On Saturday November 5th, the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light facilitated with the help of generous volunteers a Regional MYO Retreat at Our Lady of Victory Church, Pittsburgh, PA. The retreat schedule was planned and coordinated by Sr. Therese Maria and Rosa Calabria. Father Rudy Wakim, pastor of the parish graciously hosted over 50 teens and chaperones from six surrounding Maronite parishes. We were blessed to have Fr. Claude Franklin from the Newcastle parish and Fr. Baddoui Habib from the Uniontown parish join us for our retreat day to help by hearing confessions.
The focus of the retreat day was “Giving Thanks” and praising God for the many blessings in our lives. The teens were challenged to express their gratitude and be thankful for the simple things in their everyday life. In one of our small group activities they wrote on pumpkins highlighting what they were grateful for: family, friends, health, faith etc. As the MYO family, this retreat gave us the opportunity to come together in adoration to praise God like Mary, who magnified God for the great mercy he has shown.
“The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name” (Luke 1:49).