Local youths attend retreat in Lapwai
By Samantha Keating
On Saturday, April 16, a group of people met at the Church parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and headed down to Lapwai for a weekend of fun at a retreat. 
When we arrived, we met a bunch of awesome kids from Lewiston, Moscow, Nezperce and Orofino. For the first part of the day we played icebreakers and were able to get to know the kids, leaders, and the REACH team members from Helena, Montana who helped us lead the retreat. There were four of them and they told their personal stories of their own troubles, how they found God and how He helped them. One of the REACH team members also led us by playing his guitar through many different times of praise and worship during adoration. I know these times were very peaceful and allowed everyone to reflect on their life and anything that had touched them during the stories from the speakers.
The next morning we all helped children from Lapwai make crafts at Lapwai’s City Hall. This was a great opportunity for parents and kids to see what all these retreats and rallies are about and hopefully encourage them to attend one in the future. It was also a lot of fun seeing all of the little kids and helping them to make crowns to match our retreat’s theme, “Children of the King.”
We all then went to Palm Sunday Mass in Lapwai and afterward had to say our goodbyes. 
Overall, I greatly encourage anyone interested in attending rallies and retreats with the Catholic Youth. Not only do we have a great youth leader, Debbie Chicane, but it’s also a great opportunity to meet new people, have an amazing time and strengthen your relationship with God. I also would like to thank the community for donations we receive that allow youth to attend these retreats and experience these special opportunities to grow closer to God. Thank you.

Attendees at a retreat in Lapwai last month are shown. Bottom row from left are Darlene Gehring, Beth Dinning, Heidi Holubetz, Emily McHugh, John Mager, Austin Sonnen and Daniel Mager. Middle from left are Katherine Nida, Savannah Walsh, Sarah Walsh and Debbie Chicane. Top from left are Samantha Keating, Faith Uhlenkott and Andrew Geis. Photo submitted by Debbie Chicane.

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