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Search ‘a mountain-top experience’

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski

11/15/2017

Search retreat participants and directors, including Rev. Darryl Millette (centre, back), concluded the Oct. 21 - 22 weekend retreat with a celebration of the Sunday eucharist at St. Anne's Catholic Parish in Saskatoon, joined by pastor Rev. Matthew Ramsay, parents, families, and team members. (Photo by Kiply Yaworski)

SASKATOON — Twenty-two youth took part in a diocesan Search retreat held Oct. 20 - 22 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Search weekends are offered to youth Grades 9 - 12, co-ordinated through the office of Vocations and Youth Ministry.

An intense weekend of spiritual growth that was revived in the diocese in April 2015, Search challenges high-school-aged youth to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and to make a conscious, adult commitment to their Catholic faith, explains diocesan Youth Ministry co-ordinator Colm Leyne,

Consisting of talks, music, prayer, spiritual direction, fellowship, and sacraments, the live-in weekend encourages youth to “search for Christian maturity.” Searchers come to know themselves, others, and God in a more loving and personal way, he says.

Followup is important, he adds, saying that team members stay connected with the Search participants.

“Search is a real mountain-top experience of faith, but we’re not going to just say ‘go back to the valley,’ ” Layne says. “In the days that follow, there will be opportunities to connect, to follow up, and also to serve as disciples in their local parishes or beyond.”

For more information, see: www.saskatoonsearch.ca

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