For me, D-group is a time to have some fun and grow in your faith with your brothers and sisters. D-group has monumentally changed my faith life, and the connection with my friends has become unbreakable.
I am an active member of Core Team through the church. Core team has blessed me in so many ways that I would have never expected.
I joined Core my freshman year of highschool, mainly because my older sister told me to, and because I knew it was the only way to continue going to Extreme Faith Camp (See Abby’s story about Extreme Faith Camp here). I always knew my being on Core was for the younger kids and the main mission was serving them and leading the middle schoolers closer to Christ. However, I did not think it could have such an impact in my own faith life. In fact, I questioned not joining Core because I was worried about not having enough time for my personal relationship with God.
For so long, I’ve forgotten where God does His best work. Before this retreat, I was going through a lot of things that God was trying to work on, but I wouldn’t let him. My friend died last November, and it was something I blamed myself a lot for. It wasn’t until I was able to forgive myself that God could heal me of this burden that I’ve been carrying with me. This healing didn’t take place during the amazing, big, and loud adoration that took place. It took place during the quiet of preparing my heart for Mass on Sunday morning.
My first year at camp was in seventh grade, and I didn’t know many people. The few that I did know were in a different cabin and small group, so I tried to get to know new people. I also went to confession for the first time since my first communion, and learned what Adoration was when I went for the first time. I learned how to pray, I actually began to understand the faith, and I met some of my best friends. The most important part; I loved every minute of it.