26 08 2017

Kuching – On Saturday 26th of August, a total of 31 YCS participants and servants from various schools took part in the Taize Prayer, organized by the YCS members and Catholic students of SMK Sungai Tapang. The Taize Prayer was held at St. James’ room, St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Centre.

     The event organized was a follow up for the action task, from  the YCS Middle Year Camp activities,  which was held in Kampung Krokong last June. The objective aims to strengthen the faith and foster Christian relationship through prayers and fellowship among the members of the YCS Club, as the children of God.

     Taize prayer is a meditating and reflecting prayer and is practiced by our Christian brothers and sisters all around the world. The theme ‘Friendship’ has been selected to foster friendship among the members and non-members of the YCS Club as well as focusing on personal relationship with God. 

     During the Taize prayer session, we chanted selected taize prayers repeatedly in a serene atmosphere accompanied by the strumming of a guitar note. This prayerful ambience gives space and opportunity for  us to spend time, and be connected with God. After that, we listened and reflected on the word of God that says: “Couldn’t you watch with me for even one hour?” 

     The programme concluded with photo sessions with our teacher advisor teacher, Miss Jenifer Stian.

Reported by Annabel Vallerie Govinda, Vice- Secretary of YCS SMK Sg Tapang


KYCS Solidarity Visit to SMK SG Tapang

11 08 2014

The team visited the school around 12.15pm and were greeted with about 20 students who were attending the YCS school-gathering that afternoon. We started with a prayer followed with a few animation songs, such as “Who Is That Man” and “The Banana Song”. Later we did a Review of Life (ROL) on Cyber-Bullying which aimed to raise the awareness of the students on the issue as well as educate them on ways to tackle the issue. The gathering ended with videos on how to deal with cyber-bullies and a prayer.






Kuching Young Christian Student -Mid Year Camp 2014

1 07 2014


Kampung Sebako , Lundu – On the 11th to the 13th of June, The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held their annually Mid Year Camp in Kampung Sebako. Amongst the participants were 91 students from their respective YCS school clubs and 7 student animators. The theme of the camp was “Save the Earth, Heal the world”. The bible verse for the camp was extracted from Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it”.

The participants gathered at St.Joseph Parish Centre for registration and departed to Kampung Sebako at 9.20 a.m sharp. At the arrival of the participants, the villagers gave a warm welcome by inviting the participants for a local dance. They enjoyed a hearty meal before the opening mass. After the opening mass, the participants took a break before joining the Getting to Know You session and were given a brief introduction about the theme for the camp. After that, they were asked to write down their expectation and contribution to this camp. In the evening, the Student Animators conducted the Taize prayer.

On the second day, all the participants had their breakfast with their respective foster family members. Before the start of a packed schedule, the participants recited the rosary. The first session of the day was the SEE Session by James Lai. After the session, the participants attended a mass by Father Peter. JUDGE Session was conducted by John-Paul and Ralph Balan. They gave a talk about the significance behind the role of humans in preserving the environment. After that, there was a briefing about Solidarity Night by Julian Sim . Each of the groups was asked to present a performance during the night.

In the evening , all the participants and village folks settled down to enjoy the eventful night. The performance by the groups was either a sketch or a sing-along. The committee members of the camp also presented an impromptu sketch. Other than that, the villagers had a few performances installed for the participants. The first performance was a dance known as “Wek-Jongan”. The president of St.John Church committee Mr. Senghi gave a brief history about the origin of the “Wek-Jongan” dance. The villagers also performed the Bamboo dance. Before returning to their respective homes, all the participants including with the village folks took a group photo together.

On the last following day, the participants recited a simple morning prayer before attending the ACTION Session by Patrick Wong; All the participants were asked to devise an action plan for the respective YCS club in their schools to preserve the environment. Moving on, a concluding mass was conducted by Father Felix Au before the participants held a short ‘gotong- royong’ session. The participants departed for Kuching at 2.00 p.m. .

Mid Year Camp 2014 had taught YCS members a great deal about the importance of preserving the environment which is God’s gift to mankind. Besides that, the participants had great time learning about the culture and lifestyle of the villagers of Kampung Sebako, Sarawak.


Report by,

Sherilyn Geogre

MYC Secretary














Lodge YCS prepares for Holy Week

11 04 2014

On 11 April 2014, the YCS movement of Lodge National School gathered for an hour of sharing led by the movement’s Vice President, Harald Chao. In view of the upcoming Holy Week, Harald shared with about 40 members on the significance of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday and their importance in our Catholic’s way of life. A short video clip on the Easter Triduum events summarised the sharing which brought many to tears and reflection. The gathering ended with a simple Easter egg decoration activity.




KYCS Solidarity Visit to SMK Tebakang

9 04 2014

SERIAN , 08 April 2014 – The theme of this solidarity visit was “FAITH”. The purpose of this program was to gather with YCS student at SMK Tebakang as a Weekly Gathering.

The methodology See, Judge and Act has been used in this program. There were 2 Student Animators and 2 fulltime workers from KAYC involved. Almost 80 students YCS SMK Tebakang attended.  The program started with Ice breaking conducted by Dina Firuana then continued with a game by Student Animators which later on explained the meaning of “FAITH”.

Lucy Gumek gave an explanation about the game and connects the game with her talk. The program ended with a video about Faith.









YCS Serian Gathered for One Day Leadership Camp with KYCS

27 03 2014

Kpg Kakai – On 22 March 2014, Serian Teacher’s Guild has organized a leadership camp for about 200 student leaders from SMK Serian, SMK Balai Ringin, SMK Tebakang, SMK Tebedu, SMK Taee and SMK Tarat gathered with the KYCS Student Animator with the theme taken from John 13:12-15 “ Washing Of the feet” which focus on Servanthood leadership. The one day camp started with a simple ice-breaking by the student committees. There were 3 sessions all together which focus on review Of Life methodology; “SEE, JUDGE, ACT”.  The camp ended by each school putting their Plan of Action in the mahjong paper so that KYCS and teacher animators in their school can do follow up on the action taken by the students.


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Student Leaders and Teacher Animators gather to Kick-start the Year’s Events

27 03 2014


KUCHING – On 15 March 2014, about 40 student leaders, teacher and student animators gathered with the Youth Commission for a time of fellowship and exchange of ideas at the Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Centre (ACCPC). The three-hour gathering started with a simple lunch fellowship followed by some games and thereafter the election of leaders for the upcoming Mid-Year Camp (MYC) in June. The whole event was conducted by the Student Animators, with a teacher animators’ meeting running simultaneously by the Youth Commission Coordinator. With the new council of presidents elected, Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) is geared towards practising faith will be having more outreach visits to the schools with YCS movement throughout the year in focusing on issues such as boy-girl relationship, family problems, bullying and faith formation.DSC_0060 DSC_0010 DSC_0092

KYCS Goes Carolling!

2 01 2013

A group photo with His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Peter Chung

KUCHING – On the 17-23 December 2012, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) had their annual house-to-house Christmas Carolling to herald the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. About a month before the Carolling nights, the carollers practiced tirelessly to perfect their singing and to prepare for the birth of Christ. The group consisted of about 40 carollers consisting students, seniors, student animators and teacher animators.

Carollers in action!

The scripture reading this year was taken from Isaiah 9:6-7 on announcing the birth of Jesus. We went to 53 houses covering Pending, Kota Samarahan and Jalan Matang besides various religious houses throughout the 7 nights. Each night was filled with various fun-filled and new experiences. We enjoyed singing for the Lord and spreading the joy of Christmas to the house owners. It was a blessing to see fellow brothers and sisters in Christ listening to the carols in preparation for Christmas.

At the Cheshire Home

A Family Night was also held on Sunday, 9 December 2012 at St Joseph’s Parish Gallery. The evening was well attended by parents, siblings, relatives and friends of the carollers. On a pot-bless basis, everyone had a great evening listening to the carols and sectional performances brought forth by the carollers themselves. There were interactive games with parents and testimonies given by parents and carollers. Fr Felix, Chairperson of Commission for Youth was also present that evening together with Youth Coordinators Lucy Gumek and Monica Lisa.

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Family Night

Friends Come & Go, Families Stay Together

13 12 2012

Group photo 

KOTA PADAWAN – On 20-22 November, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held their annual Joseph Cardijn Solidarity Camp (JCSC) at St. Lukas, Kota Padawan. The theme for the camp was “Friends Come & Go, Families Stay Together” supported by the Bible verse Joshua 24:15.

A total of 89 students consisting of both participants and committees took part in this big event, assisted by teacher animators, student animators and senior volunteers. The students came from 13 schools, namely Kolej DPAH Abdillah, SM Lodge, SMK Arang Road, SMK Balai Ringin, SMK Green Road, SMK Lake, SMK Penrissen No.1, SMK Serian, SMK Sg. Maong, SMK Sg. Tapang, SMK St. Joseph, SMK St. Teresa, and SMK Tebakang.

The purpose of the camp was to foster a relationship between YCSers and to commemorate the birthday of Joseph Cardijn, the Cardinal who inspired this movement. It also serves as an outlet for the members to encounter Jesus Christ in a more intimate way, in line with the theme on family.

Group discussion

Each day was filled with various fun-filled and emotion-filled activities, sessions and testimonies, praise & worship, Taize prayer, group discussions and silent reflections, confession and Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr. Simon and Fr. Felix. Participants learned more about faith and building a solid foundation in their families. The sessions were facilitated by different speakers following the SEE-JUDGE-ACT methodology.

 Blaise Tan

 Taize prayer


Through this camp, I’ve learned more about family. I’ve met more friends. Well, I remembered when I was growing up into a teenager, I feel ashamed to hold my parents’ hand. But when I followed this camp, I realised I was not a very good child. I will try to hold my parents’ hand after this camp. I’ve also gained more experience about family. – Bernard Khoo, 15, SMK Penrissen No.1

“Friends Come & Go, Families Stay Together” tema yang mengajar saya erti kehidupan bersama keluarga. Tanpa ibu bapa, kita tidak akan mengenali dunia. Kawan tidak semestinya baik. Saya tahu kawan hanyalah sementara. Jadi, keluarga sangat penting untuk saya. Berkawanlah dengan ibu bapa atau ahli keluarga yang lain. I love Jesus, I love my family. – Alia ak Anthony, 18, SMK Balai Ringin

Joseph Cardijn camp 2012 has been an eye-opening experience. Before the camp, I always felt my parents don’t love me and never understood me. But now I realised that there are different ways of expressing love and everyone expresses it differently. I also learned that if I want my parents to understand me, I should start talking to them more and try to understand them. Our parents are still learning how to be a good parent so we should be more understanding and accept them as they are. I also learned that there is no such thing as perfect parents but there are parents who love us perfectly. Lastly, I’ve learned how to appreciate and love my own parents and realised that I have taken my parents for granted. – Esther Chai, 14, SMK St. Teresa

Shalom! Ini merupakan kem Joseph Cardijn saya yang pertama. Dengan tema “Friends Come & Go, Families Stay Together”, banyak yang telah saya pelajari dari kem ini. Melalui kem ini, saya telah menyedari bahawa keluarga saya merupakan sahabat yang memahami, menghargai saya apa adanya, sentiasa bersama dengan saya pada saat yang sukar mahupun senang dan sentiasa memberi sokongan kepada saya. Syukur saya ucapkan kepada Tuhan kerana telah menyedarkan saya bahawa keluarga saya sangat menyayangi saya. Melalui kem ini juga saya telah menyedari bahawa ibu bapa saya, iaitu keluarga saya merupakan insan yang telah dipilih oleh Tuhan Bapa di syurga dan insan yang terbaik yang diberikan oleh-Nya. Akhir kata, ibu bapa merupakan satu kurniaan yang indah daripada Tuhan yang harus kita hargai, hormati, taati dan sayangi. – Aswina Drusila, 18, SMK Sg. Tapang

Through this camp, I’ve learned more about the family that Jesus wants us to be. I’ve also learned to understand how important family is in our lives than our friends. Some friends are for a reason, season and lifetime, but family remains for a lifetime. I hope next year more exciting activities will be held. LOVE YOUR FAMILY! – Tracy, 18, SMK Lake

Group pic

Student leaders seek righteousness and humility

1 10 2012

BAU – From 15-17 September, 65 student leaders from 10 schools under the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS), namely Kolej Abdillah, SMK Balai Ringin, SMK Jalan Arang, SMK Lake, SMK Penrissen No. 1, SMK Serian, SMK St Joseph, SMK St Teresa, SMK Sg. Tapang and SMK Tebakang gather at Catholic Memorial Pilgrimage Centre (CMPC) Mt Singai, Bau for a 3-day 2-night annual Leadership Formation Camp (LFC). The theme this year was “Seek Righteousness, Seek Humility”, with Bible verse adapted from Zephaniah 2:3.

Following the YCS Methodology of SEE-JUDGE-ACT, students were guided to SEE the reality of being a Christian leader, JUDGE leadership qualities and values, and ACT as leaders in their own school cells. Sessions were facilitated by the Student Animators with short inputs and group activities, under the care of Kuching Archdiocesan Commission for Youth (KAYC) Youth Coordinators Lucy Gumek and Monica Lisa. Aside from sessions, the students were introduced to Taize prayer and Praise and Worship session, and they were involved in respective camp committees to ensure smooth-flow of the camp program. Sunday Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr Felix Au, which was joined by some local parishioners.

The overall conclusion from the camp is that being a Christian leader requires great listening, humility and patience to journey with fellow members or followers. The ultimate model of a leader is still Jesus, as portrayed in the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).


Saya mendapat pelbagai pengetahuan tentang sejarah YCS dan mendalami agama Kristian Katolik. Malah, saya semakin sedar betapa mulianya kasih dan pengorbanan Tuhan Yesus kepada kita semua. Puji Tuhan! Alleluia! Amen! – Roselinda Tiam, 16, SMK Tebakang

Saya menyertai kem ini kerana ingin memperbaiki lagi kepimpinan saya. Sepanjang kem ini, banyak pengalalman menarik yang saya dapat, seperti mengenali ramai kawan baru daripada pelbagai sekolah dan mempelajari bahawa sebagai seorang ketua, saya harus menjadi seorang pendengar yang baik, tidak melakukan sesuatu secara terburu-buru, merendah diri, percaya kepada rakan saya, bertoleransi dan sebagainya. Semua ini akan saya kongsikan kepada rakan-rakan saya yang lain. – Jopinna ak William, 16, SMK Serian

During this camp, I learnt more about leadership skills. Before this, I have no confidence to handle our YCS gatherings. Now, I know how to handle it in the proper way and be confident. From Luke 24:13-35, I learnt how to be a good leader as the qualities of leadership come from Jesus Christ. – Anna Bella, 16, Kolej Abdillah

Untuk menjadi ketua, kita haruslah bersabar dan merendah diri, mendengar pendapat dan mempercayai rakan. Best camp ever! – Amyline, 16, SMK Penrissen No. 1

Saya berasa gembira kerana banyak mempelajari perkara yang baru yang tidak pernah dilakukan. Kem ini mengajar saya mengenali Tuhan dengan lebih mendalam dan memperbaiki kelemahan saya. Saya akan lebih yakin lagi untuk menjadi seorang pemimpin yang lebih berani dan berdedikasi seperti Tuhan. – Maritha Peter, 18, SMK Balai Ringin

During this camp, I have learnt so much about leadership. There are many unexpected qualities that a leader should have that I didn’t know about. I hope to share the things I have learnt during this camp to the people around me and my school mates. – Roffina Rane, 16, SMK St Teresa

Melalui kem ini, saya telah belajar bagaimana menjadi seorang leader yang baik. Through this camp, I also met new and old friends. It is not easy being a leader without giving and gaining trust from group members. A good leader is a good LISTENER, and HUMBLE. – Santoniya Ranes, 16, SMK Lake

During this 3-day camp, I have learnt a lot on what it takes to be a leader, mainly the YCS methodology of SEE-JUDGE-ACT. This review of life serves great importance especially when handling situations in life and being a good leader. On top of that, I made really great new friends and I am really blessed to be chosen to attend this camp! God bless! – Samuel Law, 16, SMK St Joseph

Saya sangat enjoy menyertai kem ini. Kalau berpeluang, saya ingin menyertai kem seperti ini lagi. Rasa tidak mahu balik saja.. I miss Team 4! – Flora ak Henry, 17, SMK Sg Tapang

I have learnt to be alert and not lazy, to trust my friends or teammates, and that action must be carried out to create changes and not mere talk. I also made many new friends! – Gregory Chin, 16, SMK Arang Road

International YCS meets to discuss human rights and environment preservation

10 09 2012

Seoul, SOUTH KOREA – On the 6-15 August, the 12th International Young Christian/Catholic Students (IYCS) Asian Session and Council (ASC) was held at Sungshin Campus of Catholic University, Seoul. A total of 96 delegates from 13 different national movements from all over Asia attended the ten-day program, namely three from East Asia, five from South East Asia, and five from South Asia. The theme of the program is “Called to be the Light of Asia, Students Forge Ahead, with Faith, for a Renewed Asia” to enlighten youths today on realities of Asia and how we all can play our roles to act.

The representatives from Malaysia are Shearer Alan anak Jihill, student from St. Joseph’s Secondary School Kuching, accompanied by Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) Student Animators, Claudia Law, James Lai and Ralph Balan, and the chairperson of the Kuching Archdiocesan Commission for Youth, Mdm Stephanie Ng.

This triennial event consists of two parts: study session and council session. The study session was where delegates looked into the focus issues of human rights for the differently-abled (difabled) people, school violence, and environment preservation & development.

The input sessions were facilitated by invited experts from different organizations and church leaders, including an exposure trip to social institutions and facilities related to the study issues. The study session was done based on the YCS methodology of SEE – JUDGE – ACT to strengthen the students’ faith through the YCS spirituality and according to the teachings of the church. They included activities such as presentation of respective country reports to learn about the realities of the common issues in other countries, lectures and talks regarding the topics, games and animations, documentary film on environment, group discussions and presentations, and action plans for each national movement through which Catholic students in Asia can participate in changing the world according to Jesus’ will.

As for Kuching-Malaysia, the representatives have agreed to preserve the environment for a cleaner and greener home. Our objective is to encourage at least one parish for a better waste disposal and management within this one year. We vision to see the church to have rubbish bins, each divided into three compartments for disposal of plastic, paper and other wastes around the church compounds. The organizing team which comprises of YCS students from different schools will be working on the action plan in hope to instill this new initiative in the hearts of the public starting with the church-goers to practise and spread this lifestyle in their everyday lives so that everyone will learn to dispose wastes according to the 3R concept – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

After the study session, we had the council session. Students representing each national movement evaluated the work of the movement in the entire region, revisited the rules of YCS Asia and agreed on the new orientation of the movement for 2012-2015. This council was also a significant phase whereby the current Asian Team Coordinators handed over their responsibilities to Ralph Balan Langet from YCS Kuching-Malaysia and Pattamawan (Homme) Krongthong from YCS Thailand, who were voted by the 13 national movements to guide YCS Asia as the new Asian Team Coordinators for 2012-2015.

From left to right: Stephanie Ng, outgoing Lay Chaplain, Reyna Clemena, outgoing Asian Team Coordinator, Blaise Shehan, outgoing Asian Team Coordinator, Ralph Balan, incoming Asian Team Coordinator, Fr James Chako, outgoing Chaplain, Homme Krongthong, incoming Asian Team Coordinator, Devett O’Brien, International Team member

All in all, ASC 2012 has become a forum for sharing realities and YCS Spirituality. It guides us to launch into the deep, finding a common and major issue to act on. Though we chose to act together on the environment, it does not close doors for us to also care and take part with movements on human rights for the difabled and the action to stop school violence.

As the light of Asia, we students will always strive to make the Kingdom of God a reality here on earth, for the greater glory of God.

Shearer Alan

KYCS JC Camp 2011: iPrecious, Are you?

1 12 2011

BAU – The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held the annual Joseph Cardijn Solidarity Camp (JCSC) at Kampung Gumbang, Bau on the 19th-21st of November. The theme for the camp was “Abusing the body: iPrecious, are you?” supported by the bible verse; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. This annual event was attended by 10 schools: SMK St Joseph, SMK St Teresa, SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Green Road, SMK Penrissen No.1, SM Lodge, SMK Sg. Maong, SMK Arang Road, SMK Kuching High dan SMK Lake.
The purpose of the camp was to foster a relationship between YCS’es and to practise solidarity with the locals as well as to commemorate the birthday of Joseph Cardijn, the person who inspired this movement. It also serves as an outlet for the members to encounter Jesus Christ in a more intimate way through staying together with their foster families.
A total of 80 students consisting of both participants and committees took part in this big event while being assisted and guided by teachers and Student Animators. The participant stayed with foster families who took them in with open arms and care for them as their very own.
Each day was filled with various fun-filled activities, sessions, praise and worship and not forgetting Holy Mass, which were celebrated by Fr. Simon on Saturday and Monday and Fr. Adrian on Sunday. Session after session, the participants would learn more and more about the preciousness and the sacredness of the human body. The sessions were led by different speakers following the SEE, JUDGE, and ACT methodology. In addition, the participants and committees took part in Solidarity Night and whole village was invited to the celebration. The night was filled with hilarious sketches and touching songs as the participant literally danced the night away with a “poco-poco” dance requested by the locals and a dance routine by the coordinator, Rex Ling.
The camp was officially ended around 11.30am with a closing mass by Fr. Simon Poh and a token of appreciation was given to the Prayer Leader of the kampong. Although the participants were reluctant to leave, they were also excited to share what they have learnt to their families and friends. All in all, the camp was a big success and we all look forward to the next JCSC.
Prepared by,

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


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

Students reach out to children and youths with disabilities for Gawai

3 06 2011

KUCHING – In view of the Gawai Dayak Harvest Festival, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) took up the initiative to reach out to children and youths of Dayak families through the Gawai Food Parcel Project. This project was initiated by ‘Meeting Needs’, a Community Rehabilitation Project run by volunteers who sought participation from the Catholic Church through the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission (KAYC) due to increase in Dayak families with family member(s) with learning disabilities over the past two years.

Inspired to make a difference this festive season, YCS students and their families from Kolej Abdillah, SM Lodge, SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Green Road, SMK Sg. Maong, SMK St Joseph and SMK St Teresa generously donated food items and used clothes for eight families in Kpg. Kopit, Kpg. Merembeh, Kpg. Sogo and Kpg. Puak, situated in Bau. These Catholic families have children either with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or mental problems, are slow learners or have sick parents who are unable to provide for the family.

The Centre called The Therapy Playroom (situated at Jln. Dogan), is a development and therapy centre for children and adults. The volunteers there help those with these disabilities to learn language and speech. This Gawai Food Parcel Project is their charitable act to these families to have a better Gawai celebration.

The KYCS Student Animators delivered the food items on behalf of the students to the families on Sunday 29 May, all of which were grateful to be blessed with such abundance for a better Gawai celebration. Rosaries were also given to the family members, with a simple prayer being said with the families.

Family and Friends Gather for a Night of Carols

31 12 2010

KUCHING – The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) Carollers gathered with family members and friends for an evening of fellowship on 12 December 2010. It was held at the St Joseph’s Parish Gallery just after the sunset mass around 7.30pm. Family Night is an annual occasion that all KYCS Carollers look forward to with the objective to thank all families especially parents of the carollers for their utmost support and generous contribution in allowing their children to be actively involved in carolling activities.

The event began with an opening speech by Rachel Remus, the KYCS Carolling Coordinator of 2010 followed by an opening prayer which was shortly followed by a brief sketch originally rehearsed and performed by the carollers themselves. Everyone had finally settled into their comfort zones as soon as the sketch ended and the whole team of carollers streamed in from the back and into the limelight to perform two christmas carols as the actual opening of the event.

Parish priest, Fr Simon Poh was present and invited upfront to say the grace before meal before the families present were called to partake in a potbless. Chairperson of Kuching Archdiocesan Commission for Youth, Stephanie Ng and Lucy Gumek were also present, with the Empowered youths supporting in providing the sound system. While families settled themselves outside on the gallery to enjoy the food, the team of carollers came upfront once more to perform Christmas carols, followed by sectional performances. The audience were swayed by performances consisting of a medley entitled Have Yourself a Holy Night, an improvised version of Stand By Me, The Christmas Song and sketch and a semi instrumental piece of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Games were played afterwards among the families to liven the atmosphere as soon as the carollers seated themselves among the audience. The audience was wound up in a state of frenzy when the games were in progress. After everyone had had a good laugh and the games had finally drawn to an end, a few parents of the carollers were invited upfront to give short sharing and affirmation to the carollers, especially those whose parents were unable to be present.

The night ended with a final performance by the carollers ~ a christmas favourite entitled Away In The Manger. The event was officially ended with a closing prayer.

Brenda Ngu

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

Students Go Green with Recycling and Tree-Planting

23 09 2010

KUCHING – On 15 September 2010, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) East Malaysian Encounter (EME) participants organised a Plant-A-Tree (PAT) program that was held at the St. Joseph’s Parish Centre from 7am to 12pm. The program was to signify an action of combating climate change, with a long term target to influence other student movements to join in the action of providing a better environment for all, especially in schools.

Young Christian Students from SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Green Road, SMK Penrissen No. 1, SMK St. Joseph, SMK St. Teresa and SMK Sungai Maong attended this program besides Student Animators and a few teacher animators which totaled up to about 40 people gathered at the St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Gallery for the half-day program.

Recycling Program was held at the same time as the PAT program. During the PAT program, there were video showing and sharing on the EME camp. Fr Simon was invited to give a talk on ‘Christian Faith and Sustainability in Conjunction with UN World Environmental Day’. The session was on Christian’s perspectives about the environment and that man takes care of what belongs to God the creator.

In addition to that, Claudia Law, one of the Student Animators conducted the Review of Life (ROL) session on Climate Change based on the YCS Methodology of See, Judge and Act. In this session, students discussed about everyone’s responsibilities relating to environmental issues. A participant from every group was asked to share their groups’ ideas of how to contribute positively to Mother Nature.

A tree hunting session begins right after the previous session ended. Participants from respective schools were to find their own trees tagged with their school’s name on it. The trees were hidden at the St. Peter’s College grounds. Once the trees were found, everyone gathered at the gallery for the closing ceremony.

During the closing ceremony, Fr Simon blessed the trees that were sponsored by the Semenggoh Forestry Department, followed by a closing prayer. Everyone witnessed the planting of the KYCS tree at the allocated land near the Parish Centre, thereafter they were briefed on the planting of trees. Each school brought a tree back to be planted in their respective school compounds or any suitable location.

Rachel Remus

Student leaders learn to be humble in service

15 09 2010

BUNAN GEGA – The Kuching Young Christian Student (KYCS) Movement successfully organised a leadership formation camp in St Jude’s Parish, Bunan Gega from 6 – 8 September 2010. The theme for the camp was ‘To Form Holistic Leaders Humble in Service’ following the methodology of ‘See, Judge and Act’.  A total of 87 students, ranging from Form 1 to Form 6 participated. Among them were a group of 10 students from Sibu.

The camp coordinated by Student Animators headed by Julian Sim helped the participants to understand what makes a holistic leader. As Christian leaders, the participants were exposed to the leadership qualities that Jesus displayed throughout his public ministry. The participants were called to take on Jesus’ leadership qualities and apply them in their service as YCS leaders in their respective schools.

Besides the interactive input sessions, there was exposure to Kampung Mujat and Kampung Bunan Gega where students exposed themselves to simple lifestyle and humble living. A debate was run by the students on a given motion and Taizé prayers were held as an opportunity for the participants to reflect on what they’ve learnt throughout the camp. Mass was held on the second day presided by Fr Paul Herry. Solidarity night, a night of fellowship to enhance solidarity among the YCS leaders from different schools was also held.

In summary, the camp was run by the students themselves as they participated in different committees during the camp to put into practice leadership skills and humility when leading others.

Kelvin Jong


From this camp, I have learned how to be a holistic leader and a lot of things about leadership. Isut anak John, 16, SMK Penrissen No. 1

LFC is great. Praise the Lord that I am chosen to be here. Being in this camp, I realised that being a leader is not easy. During these three days, I am able to reflect back on my behaviour and I’m happy to change to be a better leader. Overall, I had so much fun here – being together with beautiful YCS-ers. Valerie Carlisle, 16, SMK St Teresa

First of all, I’d like to thank God for giving me this opportunity to join this camp. I had a lot of fun and have learnt many things about leadership. The debate during camp made me realised that humility is important for a leader as it is one of Jesus’ qualities. Jesus is always our leader and from him, we learn the true qualities of being a leader. Olivia Chen, 14, SMK Batu Lintang

Youths in Serian excited for God!

10 09 2010

SERIAN – About 160 youth chose to spend their first day of their mid-term holiday on 4 Sept 2010 to have a closer walk with Him at St Ann’s Church, Kampung Kakai.  A one-day youth camp was organised by the Sarawak Catholic Teachers’ Guild, Serian Branch.  The event was assisted by a team from Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS). Among the topics shared were on Personal  Formation, Social Formation and Action Plan. These topics were meant to bring the students to the awareness of being a leader. Sr Lucina shared on Vocation and how God calls young people to religious life. Mass was celebrated by Fr Paul Herry.

Fresh Leaders for KYCS

2 09 2010

KUCHING – The Kuching Young Christian Student (KYCS) Students Leaders and Animators Gathering (SLAG) was held on 28 August 2010 at St James’ Room, St Joseph’s Parish Centre. The half-day program aimed to thank the outgoing committees for their contribution during the past one year and to gather and enhance solidarity among all the student leaders and teacher animators. A total of 49 students and 4 teacher animators from 7 different schools participated in this gathering. The schools present were Kolej Abdillah, SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Green Road, SMK Penrissen No.1, SMK Sg. Maong, SMK St Joseph, and SMK St Teresa.

SLAG basically had each YCS school president reporting on the activities in their school cell group besides the usual prayers and animation session. There was also introduction on Cardinal Joseph Cardijn and the establishment of YCS and a presentation video clip featuring KYCS events throughout the 2009 and 2010. The highlight of the SLAG was the election of the new KYCS Council for the year 2010-2011.  With the Council of Presidents system preferred, members present voted for Audrey Yap (SMK Batu Lintang) and Julida Shirley (SMK Sg. Maong) to be the representatives of KYCS. Rachel Remus (SMK St. Teresa) volunteered to be the secretary while Leonard Then (SMK Green Road) volunteered to be the treasurer. A Review of Life (ROL) session was also conducted after the election for the outgoing committee members to reflect back on their contribution and for the incoming committee members to reflect on what they have done in YCS so far and their future plans for respective cell groups.

SLAG continued after lunch with the completion of the installation. A handover ceremony was held with the outgoing council members handing over a lit candle to the incoming council members. Mr Fabian Kong, teacher animator of SMK Penrissen No.1 led the members present in a prayer over the outgoing and incoming committees. Tokens of appreciation were presented to the outgoing council members by Stephanie Ng, chairperson of the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission who also thanked the outgoing committees for their contribution and added that YCS is a platform to serve. The upcoming event for KYCS would be the Leadership Formation Camp (LFC) in September.

Grace Lim