Spirituality, Goals, Elements and Requirements of the John 6:35 Eucharistic Youth Retreat
The charism of the John 6:35 Eucharistic Youth Retreat is to lead young people, through prayer and catechesis before the Blessed Sacrament, to a personal encounter and ever-deepening union of heart and mind with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ. The John 6:35 Eucharistic Youth Retreat, centered around the Eucharist, responds to the call of Pope John Paul II to prepare young people to live and proclaim the Gospel of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, the spirituality of this retreat seeks to imitate Mary, the Mother of God, by fostering a spirit of prayer, Adoration and obedience to the will of God.
The primary goal is to inspire and prepare young people to live and give witness to the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end the John 6:35 Eucharistic Youth Retreat shall:
- Provide a Eucharistic centered retreat: to lead young people in a Marian Spirit of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, to a personal encounter and ever-deepening union of heart and mind with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ, and more profound understanding and participation in the mysteries of the Catholic Church.
- Foster the creation of Eucharistic centered prayer groups for young people in parishes: to grow in the Interior Life of the Spirit, provide support and fellowship for young people who have attended retreats, and help young people rediscover their role in understanding and participation in the mysteries of the Catholic faith.
The following elements are to be present at the John 6:35 Eucharistic Youth Retreat:
- The daily Sacrifice of the Mass during the retreat.
- Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the initial opening Mass. It is central to the charism of the retreat that Exposition takes place in the midst of the young people, gathered in a circular fashion around the Blessed Sacrament.
- Proper reverence to the Eucharist must be clearly explained, taught and encouraged throughout the Retreat.
- There must be time allotted for Adoration throughout the Retreat, which consists of meditation and silent periods.
- At least one person must be present at all times with the Blessed Sacrament exposed.
- All music, talks and activities before the Blessed Sacrament must be reverential and appropriate in content.
- Ample opportunity must be provided for participants to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Begin the Retreat with at least 5 decades of the Rosary and have daily recitation of the rosary during the retreat.
- Mary, the Mother of God, must be expressly honored by an act such as a crowning and procession or litany during the retreat.