21st February 2016, Vasai : Yuvadarshan, Diocesan Youth Body organized a Lenten Retreat for all its member on 20th and 21st February at SVD Shishalay, Giriz. Altogether 35 youth members took part in the retreat. Fr. Raymond, Director of Yuvadarshan accompanied youth throughout this retreat. the retreat was conducted by SVD fathers residing at the venue. The main motive of this retreat was the Spiritual development of Youth Leaders.
The retreat began at 4 pm on 20th February, Saturday. Fr. Francis of SVD, welcomed the youth whole heartily. It began with introduction of Congregation of SVD followed by a session on 'Images of God in the Scriptures' by Fr. Nazareth. the session was followed by Adoration in Chapel. Later in the evening a video session 'River Me' by Fr. Francis was the highlight of the day. The session called for introspection and proved to be very helpful to the youth for reflecting on their lives.
The next day commenced with morning prayer and meditation was conducted by Fr. Jos V. that focused on natural entities. The meditation encompassed a nature walk in the garden with the youth instructed to reflect on any entity that they could most relate themselves with. It was followed by a session on 'Ten Commandments and the sin of commission and omission' Fr. Francis and Fr. Raymond as the preparation for confessions. Every youth had a divine experience after receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation.
The retreat concluded by a Eucharistic celebration by Fr. Raymond. Adoration, silent reflection and confessions were the highlights of the 'Abba Experience'. Youth testified to have a divine and peaceful experience during the retreat.