Christmas Youth Pilgrimage

PUSJ youth 2 PUSJ youth 1Grass Lake – On Saturday evening, December 13 a group of sixteen young adults and high school age youth gathered at the Pious Union of St. Joseph for our first Christmas Youth Pilgrimage. Fr. Satheesh, Sr. Brenda & Sr. Ann welcomed some brand new youth, with some coming from as far as Ypsilanti. Many were youth that have grown with us through our monthly Retreat Days.
It was truly a Pilgrimage. After some introductions and a Nativity game, the evening began as the youth placed themselves on the journey with Mary and Joseph on their search for lodging in Bethlehem. With lighted candles they followed Mary and Joseph from door to door asking for a place to stay and singing carols until they were finally welcomed into our “stable” (the renovated “Barn Church”).
Then the celebration began as we welcomed the “Light of Christ” and heard the words proclaimed by Fr. Satheesh: “What has come into being in Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all with a hearty lasagna meal. Then each member of the group made a symbol (ornament) that represented their own witness to Christ. We ended with adoration and prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

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