Young people exercising their faith by praying for one another during the March 13-16 Treasure Retreat.Young people exercising their faith by praying for one another during the March 13-16 Treasure Retreat.
Young Catholics received spiritual inputs, spent time in personal prayer and reflection, and participated in sharing groups during a stay-in retreat organised by the Office for Young People (OYP).

The March 13-16 Treasure Retreat held at Lorong Low Koon, aimed to help the 68 participants, aged between 22 and 35, to experience God in a community setting.

During the first Mass of the retreat, Fr Jude David urged participants to be like the humble tax collector in the Bible who prayed to God for mercy and found his home in God.

Topics such as the love of God, sin and salvation, the call to forgive, submitting to Jesus as Lord and living in the Spirit as disciples of Christ were also explored by Fr Jude and OYP staff, as well as by the prayer ministry, which helped participants reflect on what was presented.
Participants reflecting on their life journeys as they sit before the Blessed Sacrament, with their personalised jars. The handmade jars were part of the retreat experience. Photos: JOSEPH TEYParticipants reflecting on their life journeys as they sit before the Blessed Sacrament, with their personalised jars. The handmade jars were part of the retreat experience. Photos: JOSEPH TEY

The participants were reminded of how they were made by God with love, for love and to love.

By the end of the retreat, the atmosphere had grown from uncertainty to joy as the OYP hallways resounded with voices and laughter. Participants were seen striking conversations and sharing freely.

Fr Jude challenged the young adults to evangelise as they had been “consecrated for the world” and are the jars of clay who in their brokenness, hold the transforming power of God to impact their generation for Christ.

“It was a timely reminder for me that I brought God joy and I am infinitely loved,” said Christ the King parishioner Emanuel Francis, 22.

Mr Galvin Tay, 27, from the Church of the Divine Mercy said that during the retreat, he “experienced the subtle joy of surrendering to the Lord and I’m reminded of the joy of service”.

“This retreat was a very simple time away from hectic work life to be with Jesus,” said Ms Jelena Chia, 24, from the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This is the third time OYP has held the Treasure retreat. Previously, the retreat was held in July and October last year.

Visit OYP’s website at www.oyp.org.sg for more information on upcoming Treasure retreats, other programmes and events for young people.

By Rachel Ann Kenyon

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