Monday, April 13, 2015

PAN DE VIDA: Divine Mercy Weekend

     Last weekend, Capuchin Brothers Music traveled to Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco for an event called Pan de Vida. The Pan de Vida Retreat is geared to leading young people, through prayer and instruction before the Blessed Sacrament, to a personal encounter and ever-deepening union of heart and mind with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ. On this particular weekend, the focus was on JPII's Theology of the Body, and the mercy of God, as it was Divine Mercy Weekend.

    We were blessed to be able to do the music for the Vigil Mass that weekend, as well as participate in a discussion panel in which we tried to answer questions of the youth in regards to our faith. An international Rosary was prayed in 5 different languages and a Divine Mercy Chaplet was prayed in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Catechetical talks were given and there were multiple chances to do individual mediation.

    Overall, we were edified by the witness of the youth. In a world where it may seem that "our youth is a lost generation," we got a different picture last weekend. The hunger and thirst for God was evidently present in the young men and women, as they sought to encounter our Risen Lord in an intimate way on this retreat, being pulled into the ocean of God's unfathomable mercy and love. 

    We want to thank Star of the Sea Parish and Peggy for having us this last weekend. We also want to give a shout out to Fr. Jewel Aytona, CPM (a fellow parishioner of Br. Victor back in Rancho Cucamonga) for his witness this weekend, as well as the CFR's, Dominicans, and other priests and religious who attended.