Retreats at Saint Francis High School are an integral part of the spiritual development of all Holy Cross students. The retreat program is designed to give students an opportunity to remove themselves from an everyday routine to reflect and pray.
This mandatory retreat welcomes the freshman to our Holy Cross family at Saint Francis High School. The event is always held on the Sunday before the start of the school year. The freshmen are welcomed by the Junior and Senior student retreat leaders. The freshmen experience a variety of activities during the day including liturgy, prayer, reflection, discussion and small group activities.
All sophomores will go on this mandatory retreat with their Religious Studies class. The sophomore retreat is a service retreat at the Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose and Saint Elizabeth Seton in Palo Alto.
This optional retreat is an overnight retreat held at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. The retreat centers on the theme of life journey.It gives the students an opportunity to examine their relationship with self, friends, family and God.
Seniors have the opportunity to go on a senior directed retreat adult led (Senior Silent Directed Retreat) or student led (Holy Cross Retreat). Both retreats are at the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos. These retreats give students an experience of silence and solitude that enriches the student’s life in a myriad of ways.