Today, we joined forces with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and together hosted a multi-parish confirmation retreat at the Focolare Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Our day was called ‘Ignite’ and we hoped to fan the flames of faith burning in the hearts of the young people spending time with us.
To bring upwards of 100 young people together is always a very special occasion and the shared experiences of life with God resonated with everyone – the joy was a palpable and unifying spirit.
Time was set aside for quiet reflections, small group discussions, Reconciliation, Mass, a Eucharistic healing service, group talks and testimonies, some fun games and plenty of opportunity to gather and chat – a full day for sure.
An army of volunteers provided crucial support and without them the day just wouldn’t have happened – we are blessed to have so many beautiful people prepared to give up their time on a weekend. We salute them!
The greatest blessing was to see the young people fully engaged throughout the day and leave with broad smiles. Job done.