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Good Shepherd
Divine Mercy Retreat for School Children
The Good Shepherd Church parish centre,Woodthorpe Nottingham hosted a two day retreat for school children on 1 & 2 June 2016. It was conducted for catholic school children in Nottinghamshire. A daily average of 75 children participated, were encouraged by their parents and prompted by the Spirit to attend with friends, as well as forging new friendships. Themes explored during the retreat included "Divine Mercy" with associated workshops and classes helped by the youth workers passing on their faith to the enjoyment of all. The Sacrament of Confession, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Holy Mass was available to all. Assistant Parish priest of Good Shepherd Fr. Biju Joseph and "Jesus Youth Volunteers" in Nottingham led the services. It was also wonderful to see many parents arriving to participate in Holy mass, being great witnesses to their children. The retreat really helped the children to gain a better understanding of the Mercy of God through the Church, especially the abundant graces through the sacraments. Many participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, sanctifying themselves with God's grace. The SyroMalabar Children also actively participated. We look forward to this becoming an annual event and will endeavour to advertise this event more widely should this be the case.
God bless.

Fr Biju Joseph
3 Thackeray's Lane, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4HT. Tel: (0115) 926 8288