BIS #6596 Sunday School Lenten Retreat at JyotiMata Parish

by Father Richard Burkhao for BISMumbai

In order grow in spirituality a 01-day Lenten Retreat was animated at Jyoti Mata Church, Jyoti, for the Sunday School students on Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4pm.

Altogether 48 children participated in this spiritual event. The programme began at 9am with a prayer and video by Father Richard Burkhao. Father William Falcao, the Parish Priest, addressed the children by explaining the meaning of Retreat and it's significance.

The first session was animated by Father Velasli Bandya, on the theme "Listening to God". He made the session very lively by making it interactive with a group discussion. Later, Father Burkhao animated the next session with the theme "God Loves You". He too made it very interesting and lively through various exercises, action songs and videos which made them realise the love of God in their life. It was followed by the Eucharistic Adoration beautifully organised by the Sunday School teachers.

After lunch, Father Falcao spoke on the meaning and importance of Confessions. It was followed by confessions. Fathers Burkhao, Bandya and Vinay, heard the confessions of the children. The retreat concluded with the vote of thanks by Father Falcao.

All the participants gave a very positive feedback. One of the children said, "this short retreat has brought me closer to Jesus." Many of the Sunday school teachers commented that for first time such a one day, wonderful spiritual retreat was organised for the Sunday School.