Dear Young Person,
I am delighted to write you all once again. I hope you are keeping well and making the best use of opportunities all around you. What about the weather? Oohhh well, for me, I am looking forward to Summer. I hope it will be warm enough this time.
It’s been a wonderful time so far in the Diocesan Youth Office. We have just concluded our Lent retreat with the theme “Called to Serve.” It was a beautiful time to reflect on Jesus’ mission and how we share in it. He tells us “even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28) Following in his steps, we learnt about practical ways we can be of Christian service to others. If you would like to know more about the retreat, you may check our website for some photographs and testimonies from the participants.
Some of us have registered for the European Life-Teen summer camp in Helvoirt, the Netherlands between July 23rd -28th 2018. This edition is themed “Heart of God.” The camp is for 12-19 years old. Unfortunately, registration has closed now, so intending campers may look out for next year’s. Preparations are on already and we wish those attending a wonderful experience.
The group will be led by our dear Caroline Laidlaw. Caroline worked in the diocesan youth office for five years. She has been involved in accompanying, leading and organizing trips for young people. Among which are the “World Youth Day” Madrid 2011 and Krakow 2016. Since her appointment at Kilgraston, she has accompanied the school to Rome where she had the responsibility for one of the groups for the duration of the trip. Recently, she led the school exchange to Dehradun in India for two weeks. Caroline is also used to living in a residential setting with young people. We are grateful to her for accepting this responsibility.
As we continue our Lenten observances, may we all be renewed by the Holy Spirit through our works of penance and charity. So that at the end, we may celebrate devoutly the passion and the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wish you all a Happy Easter celebration when it comes.
Yours in Christ,
Fr Samuel Alabi