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Youngsters get into the Christmas spirit at Craig Lodge retreat

Young people from across the UK and Ireland were asked: ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ during the Craig Lodge Advent Youth retreat held on the weekend of November 27-28.

A total of 75 youngsters representing dioceses from across Scotland, England and Ireland were present at Dalmally during the first weekend of Advent.

During a succession of talks, workshops, the celebration of Mass and Reconciliation services the youngsters reflected on the real meaning of Christmas and what spiritual gifts they would like to receive.

Fr Keith Herrera, parish priest of St Columba’s, Aberdeen, joined the young people for Mass with weekend visits also being paid by two Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal (CFR.)

The youngsters participated enthusiastically throughout the weekend and spoke about the experiences they had shared with each other.

“It was a wonderful experience, a great balance of praise and informative, inspiring talks,” one of the youths commented.  “A great awe inspiring weekend to prepare for Advent.”

Another of the youngsters said that it was ‘fantastic to take some time out and focus on our relationship with Jesus.’

Denise Roberts, the newly appointed youth worker for Argyll and the Isles Diocese, was delighted with the success of the event and commented that it was ‘great to see so many young people gather together for the Advent retreat.’

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