Diocesan Youth Retreat Team (DYRT)

DYRT for Youth

"It doesn't matter how you do it, we all do it different ways. What matters is that you did it"
-DYRT Team quote 2011/12

Who and What is DYRT?

The Office of the Youth and Young Adult ministry offers a team of energetic faith-filled young adults to provide retreats/workshops within the Diocese on a year round basis… The team works with students of elementary, junior and senior High School age in both the Parish Churches and Schools. The DYRT team can also provide young adult retreats to groups of young adults up to the age of 35.

Each DYRT team member is a dedicated, enthusiastic young adult. The Youth and Young Adult Ministry provides ongoing training in facilitation & faith development to guide them on the journey of becoming effective witnesses to the community we serve.

Specific Service: To act as a Resource Team to parish based youth ministry teams and/or personnel and to provide resources and information to parishes seeking more effective means of ministering effectively to our youth.

Primary Objective is to offer retreats for parishes, especially in the area of Sacramental preparation

Our retreats provide opportunity for spiritual education and reflection for the students. There are several retreats that have been developed around sacramental themes, but the team will create new content on specific topics for individual retreats upon request.

Sacramental Theme Retreats Specific Theme Days
First Holy Communion Community Building, Prayer
First Reconcilation Peer Pressure, Confidence

Retreat Costs

The cost for booking the DYRT team for parishes is a charge of $1.25 per participant to cover the cost of materials.  Parish costs are included in their yearly assessment.

The cost for booking the DYRT team for schools is based on the number of participants, the number of DYRT team members facilitating the Retreat and the number of hours that the retreat will run.

The DYRT team will provide any and all materials for the day. Please review the pricing chart for below:

School pricing:

  2 hours or less 3 hours 4 hours 5 hours 6 hours >6 hours
Number of participants            
less than 10 $135.00 $180.00 $225.00 $268.00 $313.00 $403.00
11-20 $145.00 $190.00 $235.00 $280.00 $325.00 $415.00
21-30 $160.00 $203.00 $248.00 $293.00 $338.00 $428.00
31-40 $200.00 $260.00 $320.00 $380.00 $440.00 $560.00
41-50 $245.00 $318.00 $393.00 $468.00 $543.00 $693.00
51-60 $285.00 $375.00 $465.00 $555.00 $645.00 $825.00
61 or more $275.00 $484.00 $604.00 $724.00 $844.00 $1,084.00
Rate $15.00 per hour
Supply Cost $1.25 per student
Preparation Fee $30.00 flat rate
Number of participants 1 to 30 31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to 60 61 or more
DYRT presenters per retreat 3 4 5 6 8

Parish Pricing:

  2 hours or less 3 hours 4 hours 5 hours 6 hours >6 hours
Number of participants            
less than 10 $133 $178 $223 $268 $313 $403
11-20 $145 $190 $235 $280 $325 $415
21-30 $158 $203 $248 $293 $338 $428
31-40 $200 $260 $320 $380 $440 $560
41-50 $243 $318 $393 $468 $543 $693
51-60 $285 $375 $465 $555 $645 $825
61 or more $364 $484 $604 $724 $844 $1,084

General Information for Parishes/schools about DYRT Retreats

  1. The is responsible for the booking and payment of rentatls of the facility used, as well as any related food costs.
  2. Please ensure that the facility can provide a TV and VCR or DVD player if necessary, and a flip chart or white board.
  3. If detailed information is needed for the retreat, such as particulars of the day, please contact the DYRT coordinator Sarah Buckham at
  4. An invoice for the school will be sent to you by Angela at


Director of Youth & Adult Ministry: Mary Ann Donaleshen at 403-218-5516 or

Booking the DYRT Team for Parishes and Schools: Contact Angela at

PLEASE book early to avoid disappointment as we do fill up quickly

DYRT Coordinator: Sarah Buckham at 403-218-5500 Ext 550 or

Learn more about DYRT in "Top Ten Reasons to go on Retreat with DYRT"

Related Offices Youth & Young Adult Related Programs Diocesan Youth Retreat Team
Related Themes Youth and Young Adults Sacraments Confirmation Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Retreat Sacramental Preparation

Youth Ministry Vision

The findings of the Synod with regards to Youth Ministry at the Diocesan and Parish level are as follows:

At a Diocesan Level

  • Youth Ministry is valued at a Diocesan level.
  • Youth Ministry should receive adequate monies and resources to serve the needs of youth within the Diocese.
  • Youth Ministry is valued at the Parish level.
  • Each Parish Pastoral Council should have a youth representative in its ranks.
  • A team will be trained to facilitate to facilitate training of youth teams at the Parish level and to implement days of retreat.
  • There will be trained Youth Ministers throughout the entire Diocese.
  • Consensus throughout the Diocese regarding a spirituality/philosophy of Youth Ministry will be sought.
  • There will be increased dialogue and liaising with our Catholic schools and institutions; particularly with our lay chaplains.

At a Parish Level

  • Further Liturgical involvement of our young people of Confirmation age and upwards will be sought.
  • Regular gathering of young people of a spiritual and social nature will be further encouraged.
  • Youth should be empowered to grow in faith and participate in the life of the parish.
  • Youth will be represented on the Parish Pastoral Council.
  • Programs are to be inclusive of youth and their families.
  • No one spirituality of Youth Ministry will be espoused.
  • The parish should be committed to Youth Ministry at every level: financing, volunteers, facilities, etc.
  • Youth are to be involved in the total life of the Parish, e.g. RCIA, help with sacramental preparation, social justice projects, outreach programs, children's Liturgy programs, etc.
  • Youth are not a labour pool to be exploited, but have real gifts and skills to share.
  • Increased recognition that our youth are predominantly present in our Catholic schools and consequently there should be a strong liaison between parishes and schools through the pastors, pastoral assistants, youth ministry coodinators, or an appointed volunteer.
  • Those involved in Youth Ministry represent those faith-filled individuals with the theological, social, recreational, and organizational skills necessary to implement meaningful, sustainable Comprehensive and Collaborative Youth Ministry.
Related Offices Youth & Young Adult Related Programs Diocesan Youth Retreat Team
Related Themes Youth and Young Adults Christian Formation Confirmation Youth Ministry Sacramental Preparation

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