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Hershey Thanks - Retreat Potential

posted Jun 24, 2015, 10:41 AM by Matthew Baum   [ updated Jun 24, 2015, 1:57 PM ]
Good Afternoon Everyone,

First of all, thank you to everyone who participated and helped with both Activities Week and Hershey Park.  Both were a big success!  We have a lot of new people in the group and on the list.  Please read these emails regularly.  They come out about once a week and keep everyone posted on what's going on.  If you ever want to get a message out to the entire group about something that you think everyone would be interested in, please feel free to email me at and I'll be glad to post it for you!  Every Week, this message is posted on the website at on the Facebook Group at and via email.  You can  sign up for the email at!forum/jpiiyg or by sending me your email address to!

Parent Meeting - Our Next Parent Meeting is July 1st @ 7pm in the JPII Chapel!  All Parents of those in 6th-12th grade in the fall, and any other interested adults are welcome.  Please come with ideas!  I'd really like to see us get a schedule together for the Fall during the month of July.  

Upcoming High School Retreat - A number of you have mentioned wanting to do a summer retreat.  I have some plans, but at this point we need to get things into gear, and I need your help if we can make it happen.  The Sisters in Portage are holding the dates of July 7-9 for us.  The retreat would be Tuesday Evening through Thursday Morning.  It will be open to anyone entering 9th grade through those who just graduated 12th.  Cost will be $10/Person  The Theme will be "Mercy and Forgiveness"  Unfortunately the OLV folks aren't available due to Arts we have to make up the 15 people ourselves.

Here's what we need to make happen.  
1. If you are able to come, I NEED a commitment from you NO LATER THAN MONDAY JUNE 29th.  Please check your schedules and send me an email if you can commit to coming.  We NEED a MINIMUM of 15 people to make a reasonable retreat happen.  If we have less than 15, we'll re-evaluate and our next retreat will be fall, so make it happen.  (even if we don't have the people, we'll still do the 1 day pilgrimage)
2. I NEED CHAPERONS/SMALL GROUP LEADERS - We need to find at least 2 people, 1 male 1 female over 21 who will be chaperons for the retreat.  If one of them is willing to do a talk, I'd certainly be excited about that.  I spoke to one or two of the sisters and a few other people about potentially doing a talk.  

I know many of you want to make this happen.  Please sign up and help me find chaperons and I think we can do it.  I MUST know by Monday June 29th!

July Pilgrimage - As We talked about on the way home from Hershey, we're looking at doing a 1-day trip sometime in the week of July 20-24th.  I've been thinking of a couple of options.  Please fill out the survey and let me know what interest you have in the upcoming options.

Survey - This is just a very short survey after Activities Week and Hershey Park.  Please take a moment to fill it out.  I also included a list of pilgrimage places.  Please let me know which one you would be most interested in by filling out the survey.

God Bless,
-Fr. Matt