a muscular disease that limits physical strength. He explained how he remained faithful in such a difficult time. Spencer Schorg said, “In Nic Nelson’s speech I learned how important God’s grace is and how important it is in our lives.” Lastly, students got the opportunity to speak with Sister Fidelis Marie about vocations and how discern our calling. Sidney Tritz said, “I thought that the speakers were really inspiring. My favorite was the sister because she was hilarious.”

Kelsey Behrens and Jake Anderson battle over a chair while playing human tic-tac-toe during an icebreaker game.
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In between speakers, each group participated in team building games, such as human tic-tac-toe. Following the speakers, everyone headed over to St. Catherine’s Parish to celebrate Mass. After lunch, Dr. Hanson from Orange City Hospital, spoke to the whole student body on Natural Family Planning, Pro-Life, and Chastity. Due to the weather and poor road conditions, the retreat ended early and students caravanned back to Remsen where they were dismissed. Despite the day getting cut short, students still gained helpful advice to make their faith lives stronger. Samantha Sauer said, “The retreat made me realize how if I want to get to heaven, I need to have a strong relationship with Jesus.”

Kris Schiltz, Blaine Harpenau, and Xavier Galles lead everyone in song.
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Lexi Harpenau (right) and other students laugh as they listen to Sister Fidelis Marie speak during the retreat.
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Nic Nelson explains the positive things he has experienced through his daughter Grace.
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