In a recent national catholic study of high school students preparing for Confirmation, more than half of them indicated that they have had "the most powerful experience of God and His Church" at a special event such as a retreat or youth conference. So what's so powerful about these events?
Life is life; and regardless of what your life looks like or what you are dealing with; our God has a plan for your life. We need to be reminded of this from time to time. We need to be reminded that God still cares for us and that He sent His Son for us so that we can live life to the fullest. We need to be reminded of how much we are unconditionally cared for by Him. We need this so we can persevere through the craziness that is our lives sometimes. We need it so we can carry out the plans God has for our lives. The best way to be reminded of these things is to spend time with God. We have to make it a priority, and that can be very hard. Habitually spending uninterrupted time with God, distraction free, is very hard, especially for a teenager.
In addition to outrageous ice breaker games and snacks that are horrible for your waste line but taste sooo good, events like retreats present opportunities for us to take a look at our lives. While on a retreat we are able to ponder some of life's big questions. What makes me happy? For what and for whom am I thankful for? Have I encountered Jesus lately? What motivates me? While on a retreat we hear adults AND teens share their personal experiences of God. We pray. We pray with music, nature, and our rich Catholic devotions. While on a retreat we are able to go to Reconciliation and Adoration. We get to spend time with our friends and make new ones. While on a retreat we are reminded that no matter what condition we find ourselves in, our God is ready to move forward with His plan for us.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
Space is still available for our upcoming retreat the weekend of Aug. 12-14 at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula. Registration forms are available in the Narthex of church or online here. Scholarships are available. Contact Ryan Foulon for more information.
Divine Mercy LIFE TEEN Retreats are sponsored by Divine Mercy Catholic Church and are run by our Youth Minister (Ryan Foulon), our Pastor (Fr David Dufour), and the adults serving on the Divine Mercy LIFE TEEN Core Team. A list of these adults can be found in the 'Contact Us' Section of the Divine Mercy LIFE TEEN website.
Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.