On December 11th, youth from across the Archdiocese came to New Norcia for the 10th anniversary of Embrace the Grace. The participants ranged in age from 16 – 30, and came together to celebrate and learn about their faith through community, prayer, talks, games and music.
The talks ranged in scope and included topics such as: “The Question of Marriage” given by Patrick Langrell from Sydney, “Freedom to Love”, and the ever popular “Masculinity & Femininity” sessions. The challenge was for young people to recognise the freedom that the Christian lifestyle gives to someone particularly in the area of life and relationships and to see that Christ brings true freedom into their lives, rather than takes it away.
The weather in New Norcia for the retreat was astonishingly hot, but the spirit of the participants persevered through the tough heat and into some profoundly beautiful moments with the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration on the Friday night, but also celebrations with the Dinner Dance on Saturday night. Whether it was the talks, or the fellowship, or the quiet monastic town, Embrace the Grace was a great time away, with a wonderful community of youth, praising God, and listening to his call and will in their lives.
The weekend culminated then in a celebratory 10th Anniversary Mass in the Abbey Church celebrated by Bishop Don Sproxton and attended by participants from previous ETG’s. A wonderful lunch followed the Mass and brought the community together to share stories, and to hear from Sr Bernadette Pike and Bronia Karniewicz who have been the two Executive Officers of the Respect Life Office whilst the conference has been running. Congratulations to all who have been involved over the past 10 years, and we look forward to the continued growth of the Youth Conference.