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Search ‘a mountain-top experience’

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski


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.”

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