We were joined by De La Salle school on the weekend commencing Friday 7th February, to Sunday 9th February! The theme of our retreat was “Words That Matter” and we really explored the idea that our words can affect the actions of those around us, so we should use them wisely!

After getting to know each other better on the first night, we had a hilarious game of what we like to call “Mic’d Up”! It involves getting those vocals warmed up, except not really; you have to perform a song without using any of the words! This led to some awesome recreations of hit songs like “Break My Stride”, “Sweet Caroline” and even “Let It Go”! Again, we had such a fun time but the game still had a really inspiring message behind it. Without using the words, we discovered that it could be really difficult to get the tune across successfully. This message links back to our everyday lives – if we don’t use words, or use the wrong words, we struggle to build relationships and can hurt others’ feelings too! However, it’s also important to note that God knows our every thought and feeling – sometimes we can feel like we struggle to communicate with God, but He knows what you’re feeling, and what you want to say anyway!

Saturday marked the start of our full day here at The Briars. We began with a morning prayer from Elise and Francesca based around the theme of “identity”. We composed a beautiful picture of Jesus, made up of individual jigsaw pieces on which we wrote what the identity of God is to us. We then focused on our own identities by way of a sharing sheet. We talked about the highs and lows of our own lives and discussed that we all go through hard times, and although it can be difficult to share, it feels so much better when you do!

Saturday afternoon started with a giant football/relaxation session, along with some quality workshops that taught us to sing, help us prepare for mass, and even play some celebrity bingo! For mass that evening, we were joined by some lovely local parishioners. The highlight of the evening for most of us was, of course, the disco!

On Friday morning, we were treated to a morning prayer from Kieran and myself. We focused on the theme of “Our Common Home”, and led based on the letter from Pope Francis written to everybody on Earth! Here, we were able to use the words that really matter to pray for anybody and everybody around the world that is in need! This was done through sticking pieces of paper which had what we want to pray for written on them, onto a giant map in the location we wanted to pray for! The love we showed to everybody throughout the world provided the basis for what we would do for the final part of our retreat: affirmations! We sent De La Salle off with encouragement and positivity that allows us all to change the world!

Thank you to each and every member of the De La Salle community – you guys made the retreat such a pleasure to be a part of, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

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