Thursday, June 23, 2011

Youth Leading a Spiritual Battle for Life and Family

This past weekend we held our annual Junior Retreats for youth in both Barry's Bay and Hamilton, Ontario. This year the theme was Devotions to Christ, drawing the young people to a greater love for the person of Jesus Christ through the knowledge of His love for them and His desire to be loved in return through Eucharistic Adoration.  The weekend Challenge, which the girls were encouraged to participate in throughout the three days, was to make as many visits as possible to the Blessed Sacrament, spending time alone with Our Lord in Prayer; to offer up prayers to Our Blessed Mother, and perform some small sacrifices each day for the good work of Life Site News. How beautiful and edifying it was to see these young ladies asking permission to visit Jesus in the wee hours of the night so they could "help save more babies" by helping those in the forefront of the spiritual battle for Life in our Country. On Sunday, the retreatants and Sisters accompanied Father Jiri Macenauer in a Eucharistic Procession for Life around the city block, singing hymns and the divine mercy chaplet as they went, followed by Holy Mass at St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Hamilton. In Barry's Bay, the Sisters led a Procession with the retreatants for the same intention. There was also plenty of fun and laughter overflowing throughout the weekend with skits, games, group cheers, a visit to a farm with overly friendly lamas, sheep, goats, cows, tiny frogs, ending with a bonfire and talent show performed by the girls! At the end of the Retreats, the  prayers, visits and sacrifices were tallied and a spiritual "Cheque" was presented to Mr. John Henry Weston, Lifesitenews Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief to the amount of one thousand , two-hundred and ninety-two! May we all continue to do our part in the battle for Life!! Here are a few highlights from the retreats!

Barry's Bay Junior Retreat girls with John Henry Weston

Sisters Maria Faustina and Mary Augustine together with two retreatants  present Mr. Weston with the girls' Spiritual "Cheque"
Evening Adoration at St. Lawrence's Parish
Sister Mary Catherine talking to the youth in Hamilton

Keeping track of prayers and sacrifices with baby feet! The challenge was to get from one side of Canada to the other with their offerings...They made it from the West to the East and half-way back again!

Enjoying the Bonfire!

Under the watchful eye of St. Lawrence!

Such beautiful smiles!

Sister Elizabeth Marie with the Good Shepherd group

Postulant Megan and some retreatants watching one of the games
Postulant Rochelle having dinner with the Infant Jesus group
Sister Teresa Joseph with the Divine Mercy group


  1. My daughter Jo-Anne LOVED the retreat in Hamilton.
    What a blessing to have these Sisters here in Ontario! So glad to hear of the spiritual cheque made to LifeSite News!
    Pax Christi,

  2. amazing retreat. absolutely amazing!