Haley Arterberry, left, front, and volunteer leaders led the group in song and dance.
ALL: ALBERT C. PACCIORINI/THE CATHOLIC VOICE
Lively day of music, song at youth retreat
Volunteers from the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver gave participants a Belgian waffle breakfast and lunch.
About 50 young people from St. Martin de Porres School and the religious education youth groups from Sts. Patrick and Columba parishes in Oakland were drawn to a day-long retreat, "Youth Alive," on Feb. 20 at the school's St. Patrick's campus.
Sponsored by the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver and the St. Columba Youth Ministry, the program offered Mass, breakfast and lunch, discussions of social justice, faith and cyberbullying.
"This is great for our youth," said St. Patrick Pastor Rev. George W. Quickley, SJ. Volunteers and guests offered music, dance and direction.
Hollis Pierce-Jenkins, president of St. Martin de Porres, encouraged the youths to "have a really deep experience." She showed the group the documentary, "Bring Your A Game," that encourages young people to get an education. "It applies to all of us," she said.
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