Luke 18 2022 Registration
Your child is cordially invited to attend the upcoming Luke 18 Retreat hosted by Ss. Peter and Paul Parish.

This retreat is for 7th and 8th graders. It is an excellent opportunity for your child to experience God's love in new and exciting ways through songs, games, sharing and a series of talks given by high school and college parishioners of Ss. Peter and Paul. The 7th and 8th graders, called Lukers, will learn how to integrate their faith into their lives as they make the transition to young adults of the Church. The weekend encourages them to share God's love with others on a more personal level than is usually possible in a typical religion class. As Pope Francis wrote in "Christus Vivit," our youth are not just the future of the Church, but its present, and this retreat celebrates them as full members of our faith community. A few quotes from prior Luke 18 attendees are below:

"It was the best and most fun weekend of my grade school life!"

"Luke 18 was the most important weekend in terms of building my faith. Everything started with Luke 18 for me"

The Luke 18 retreat weekend is organized and coordinated by Ss. Peter and Paul parishioners Marty and Haley Kovarik who have been involved with Luke 18 for seventeen years. The Young Adult Leaders for this year's retreat are Maddie Phelps, Ashley Grohmann, Ande Grohmann, and Mady Thompson. Once the weekend begins, a team of young adults, high school and college-age, will guide the Lukers in share groups and other forms of ministry. "Youth ministering youth" will enable your child to relate more easily to the experience of living as a young Christian in the 21st century.

The retreat will be held from Friday, January 14th to Sunday, January 16th at Gibault Catholic High School. It is an overnight retreat. Friday evening check-in will begin at 7:00PM. The retreat concludes on Sunday with Mass at 1:00PM; families are encouraged to attend Mass with their Luker. Lukers will sleep in male-only and female-only rooms throughout the school, closely supervised by our volunteers and parent hall monitors. Lukers are expected to attend the entire retreat without exception.

The health and safety of everyone involved in this retreat is our highest priority. We will be following the Diocesan and local COVID-19 protocols (masks, distancing, etc) that are in place at the time of the retreat. A full email outlining all protocols will be sent out 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the retreat.

The cost of the retreat is $50 per child. This fee covers your child's meals, snacks, and drinks on Saturday and Sunday. Each child also receives a Luke 18 T-shirt. Please make checks payable to "Ss. Peter and Paul Church" with "Luke 18" in the memo. Please mail checks to:

Marty Kovarik
500 Paul Dr.
Waterloo, IL 62298

Registration must be submitted by December 20th. If you have more than one child attending, please submit a separate form for each child.

An email with full retreat details will be sent after you have submitted your registration and will be emailed again 1-2 weeks prior to the retreat. For any questions, please reach out to Marty Kovarik via call, text, or email (618-363-5761 or
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