January 21, 2011: St. Anthony's Girls - Chembur : Std VIII Retreat
The AVEC activities began once again with the annual retreat for the Catholic students of std. VIII. Thirty eight students participated in the retreat that was preached by Fr. Glenford Lowe. The Theme chosen for the occasion was based on the scriptural quote 1Tim 4:12 "Do not let anyone despise you because of your youth. Be an example to all the believers in conduct, love, faith, spirit and purity."
The students had an opportunity to look into themselves and make decisions for Christ. Using a number of video clips and scriptural texts, every student had an opportunity to share their faith stories and their journey to God. Using the 'River Me' as a guide, the reflective process was deep and challenging. The students were given an opportunity to discover the Our Father in a practical way that would enable them to become more prayerful people.
The Retreat ended with a meaningful mass. The call of the disciples was a moment to reflect on their own response to God's call in their lives. Christ has to become a CONVICTION rather than an OPINION.... a message that challenged the youngsters to live their lives as Catholics.
The students were very attentive all through the sessions and one could sense a difference in their view of God, others and self. The Commandment of Love became more real and attractive to live. The students expressed their thanks and committed themselves to make a difference in their personal lives.
Given below are some of the comments written by the students in the AVEC logbook of appreciation:
"Thank you Father for such a wonderful spiritual day. Beautiful hymns. Awesome Retreat.... Please do come back soon" Sumantha Shaji VIII
"The retreat was indeed inspiring and we learnt a lot about putting our priorities right. Thank you and do come again." Lathika Moraes VIII
"Thank you for this wonderful retreat. It made me realize my faulty past and am sure that I will improve in my future" Meenaas Bastawala VIII
"Thank you such a wonderful and prayerful experience. Hope to see you soon" Priya D'Souza
"Thank you for such an interesting retreat. It made me realize about love, prayer and purpose. please do come again." Ankitha Babu
"Thanks very much father Glenn for an inspiring retreat!!! It is a spiritual experience. Do come again and pray for our school." Tejasvita Awale VIII
Thanks to Sr. Sophie for organizing this retreat for the students and it was an opportunity to grown spiritually.