Q.- What is Connect?
A.- Connect is a retreat that started in 1999 at St. Mary's
Q.- Why should I go to Connect?
A.- The main reason you should attend Connect is to build on your base of faith so that you can transition into college with a solid community like St. Mary's that will help you to take full advantage of the graces each sacrament provides. Also, Connect provides you with the best opportunity to meet fellow Catholics and introduce you to all of the amazing ministries that St. Mary's has to offer. There are over 80 student organizations at St. Mary's alone and all will be represented.
Q.- When is the retreat?
A.- There will be two chances to make it this year: August 22-23 and August 26-27. The retreat will begin at 10 AM on the first day and end after a mass and dinner around 7 PM.
Q.- Am I going to be sleeping there each night?
A.- No, actually nobody will sleep at St. Mary's overnight. You will go to your home or dorm to sleep and return to the retreat the next day. Transportation will be provided when the retreat is over each night back to on campus dorms.
Q.- How much does the retreat cost?
A.- The retreat costs only $30 which includes an awesome t-shirt and five meals not to mention friendships that will last a lifetime!
Q.- Do I have to stay the whole time?
A.- It is recommended that you attend the entire retreat because it will be AWESOME! However, if there are conflicts you may leave by letting the coordinators know when you arrive.
Q.- Will I be pressured into doing something I'm not comfortable doing?
A.- Definitely not! Only do what you are comfortable with and if you do not want to do something, no questions will be asked. There are many chances for retreaters to choose what they will be doing throughout the retreat, which allows you to have more freedom with your activities.
Q.- Do only Catholics go to this retreat?
A.- No, Connect is open to anyone who may be interested in spending the weekend hanging out with other new students & current students, talking about our faith, eating lots of food, laughing hysterically, and whatever else someone might come up with!!!...so bring your friends.
Q.- Will we be going to Mass?
A.- Yes. On the first day and on the second day.
Q.- What do I need to bring?
A.- Just come with an open mind and anything that you might want for personal prayer (Bible, rosary, etc.).
Q.- What will we be doing?
A.- The weekend will consist of a few talks given by current St. Mary's students, small group sharing, personal prayer time, large group socializing, various fun activities, and praise & worship.
Q.- Will I have time to prepare everything I need for school on Monday if I go on this retreat before school starts?
A.- Absolutely, you will have plenty of time to get organized and find your classrooms with some of your new friends from St. Mary's!
Q.- What if I can't complete all the information on the application, for example, what dorm I'm living in?
A.- Fill out as much as you can & either send us the rest when you get it or tell us at the retreat.
Q. Where do I pay and sign up for Connect 2016?
A. All sign-ups and payments are done online at aggiecatholic.org/connect. The information can be found on the right hand side. Payments can also be mailed into St. Mary's with Attn: Connect. Invite all your friends for an amazing two days at St. Mary's!
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