St. Stephen Bau’s Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) Retreat

23 02 2010

Kpg. Senibong, Bau – On 19/2/2010-21/2/2010, St. Stephen Bau PYM together with the Kampong CYM leaders and representatives has their retreat at Holy Family Woodhouse Retreat Center, Senibong Bau. This retreat is focus on Awareness, Commitment, and Obedience. Total of 25 people, including the helpers from Bau’s KAYA 18 participants joined the retreat.

The retreat started with the Station of the Cross and Daily Mass at St. Stephen Bau in the afternoon. After the mass, the participants were sent to the retreat place by the PYM transport team. On the first day of the retreat, the participants were asked to reflect and think about what their expectations from the retreat are, and what contributions they can contribute to achieve their expectations.

On the second day, the sharing sessions started with the input on Awareness, given by Stephanie Ng (Kuching Archdiocese Youth Commission Chairperson). Awareness on Spiritual Perspective was the main focus for this session. The participants were asked to reflect on how is their relationship with God, are they lack of faith when problems storm them as the disciples in the scripture found in Mc 4:35-41? The participants also asked to reflect on what are their strengths that they can offer or share with others, especially youth in their kampong / church. This session makes the participants to realize that they must have personal relationship with God first if they want to serve in God’s ministry, especially as leaders, and Jesus Christ will make full use of and multiply what they have even though they have limited resources. The second session was the input on Obedience. The story of Jonah been disobedience to God was told, and the King of Nineveh-the example of obedience and lead by example was given. This session focus on the importance of obedience to God. The third session was given by Cosmos, focus on the input of Commitment. The questions about what is commitment, where, how and when to practice it were asked and shared to the participants. In the evening, Taize prayer was held, and the participants have the chance to be silent and totally focus on reflecting about themselves base on the sessions given.

On the last day of the retreat, the sessions were mainly focus on personal and group reflections, and what their action plans are. During the personal reflection and action plan session, the participant were asked to reflect on themselves and plan their action individually, meanwhile in group reflection and action plan, the participant were grouped according to their CYM Zone and PYM. The retreat ends with the closing mass celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Leonard.

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K.A.Y.A. 18 (2010)

18 02 2010

KOTA PADAWAN – Seramai 119 orang peserta termasuk fasilitator telah menyertai program K.A.Y.A. yang ke-18 yang bermula dari 11 Januari hingga 8 Februari, bertempat di Pusat Katolik St. Lukas, Batu 10. Program yang bertemakan “Who Do You Say I Am” (Luke 9:20) telah disertai oleh para belia dari 7 buah paroki dalam Keuskupan Agung Kuching dan telah merangkumi 4 aspek utama dalam formasinya iaitu, kehidupan berkomuniti, pembentukan kemanusiaan, pembentukan rohaniah serta pembentukan pastoral. Program tersebut telah diakhiri dengan misa kemuncak oleh His Grace Archbishop John Ha.

Testimoni daripada peserta K.A.Y.A. 18:-

“Program ini telah membentuk diri saya menjadi lebih baik.” (Cornelius Usang, Our Lady Queen Of Peace, Sri Aman)

“Melalui program ini, saya telah menyedari betapa besarnya kasih Tuhan Yesus kepada kita.” (Mathilda Chung, Holy Spirit, Lundu)

“Saya telah mengenali diri saya dengan mendalam dan saya telah berubah. Saya telah meninggalkan cara hidup saya yang lama.” (Cynthia Naar, St. Theresa, Serian)

“Saya dapat rasakan cinta kasih Tuhan dalam diri saya semakin mendalam. Program ini juga telah membentuk sahsiah diri dan membantu mengenali siapakah diri saya.” (Karltwin, Gereja St. Mark, Batu Kawa)

“Melayani Yesus adalah sesuatu tugas yang begitu indah. Kasih Yesus adalah terlalu indah.” (Antonious, St. Jude, Bunan Gega)

“This camp had earned me how to live my life as a true Christian both mentally and spiritually. My personal words of encouragement for the youth out there is, join this camp next year if you ever wondered what God had planned for you and see how it changes your life.” (Aaron Poddy, St. Stephen, Bau)

“I have learned many things such as friendship, love and live in one community as brothers and sisters in Christ.” (Humphrey, St. Ann, Kota Padawan)

(From left: Cornelius Usang, Mathilda Chung, Cynthia Naar, Karltwin, Antonious, Aaron Poddy & Humphrey)