Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

FEBRUARY 2019 WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU NEWS 9 “Teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.” Matthew 28:19-20 Sandhurst Youth Ministry More than sixty young people from across the Diocese, and further afield, gathered in Kyneton on the first weekend of December for the 10th annual Stronger Retreat. The three-day event was a chance for attendees to celebrate faith, fellowship and fun. Stronger’s theme for 2018 was “Fearless”, drawn from Ephesians 6:19. Through praise and worship, listening to guest speakers, attending workshops, sharing in small groups, participants were able to deepen their relationship with God and explore what it means to be a “Fearless” disciple of Christ. To guide them on this journey there were some fantastic guest speakers including Sam Clear, Ashleigh Green, Chris Gilroy and Fr Rob Galea. Each offered powerful testimonies and insights into their faith journeys, giving examples of how to be fearless in living out our faith. For many, the highlight of the Retreat was the Holy Spirit Night. Eighteen-year-old Maria Gilroy’s personal testimony set the scene for the evening, demonstrating how the Holy Spirit has worked through her life, leading her to where she is today. Fr Rob also spoke on the Holy Spirit’s way of working through our lives in the most unexpected ways. This was followed by an evening of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, with many taking the opportunity to spend some time with one of the prayer teams. Bishop Les, Fr Robin Koning SJ and Jackson Saunders also presented a workshop. Each workshop provided different insights into living fearlessly, drawing on scripture, experiences and Pope Francis. For the last 10 years the Stronger Retreat has been offering young people in our diocese and beyond a chance to connect with other young people, and develop a lasting relationship with Jesus. The 2019 Stronger Retreat is expected to be held in August, with exact dates and locations to be confirmed. Fearless They Shall Be