The CFCI Singles of the Porvorim Chapter organized their first ever “Campus Retreat” for the students of Pope John XXII Higher Secondary, Quepem on the 12th and 13th of September 2018, with Joshua Silveira heading the Retreat Team. The service team began preparations in earnest but with very less time in hand and scepticism about the receptiveness of the participants’ stirred nervousness as the morning of the retreat dawned. However, the team approached the situation with strong trust and faith in God, holding on to the promise that the Lord would go before them and prepare the path.
The Campus Retreat started off with a lively icebreaker and action songs that lifted the spirit of all the students. The first session was on “Gods Perfect Plan” for each one of us, where the speaker emphasized the importance of having a personal relationship with God for His unconditional love for us. In the afternoon a “Talk Show” was conducted, during which three singles through their personal sharing shed some light on the various struggles the youth goes through and how to overcome them.
The highlight of the second day was Adoration and Confessions which was a grace-filled and liberating experience for the participants. God was at work in the heart of each student and truly moved in mighty ways. The final session was on “Tools of the Catholic Faith” wherein the speaker spoke about the significance of the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Scripture reading and other tools, and how they can help us in fighting the evil forces of the world, maintain our relationship with God and lead us to holiness. The Retreat ended with the energetic Music Ministry leading the jubilant participants into the Praise Fest.
The Campus Retreat was truly an enriching experience not only for the participants but also for the service team members. At the end of the day, each single left the venue with a joyful heart, praising God for providing the opportunity to serve Him in His vineyard and to be a blessing to others.