Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day 2015 (KAYD15)

4 09 2015

29th – 31st August 2015 – Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day 2015 is held once every two years on which it was organized by the Kuching Archdiocese Youth Commission (KAYC) with the collaboration of all Parishes and Youth Groups in the Archdiocese of Kuching.

This year, KAYD 2015 was held at Grand Hall, Archdiocesan Cathedral Curia Parish Center (ACCPC). About 700 participants and servants have came together for the grand three-day celebration. They came from various Parishes to include Kuching, Sri Aman, Betong, Kapit and as far as from Kuala Lumpur and Sabah with one mission; to share the love of God and to Glorify him.

His Grace Archbishop John Ha presided the Opening Mass where His homily messages centred on  the theme of KAYD 2015  “The Beatitudes” taken from Matthew 5: 1-12 on the first day of KAYD. He shared that the Beatitudes is one of the keys to enter God’s Kingdom, we must to follow Jesus,’ he told the young people.

The prelate challenged the young participants with the questions “How do we response to his offer? Am I following the Beatitudes in my life?” These questions help the young people to reflect on their lives throughout the event. The Mass was followed by the Opening Celebration and Worship Night.

The second day of KAYD was filled with plenary talks by Brother Stanley Goh,SJ. It was followed by the workshop on Human Dignity. Guest speakers Mervyn Lee, Fr Peter Liston and Cosmas Klumai, spoke to male participants. While Lucy Gumek, Stephanie Ng and Sarah Marimuthu attended to the female participants. the programme continued with Adoration Night and Reconciliation.

The Closing Mass by Archbishop John Ha ended KAYD2015 on 31 August 2015. The KAYD Committee would like to thank everyone including the host families, who supported in one way or another to make the event a success.

Testimonies:

The Sessions and workshop in KAYD really help me a lot, especially about life; learn how to love, appreciate and how to defense my faith. I am blessed to have a good opportunity to share the love of God with people that I’ve met during KAYD. KAYD 2015  inspired me to continue apply the Beatitudes in my life as what did Jesus do. Be Blessed!

Athena Balina Lawrence, Politeknik Kuching

I’ve been KAYD-waved ever since I heard about the KAYD early this year from a friend of mine. So, I’ve been looking forward to attend the KAYD, and yes I am so BLESSED to be part of the youths wave to praise and worship God, to listen to His words and to mingle around with other youths. My ‘hunger’ was filled. I’ve been longing to this kind of program for quite while. I’m looking forward for the next KAYD and any events such like this at Kuching. Praise to the Lord!

Charles Eric George, Church of the Holy Family, Kajang

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