It's Time For Another Retreat
Parish Youth Ministry Retreats offer teenagers so much more than any other experience can offer; time spent AWAY from the norm and free from the distractions they face so often (phones, computers, TV, social media, etc.), time to relax, powerful testimonies from adults who have chosen to make following Jesus a top priority in their lives, opportunities to be still and listen for voice of God, opportunities to form or strengthen friendships with other teenagers, and the list goes on. One of the most powerful things a parish youth ministry retreat offers is a sense of community. Retreats clearly communicate to teenagers that there are other teens, adults, and an entire group of people (called Divine Mercy Parish) that love them, are excited to share their spiritual journeys together with them, and are committed to supporting them; and not just while they're teenagers, but for life. Acts 2:42 says, "They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers." Communal life is essential. The old saying is indeed true, "It takes a village to raise a child." Teenagers are exposed to everything; the good, the bad, and the ugly of our world, but there is always hope; hope for a better world. Never underestimate the powerful influence that members of the parish community can have on your teenager. Jesus does not expect participation in this communal life for the good of its members, nor even for the good of the parish, but instead, for the good of the world.
The Divine Mercy LIFE TEEN Core Team including Fr David & Fr Paul have planned an excellent retreat experience that includes all of the opportunities listed above and more; even swim time! Sign your teen up and encourage them to bring others. How else will they get there?
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.