SYNOD ON YOUTH

12 10 2017

Malaysian Youth!

The Church want to listen to the young people. Your opinion is very much valued!. Please fill in and invite your friends (both Catholics and non- Catholics) to do so too.

https://archkl.org/talk2francismy/index.php

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KUCHING ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH DAY 2017 (KAYD17)

4 09 2017

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Starting from this year,

Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission (KAYC) with the collaboration of all Parishes and Youth Groups in the Archdiocese of Kuching will organize Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day for 3 consecutive years and take up the theme taken from World Youth Day in Panama which has been announced by Pope Francis.

The themes constitute a journey of faith, love and hope which on this journey we will be accompanied by the Virgin Mary whom all generations call Blessed (Lk 1:48)”

The first two themes (2017 and 2018) are meant to be celebrated at the Parish Level and the highlight for Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day will be in 2019.

And this year, from 31 August until 3 September 2017; with the theme taken from Gospel of Luke 1:49 ” The Mighty one has done great things for us, Holy is His name”, about 500 youth from different area in Archdiocese of Kuching gathered at Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Center (ACCPC) to deepen their faith and learn about Blessed Mother.

The gathering ended with a Closing Mass by His Grace Archbishop Simon Poh 

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Prayer Vigil Night – Holy Hour

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Praise and Worship

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Drama about “The Annunciation”

 





FRIENDSHIP

26 08 2017

Kuching – On Saturday 26th of August, a total of 31 YCS participants and servants from various schools took part in the Taize Prayer, organized by the YCS members and Catholic students of SMK Sungai Tapang. The Taize Prayer was held at St. James’ room, St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Centre.

     The event organized was a follow up for the action task, from  the YCS Middle Year Camp activities,  which was held in Kampung Krokong last June. The objective aims to strengthen the faith and foster Christian relationship through prayers and fellowship among the members of the YCS Club, as the children of God.

     Taize prayer is a meditating and reflecting prayer and is practiced by our Christian brothers and sisters all around the world. The theme ‘Friendship’ has been selected to foster friendship among the members and non-members of the YCS Club as well as focusing on personal relationship with God. 

     During the Taize prayer session, we chanted selected taize prayers repeatedly in a serene atmosphere accompanied by the strumming of a guitar note. This prayerful ambience gives space and opportunity for  us to spend time, and be connected with God. After that, we listened and reflected on the word of God that says: “Couldn’t you watch with me for even one hour?” 

     The programme concluded with photo sessions with our teacher advisor teacher, Miss Jenifer Stian.

Reported by Annabel Vallerie Govinda, Vice- Secretary of YCS SMK Sg Tapang

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KUCHING ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH DAY 2017 (KAYD17) ROADSHOWS

7 08 2017

Kuching Archdiocese Youth Commission (KAYC) with the collaboration of all Parishes and Youth Groups in the Archdiocese of Kuching organized Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day for 3 consecutive years and take up the themes taken from World Youth Day in Panama which has been announced by Pope Francis.

The themes constitute a journey of faith, love and hope which on this journey we will be accompanied by the Virgin Mary whom all generations call Blessed (Lk 1:48)”.

Hence to prepare the young people in Archdiocese of Kuching for Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day 2017 (KAYD17); there were roadshows to each parishes in Archdiocese of Kuching led by Promotion and Marketing Ministry.

The roadshows program consists of Youth Mass and the procession of the KAYD17 Cross, Icon of Blessed Virgin Mother and Bible for youth as a signed of accompaniment and journey towards Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day 2017 (KAYD17).

(Last Roadshow was at Blessed Sacrament Church ( 5 August 2017) – No picture)

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– KAYD17 Roadshow to Holy Spirit Lundu (8 April 2017)

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– KAYD17 Roadshow to St Stephen, Bau (22 April 2017)

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– KAYD17 Roadshow to St Ann Kota Padawan (20 May 2017)

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– KAYD17 Roadshow to St Theresa Serian (10 June 2017)

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– KAYD17 Roadshow to St Jude Bunan(8 July 2017)

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– KAYD17 Roadshow to Our Lady Queen of Peace(22 – 23 July 2017)





MALAYSIAN CATHOLIC CAMPUS STUDENTS’ DAY 2

28 07 2017

PENANG ISLAND – Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day 2 was held in Penang Island from 23rd June to 27th June 2017 after Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day 1 which was held in Kuching in 2015.

Approximately 850 delegates (Campus Students) from all over Malaysia gathered for the mission, adoration and celebration to commemorate the theme ‘That they may be one’ taken from John 17:22. Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day 2 opening Mass was celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Simon Poh as a Bishop for Youth/Campus ministry in Malaysia at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. Bishops from different dioceses namely His Excellency Bishop Datuk Sebastian Francis, Rt Reverend Bishop Anthony Bernard Paul, and The Most Reverend Archbishop Julian Leow were also journey with the youth in Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day 2.

This year’s Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day was very blessed because of the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernadez on the last day of Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day send-off Mass. The Send-off mass was celebrated by His Excellency Bishop Datuk Sebastian Francis with an enthusiastic and empowering message from him. The mass was ended with an announcement from His Grace Archbishop Simon Poh on Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day 3 which will be held in Sabah.

Out of 850 delegates; 26 of them were from Archdiocese of Kuching. They were leaders who are committed in their campuses. Fr Larry Tan as a Chaplain for Kuching Campus Ministry and 1 of Youth Minister were also participated in Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day 2. On behalf of Kuching Campus Ministry, We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone directly and indirectly involved in the fundraisings, prayers, support and making MCCSD 2 a memorable and unforgettable experience.

Group Photo

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Kuching Delegates with Arch Simon

Vigil Night – with Archbishop Simon Poh

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Kuching Delegates at Risen Christ Ayer Hitam

Sarawak delegates

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Kuching Delegates with Chaplain Kuching Campus Ministry-Fr Larry Tan

 

Here are some of the amazing experiences shared by Kuching delegates:

“I thank God and everyone else involved for this opportunity to participate in MCCSD2. I went without much expectations, but it has been a fruitful experience. After struggling to have a relationship with God for many years, this experience has drawn me into a deeper relationship with God.”- Audrey Olivia Chen, UNIMAS

“It was a beautiful journey as I’m able to engage with the youths from different dioceses, being able to feel the fondness during the service of the elderly in the Little Sisters of the Poor, experienced the beauty of our Catholic church through the sacredness of mass and adoration vigil. Everything was wonderfully orchestrated.” – Vivi Gloria Lucas, UNIMAS

“I was amazed by how God’s love took a positive effect throughout His people gathered from different states in Malaysia. God called me out of my comfort zone to experience His missions as how all the saints have done them during their times here on earth. Therefore, I’m inspired to go out and share God’s love to everyone with Mother Mary interceding for me in my every step.” – Darren Richmond, KSKB

“I’ve the opportunity to know more about Catholic faith. MCCSD2 had made a huge impact in me and opened my heart to feel His presence and my eyes to see His good will. It’s just like the story of the Prodigal Son, which reflect me who have been lost for more than 10 years.” – Dougall, KSKB

“The thing that I remembered the most was our mission work.  I am touched by the volunteers that came all the way from Sabah who helped the sick & elderly. I am waiting for my mission from God, what He has planned for me, and how I respond to His calling.” – Cornelia Liew, IPGBL

“I remember the feeling of being lifted up and overwhelmed with God’s presence during Vigil Mass at St. Francis Xavier church. The only thing I could do was just sit there and cry. In that moment, I was assured by him. “I am with you, now and forever”, he said. I know that day since, God has found me and I desire more.” –  Jasmine Lim, UNIMAS

“The homilies given throughout the masses are eye-opening to all as it would give us some insights of our duty as children of God and to discern more on our calling as His children. The outreach programme we had was awe-inspiring about life and the stories I heard from the family we visited at The House of Hope is encouraging towards life.” – Brian Chin, Executive College

Saya menyedari betapa indahnya kasih Tuhan kepada saya dan betapa tenang serta sukacitanya kehidupan jika saya merapatkan hubungan dengan Tuhan. Melalui aktiviti yang telah dijalankan, ia mengajar sebuah erti kehidupan dimana saya perlu berkongsi kasih sayang dengan orang yang lebih memerlukan dan kasih sayang terhadap rakan-rakan baru mahupun lama.” – Heleny Bong, KSKB

“The presence of the Holy Spirit that whenever I looked at the Eucharist I could feel peace in my heart especially during the procession with the Blessed Sacrament from Our Lady of Sorrows Church to St Francis Xavier Church. It was like walking with Jesus.” – Magdalene Hilda, KSKB

“I had spent so much time with my friends from Kuching Archdiocese and I can say that our bond is stronger than before. Apart from that, the foster parents were very nice to us and the parishioners were friendly” – Rick Falco, UNIMAS

“The Lord has opened my eyes to the reality that these people need a saviour, not because they live in filth and dress in rags, but because they are sinful beings just like you and me. This mission trip was so much more than I expected.” – Teresa Abie, UITM

“It was a truly purifying and refreshing touch of Holy Spirit in me, as life becoming a student isn’t an easy task where temptation and procrastination became our no.1 challenges. I hope this wonderful idea of gathering campus students from all over 9 dioceses in Malaysia can be maintained as it will be a great platform for our current and future student to see God in the students’ life.” – Ericson Desik, Swinburne University

“I’ve a lot of questions about my faith. Through these experiences, I’ve learnt how to respond if somebody questions me being a Catholic. I feel that the youth nowadays need to know and understand Catholic even better as a way to strengthen our faith wherever we are.” Elisabet Min, Swinburne University

“God has challenged me to be me more thoughtful reflect on where I stand in my journey of faith through this big programme.” –  Marsheill Mawai Puso, Segi College Sarawak

Written by, Elisabeth Min- Swinburne University

Secretary, Kuching Campus Ministry





Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Run 2017 (KAYR17)

17 07 2017

The Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Run 2017 (KAYR17) was held on the 15th July 2017 at ACCPC by Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day 2017 (KAYD17) Committees to support the KAYD17 fund whilst encouraging spiritual and relationship growth among the Youths. A total of 100 participants and servants from the Archdiocese of Kuching took part in this lively fund raising event and the event was supported by St John’s Ambulance, PDRM Traffic Police, RELA, Cyclist and sponsorship among the generous parishioners.  

“We are only the earthenware jars that hold this treasure, to make it clear that such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Despite a short period of promotional time and notice for the Jogathon cards to be distributed, Our Lord has once again proven His abundant Blessings upon His Youths, providing a blast and huge success for KAYD17. It drizzled around 5am that Saturday when the servants were having their final briefing while participants came for registration and the rain stopped before dawn breaks where the day started with a Zumba warm up, followed by Flag Off by Sister Uming, photo taking sessions, cooling down dance and a surprise visit by Archbishop Simon Poh, whom presented the medals and gifts for the top three runners and later gave a speech, concluding prayer and blessings upon the youths.

Written by Jason Kho ~ KAYD17 Coordinator

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Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day 2017 (KAYD17) Servant Retreat

19 06 2017

Bau – On 16 – 18th June, a total number of eighty-four (84) Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day 17 (KAYD17) servants from various Parish Youth Ministries (PYM) and Youth Groups gathered at CMPC, Mount Singai for a retreat. This retreat helps the servants to prepare themselves for the upcoming KAYD17 which will be held from 31 August to 3 September 2017. The retreat was organised by Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission with the help of KAYD17 coordinators.

Rationale of the retreat was to in still faith and unity among every youth (disregarding skin colour, race and status) as a family to serve in KAYD 2017 by breaking out their comfort zone; and focusing on Jesus as the center of our lives so that we will remain steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord by putting Mother Mary as our role model.

Fr. Varghese Lopez SJ was invited to become the retreat master throughout the retreat. He shared meaningful inputs on how a person can deepen their relationship with God through the art of dancing between one’s true self and false self. Besides, the retreat helps the servants to have better understanding on this year’s KAYD17 theme taken from Luke 1:49, “The mighty One has done great things for me and holy is His name”.

The empowering retreat ended with Corpus Christi Mass by Fr. Varghese Lopez SJ at Mount Singai chapel. In a nutshell, the ending of the retreat is actually the beginning for the servants to look forward for the KAYD 2017 event. Let us together pray for the successful of the event for the growth of our youngsters in Archdiocese of Kuching.

Written by,

Ellisha Iling, KAYD17 Coordinator

Photo from 🍃dina@baby🍃😍

Holy Hour

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fellowship with others

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Mass

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sharing and input by Fr Varghese Lopez Sj

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Reflection time

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KAYD17 Servants