Wonderfully Made at Blessed Sacrament Church (BSC), 9th March 2019

12 03 2019
Group photo with Fr Felix Au (far left), BSC Sunday School Teachers,the Wonderfully Made team & program participants from Blessed Sacrament Church

BDC – The Sunday School Teachers of Blessed Sacrament Church recently organized a Wonderfully Made session in collaboration with a team of facilitators from the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission (KAYC) at their parish which focused on educating our youths about the Catholic teachings on sexuality to discover God’s plan for love and life.

52 youths aged between 14 – 16 years old took part in the 1 day program which featured teachings based on Pope John Paul II’s, Theology of the Body presented in a way that speaks to the hearts and minds of young people.

Some topics covered during the program include Sex & Marriage is Sacred, Our Bodies are Sacred Sacraments as well as discussions about sexuality aimed at educating and raising the awareness of our young people, so that they may make informed decisions for themselves.

Participants also engaged in various group activities and discussions which touched on topics such as ‘Masturbation is natural and normal’ and ‘Pornography is art’ – topics which sought to encourage each participant to discuss their views with one another with the guidance of the facilitators, with the hopes of bringing about greater awareness about sexuality.

Each group then shared their thoughts about each topic to the larger group, followed by a Question & Answer session to address any questions the participants had. The program ended with an appreciation for the facilitators, a closing address and prayer from Fr Felix Au, and a group photo.

Written by Julian Christian Sim

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Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Apostolate (KAYA27)

5 03 2019
Sesi bergambar bersama selepas Misa Penutupan KAYA27

KOTA PADAWAN – Program KAYA ke-27 telah melabuhkan tirainya pada 18 Februari yang lepas.  Bertemakan “Who do you say that I am” yang diambil dari Injil Markus 8:29, program anjuran Komisi Belia Keuskupan Agung Kuching ini telah berlangsung dari 14 Januari sehingga 18 Februari dengan penglibatan seramai 89 peserta dan 12 fasilitator.

Para peserta program KAYA ke-27 ini terdiri daripada belia dari Paroki St Ann Padawan, Paroki St. Joseph Kuching, St. Peter Padungan, Paroki St. Stephen Bau, Paroki Holy Spirit Lundu, Paroki St. Teresa Serian, Paroki St. Jude Bunan Tebedu, dan Paroki Our Lady Queen of Peace Sri Aman. Tahun ini juga terdapat penyertaan dari Keuskupan Sibu iaitu dari Gereja St. Anthony Sarikei dan Gereja Mary Immaculate Conception Kapit malah dari St. Theresa, Masai Johor. Peserta-peserta ini telah berkampung selama lima minggu di Pusat Pastoral St. Lukas, Kota Padawan.

Sesi bergambar bersama selepas Majlis Pembukaan KAYA27

Empat aspek penting yang dipelajari oleh peserta program ini ialah formasi hidup berkomuniti, formasi kemanusiaan, formasi kerohanian dan formasi pastoral yang berdasarkan formasi di seminari.  Sepanjang program ini peserta dipenuhi dengan aktiviti seperti Misa Kudus harian, doa kelompok, sesi ceramah dan bengkel serta tugasan kumpulan seperti kebersihan.

Selain itu, peserta juga dihantar ke beberapa kampung dan perumahan di bawah Keuskupan Agung Kuching untuk melakukan penginjilan, melakukan kerja amal di beberapa pusat terpilih serta mengikuti program “Vocation Exposure” yang bertujuan untuk mendedahkan para peserta dengan panggilan sebagai paderi, sister dan kehidupan religius.  Program K.A.Y.A yang ke 27 diakhiri dengan Misa Penutupan yang dirayakan oleh Uskup Agung Simon Poh, Fr Felix Au, Fr Leonard Yap, Fr Galvin Ngumbang, Fr Robert Jissem,  Fr Ramon Borja, SDB dan Fr Elu, SDB.

Berikut merupakan testimoni dari beberapa peserta program KAYA yang ke 27:

Saya belajar pelbagai Doa (creative prayer) semasa di program KAYA ini dan pengalaman bersama Tuhan yang memberi kesan mendalam kepada saya ialah semasa Holy Hour dimana kelukaan yang saya alami tidak kira dari emosi dan fizikal hilang begitu saja. Saya berubah dari yang tidak menghargai kepada seorang yang menghargai dan berjaya meningkatkan komunikasi saya dengan ibu bapa saya daripada sebelum ini. Saya harap saya diberi peluang untuk menjadi pembaca atau mazmur di gereja atau di mana-mana saya berada.

Natasha Lansi Kumbau
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Sri Aman

Sebelum ini, saya mengalami kemurungan ; semasa Holy Hour di program KAYA ini, saya dapat meluahkan segalanya kepada Tuhan dan dapat merasakan ketenangan yang dicari. Saya berterima kasih kepada Tuhan atas peluang yang diberikan kepada saya. Saya tidak akan berhenti untuk melayani dan berharap dapat mengerakkan belia di kampong saya supaya melibatkan diri dalam pelayanan dari segi music dan koir.

Lisa Jaka
St Ann, Kota Padawan

Banyak pekara yang saya pelajari semasa progam KAYA ini dan satu pengalaman yang tidak dapat saya lupakan adalah semasa saya dihantar ke kampong asal saya untuk penginjilan. Saya melayani di sana bersama dengan kawan seperjuangan saya. Saya pasti ianya merupakan panggilan saya untuk melayani di  kampong asal saya. Saya bersyukur kerana Tuhan telah membimbing dan membantu saya untuk lebih terbuka.  Saya berharap agar saya diberi peluang untuk memimpin belia di kampong.

Gilbert Herryson Leman
Holy Spirit Lundu

Di program KAYA 27 ini, Saya belajar untuk mengukuhkan iman saya kerana sebelum ini saya kurang percaya akan Tuhan. Walaupun pada awalnya, saya agak ragu-ragu untuk menyertai program ini atas sebab – sebab tertentu  namun atas bimbingan Tuhan saya berpeluang merasakan kehadiran-Nya. Pengalaman saya bersama Tuhan yang tidak dapat saya lupakan adalah semasa Doa Taize  iaitu berdoa mengelilingi Salib. Saya dapat merasakan kehadiran Tuhan yang menyentuh lembut hati saya dan perasaan itu tidak pernah saya rasai sebelum ini. Saya merasakan pengampunan dari-Nya dan membuatkan saya lebih bersemangat dan percaya untuk meneruskan misi saya sebagai belia Kristian melayani di gereja sebagai ahli koir atau pembaca.

Florencia Tracy Thomas
St Theresa, Masai Johor
Taize Prayer
Sesi Bible Sharing selepas salah satu sesi
Para peserta memasak bersama
Menyambut hari jadi peserta-peserta yang lahir dalam bulan Jan & Feb

“Tetapi menurut kamu, siapakah Aku ini?” tanya Yesus. Petrus menjawab, “Guru ialah Kristus, Penyelamat yang diutus oleh Allah!”

Markus 8:29

Ditulis oleh Julian Christian Sim.





KAYD18 Timeline 2018

17 12 2018

Shalom, perjalanan menuju KAYD19 semakin hampir. Ini merupakan perjalanan aktiviti terakhir bagi tahun 2018.

Pada tahun hadapan kami akan memaparkan lagi perjalanan aktiviti menjelang KAYD19 antara missa penutupan KAYD18 di peringkat paroki. Selain itu, pada tahun hadapan juga, setiap  Parish Youth Ministry and juga Youth Groups akan menjalankan misi @ mission exposure yang berbeza mengikut isu yang dihadapi di paroki masing-masing. Ini selaras dengan tema KAYD19 iaitu “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word”  – Luke 1:38

Jadi, teman-teman sekalian, jangan lupa untuk terus bersama kami untuk mengetahui maklumat  maklumat lanjut berkenaan dengan KAYD19 sehingga menuju hari kemuncaknya pada 31 Ogos 2019 – 2 September 2019.






Kuching Young Christian Student Joseph Cardjin Camp 2018

7 12 2018

The Theme: The least, the last and the lost 

Photo session after Solidarity Night

BAU – Just recently, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held their annual Joseph Cardijn Camp from the 26th of November to the 28th of November 2018 at Kampung Suba Buan, Bau under Saint Lawrence Ruiz’s Church. The camp’s theme was “The Least, The Last and The Lost” and the camp had gathered approximately 120 participants from various schools including the village’s youth ministry. 26 foster families willingly offered the participants and committees to stay in their homes with opened arms for three days and two nights.

The theme “The Least, The Last and The Lost” was chosen by the camp committees along with the bible verse, Matthew 9:2, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart son; your sins are forgiven.””. This theme focuses on the faithful ones helping the ones who have the least in faith, and the lost, the ones who doubt God’s teaching. This theme was also chosen to focus on our youth’s faith in God that was slowly weakening so our youth can deepen their faith in God. As always, this camp was also made to bring members of the Young Christian Students (YCS) Club from various schools together so they can encounter the Lord and to deepen their knowledge on YCS’ methodology, “SEE, JUDGE AND ACT”.

Team building games ” Pass the Good News”

Most of the participants traveled to the venue by buses from Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, Kuching meanwhile the remaining participants traveled to Kampung Suba Buan with their own vehicles. The participants were welcomed heartwarmingly along with the Bidayuh traditional dance by the orang kampung and Saint Lawrence Ruiz’s Church’s chairman welcomed the participants with a speech. Everyone was then divided into their respective homes. As noon arrived, the camp coordinator, Marlene Ram and her vice coordinator, Bryan Yap, introduced the purpose and meaning of this camp especially to the first timers. Later in the afternoon, the game masters, specifically the orang kampung, held a teambuilding game which mainly reflected on the theme, “The Least, The Last and The Lost”. Later that night, a “SEE” session was done by one of the senior animators, Danny Veno about how the teambuilding game earlier that day reflected a lot on the theme. The participants were then told to relate the problems they faced during the game to their daily lives.

 

The second day started off with a mass, led by Rev. Fr. John Chong and was conducted by the village’s church’s youth ministry. The next session, which was the first part of “JUDGE” was done by Esther Chai. She explained “The Least, The Last and The Lost” by using three different personas from the bible so the participants could deepen their understanding on the camp’s theme. The second part of “JUDGE” session was done by Rachel Tiong which was more of a reflective session so the participants can reflect on themselves on how they could help the least as the faithful ones. On the same day, a Christmas themed Solidarity Night was held and it gathered all the foster families so they could bond even more with the participants and committees. During the night itself, a few orang kampung and participants shared about their faith in Christ. Performances were also held by the orang kampung to showcase their traditional moves. The participants and foster families bonded really well as they spent their time getting to know each other throughout the night.

Praise & Worship Session lead by music team

On the third day, the participants started off their morning with a creative morning prayer where they were told to write their prayer intentions onto a piece of paper to be prayed over. The last session, which was the “ACT” session was done by Mark Ethan where it was divided into two parts; individually and group work following the participants’ respective schools. The session focused on what actions the participants should take as YCS members to help the least and the lost individually and in their respective schools. To conclude the final day of camp, a sending-off mass was led by Rev. Fr. Ramon Borja. The camp ended blissfully despite the emotional speech from the church’s chairman. Overall, JC Camp 2018 ended with tearful smiles from the participants and committees and they got to understand and regain their faith in God alongside to know what they can do to help the least. We, the Kuching Young Christian Students would like to thank the orang kampung who have sacrificed their energy to provide us homes and excellent foods. On the other hand, we look forward to see more students participating in our future camps!

“Judge part” given by senior KYCS, Rachel Tiong

 

“This camp was an amazing experience. I get to know new friends from other schools, bond with my housemates and our foster family too. I learnt to strengthen my faith with God in my session and that got me closer to God. I would still want to join upcoming KYCS camps and hopefully younger generations to join us.” – Ivette Bell, SMK Batu Lintang

 

JC camp is my first camp that and it was also my first time going to a village, it was a really new experience that I’ve  gained unlike other camps that I’ve joined. Leaving JC Camp made me sad despite the language barrier that I’ve faced in Kampung Suba Buan.  It was so much fun to meet new friends and to especially encounter God. The sessions during this camp made me realized that we should care about the Least, the Last and the Lost. I’m really grateful that I got the opportunity to join this camp. I would definitely regret if I didn’t sign up for this camp. – Vanessa Leong, SMK St Teresa

 

“”Love each other or perish”. This bible verse explains my whole experience during the JC camp. I’ve met a lot of new people, thrown in a new environment which was out of my comfort zone and of course, new experience and knowledge about God’s words. This particular verse touched me was because it reminded me that I should love those people around me and reach out to them, before they become the least, the last and the lost. Besides that, the Bidayuh foster family I’ve stayed with was the most amazing and friendly family I had ever met. They took us in, four girls in all including me, who were complete strangers to them, as their own family members. All in all, I’m glad I went to the camp as I met a few new friends from other school and also, most importantly, became closer to God through the games and the meaningful sessions.”

– Lisa Hii, St Joseph’s Private School

 

JC Camp was truly an extraordinary experience. It gave us the chance to find God, and our faith in Him. Hopefully speaking for most of the campers, we found him. We found him through the activities, the masses and through the sessions. I am looking forward to join JC Camp if I have the chance to in the future to dig even deeper in my faith, and to meet more new people. We came as KYCS members, but we all left as a family. –Elaina Chin, St Joseph’s International Private School

 

This camp taught me to have faith in God. Trust, patience and hope were emphasized on during the sessions. Having faith in God teaches us that He always has better plans for us. Besides that, I was given the opportunity to lead the Praise and Worship session and discovered that the youth was able to open up their hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to heal them. This camp has also taught us that helping the disabled or the ones who have lost faith in God can change our lives. –Darren Naen, SMK St Joseph

Report prepared by Easther Edele Colin





KYCS’ 2ND STUDENT-LEADER ANIMATORS GATHERING (SLAG) OF 2018

10 10 2018

SLAG Theme: Pollution affecting our mother nature and human beings  

KUCHING – The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held their second SLAG on the 22nd September 2018, Saturday at the St. Rose Conference Hall, Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Centre (ACCPC). The main objective of this gathering was to bring the committees of the Young Christian Students from several schools such as SMK St. Joseph, SMK St. Teresa, SMK Batu Lintang, St. Joseph’s Private School, SMK Green Road and SMK Penrissen No.1. This gathering has gathered 50 attendees altogether, including the senior animators, Mark Ethan, Esther Chai, Rachel Tiong and Alex Tai.

 

The gathering started off with an ice breaking game called ‘Chinese Whisper’ and this has bonded the committees from different schools. A talk was then given by Esther Chai to focus on several pollutions that are affecting our mother nature and human beings. The speaker, Esther, related the theme ‘Pollution’ to the YCS’ motto, ‘See, Judge and Act’. This matter came to everyone’s attention that the Earth matters too as it is one of God’s greatest gift to us humans.

 

After the talk was given, a discussion on the next Joseph Cardijn Camp, also known for short, JC Camp, that will be held from 26th-28th November 2018  was done among the committees to elect the camp committees. 13 committees were elected as leaders of 13 different ministries. The committees elected were made to work together before and throughout the entire camp. After the election of committees, the election of the coordinator and vice coordinator for the KYCS’ Christmas Caroling was done voluntarily. This youthful gathering ended smoothly and with a lesson to everyone that it is our job to take care of God’s greatest gift, which is our mother nature.

 

Testimonies from two attendees:

  1. “I’ve learnt that the main cause of pollution is due to men’s greed and ignorance. God has gifted us with a beautiful Earth so we must nurture and care about the Earth. It’s not that hard to take care of Earth, doing these little steps such as recycling and carpooling can contribute a lot to the wellbeing of our mother nature. These actions also make the Earth a better place for everyone.”

-Valerie Melanie (SMK St. Teresa)

  1. “As we bonded during the ice breaking game, we overcame our shyness and made new friends. We also learned the root causes of pollutions that we face daily and how we should overcome the problems.”

-Noel Fidelis (SMK St. Joseph)

 

Prepared by Easther Edele KYCS SMK St Theresa

 





ROAD to KAYD 2019 – September 2018

20 09 2018

Hi semuanya, perjalanan KAYD untuk 2018 sudah masuk ke bulan September. Sila lihat apakah dan di manakah aktiviti KAYD yang dijalankan di paroki anda. Tunggu ‘updated‘ kami seterusnya…





World Mission Sunday ” With Youth, We Proclaim The Gospel to All”

20 09 2018

Invitation to all the youth from the age of 16- 40 years old to join this 2 days 1 night program in CMPC Singai in conjunction with World Mission Sunday. To register, please get your registration form from your parish office as soon as possible and return it registration form before 7 October 2018. See your there..