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Divine Mercy Encounter Retreat

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DME is a three day retreat program. Each day has a different focus: Friday is the Day of Invitation, focusing on how God is inviting us into relationship. Saturday is the Day of Encounter, where we encounter God through the sacraments, Adoration, and others. Sunday is the Day of Commission, where we as a community are empowered to evangelize and share our faith.

The weekend includes talks, exposure to different types of prayer, Mass, community, and much more. The weekend runs from 10am on Friday to 5pm on Sunday, and retreat participants stay onsite for the weekend.

For more information, feel free to speak with Father Andy about the retreat!

Where are Divine Mercy Encounter retreat weekends held?
DME retreat weekends are held at Saint Joseph Church / Bread of Life Community at 147 West 24th Street, Erie, PA 16502. Retreat participants are expected to stay at the social center for the entire weekend. 

Is there a cost for the DME weekends?
The cost to make the DME weekend is $45. We ask for a $20 deposit to hold your spot on a particular weekend. Please contact the Parish Office if you cannot afford this cost. 

What should I bring with me on a DME weekend?
On the DME weekend, you will be staying over at the parish social center. In addition to the items you’d normally bring on a trip (clothes, pajamas, towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, any medication, etc.) you will also want to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Inflatable mattresses are permitted, although we ask that you bring a single-sized mattress to allow for room in the sleeping area. Cots are available upon request. We also ask that you bring one dress-clothes outfit for a special event on Saturday. 

Am I going to have to share personal stuff that I don’t want to talk about on DME weekends?
There is plenty of time on the weekend for sharing – if you feel comfortable – but you do not have to talk about anything that you don’t want to. No one is going to expect you to answer questions about yourself or your life. You can go as far as you want.

Who will be at a Divine Mercy Encounter Weekend?
The makeup of each Divine Mercy Encounter weekend varies a little, but usually around 30 people make the weekend and around 20 people work the weekend. There are usually around 15 high school aged participants, 5 – 10 college / young adult participants, and up to 8 adult participants making the weekend. At your table will also be two people around your age who have made a Divine Mercy Encounter before who will be there as your table resources to help out. The other people working the retreat include the musician, directors, and spiritual directors.

Will I be able to shower on Divine Mercy Encounter Weekends?
Yes, there are showers available and everyone has a chance to take showers.

Where am I going to be sleeping?
You will be sleeping on the floor of the location where you are making your DME. Participants are encouraged to bring a twin inflatable mattress or floor pad, a sleeping bag, or (when necessary) a cot. Some cots are available for those who need them.

Who can make a DME weekend?
Anyone can participate as long as they are a sophomore in high school and 15 years of age or older.

When is the next retreat?
The NEXT DME Retreat Weekend is scheduled for November 11, 12, & 13, 2022. Register soon!!