Eucharistic adoration a highlight for youth

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Eucharistic adoration a highlight for youth

Time spent in Eucharistic adoration was a highlight for young people who attended a youth retreat held at St Mary of the Cross Church in Ranelagh recently.

Run by the Sisters of the Immaculata and young people taking part in the five-month Immaculata Mission School, the retreat attracted around 20 young participants.

25-year-old Lucy McMullin from Gardners Bay attends the parish regularly for Sunday Mass but the event was her first experience of a retreat.

She says she attended because she wanted to meet people and understand God more.

“To deepen my faith and to get a better understanding of God, and also to meet other people who share that belief as well,” Lucy said.

She says that her experience of Eucharistic adoration was something she will take away from the retreat, having previously thought: “What’s the point of it?”

“But it really taught me to come closer to God and to really thank God for being there and for what He did for us. It was really lovely,” Lucy said.

A Holy Spirit prayer night was another highlight for Lucy who described it as “completely overwhelming and a lovely experience”.

For 13-year-old Nathaniel from Sandfly, Eucharistic adoration was also a highlight, as was a talk by Fr Anthony Mary Prendergast of the community of St John, who was visiting from the United Kingdom.

Nathaniel says he liked Fr Anthony Mary’s talk which focused on Jesus.

“He really underlined what Jesus is: love,” Nathaniel said.

He recalls an anecdote Fr Anthony Mary shared about a criminal who realised he could get to heaven after meeting a religious sister through prison ministry.

“We can always get lulled into this false truth, and then when you are told the truth, you can be so touched by it,” he said.

Following the retreat, he says he wants to pray the rosary more often.

“Before – I think it was a year ago – I tried to pray the rosary at least once a week, and then I fell out of the habit because school and all got really hard. I’m going to try and now do it at least once a week or – if I can – at least once a day.”

As well as talks and prayer, the weekend involved games, music, food and opportunities to socialise with other young people.