You’ll never walk alone..

21 09 2011

SERIAN – The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) Leadership Formation Camp (LFC) 2011 with the theme “Teamwork: You’ll Never Walk Alone” was held at Babuk Leopold Memorial Centre, Bunan Gega on the 16th – 18th September 2011. Led by the Student Animators (SA) under the care of Kuching Archdiocesan Commission for Youth (KAYC), this camp was organized annually to gather the new YCS movement leaders and committee members from SM Lodge, SMK Balai Ringin, SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Green Road, SMK Jalan Arang, SMK Kuching High, SMK Lake, SMK Penrissen No. 1, SMK Serian, SMK St Joseph, SMK St Teresa, SMK Sg. Maong and SMK Tebakang, among the 15 secondary schools with YCS movements.

Daily Mass on Saturday was presided by Fr Lazarus Swinnie and Sunday Mass was attended together with the Bunan Gega community, presided by Fr Jerome Juleng. There were also Taize prayers and a session on Praise and Worship, alongside the SEE, JUDGE and ACT sessions with interesting debate and creative presentations. Sessions were conducted by Lucy Gumek from the KAYC and the SA.

A total of 68 participants from 13 different schools participated in this camp, with the assistance of teachers, members from Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) Bunan Gega and friends from Kuching for meals preparation.

James Lai

Testimonies:

Kami telah mempelajari betapa pentingnya kerjasama satu pasukan membuat sesuatu perkara supaya menjadi lebih mudah – Anthony Ujang, SMK Serian

I think this camp is one of the most enjoyable camps in my life. I learned a lot more about leadership and made new friends from various schools. Not to forget about the love of God! – Abner Wong, SMK Kuching High

Saya dapat bertemu dengan ramai peserta dari berlainan sekolah. Saya juga mempelajari tentang kepimpinan and tentang Yesus – Ifyonda Batin, SMK St. Teresa

The camp was SUPERB! It was such a great experience for me. Not only did I make new friends, I learned what it takes to be a leader. It is important to act and help out our friends who need leadership; like Jesus leads his disciples to preach the Good News of Lord. Amen. – Blaise Tan, SMK Penrissen No. 1

This camp was awesome! From this camp, I’ve learnt how to be a better leader. I’ve also learnt how to communicate and mix with other people. Praise the Lord! Thank you – Eleanor Rachel, SMK Lake, Bau

LFC was a great experience. The activities were fun especially solidarity night. I heard the food was great, but I couldn’t enjoy it because of a cut on my tongue. The sessions were interesting and life-changing. The theme this year was “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. They taught us about teamwork and how to work together. Overall, the LFC experience was great even though I was an unbaptised Christian. – Lau Hwai Jie, SMK St. Joseph

LFC was great! I learnt a lot about being a leader and teamwork when listening to the talks and when doing tasks in my team, I also met many news faces whom I had the pleasure of working with. Even though the camp was only for 3 days, the knowledge I gained will stay with me for a long time and I hope I can use it during YCS meetings in school. – Ethel Ping, SMK Batu Lintang

LFC2011 is my first LFC that I’ve been to. I’ve met different leaders from different schools. And other than that, I’ve learned how to be a better leader in the future; e.g. must have faith with each other, trust, sacrifice, etc. And I pray that God will guide me to be a better leader in YCS and also others community. – Patrick Wong, SMK Green Road

Praise the Lord for the success of this camp. I’m glad that I made new friends and got to learn about God more and at the same time, learning to be a better leader. I can’t wait for the next LFC. – Emily Yeo, SM Lodge

This camp is awesome. I have learned to be very sporting and good listener, get to love God more, well-time managing, be considerate more and get to understand each other better – Catherine Sambai, SMK Sungai Maong

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Kuching pilgrims in Madrid, Spain!

7 09 2011

Madrid, SPAIN – A total of 21 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Kuching attended the World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, Spain from 16-22 August 2011. A journey of accompaniment with each other, read up more in the September issue of Today’s Catholic. Read on below for some of their testimonials!

“The WYD experience in Madrid is one that I shall never forget. It is amazing to see 1.5 million people taking the effort to come together to celebrate this 1 week long event along with the Pope. And these are mostly young people from all walks of life and different countries gathered together at Madrid. It makes me so proud to be part of this large Christian family in the world. We have shared many stories and experience with the other pilgrims, learning about their cultures, country, personal interests and many more. It is so wonderful to celebrate Mass and attend services with the Pope and the millions of pilgrims together. The fact that we were using the Latin language (The universal language of the Church) makes it all the more beautiful. This experience is only once in a lifetime and I strongly recommend young people to join future WYD events, it is something which you will never regret taking part in.” ~Emmanuel Foong

“It was my second WYD experience after WYD Sydney 2008 and the memories I gathered here is priceless! Joining the Archdiocese of Kuching for this trip was truly amazing! We were all strangers at first but now we have not only strengthened our faith in the Lord, we have also strengthened our friendship bond. I really missed all our times spent together even though the worst part of the pilgrimage… under the scorching heat, crowds and to the point of breaking down… and as the saying goes: every ending is a new beginning, let us grow firmer in our faith and look forward to WYD Brazil 2013!” ~Melissa Lim

“WYD is truly a life-changing experience for me. Millions of youths gathered in Jesus’ name regardless of their nationality, skin colour and background. Yes, I have to admit that the pilgrimage wasn’t a “walk in the park,” we were physically and mentally exhausted but thanks to the prayers of everyone for us, we survived (especially during the Vigil at Cuatro Vientos)! Praise God! Join us at the next WYD in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013!” ~Valerie Jane Bakri

Definitely full of trials and challenges – a test of patience, communication skills and heat tolerance! Nonetheless full of wonderful experiences, memories and self-learnt lessons about God, love and forgiveness. Meeting people from around the world with the same faith is simply exciting and worthwhile too!” ~Louisa Joyce Lim

“WYD has been an eye opening experience for me. It has shown me how the group pulled through the good and bad times while keeping God in our minds. Meeting Catholics from all over the world showed me that we are all one big family regardless of our colour. I will be sure to attend the next WYD in Rio.”~Mark Yeoh

“On this trip I have gained experiences that I will never forget my whole life. During DID and WYD I saw a lot of pilgrims from all around the world that came to attend both of these events. I became friends with some of the pilgrims during the events. It made me realize that the decision I have made to go for WYD was the right one. During the mass with the Pope, it was a really touching experience and I wish that I would be able to go to the next WYD.” ~Alexander Liew