Most of the members of our Saint Helena’s Young Adult Group have a similar thread in their metanoia, or “ongoing conversion”, stories: We have eaten the fruit from the tree of the world, the flesh, and the Evil One: a fruit that looks good and delicious; however, when bitten into, is a spoiled and rotten fruit.
When we left high school, and with it many of our homely comforts and worldviews, we entered a world that can be compared to Frodo Baggins leaving the Shire and coming face-to-face with the evils of Mordor. Many of us attended universities where we were blindsided by anti-Catholic, anti-life, and anti-family principles. Largely unprepared and certainly ill-suited by the modern Catholic educational and catechetical institutions, we were knocked out in the first round without ever being able to throw a punch. The bumpers were removed from our metaphorical bowling lanes, and we rolled gutter balls.
Like Edgar Allan Poe’s the Masque of the Red Death, the world consumed many of us while we were comfortably tucked away in our respective universities naïvely enjoying the party lifestyle and all its dressings. As a result, most of our contemporaries and friends left the Catholic faith in their late teens and early twenties. Most will probably never return.
Attributed only to God’s grace and the Mystery of Predilection, some of us have begun to seek healing from our experiences and find solace in beauty, unity, truth, and goodness. Of course, the nature of the Catholic Church is these transcendentals. What starts out often as a lonely and humbling search for the Catholic faith by one young adult turns into a Emmaus-style walk where many young adults meet each other along the way and realize we have similar backgrounds and can journey together. This is the reason the Saint Helena Young Adult Group exists.
Our mission, through the intercession of Saint Therese of Lisieux (The Little Flower), is to be joyful disciples of Jesus Christ, fully alive! We contend to place Christ at the center of our lives, and when we do, our hearts find peace.
As we participate in the sacraments and deepen our prayer life, we are able to enrich our peer community, and Parish, by seeing Christ in all those we welcome and journey with in times of struggle and triumph. The Holy Spirit binds us together to seek what is true, good and beautiful. We need one another for support, encouragement and accountability.
Our goal is to invite, inspire and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Just as our Patron Saint lived, we strive to fight discouragement, do little things with great love, and show mercy to our neighbors in deed, word and prayer.
Thursday Nights from 7-8:30 P.M. in our parish Convent building
Our meetings consist of fellowship, prayer, and Lectio Divina (where we discuss and pray over the readings for the upcoming Sunday).
C’mon out & join us! Contact Christian Thompson via e-mail or by phone at (610) 930-0349.
Thursday, May 26 – No Meeting – Holy Day of Obligation – The Ascension of our Lord
“Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love” – Saint Therese, The Little Flower