Over the Hari Raya Haji weekend from Oct 3-6, 58 participants attended the second run of Treasure Young Adults’ Encounter Retreat organised by the Office for Young People (OYP). It was three days of Spirit-filled sessions, which saw the participants surrendering to God’s love.
On Friday night, Fr Jude David, a chaplain of OYP, set the tone by inviting participants to widen their hearts for God. He also challenged them to to let God surprise them during the retreat.
He hoped that the participants would receive “GIFT”, which stands for Grace, Intimacy, Faith and Transformation.
Topics covered on the first day addressed the Father Heart of God, and Sin and Salvation. The day ended with the participants receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and recommitting their lives to Jesus.
The second day began with a Mass before participants learned about topics such as the Lordship of Jesus and what it meant to live in the Spirit. Participants were given time and space to reflect further and to receive prayer. The second night concluded with a Spirit-filled session of empowerment and ministering.
On the final day, participants learnt more about following Christ in their daily lives and heard testimonies of two young working adults on what it meant to be disciples of Christ.
Many of the participants testified to their experience of God as the retreat progressed.
Participant, Christopher Chok, 25, from the Church of St Mary of the Angels, shared that the retreat was spiritually rejuvenating, empowering and healing. He had gained inner peace and affirmation for his discernment for vocation, he said.
Ms Michelle Tan, 24, from the Cornerstone youth community in Church of St Francis Xavier, shared that she received the assurance that victory has been won with Jesus dying on the Cross for her.
Treasure is a retreat for young adults aged between 21-35 years old. The purpose of Treasure is to reach out to the “lost generation” of the Church and transform a critical mass of young people to bring about a new wave of evangelisation in the Singapore archdiocese.
The first retreat was in July.
Visit OYP’s website at www.oyp.com.sg for more information on upcoming Treasure retreats, other programmes and events for young people.
- By Canice Lim