Day 3 of our National Oblate Youth Encounter saw the spirits of our young people rise to new heights as they continued to bond together and discover the beauty of their shared faith. The morning started with the third talk in our series, focusing on achieving sainthood. It was presented by Husharn Duggan and made us all realise that we are called to holiness. In our discussion groups, the youth participated in activities such as painting re-usable bags to take home with them. More workshops were presented by several of our youth leaders, as well as an opportunity for Q&A with our Oblate priests. Following lunch, our participants presented a series of skits, prepared by each discussion group, re-enacting different parts of scripture that focused on our theme, ‘On the Road’. The community time in the afternoon saw our participants play games, get to know each other and they even had the opportunity to write lots of affirmation notes to each other.
Our Saturday evening finished the day off with our closing Mass. Celebrating the vigil of the Feast of the Epiphany, our Oblate youth prepared a beautiful liturgy, which was celebrated by Fr Christian Fini OMI and Bishop Mark Edwards OMI. Fr Christian preached about the gifts which the wise men brought to Jesus and encouraged us to offer our gifts as well. The joy of the Eucharist urged our young people to sing their hearts out in praise of our God and this joy continued on into the night with lots of singing and dancing.
The following morning we started with morning prayer, which included our commissioning. A representative of each Oblate community was called forth to receive an Oblate Youth candle to take back and use in their local communities. Following prayer, Bishop Mark Edwards and Tishan Lokuge led us in a plenary council sharing session, where all the young people were able to share their thoughts on the future of the Church in Australia and these recorded thoughts will be submitted to the Bishops for the Plenary Council in 2020.
Once everyone’s bags were packed, hugs were shared as people wished each other goodbye. It was a quick 4 days, but the Holy Spirit definitely moved amongst the young people here drawing them together as one, big, Oblate family.
A video update from our MCs can be viewed here.
Thank you to those who supported this camp in many ways and especially for your prayers during this time. Keep an eye out for dates for next year’s National Oblate Youth Encounter on our Oblate Youth website.