Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 12, 2003
Teens find the Source and Summit
Youth gather at Calgary retreat to adore, focus on the Eucharest
By RENATO GANDIA
It gives more encouragement because you're not alone - the fact that you can go out and show yourself as Catholic with your friends."
- Jamie Keess
Having the four new priests as speakers was rich for the young people because most of the youth were at their ordination July last year, noted Suttie.
The four priests were ordained last year during the Days in the Diocese celebration in Calgary prior to the Toronto World Youth Day.
In observance of May as the month of Mary, Gaffney gave a talk on Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, which was concluded by a crowning of Mary in the grounds of FCJ Christian Life Centre.
Replete with spiritual talks and different activities like a holy hour and rosary making while praying, the young people believed it was a weekend that nurtured their faith.
Barter said, "My faith is the heart of me. I would be nothing without my faith. Just because I'm human, every day I'm learning something new, every day I grow."
Teenagers like her usually spend their weekends with their friends.
But for Calgary's Jamie Keess if spending time with friends is one of the fun things to do as a teenager, it is therefore "right to spend Saturday night in adoration with the person who should be your best friend, Jesus Christ."
"I love coming to these things because they help you fall in love with God. It gives more encouragement because you're not alone - the fact that you can go out and show yourself as Catholic with your friends."
Michael Korenowski, from St. Peter's Parish in Calgary, said, "One of the best aspects of this retreat is its social component. People have the same faith as you . . . you can talk about problems and relieve some stress."
He likes attending retreats like this because it's not often that he can be with a lot of Catholic youth in one place at one time.
"I could be sleeping right now. I'm sick and I have a hard job that I do Monday to Friday but I'd rather sacrifice to come out here . . . because the source of my life is Jesus and the summit of our journey on this earth is to continue his mission."
Sherwood Park's Mark Isinger, said, "It's really great to hang out with all the Catholic kids. It's kind of a positive peer pressure."
At the Saturday night benediction, he felt like he was experiencing God's love. "It's really a great feeling," said the teenager, who is also involved with Alberta ProLife.
"I feel like it's a weekend well spent. It's a spiritual high that you don't get quite often and you know you're going to get it when you come here."
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