Trinitarians Celebrate 8 Years
Written by Rosette Chidiac
Last week, Trinitarians Youth Ministry celebrated their 8th Anniversary. They marked 8 years of coming together in prayer, to deepen their faith, and grow in friendship. The Trinitarians celebrated on Sunday, 23rd of February, with Holy Mass at Holy Family Church, followed by dinner and discussion in the Parish Office.
Working with the young people of the Granville Catholic Community over the past 8 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me. For many of the families, I have been able to witness their growth as they transition from primary school to high school and further, to tertiary studies or employment. I’ve felt privileged to share in many of the family successes, challenges and milestones. In each of the youth, I have seen a growth in their faith and a continued curiosity to know more and more about being a Catholic. They’ve challenged me with some of the toughest questions and challenged themselves to be stronger, firmer Catholics in their schools, universities and workplaces. The connection they have fostered with one another allows them to confidently talk and share their experiences of being a Catholic in the modern day, seeking one another for support. This sense of solidarity helped make the first meeting of 2020 a success.
Last Sunday was the first meeting of 2020 and amongst the excitement of seeing each other again, the Trinitarians also discussed and reflected on how they can make the most of the upcoming season of Lent. The Trinitarians discussed the 3 Pillars of Lent (Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving) and recognised how we can often ‘give up something’ over Lent, out of convenience or habit. They reflected on how Lent is a time to draw closer to the Lord and His suffering, through our own prayer and sacrifice. They were encouraged to truly consider their daily routines and find habits or times in the day that are not effective in drawing their mind and actions towards the Lord.
To help in their Lenten devotions, the Trinitarians each adopted a Saint. They randomly selected a Saint from a series of prayer cards and were encouraged to read about, pray to, and seek the intercession of their chosen Saint. This was one of the ways the Trinitarians were encouraged to take up the pillar of Prayer whilst also deepening their knowledge of the Catholic Church. In future meetings, we hope to share how these Saints have inspired us over Lent. The Trinitarians also challenged one another with various devotions, activities or sacrifices. Some of the challenges included:
- Attending Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament weekly
- Reading daily scripture
- Praying the Rosary daily
- Attending an additional Mass each week
- Listening closely to the Homily
- Acts of charity
- Praying for 30 minutes each day
Each Trinitarian left the meeting with a challenge set by someone else in the group to help them make this their best Lent.
The next Trinitarians Meeting will be Friday 27th March. We’ll be joining for Stations of the Cross at Holy Family Church from 6PM then gathering for continued prayer and discussion. I encourage anyone in Year 7 or above to come along!