Spiritual Renewal

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a youth retreat sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Peoria . The experience is based on the Paschal Mystery of Christ. Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, and Christ lives in us and sends us forth with GOOD NEWS of God's Love for us. The weekend includes talks on Faith, Prayer, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Love. There is time for reflection on serious questions of life. This retreat experience offers participants the opportunity of forming Christian Community. On TEC, the message of Christ reaches not only the intellect but also the heart.  For further information, visit: http://www.northwest-tec.com/ 


  • Cursillo ( pronounced “kur-see-yo” ) is a Spanish word meaning “short course” – short course in Christianity. The Cursillo in Christianity is primarily a lay movement.
  • It is an instrument of renewal by which Christianity can permeate, live and grow in today’s world.
  • It proposes no new type of spirituality but a method through which one’s spirituality can be strengthened, lived and shared in all areas of one’s environment.
  • A Cursillo is made only once in a lifetime, therefore it is not considered a substitute for a retreat.
  • Actually a Cursillo experience makes subsequent retreats more profitable, and Cursillistas are urged to make regular retreats.
  • Men and women make separate Cursillos, and in the case of married couples, a husband’s weekend is usually scheduled before the wife’s.
  • For further information, visit:  http://nwcursillo.org/

Various studies are offered throughout the year for those looking to grow more in their faith and love of our Lord.  Keep your eye out for upcoming studies in the bulletin. 

“Vision Youth Group” is for all confirmed parish youth through high school, for the parishes of Saint Maria Goretti and Mary Our Lady of Peace.  We offer group activities, faith building discussions, food, fun and fellowship. 

Our primary goal is to help prepare our youth as they continue to grow in their faith and help prepare them for the challenges they will encounter as they enter the world.   

For upcoming events, join us at www.facebook.com/groups/visionyouthgroup.molop.smg/

Churches in the Orion community come together every summer for Vacation Bible School.  VBS shares our common love of our Lord Jesus Christ, with the youth of the Orion Community.  It is open to all community youth ages 3 years old-6th grade.  There is a great opportunity for older youth (7th grade and older) and adults to serve as volunteers to make VBS successful.  Each year the location of VBS is different, allowing each parish to sponsor this event.  For further information, contact our parish office.  Eligible youth from St. Maria Goretti are invited to take part in the Orion community VBS..