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Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only

There are plenty of youth retreats happening throughout the year. These are fun opportunities for youth to go away for a weekend and have fun as well as grow in their faith. Some of this trips are broken down by grade, while others are open to the whole group. There are also Parrish wide retreats that everybody is encouraged to come join. Scroll down below to find out more about these retreats!


Every February all youth (6th grade through 12th) and their parents are invited to come join us up in the mountains as we go skiing, sledding, and tubing on a crazy fun filled weekend. And we don’t always need snow for Snowfest. If the weather isn’t cooperating there is still plenty to do in the Shenandoah valley, and it’s still a blast! Sign up early for this one because it fills up fast.


St. James’s SNOWFEST (6th-12th) A winter youth retreat to Shrine Mont, February 7-9, 2020

PYM Shrine Mont Retreats

These are trips to Shrine Mont done on different weekends throughout the year. Each trip is broken down by grade.


6th – 8th Grade Retreat

6th – 8th Grade PYM Weekend May 8-10, 2020 Retreat weekends are a great opportunity for youth to have fun with new and old friends and explore their faith outside the rhythm and routine of daily life.

9th to 12th Grade Retreat

PYM Senior High Weekend: 9th to 12th grades Retreat November 1-3, 2019

Parish Wide Retreats

There are also opportunities for youth to join the entire congregation on a retreat, usually to Shrine Mont. These are unique trips that offer youth the chance to bond with the entire parish

Lenten Retreat: “Connecting to the Faith That Is In Us”

Saturday, February 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Valentine Hall This phrase comes from the Litany for Ash Wednesday - “We confess to you, Lord, our negligence in our prayer and worship and our failure to commend the faith that…

Annual Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont

The historic Shrine Mont Retreat Center offers a beautiful setting for St. James’s annual fall retreat in the mountains!

Lenten Retreat: Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Valentine Hall On Ash Wednesday, the people are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent” through a number of practices, including self-examination and reflection.


St. James’s SNOWFEST (6th-12th) A winter youth retreat to Shrine Mont, February 7-9, 2020

Exploring God’s Creation Field Trip

Looking for a chance to reconnect with the natural world and reflect on the many gifts God has given us?

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