Every fourth Sunday of the month, young people from across the Archdiocese come together at Schoenstatt Shrine at Mt Richon for prayer and reflection. On the 24th of August more than 30 young people braved the cold to experience another solemn and beautiful evening at the shrine for Eucharistic adoration led by newly ordained priest Fr Christian Irdi.
“It was great to see so many join Fr Christian Irdi for Shrine Time last Sunday,” said Sister Rebecca Sampang from the Schoenstatt Community.
The shrine was packed that a number people had to adore from outside for the whole hour. Jason Yeap, youth leader from Thornlie Parish said, “For those of us who couldn’t fit in the chapel it was a beautiful night under the stars and despite the chill, the atmosphere was amazing. I think I get secretly excited praying alongside other young people. It’s just refreshing.”
The beautiful music during the evening was led by a young talented group from St Francis Xavier Parish at Hilbert, there were other young people that attended namely from neighbouring parishes such as Thornlie , Canning Vale and a strong group from Santa Clara Parish, Bentley .
“Santa Clara, Bentley Youth Group came prior to learn about the Plenary Indulgence available in all Schoenstatt Shrines in our Jubilee Year.” Said Sister Rebecca.
The highlight of the evening was the long line of young people eagerly waiting for their turn to hear confession from Fr Christian. Sister Rebecca said, “What was most touching for me was to see the number of young people line up for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr Christian was happy to continue with Reconciliation even after the Holy Hour.”
The evening was concluded with an informal gathering over coffee and cake where people shared stories, experiences and miracles from the shrine.
Sharon a Youth leader from Bentley Parish shared, “It made me realize that the shrine is a place I can always go for refuge and to seek for peace.”
The Schoenstatt Shrine truly is a gift for the young people of Perth.
Join us for the next Shrine Time on Sunday, September 28 with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe