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What is Inspire to be Merciful



414 W Madison St. / Decatur, IN 46733  (260) 724-9159

September 25, 2016

The Most Holy Name of Mary

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Parents of our High School-Age Youth!

May the Good Lord continue to bless and strengthen you as you continue to bless and strengthen his own greatest treasures: the dear children He Himself has entrusted to your care.

As the Catechism teaches us: the family is the first school and parents are their children’s first teachers in the ways of Faith. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t get a little help and support from the Church! And here at St. Mary’s we have a wonderful opportunity right around the corner.

Karen Weber and her devoted core team of Youth Group volunteers have been working very hard to plan our second annual Fall Youth Retreat: "Inspired to be Merciful." They’ve modeled the weekend on our own very successful Christ Renews His Parish retreats and they’ve invited campus ministry students from Franciscan University of Steubenville and Franciscan Sisters and Friars to join us!

Our weekend will begin on Saturday, November 5th with registration at 8:30 am in the school entrance way and conclude with a special blessing for our participants and their families on Sunday the 6th at 1 pm. In the course of two days, we’ll be learning about the Works of Mercy through prayer, skits, discussions, games, movies and personal witnesses – and we’ll have lots of good food, too!

Our retreat is open to all High School Age Youth – Catholic and non-Catholic alike, so your children are more than welcome to invite their friends to join them.

If you would like more information, have any questions, or would like to help out or donate some snacks, then please give Karen a call at (260) 223-3138.

And please join us, starting now, in praying for a beautiful and powerful retreat that will inspire all of our young people – and our entire community through them – to be merciful like Jesus.

May Every Blessing be Yours!

Fr. Bob J. Lengerich

Pastor – St. Mary of the Assumption, Decatur



What is Inspire to be Merciful?

A retreat designed to bring high school teens together before our Eucharistic Lord

for conversion through music, talks, sharing, and prayer.

Who can attend?

  •  All high school teens Catholic and Non-Catholic that are registered.
  •  Adult chaperones and group leaders.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

  •  You will have personal space on a plot of floor in the same area as others of your same sex and not permitted in sleeping areas of those of the opposite sex. Please bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

What meals are provided?

  •  A continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided on Saturday. Light snack and brunch will be provided on Sunday and of course snacks too.

(There will be plenty of food you will not be hungry)

What should I bring?

  •  Toiletries
  •  Modest & comfortable clothes
  •  Sleeping bag (extra blankets if desired)
  •  Pillow
  •  Rosary
  •  An open mind!

What not to bring.

  •  While you may bring your cell phone, you are asked to keep it with your belongings in your designated area.
  •  Watches-We are on God's time!

In case of emergency, we can get messages to teens and teens can use one of our phones if needed.

Do adult chaperones need to register?

  • Yes - and all adults must have completed Safe Environment training and screening before registering.
  •  Check In begins at 8:30 am Parish Hall 5th street Parking lot Door #8
  •  Retreat begins at 9:00 am
  •  Retreat ends at 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon
  •  Students will have the opportunity to attend Reconciliation.
  •  Students will attend Mass Saturday evening.

Emergency contact numbers:

Ted Miller 260-301-1421

Lori Miller 260-223-2128

Karen Weber 260-223-3138


In order to have groups ready, please drop the registration forms off at the rectory or school office. Forms are available on line or in the back of church and parish hall. If you cannot drop off before the retreat, bring them on the morning of the retreat. be Merciful

Youth Retreat 2016


First Name___________________________ Last Name__________________________

Address:_____________________________ City:______________________________

State:_______________________________ Zip Code:___________________________

Email Address:_______________________________________________________________

Parents Email Address_________________________________________________________

Sex;________________________________ Parish:_____________________________

Cell Phone:(yours)______________________ Cell Phone: (mom)_____________________

Cell Phone: (dads)______________________ T-shirt size_________________________

Home phone: _________________________ Cost: $20.00 (Scholarships available- no one will be turned away because of financial needs).

*CELL PHONE POLICY: Retreat weekends like Inspire…to be Merciful offer a unique chance to "come away" from the distractions and cares of our everyday lives and enter deeply into fellowship and prayer. Thus, all teen retreatants are encouraged to leave behind any personal communication devices (cell phones, tablets, laptops, IPod touch, etc.) for this weekend, in keeping with the spirit of personal encounter that this retreat seeks to foster. If you need to bring your phone, you are asked to keep it with your belongings and not carry them on you. While adults are permitted to carry their personal devices, they are kindly asked to consult them only in highly necessary and to do so out of view of teen retreatants.

*CODE OF CONDUCT: All retreatants are expected to speak and act with Christian moral integrity. Modesty in dress and speech are expected, out of respect for the Eucharist and the priests who will be present with us. Sleeveless shirts, leggings, tights, yoga pants, shorts or skirts higher than knee-length are not permitted, and anyone in immodest dress will be asked to change. Drinking, smoking, illegal drug use, profanity, physical violence, aggression, sexual suggestion and activity are prohibited and retreatants understand that any serious violation may result in their immediate dismissal. What constitutes a violation remains ever at the discretion of retreat organizers and group leaders. Teens and adults understand that failure to agree to and abide by this Code may bar them from participation in this retreat as well as future events.

*RETREAT SPACE: Females are not permitted in designated male sleeping areas and males are not permitted in female sleeping areas. Retreatants are expected to respect the property of others (Including parish and school property) and to care for their own personal belongings and trash. No teen is permitted to travel outside the boundaries set for retreat, and retreat organizers retain the right to alter schedules, sleeping arrangements, or curfew at any time if deemed necessary for the well being of retreatnants.

I acknowledge having read and understood the entirety of the above policies, and fully agree to abide by them. I promise to act in a manner consistent with the spirit of this retreat, and will remain flexible and creatively adaptable in the face of any difficulty that may arise, setting a noble example of Christian joy, prayer, and decorum throughout my time serving on this retreat-that God may be glorified in all my actions.

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Parent/Guardian Signature Student Signature


I agree on behalf of myself, my heirs, successors, and assigns, to hold harmless and defend my aforementioned parish, St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, Decatur, Indiana ("St. Mary’s") and the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend ("Diocese") their officers, directors, employees, chaperones, agents, and representatives associated with the event from any claims and liabilities arising from or in connection with any losses or damages including property, illness, injury (including death), or cost of medical treatment in connection therewith; and I agree to compensate St. Mary’s, the Diocese, their officers, directors, employees, chaperones, agents, and representatives associated with them for any reasonable attorney fees and expenses which may be incurred in any action brought against them as a result of such loss, injury or damage.

I hereby authorize the Diocese, and its agents to take and utilize photographs and/or video images of me. I understand that these materials may be used for advertising any and all future youth ministry events or for communicating about the nature and spirit of youth ministry including being posted on the internet. I understand that in such an event, photographs and video will be utilized at the discretion of Diocesan employees and only in ways that uphold the dignity of the human person. I understand that the only identifying information to be associated with any such photographs or videos will be first names. I also understand that I will receive no compensation should any photograph or video be used.

I acknowledge having read and understood the entirety of this Consent and Release Agreement, and fully agree to all its contents.

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Parent/Legal Guardian Signature Student Signature

Contact: Karen Weber


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