On Saturday, December 9, we had our first Advent retreat day for those we have prepared for the sacraments. It was a mixture of teens and some smaller children. The day started with Praise and Worship, a short three-minute video, sharing of the Word of God in light of the video, and faith sharing. Lunch was followed by Adoration and preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We ended the day with Mass. The readings were perfect for the Second Sunday of Advent, calling all of us to be messengers of Christ, preparing the way for the Lord in ourselves and for others. Each participant was given a bag filled with soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, which they were asked to give to someone who is poor. Now you know our kids, all coming from very poor families, but they were asked to seek someone out on the streets. Someone poorer than them.