By Cynthia Lucero-Obusan and Oliver Obusan
Saint Martin of Tours Young Adult Ministry (SMYA) took to heart this Jubilee Year by planning a number of Lenten and Spring events focused on the Year of Mercy theme. On Feb. 26, 12 members of the SMYA presented “Journey of Decision: A Way of the Cross” a dramatic rendition of the Stations, focused on the people involved in the crucifixion and the difficult decision of whether to accept or reject Jesus. Judy Swazey, Director of Liturgy for Saint Martin’s, commented that “parishioners were moved by the powerful images of the Passion the actors depicted and also appreciated the diversity of the young adults in the cast.” Members of SMYA have been attending the Diocese of San Jose “Living the Year of Mercy” lecture series, including the first two sessions which were led by Saint Martin of Tours pastor, Father Sergio Ovando. SMYA also hosted a Discussion Night on March 14, featuring guest speaker Sr. Maryann Cantlon on Social Ministry and Restorative Justice titled, “Meeting the Imprisoned Christ.” Attendees learned about the work of detention volunteers ministering to those incarcerated as well as to victims and families of victims in our Diocese. Sr. Maryann also shared many inspiring stories of her work and encouraged us to consider getting involved in this important ministry.
During Lent, several young adults met for a viewing of the Academy Award winning Best Picture “Spotlight” followed by a dinner where they shared their impressions of the movie. On April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Saint Martin of Tours Community Bldg., SMYA will host a Discussion Night, open to all, with speaker Ricky Ferrer from the Diocese Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) to reflect on the themes of the movie and answer questions about the work of OPCVA in our Diocese. Members of SMYA will also volunteer with Saint Martin’s “Hospitality for the Unhoused” by preparing an evening meal for 15 homeless women who will be guests at Saint Martin of Tours from April 13-20. These are just some ways that SMYA has chosen to focus on the Year of Mercy.
Young Adults from all parishes are invited and encouraged to attend our SMYA events, especially those from parishes without an active young adult ministry. Saint Martin of Tours parish is located at 200 O’Connor Dr. San Jose.
For more information about our upcoming events (including our Young Adult Camping Trip July 22-24 at Mount Madonna County Park) or to receive emails about our events, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.smyoungadults.com and our Facebook group, Saint Martin of Tours Young Adults.