Intimacy.. Yes or No? Wait-lah!

10 12 2010

KUCHING – With the theme above, a Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) Joseph Cardijn (JC) Solidarity Camp was held on 1 to 3 December at Kpg. Mujat in the parish of Bunan Gega. More than 130 students from different urban and rural schools were involved in the camp as participants and organisers.

The organising committee of the camp was led by Jude Vergir from SMK Serian, assisted by vice-coordinators Julida Shirley from SMK Sg. Maong and Julian Edison from SMK Penrissen No. 1, alongside with 30 over students to ensure the camp ran smoothly. Guiding them were Mdm. Stephanie Ng and Ms. Lucy Gumek from the Archdiocese Youth Commission’s office, teacher and student animators, and assisted by the church committee of the village.

The camp focused on intimacy and the different types of relationships an average student faces. The students also experienced the lifestyle of a ‘kampung’ as they were accommodated by the villagers of Kpg. Mujat who became their foster families.

On the first day of camp, four seminarians from St. Peter’s College came to give a sharing on the topic of intimacy with God, family, boy-girl relationship and others. Then, a Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Simon Poh, from the Cathedral parish, was held at St. Leo’s Chapel in the village. The night ended with a Taize prayer which was done to reflect and pray for their relationship with God, their family and with others.

A morning mass was held to start the day and the presider was Fr. Lazarus Swinie from St. Jude’s Parish. The Wonderfully Made team of the archdiocese was invited and they facilitated interactive sessions and workshops throughout the day. The highlight of the evening was the solidarity night held at the village’s longhouse which was to foster friendship and goodwill between the students and the villagers of Kpg. Mujat.

The final day was a time to come up with a plan to bring awareness about intimacy and relationships in an individual effort and also as a school community. The camp ended with a closing mass which was celebrated by Fr. Lazarus Swinie in the local Bidayuh dialect and all the foster families of the participants joined in as well.

Ralph Balan



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