Creating sanity to face the insane

Teams of participants in the year’s CHRISTpower weeklong summer service and reflection retreat for Catholic teenagers in the Jefferson City diocese take part in an array of service projects in the Jefferson City area.

In the height of summer, a group of roughly two dozen teen-agers gathered at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City for a week that would leave them all greatly changed on the inside, many for the first time.
This was a convening of Catholic youth throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City for the annual CHRISTpower retreat.
According to Father Daniel Merz, retreat Spiritual Director, the changes in the youth were extremely noticeable.
“One set of parents said that their child was different when he was picked up from when he was dropped off,” said Fr. Merz. “He seemed more engaged with them, more at peace. He gave them a hug. They were kind of very happily surprised.”
Fr. Merz went on to mention a girl from his own parish who attended the retreat and had told him she was “glad her parents made her come.”

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