Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 22, 2002
Retreat bonds youth delegates
Enthusiastic Leduc teens find friends among the faithful
By RENATO GANDIA
"Because of this group, my faith is a lot stronger and deeper."
- Ian Meaden
Ian Meaden, one of the co-coordinators, added he too became more active at St. Michael's Parish.
"Because of this group, my faith is a lot stronger and deeper," said Meaden. He attending University of Lethbridge and moved to Leduc almost a year ago.
He now has a stronger commitment to God and a deeper sense of the Catholic Church.
"I'm praying for the group that we go there and take the chance to grow with each other and to grow in the love of God."
One bonus for Meaden is having a whole bunch of friends who share the same values. "I made it clear from the get-go, that I would like to see this group become really good friends and I would like that to continue after WYD."
He hopes the group stays connected even when others move on to other phases of their lives be it attending university or working in another town or city. After the Toronto event, Meaden wants to at least still meet for coffee with his group, email each other or go to church together. "Just so we can still grow together," he said.
Eighteen-year old Suzanne Jobse does not even mind the prospect of sleeping on a gym floor while in Toronto. "As long as I am there and become part of this huge faith celebration."
As part of their preparations, they read and shared among themselves the Salt and Light book.
Neufeld liked the Church history part of the book. One can find how the Church had been through different stages, trials and persecution. "It remained the same Church that Christ founded, but it kept growing. I think I will be able to grow with it now that I have a genuine interest with my faith."
Sparshu agreed, saying, "The book is not like a textbook that you refer to, to understand something. It's about faith. The testimonies and other materials included in the book speak so eloquently."
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