Tentative Updated Schedule for Winter Youth Retreat*
Please share this with others - Youth, College Students & Young Adults!!!!
Arrival: Monday Late Afternoon/Early Evening — December 26th -
Meet at St. George’s Orthodox Church, 704 W. Sam Houston, Pharr, Texas:
3-6 PM: Check in — Registration—Early Arrivees Begin Sorting Orphanage Items & Choir
Practice (for Spanish Divine Liturgy, etc.)
7 PM: Dinner at Church - Welcome
8 PM: Introductions — Orientation—Brief Retreat Topic Introductory Presentation: “Living an Orthodox Life in an Un-Orthodox World” ~ Mark Cherry, Professor of Philosophy at St. Edward's Universiy in Austin, Texas (& an Orthodox Convert)
10:15 PM: Evening Prayers
10:45 PM: Young Men & Women to their respective lodgings…
11:45 PM: Lights Out!
Tuesday — December 27th
7:30 AM: Matins (Abbreviated) at St. George’s Church
8:00 AM: Breakfast (at Church) [Briefing for the Day]
9:00 AM: Finish Sorting, Loading Vehicles for Casa Amparo Orphanage in Mexico
10:00 AM: Leave for Casa Amparo Orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico
Lunch at Orphanage in Mexico
Afternoon: Garden Work Project at Orphanage…
5:30 PM: Return to St. George’s
7:00 PM: Dinner at Church [from Pollo Loco] followed by Main Retreat Theme Presentation/Discussion: “Living an Orthodox Life in an Un-Orthodox World”
10:00 PM: Evening Prayers
10:30 PM: Return to Lodgings…
12:00 PM: Lights Out!
Wednesday — December 28th — St. George’s Food Pantry
7:00 AM: Morning Prayers & Breakfast at Church
8:00 AM—10 AM: Conclusion of Retreat Topic Presentation/Discussion: “Living an Orthodox Life in an Un-Orthodox World”
10:00 AM: St. George Food Pantry - sort food into family boxes
Lunch at local Taqueria
12:45: Back to Church
1:00 PM — 3:00 PM: Distribute Food Boxes to Participants
3:00 — 3:30 PM: Clean Up
3:30 — 4:00 PM: Break (Change clothes for Vespers, etc.)
4:00 PM - 4:30: Choir Practice - for Spanish Div. Liturgy
4:30 — 5:30 PM: Spiritual Focus Session
6:00 PM: Vespers at St. George’s
7:15 PM: Dinner at Church
After Dinner: Talent Show! Fellowship, Snacks & Desert
10:30 PM: Return to Lodgings
11:30 PM: Lights Out!
Thursday — December 29th — Day-long Outing! If weather is not conducive for a beach trip, alternative activities, such as a day-trip to Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, may be substituted.
7:30 AM: Matins (Abbreviated) — Change Clothes after, etc.
8:30 AM: Breakfast at Church
9:30 AM: Make Lunches & Load Up for Beach Trip!
10:00 AM: Leave for S. Padre Island
Picnic Lunch at Beach (or alternative outing)
Afternoon on Beach….
Dinner on Way Home…
Great Vespers — (Confessions available)
Choir Practice (for SPANISH Div. Liturgy)
Return to Lodgings — Lights Out!
Friday — December 30th — Divine Liturgy in Spanish! & Mexico Outing
9:00 AM: Hours
9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy (mainly in Spanish!)
11:30 AM: Brunch at Church — Change clothes, etc.
12:30-1:00 PM: Leave for Nuevo Progresso Outing/Shopping. Bring Photo ID and spending money for souvenirs, etc.
6:30 PM: Dinner & Final Session at Church
9:30 PM: Evening Prayers at Church
10:30 PM: Return to lodgings…
11:30 PM: Lights Out!
Saturday — December 31st — New Year’s Eve
7:30 AM: Morning Prayers
8:00 AM: Breakfast & Goodbyes (for those who must leave us)
Official End of Retreat... However if you can stay for the entire weekend, you are very welcome & encouraged to do so!
6:00 PM: Great Vespers- Eve of Circumcision of our Lord
7:15 PM: Annual New Year’s Eve Party at the Perdomo’s Home
Bring Finger Foods, Snacks, Caroling & Singing in neighborhood of the Church & at the Perdomo’s home…
Sunday — January 1st — New Year’s Day — Circumcision of Our Lord
9:30 AM: Hours
10:00 AM: Divine Liturgy
Noon — Coffee Hour/Dinner at the Church
Final Goodbyes: End of Retreat for the remainder of our guests…..
* This is an updated but still tentative schedule only - very much subject to changes and alterations!
For More Information, See:http://www.stgeorgepantry.org/winteryouthretreat.html
¡Gloria a Dios por todo!
St. George-the-Great-Martyr Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 667
Pharr, TX 78577-0667