The girls of the Home of the Mother of the Youth have been busy this past month here in Jacksonville, Florida. Besides getting together every Friday as they normally do, they also held a “Holy-ween” party and they hosted a group of high school girls from Melbourne, Florida for the weekend.
The girls’ branch of the HMY gets together every Friday at the Sister’s house at Assumption Parish for what they call “Fun-Filled Friday”. They arrive around 6:00 o’clock and have time for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, with points of meditation given by one of the Sisters. After prayer, they have a meeting where they talk about a wide range of topics. Later, they often play games like basketball or some other sport in the school gym. The Sisters also teach them how to work on the Home´s Youth Webpage and how to use the professional video cameras. Later, they have dinner together and sometimes watch a movie.
The girls also threw a “Holy-ween” party where they dressed up as Saints, ranging from St. Gianna Beretta Molla from Italy to the little-known St. Germain from France. There was a pizza dinner, followed by games, such as a type of “Taboo” with questions about the Saints.
One weekend, a group of girls came up from Melbourne, Florida to spend the weekend with the Servant Sisters and the HMY girls. The group came on Friday night around dinnertime. After eating, we made a bonfire to roast marshmallows, sing songs on the guitar, and hear the sisters´ vocation stories. Since it was getting cold, they headed back to the Sisters’ house to have a kind of question and answer session on religious life.
The next day, we all went to St. Augustine to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of the La Leche, where the first mass was celebrated in the United States back in the 16th century. After visiting the gift shop, they went to the shrine to pray and sing songs to Our Lady, including some songs in Spanish. Later, Sr. Grace gave a talk, where the girls participated and asked lots of questions. Afterwards, they ate lunch by the shrine and then they went to the Cathedral nearby to go to confession. Later, there was a pizza dinner and the girls heard more vocation stories. The day was not complete without a rosary to Our Lady, after which the girls prayed night prayer and heard a “Good-night” talk given by one of the Sisters.
After mass on Sunday morning, the girls headed back to their homes, happy and ready to live their lives more fully for God.