BLAST explodes with possibilities!
On the weekend of 20th-21st August, more than 70 young people from across the Diocese gathered to have fun and encounter Christ at Ridgecrest Convention Centre, Lake Burrendong.
BLAST is an annual gathering, designed to allow the young people of our Diocese to come together, share their faith and learn more about the way that God, and our parish communities, can be part of their journey to discover and awaken their faith.
This year, BLAST included sessions that covered breaking open who Jesus is, the role of each of us in assisting those with less than ourselves, prayer and workshops around what it was really like to attend World Youth Day. It was a weekend full of music, dancing, fun and friendship, with healthy competition in the team challenge, which is always entertaining.
Bishop Michael McKenna joined BLAST on Saturday and celebrated Mass that evening. Fr Greg Kennedy and Fr Tim Cahill spent time at BLAST on Saturday morning and Fr Carl Mackander and Fr Steve Sinn sj also joined with the group on Saturday evening for Reconciliation. It was wonderful to have our five seminarians and three pre seminarians with us, engaging with the youth of the Diocese.
BLAST is a chance for time with God. It aims to help awaken the desire to be part of our parishes and to engage with a life where God is present. At the end of the weekend, each participant was encouraged to return to their parish and see what they can do to make a difference in their own lives, as well as that of others.
The BLAST leaders were thrilled with the turnout and the participants were grateful for all the hard work that occurred to make BLAST 2016 a success. The hope and prayer is that this weekend will lead to an explosion of possibilities in the lives of these young people and they will desire to explore their faith more and more.