My name is Gabby from the Vancouver Team. I feel so blessed to be able to share what our team has been up to and what ministry has been like during the exciting month of February!
First of all, the Vancouver team welcomed two new members! Both Gabe and I feel so honored to join this team and we are loving the ministry. Both the communities of Archbishop Carney and St. Thomas Aquinas have gone out of their way to welcome us to their beautiful schools.
The team is preparing for a few upcoming retreats so please keep us in your prayers! The response from the students regarding the retreats has been so motivational in our ministry. For example, at Archbishop Carney, I was sitting in a religion class when the upcoming Grade 10 retreat was announced to the students. The response of the class was SO positive! They started cheering and asking so many questions about the retreat. Students started to ask their teacher if the NET team would be at the retreat. When it was confirmed that we would be there, the response from the class was louder and more cheerful than before. It was so nice to see the genuine response of the students, their reactions made me so eager for the retreat!
At St. Thomas Aquinas, the team leads Alpha, a program that seeks to provide youth with the basics of the Catholic faith, in Grade 9 Religion classes. Each team member facilitates a small group where discussion and dialogue are encouraged and questions about the faith are explored. It has been such a blessing to begin to witness the fruits of Alpha. One really beautiful mission moment happened as I was leading a small group. I asked the girls in my group if they thought it was possible to have a personal relationship with Jesus. We started discussing what it means to have Jesus at the center of our lives. One of the girls said, “I want Jesus in my life but right now, He is a part of my life. I want to make that shift though. I just don’t know how.” I then led her in a prayer inviting Jesus to be at the center of her life and gave her advice to cultivate a daily prayer life. Praise God!
I am so excited to journey with her and see what the Lord has planned for the students at Archbishop Carney and St. Thomas Aquinas!
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us.
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us.
-written by Gabby Douglas