Young Women's Retreat Fosters Feelings of Gratitude from Participants
Seventeen young ladies from five of our parishes came together last week to work with the Volunteer Program during the Young Women’s Retreat. Divided into two teams, the girls conquered two extensive home rehab projects, completed maintenance at the volunteer house, painted doors and doorframes at Holy Family School and even had time to whip up some meals for the Garden Café.
Victoria and Donna, religious education leaders for Queen of Peace and Christ the King, respectively, served as the girl’s chaperones and spiritual guides for the week. Several parents from the parishes also lent a hand in transportation and project supervision throughout the retreat.
The girls were able to complete work for two clients, whose homes had already been worked on by the Young Men’s Retreat earlier in the month. Both clients were treated to new flooring, paint and a good cleaning of several rooms. From there, they moved to the volunteer house in Holly Springs, where it was scrubbed top to bottom and the windows were power washed. It was back to painting again--all of the interior doors at Holy Family School got a new coat of paint. Prior to their last evening of cooking at the Garden Café, the young ladies were treated to reflection time with Sr. Colette, SLW that included a call to worship and words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama on young people.
Autumn , retreat participant, remarked, “The retreat made us all really grateful, especially for our parents, our homes, and all of our friends—both old and new.”