What is Winter Retreat?

UTC hosts a weekend winter retreat every year that provides spiritual nourishment and encourages self-growth. Throughout the weekend we experience God through talks, testimonies, skits, praise & worship, adoration, and fellowship. We also celebrate vigil mass on Saturday evening!

This event allows participants to open their hearts and minds to experience and fully understand God’s love and presence. All the while they get to spend the weekend connecting in small discussion groups and having a great time with their peers.

We give the youth a chance to go beyond their comfort zone and experience their faith somewhere other than home. This gives them an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation through the natural environment. 

Past Themes

2007 - Identity
2008 - Open Wide the Doors to Christ
2009 -  The Way, the Truth, The Life
2010 - Grace
2011 - Beautiful Struggle
2012 - Clarity
2013 - From Death into Light
2014 - Love is...
2015 - Undefeated
2016 - Alpha & Omega
2017 - Be Still
2018- Enough.



Winter Retreat 2019: Belong


To register for Winter Retreat, print out the registration form here:

Submit completed forms and fees by:

1.) Bringing complete registration forms with your fee at any UTC Sunday Meeting (5:30pm-7:30pm).

2.) Putting your form and fee in a SEALED envelope marked “Attn: Youth Ministry” with your name and phone number submit to the Holy Family Parish Rectory. We will call/text you to let you know we’ve received your registration.

All high school students ages 13-18 are invited to attend!


Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is Winter Retreat held?
Winter Retreat 2018 will be on Friday, February 16- Sunday, February 18 at Camp Gilmore, Malibu CA.

How much is retreat?
The retreat fee is as follows:
$90 before January 1, 2018
$100 before February 1, 2018
$110 after February 1, 2018

These fees include transportation, lodging, and food. (T-shirt/sweaters sold separately)

Make checks payable to Holy Family Church
Memo: UTC Winter Retreat

As a parent, am I allowed to come to retreat?
Parents are welcome to attend retreat as part of our Kitchen Team. They will prepare meals and set up the dining hall for all participants. Parents attend retreat for FREE!

As a parent, how will I know that the buses have arrived safely?
Upon arrival at Camp Gilmore, all participants will be instructed to call/text their parents to let them know they've arrived safely.

Follow us on Instagram (@unitythroughchrist) & Facebook to get updates throughout the weekend!