Youth Alpha 2014

16 12 2014

KUCHING, St Peter Padungan Church- The Youth Alpha Camp was held from 5 December to 7 December 2014 at St Peter Church, Padungan. The event was attended by 76 participants including facilitator from various parishes and diocese namely St Joseph Kuching, St Ann, Kota Padawan, St Theresa Serian, St Jude Bunan, Blessed Sacrament Church, Holy Spirit Lundu, Church of Immaculate Conception Kapit, and Miri Diocese.

The aim of the event was to train the young people and to equip our young people in order that they may minister to their fellow Youth in their schools or parishes.

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Brother Andreas from Taize Visit to Kuching

12 12 2014

KUCHING– Brother Andreas from Taizé community visited Kuching from 2 – 5 December 2014. During his visit, he has the opportunity to meet some of the city and rural parishioners. He went to St. Theresa’s Church, Serian, Holy Trinity Church, Kenyalang and St. Patrick, Krokong.

In St. Theresa’s Serian, he had a short tour in the parish where he met the catechists, some of the youth and the priests. It was a short visit and yet an enriching one. He also met the KYCS youth group. He shared on history of their community and he also taught them a new song.

There were more than 50 parishioners gathered in Holy Trinity Church for their monthly Holy Hour. Brother Andreas assisted in singing the Taizé songs. He showed a video on how the young people from different continents live their life in Taizé in St. Patrick, Krokong. Then, he led a Taizé prayer with more than 20 youth including parents there. His final evening prayer in Kuching was held at A.C.C.P.C. in which there were about 50 catechumens including youth and parents attended. It was indeed a fruitful and a wonderful experience for some attendees especially the youth as it was their first encounter with brother Andreas, which is from Taizé community.

It is a hope that everyone to be a sign of peace to wherever we are, because we can’t change the whole world but as a person, we can bring Christ’s peace to those around us.

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KYCS-Joseph Cardijn’s Camp

12 12 2014

From the 25th to the 27th of November 2014, Kuching Young Christian Students had its annual Joseph Cardijn’s Camp. The event was held at St. Lukas Catholic Center, Kota Padawan. The camp was attended by 46 participants and 36 serving committee members from various schools namely SMK St. Teresa, SMK St. Joseph, SMK Green Road, SMK Penrissen No.1, SMK Batu Kawa, Maktab Rendah Sains Malaysia, SMK Kuching High, St. Joseph’s Private School, SMK Balai Ringin, SMK Tebakang and SMK Westlands and ITP College from Penang. The aim of the camp is to unite YCS members in the bond of friendship and to spread awareness on the the issue face by teens in line with the theme of the camp which is “Mass Media and Youths”.

The first day of camp started off with a morning prayer followed by breakfast. Miss Lucy Gumek conducted an expectation and contribution check to help the participants to set goals to achieve during camp. A session on the first part of the YCS methodology, SEE, with the theme was then conducted by Cikgu Jenifer. The participants got to see how the media is used to influence us and to spread information regardless of its accuracy.  The day ended with Taize prayer. Through Taize prayer, the participants were provided with a peaceful environment to reflect on the day’s session.

An outdoor morning prayer started off the second day of camp. After breakfast and animation, guess speaker, Mr. Mervyn Lee, conducted a session on JUDGE. The participants were exposed to the roles of media in the Christian setting. Mass was then preside by Fr. Felix Au. After mass, lunch was consumed and a short animation session was held before Mr. Mervyn continued with the second part of his session where the participants were brought to reflect on their personal use of media. Then, a short praise and worship session was held before the participants were given time to prepare for Solidarity Night. Solidarity Night served as an outlet for the participants to perform and showcase what they have learned from camp. Every group was given the opportunity to perform.

The last segment of the YCS methodology, ACT, was introduced to the participants. The participants were given the opportunity to construct their own action plan to fight media abuse before getting into groups with their schoolmates to construct an action plan to spread media awareness in their own school. A concluding mass was then celebrated by Friar William Lee before lunch. After lunch, a general clean up was held to clean St. Lukas Catholic Center before returning home.

In general, the camp was a great success. The participants got to learn more about the media which surrounds us and to create stronger friendship ties with YCS members of other schools.

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