The 3rd Malaysian Catholic Campus Students Day – MCCSD3

14 06 2019

Kota Kinabalu – The 3rd Malaysian Catholic Campus Students’ Day (MCCSD 3) was held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 3rd June to 8th June 2019. Approximately about 350 campus students all over Malaysia has participate the MCCSD to commemorate the theme ‘Thy will Be Done’ taken from Luke 1: 38. About 16 students from different campuses in Kuching representing Kuching Campus Ministry attended this national event. Together with them 2 youth minister and His Grace Archbishop Simon Poh as Bishop in charge of Youth in Malaysia

Group Photo with Archbishop Simon Poh

The welcoming mass was celebrated by Archbishop Datuk John Wong as the Archbishop for Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu at Cathedral of Sacred Heart. Together with Archbishop John Wong are Archbishop Simon Poh and few invited priest. In his speech Archbishop Datuk John Wong has welcome all the campus student to Kota Kinabalu. That night, the programme continue with welcoming night with the theme of “Let us bring JOY”.

The next day (5th June 2019), there’s 2 workshop on depression, anxiety, suicidal thought and relationship with family in the morning session, while in the afternoon, the workshop is about understanding our neighbour which aim to deepening faith among catholic students. After the workshop, all the participants were asked to do journal writing about the topics of the day.

On the fourth day of mission, all the participants were divided into their mission group based on their mission work. There are 15 allocated mission locations which required participants to do different kind of mission works. For Kuching contingent they are selected to join the mission with different NGO & Villages namely Kayu Madang Landfill, Kampung Gentisan Village & Karambunai Village, Stairway to Hope, Pacos Trust, Be Frienders, Youth-Prep Centre. The night after mission work, once again, all the participants were asked to do personal reflection and group sharing with their experience & God present during the mission work that they been doing.

Mission Stairway of Hope : school of hope
Mission Paco Trust: visiting the water spring

On 7th June 2019, the programme was proceeds with dialogue on faith, discernment and vocation. The dialogue was attended by Archbishop Simon Poh, Sister Shanty, Madam Christina David, Mr Walton and Mr Walter. This dialogue session have inspired & help students to know them vocation more either as religious life, married life or single life. It is the great opportunity also for the student when during that evening, to have they counselling & sharing session with the “caregiver” namely Sister, Counsellor and few youth ministers. Confession session and adoration of blessed Sacrament by Bishop Cornelius Piong. On the final night also, with Thematic Night with the theme ‘My Soul Glorifies the Lord’

The send-off mass was celebrated by Archbishop Simon Poh at St Micheal’s Church, Penampang with an enthusiastic and empowering message from the World Youth day in January 2019 in Panama. In His Homily, Archbishop Simon Poh had used Pope Francis words at WYD 2019: “You are the NOW of God. They are at its present; even now, they are helping to enrich it.” (Christus Vivit No. 64)

Excellent choir team from Archdiocese of Kuching & Diocese Miri

Prepared by: Regina Anak Akee

Participating in MCCSD’3 makes me realize that my life is blessed beyond measure. I get the chance to meet and interact with people from different ages, different walks of life and of various races. I have learned a lot of things throughout the event, such as social skill, communication skill, how to work in group, and I also learned how to identify the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts as these are the problems that most campus students are facing. Next, I was sent to Kampung Gentisan, Karambunai for my mission work which was based on the element of humanity and environment. There, we help one of the family to clean their house and to do gardening. As I reflect upon my mission work, I realize how fortunate I am to have such a stable life, especially in terms of financial. Through my mission work, I believe that our presence gives the family hope to live and our presence can also make them feel the presence and love of Christ. This experience is very much related to the speech given by Pope Francis, which is “We are the now of God”. It awakens me that God is using us to be His instrument to reach out to people and to spread His love to the people out there. – Azellecyrstal Jok (IPG Batu Lintang)

The most unforgettable moments are the Love we have for each other throughout the event. Everyone is so warm and friendly also open to know new friends. Accepting the differences. Everyone bonds with the Love that Jesus teach us. I could not possibly forget the workshops especially on the “Faith, Vocation and Calling” talk. It made me ponder a lot about where God will put me in the future. Have he ever called me but I was so into the worldly life? That made me reflect a lot. My mission after participating this MCCSD3 is to spread more love to everyone so that they’d be able to spread it to those who are lost in finding God. More events like this should be held in campuses as we students are constantly searching for the purpose of life. – Rapella Ron (UNIMAS)

Pengalaman yang tidak terlupakan dalam MCCSD3 ini adalah, apabila mission work yang berlangsung di Stairway to Hope, Inanam. Saya berasa sangat bersyukur kerana dapat melanjutkan pelajaran saya manakala kanak-kanak di sana tidak dapat meneruskan pelajaran atas sebab-sebab yang tertentu. Puji Tuhan kepada sukarelawan yang telah menubuhkan Stairway to Hope demi mengajar kanak-kanak yang tidak dapat menghadiri sekolah biasa seperti kita semua, mereka sanggup mengorbankan masa dan tenaga mereka untuk mengajar kanak-kanak tersebut. Saya juga merasakan kehadiran Tuhan Yesus beserta dengan kanak-kanak, senyuman yang mereka berikan kepada kami sangat mangalu-alukan dan saya berasa sangat tersentuh sebab walaupun mereka tahu bahawa mereka mempunyai banyak masalah tetapi mereka tetap memilih untuk memberi kami senyuman manis. Saya berharap lebih banyak lagi aktiviti yang bole saya lakukan di kampus untuk mengeratkan hubungan antara rakan-rakan yang seiman dalam Kristus melalui aktiviti-aktiviti kerohanian – Wayne Atrthur John (Institute Kemahiran Mara Kuching)

Satu pengalaman terbaik yang pernah saya rasai dan Puji Tuhan untuk itu! Setiap intipati yang disampaikan adalah mendalam dan menyentuh secara menyeluruh banyak membantu & memberi inspirasi kepada kami pelajar-pelajar kampus. Selain itu, saya juga bersyukur kerana mendapat keluarga angkat yang sungguh baik yang melayan kami seperti anak mereka sendiri. Saya berharap agar aktiviti seperti ini dapat dianjurkan di Kuching! – Denny Ronny (ILKKM Kuching)

A week before the Malaysian Catholic Campus Student Days, the delegates of Kuching had attended the recollection at St Peter Missionary College, Kuching for spiritual preparation before attending MCCSD 3 and at the same time to create a bonding & team spirit among the delegates and youth ministers.

Group Photo with Fr Ramon after the send off mass
Relationshiop Building- Preparing Breakfast together
Send off Mass
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