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7 Dec 2022

Assumption Young Adults Advent Retreat

On Saturday 3rd December Young Adults gathered together at Our Lady of Victories for an Advent retreat and were reminded of Saint Marie Eugenie's words: ‘“Come, enlighten the world, come and save us.” These days of Advent we shall repeat often in the liturgy: “Come, Lord Jesus, and save us.”’ 

Much like Mary and Joseph, the Assumption Young Adults sought new shelter for the coming of Christ. Fortunately, we were warmly welcomed by Our Lady of Victories Parish just down the road from High Street Kensington. We started the day with morning prayer of the church, proceeded with the technicalities of the day and then the room quickly energised as we ventured on to play an Advent themed bingo, with each asking the other: Can you name one of the three wise men? Have you ever starred in a Nativity? Do you have the name Mary as your first, middle, Catholic or surname? Will you donate or give something up this Advent? And the most popular question: Do you own a Christmas jumper?!

In line with the nativity story, Brother Thomas Therese of the Dominicans journeyed afar and followed the bright light (of the London underground) from Oxford to share his reflections on the season of Advent. We were reminded of the need for our saviour, where we must first recognise that we are broken and need to be healed, and to begin the season of Advent by asking ourselves: have I been appreciative? God made us depend on each other – we cannot cast someone off, for when we draw closer to God, we also draw closer to one another. We are heirs to the throne of Grace. He encouraged us to think of Advent as a ‘conscience renewal’ and referred to Charles’ Dickens A Christmas Carol and even to Disney Pixar’s Incredibles! Brother Thomas ended his reflection by leading us into our personal time of reflection with these two questions: Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Do you love me?...

The second part of the retreat opened with a viewing of the powerful clip ‘The Shepherd’ on the birth of Jesus from The Chosen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paOjgZZDads) We had some time to ponder: What helps you to focus on the coming of Christ this Advent? How can you, as Pope Francis encourages us to, ‘awaken from our slumber’ and to not get distracted by the pressures of the world? With these thoughts in mind, we went up to the church for Adoration and ended the retreat with endless cups of hot chocolate and mince pies before celebrating the Second Sunday of Advent with Fr Michael Holman SJ in the Maria Assumpta Chapel.

We would like to thank all those who helped our retreaters come together and to the young adults for spending the time to reflect and share themselves so openly with one another through this season.     

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On Saturday 3rd December Young Adults gathered together at Our Lady of Victories for an Advent retreat and were reminded of Saint Marie Eugenie's words: ‘“Come, enlighten the world, come and save us.” These days of Advent we shall repeat often in the liturgy: “Come, Lord Jesus, and save us.”’ 

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