Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Young Adult Retreat Weekend

This past weekend was the Young Adult Retreat for my church group. We held the retreat at a cabin out in Lebanon, Ky. It is beautiful out there!

We had dinner Friday night, put together our folders for people to leave us notes in, and discussed the significance of the candles we light for each of us and for the group and for the person who owns the cabin. Our theme this year was Mary, the Saints, and Heaven. As a result, I planned that we would say all four sets of mysteries of the Rosary. So we ended Friday evening with the Rosary doing the Joyful mysteries and then all headed for bed.

Saturday was our full day. Rosary in the morning (Luminous Mysteries), breakfast, discussion on Heaven, discussion on Mary (specifically the doctrine of the Assumption), then lunch. After lunch we had a little free time and then Father Frank arrived. He led a discussion of the Saints which of course touched again on Mary and Heaven. We then had about an hour or more for quiet, reflective time, Confessions with Fr. Frank, and setting up for Mass and for dinner after Mass. We were smart, dinner was a pre-cooked lasagna that we could just stick in the oven and it would be ready when Mass was over. Having a small Mass for only 7 people is interesting, but something I always enjoy. Dinner was great and then Fr. Frank had to leave to get back to Lexington. We then started a bonfire out by the lake/pond and made smores. We did the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary before bed and then we all crashed.

Sunday morning was nice: Rosary again (Glorious Mysteries), breakfast, clean the cabin, pack up, everyone leaves. Chris and I actually headed to Bardstwon instead of home and visited with his family that afternoon. We had dinner with them and didn't leave there until 9pm, which put us back in Lexington at 10pm.

It was a great weekend! Lots going on, but truly a fun time. I like these retreats and I hope the Young Adult Ministry at the Church continues and retreats like this will be organized in the future.

I hope everyone else also had great weekends!

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