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You Are the Light of the World
Virtual Spiritual Retreats


To lead students to make a commitment to faith that does justice, in this retreat they will come to understand morality  and appreciate more deeply that a living faith leads directly to a loving action which leads to the transformation of the world.

The Virtual Retreat

The Retreat Includes:

  • Personal relationship with Jesus through prayer and the sacraments

  • Video clips from Superbook and the Saints (e.g. St. Bernadette, St. Jacinta and St. Francisco, the children of Fatima)

  • Audio-visuals on personal testimonies witnessing the power of intercession and prayer

  • Basic church teachings on Baptism, Confession, and Holy Communion

  • Basic Catechism of Church teachings and analysis of the Beatitudes

  • Salvation history starting from the Old Testament of the Bible from Creation to the birth of our Lord Jesus

  • Virtual presentation on the importance of virtues formation such as hope and charity, and its relevance in these times

  • Interactive games and music focusing on the roles of the fruits of the Holy Spirit


Students who attend our “You are the Light of World” retreats will experience all three aspects of living out our faith.


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Special Needs Retreat:

In addition, we also offer Retreats for Gr. 9-12 students who are intellectually and/or physically challenged..


Our Youth Ministry has been the host of “You Are The Light of the World” Youth Rallies for audiences as large as five thousand and at school assemblies. We are the host of Spiritual Retreats for students from grades J.K. to twelve since our participation at World Youth Day 2002. Our St. Jude’s United Catholic Worship band was chosen as the music ministry to represent Canada in World Youth Day 2005 in Germany and 2011 in Madrid.

“You Are The Light of the World” spiritual retreats are taking place at St. Jude’s Academy of the Arts Day Program. St. Jude’s is part of St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre, a non-profit charity and a member agency of Share Life. Our Spiritual Retreats have been successfully taking place at St. Jude’s since 2003 and have been located on the beautiful monasterial grounds of the Basilian Marian Shrine of Gratitude.

“You Are The Light of the World” spiritual retreats offer participating students a day filled with the Holy Spirit through prayer and inspirational talks, giving all an opportunity to enhance and deepen their relationship with Jesus through the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Retreats are offered to elementary schools for the Sacrament of First Communion, Confirmation and High School students from grade 9 to 12.

Each student will enjoy a fun filled day collaborating with the special individuals we serve in various activities such as: arts and crafts, drama, and dance. Students will make rosary bracelets and for an additional $5 dollars each student can bring their handmade bracelet home. All students receive a rosary and prayer cards.

The day ends with a worship celebration with St. Jude’s United Catholic Worship Band featuring contemporary Christian Rock Music.

Retreat students will have an opportunity to venerate first class relics of many saints. Some are: the True Cross of Jesus, St Anne, St. Maria Goretti, St Anthony, St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Thomas Aquinas, St John Bosco, and many more.

St. Jude’s Academy of the Arts

To reserve a retreat for your school or church group, please contact:

Angie Carboni

     (416) 654-9810

St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre provides inclusive programs which allows intellectually and/or physically challenged individuals and their care givers to actively participate with their “able” peers in the community. All proceeds go to assist St. Bernadette's Family Resource Centre, a ShareLife member agency.

Our Charitable Registration number is 13586 6721 RR0001

Our Motto is WE CAN LIVE AS ONE.

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