Spirit of the Living God
On Saturday, January 28, 2017 the Carmelite parish of St Simon Stock/St Joseph in the Bronx sponsored a youth retreat from 9am to 7pm in the gym of St Simon Stock school. More than 110 teenagers attended from St Simon Stock/St Joseph and other parishes.
The theme of the day was "Spirit of the Living God". Fr Nelson Belizario, O.Carm., Pastor of St Simon Stock/St Josep[h began the day with an opening prayer. Bro. Robert Chiulli, O.Carm. gave a talk on the importance of Eucharistic Adoration. Bro. Paul Richmond, O.Carm. spoke on: What is the definition of faith? How can we become symbols of light in the world? Fr Christopher Iannizzotto, O.Carm. then led the Eucharistic Adoration in the gym with the assistance of Bro. Nicholas Blackwell, O.Carm..
Participants relected on questions such as: How has faith made a difference in my life? How blind are we? With all the chaos in the woirld how can we be light? The day was organized by Mary Asenjo the youth director for the parish. The Carmelites gave talks and helped to lead the table conversations.
After lunch, there was time for the teenagers to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation. During this time a band made up of teenagers called "The Covenant" from Our Lady of Mercy parish in the Bronx played many songs and the Our Hearts with Christ youth group performed a skit showing the different types of temptations youth can fall into and how love can conquer everything.
The main talk was given by Fr. Joseph Espaillat, Pastor of St Anthony of Padua and Spiritual Director of the Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York. He gave a very powerful talk on faith and what teenagers are called to do in this world where we are surrounded by chaos.
The day concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist celebrated by Father Marcos Perez a priest from the Barahona diocese in the Dominican Republic and Fr Christopher Iannizzotto, O.Carm.. After mass all assembled in the gym where they were given Cross necklaces that were blessed at mass. For more information on "Our Hearts with Christ" youth group visit their Facebook page at:
Carmelite Friars - North American Province of Saint Elias - P.O. Box 3079, Middletown, New York 10940-0890, Tel:(845) 344-2223, Fax: (845) 344-2210