March 18, 2013

Sometimes I hear people express concern about the future of the Catholic Church. As a 20-something, I can see why there might be some concerns regarding the behaviours of many of my peers in this day and age.

In a world where technology, fame, money and the pursuit of individuality seems to be what is sought most, young people in particular often find themselves distracted.

Between juggling a more-than-full time job as a social worker, taking multiple university courses, and trying to maintain my human relationships, I often find it difficult to squeeze everything into my day.

Unfortunately, I will be the first to say that my relationship with God is oftentimes placed on the back burner. This is because I allow the hustle and bustle of day to day living to get in the way of my spiritual life.

But something has helped me change this: a movement that meets once monthly at St. Joseph Basilica called Adoremus. Adoremus is a time of adoration, silent prayer, and meditation, with opportunities for the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Following the 90 minutes of adoration, the group gathers downstairs in the hall for refreshment and socializing.

What started as an idea rolling around the head of a young seminarian and his priest friend has now become a widespread opportunity for young people in Edmonton to reconnect with God, the Church and their like-minded Catholic peers.

Adoremus has been occurring once monthly since the end of 2012, and each time over 100 young people ages 18-35 have been in attendance.

This event is something beautiful, and should be a sign to the greater Church that young people are in the Church, and do still care about becoming holy and righteous in the sight of our Heavenly Father.

Therese Jodoin

Editor’s Note: Please see the article on Adoremus in our March 11 edition.