UTM Johor – Catholic Student Society G.I.F.T organised Mission Trip to Bunan-Tebedu Parish

22 08 2018

 

Taking photo at Malaysia- Indonesia Border in Tebedu

Bunan-Tebedu: A group of student from University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM Johor) under catholic student society G.I.F.T. has organised a mission trip to parish Bunan-Tebedu starting 3rd August to 12 August 2018. The mission team consists of five campus students from UTM Johor and 1 student from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Together in this mission trip is pastoral worker from Youth Commission office of Kuching as spiritual guardian for all the team members. They activities for the mission trip was guided and arranged by Father Galvin Ngumbang, from Commission for Mission and Human Development Kuching.

Upon arrived at Leopold Memorial Centre (LMC), the team were given a warm welcome by the Parish Youth Ministers (PYM) and also Father Galvin. For the first 4 days, the team was assigned to stay at Leopold Memorial Centre (LMC) to prepare their objective and planned for the mission trip in kampung. While in Leopold Memorial Centre, the team was given opportunities to follow parish priest to different kampongs to celebrated mass with the orang kampongs. We met another 2 parish priests, Father Berksman and Father Selvan; Claretian priests from India who are very welcoming with our presence. Each church has its own beauty and uniqueness and being able to experience the presence of God is just magnificent.

As a part of the missions, the team also helped up to clean the Leopold Memorial Centre and St Martha Convent. Each day, their programs were also included morning reflection and bible sharing.

The 5th day, the mission continued to Kampung Saan. During the mission in Kampung Saan, we are divided into two host Famlies which is Mr Mathew Asan and also Mr Jelery. The mission is to journey with families on their daily activities. It is a pleasure to have Fr. Larry Tan, chaplain of Kuching Kampus Ministry to celebrated Holy Hour for us on that afternoon.

As we journey with our host families, we learned many meaningful lessons from them, going to orchard and clear the land for paddy plantation is one of the interesting skills that we learned our new families. Through the course of many conversations, we learned about struggles finding work and live in a state where modern technology is beyond reach. We all worked together which was something we were not expecting, and their gratitude toward our presence was truly humbling. We grew to understand the struggles faced by the people from their perspective.

On the final night, we also having our silent moment through Holy Hour celebrate by Fr Benard which came far from St Stephen Bau Parish. After this holy hour, we were having our fellowship dinner together with Fr. Selvan, Fr. Benard and PYM St Jude.

Overall, this mission trip has been impactful in ways that cannot be explained. We were challenged to learn by living and were left with a renewed sense of passion, peace, and joy for life.

Prepared by: Casson Jonquil

Helped to clean St Paul Church Kampung Saan

Testimony from team:

This mission trip not only made my faith stronger, but also made me believed that love truly conquer all. The joy and love of Jesus are spread through people around us. Coming out from comfort zone make me realize all my fears are frictional and I don’t need technologies to entertain me. I hope the youth can open their heart to serve in Jesus, its look difficult but nothing is impossible to a willing hearts. –  Veronica Shantia (UTM, Johor)

Pengalaman berharga semasa berada di kampung membuka mata saya bertapa susahnya untuk mencari rezeki, berhempas pulas mengunakan tenaga fizikal  untuk mendapatkan wang untuk menyara hidup. Di sini saya sedar bertapa pentingnya hidup bermasyarakat, saling bertegur sapa serta mengurangkan pengunaan gadget dalam kehidupan seharian. Bersyurkur atas pengalaman yang saya dapat dari mission trip ini. – Jessica Henisi (UTM, Johor)

Pengalaman saya yang paling berharga sepanjang mengikuti mission trip ini ialah semasa mengikuti paderi ke kampung-kampung untuk merayakan missa kudus. Saya sangat teruja melihat pemandangan kampung yang begitu menenangkan serta gereja yang cantik di mana saya berpeluang untuk berfikir dan membuat refleksi tentang cara hidup bersederhana. Harap saya kepada belia yang lain dapat keluar dari zona selesa dan merasakan kehidupan orang lain serta belajar melayani sesama. – Silvia Gordan (UPSI, Perak)

The best experience I had through this mission trip is meeting the people of Bunan as well as experienced their daily lives. Their simple life and dedication to God, and also the beauty of nature had inspired me to look at the big picture in life; to appreciate the friends and family around us, as well as to be sincere and to take pride in any jobs that we do. I hope more people would be able to join a mission trip, so that we could gain new perspectives from the eyes of others. Going on this mission trip also led me to experience and witness God’s love in person. Slyvia Ipoh (UTM, Johor)

Students from UTM Johor

With Sister in St Martha Convent Bunan

Taking for with PYM St Jude & Fr Galvin after Holy Mass with orang kampung in Kampung Bidak Plaman

 

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ROAD TO KAYD 2019

30 07 2018

Hi semuanya, kemeriahan KAYD18 diteruskan dengan 2 lagi bengkel iaitu Design & Publication and juga Dance and Drama. Teruskan bersama kami untuk mengetahui lebih banyak informasi berkenaan aktiviti yang telah dijalankan di paroki anda. 





KAYD18: Dance & Drama Workshop

19 07 2018

 

KAYD18: Dance & Drama Workshop

ACCPC: During 14th July 2018, about more than 40 youth from different parish and youth groups has attended Dance & Drama Workshop as part of KAYD18 program. The theme of this workshop is “Dance like David Dance”

Session started with introduced of the program and sharing by Kelvin Chan. He is also the member of Empowered dance & drama ministry.

For practical side, participants are divided into 3 big groups. Then they were practise dancing in 3 different classes according to the part of Dance like David Dance song. It is to make the youth feel and practise difference dancing step from different choreographer. This choreographer is the invited youth from Empowered dance & drama ministry too.

After going through each classes with difference choreography, all participant are get together in one dancing showcase, to perform what they have practise for the day. To close the program, Kelvin Chan lead the praise and worship with worship song like Ocean, The Creed (This I Believe) and Sentuh Hatiku. This program finished at 4:30pm with photo session.

Here is testimony from the participant about this workshop.

This is the first time I’ve joined in such an awesome workshop. I’ve learned many things, especially in how we want to praise the Lord with music and body languages. I’ve learned that praising the Almighty God and spread His love doesn’t necessary by praying and do charities, but we also can do it by dancing. I understand that dancing needs passion, discipline humility, confidence and undignified instead of skills itself. From the experienced I’ve been through today, I feel that no matter how awkward you are, just follow the grooves and enjoy for people will absolutely receive your message of God’s word (2 Samuel 6:1-15). I never regret in joining this workshop. Thanks, God. – Elliesha Tumeh, St. Jude Bunan)

It was a wonderful experience as I have learned another way to praise our Lord. It also gave me a chance to experience how one’s attitude can things!– Seraphina, IPGBL

Thank you very much to Empowered, Dance & Drama Ministry for sharing their blessing through dancing to every one of us. It was my first experience, learning on how to dance while praising God. Now, I want to witness that we can find God through dancing because He is there guiding every move that we make. – Jennifer Awing, IPGBL

Saya seronok dan gembira kerana dapat mempelajari pelbagai langkah gerak tarian yang berbeza sesi workshop 1, 2 dan 3. Workshop ini mengajar kami untuk tidak berputus asa dengan mudah kerana terdapat lebih banyak cabaran yang kita akan hadapi pada masa akan dating terutama jika kita mengikuti ajaran Tuhan Yesus Kristus. Selain itu praise and worship, amatlah menyentuh hati saya kerana dapat merasai kehadiran Tuhan Yesus Kristus kita. – Elmarch anak Robert, St. Ann Padawan

Report prepared by Denny Ronny

Ice breaking session

 

Speaker of the day Mr. Kelvin Chan





Jamboree Nasional SEKAMI 2018

11 07 2018

Pontianak: Pada 3 hingga 7 Julai 2018 yang lepas, 3 orang belia telah mewakili Keuskupan Agung Kuching untuk hadir sebagai peninjau program JAMNAS SEKAMI 2018 yang diadakan di Pontianak, Indonesia.  Danny Veno mewakili Kuching Youth Christian Student (KYCS), Rachel Remus mewakili Youth Group, Chapel of Mother Mary dan Maria Amella yang mewakili Youth Commission Kuching. Turut hadir bersama adalah Bapa Uskup Agung Kuching, Simon Poh. Program ini diselengarakan bersemperna ulang tahun 175 tahun SEKAMI (Serikat Kepausan Anak Missioner Indonesia). Program ini juga merupakan peluang bagi menyatukan anak-anak remaja dan pendamping SEKAMI se-Indonesia dengan bertemakan “ Berbagi Sukacita Injil Dalam Kebinekaan”.

Acara pembukaan dimeriahkan dengan persembahan pancaragam dan juga tarian pelangi nusantara yang melibatkan seramai 175 orang anak remaja. Missa pembukaan diadakan di Katedral St Yosef Pontianak yang diraikan oleh Bapa Uskup Agung Pontianak iaitu Msgr Agustinus Agus. Beliau turut mengucapkan selamat datang kepada semua yang menghadirkan diri dalam jamboree ini.

Pada hari kedua, kami berkesempatan untuk mendengar idea-idea dari para animator dari pelbagai keuskupan di Indonesia tentang idea untuk mengalakan anak remaja membaca alkitab serta menjadi missioner di usia muda dalam menyebarkan berita baik dalam keberagaman budaya dan bangsa. Antara yang menarik dari idea-idea seperti mengunakan boneka mainan, membuat puzzle, bercerita melalui lukisan.

Hari ketiga diteruskan dengan Dialog bersama Bapa Uskup, di mana anak remaja, animator diberi peluang untuk bertanya soalan langsung kepada Bapa Uskup sendiri. Acara ini memdapat sambutan yang amat baik dari peserta program. Pada hari ke-empat, missa penutupan JAMNAS SEKAMI 2018 diakhiri dengan upacara melafaskan ikrar komitmen peserta JAMNAS SEKAMI 2018 serta upacara pelepasan tag nama sebagai tanda berakhirnya program ini.

Dari saat kami tiba sehinggalah hari terakhir kami menjejak kaki di Pontianak, layanan yang diberikan sangat baik. Keramahan mereka membuatkan kami merasa sangat dialu-alukan di tanah air mereka. Saya kagum dengan kreativiti animator dalam berkongsi cara mengajar anak-anak tentang pengetahuan Alkitab, seperti mengunakan boneka mainan (puppet), membuat permainan dari kad. Hubungan yang terjalin antara anak-anak yang mengikuti program ini amat menyenangkan hati. Saya berasa sangat kagum melihat anak-anak dari seluruh Indonesia, tidak kira warna kulit atau bangsa yang berlainan, datang bersama untuk meraikan peristiwa penting ini. Panitia, pendamping rohani dan angle turut banyak membantu kami selama berada di program ini. Sesungguhnya Tuhan hadir di antara kita. – Rachel Remus, Chapel of Mother Mary

Jamboree Nasional SEKAMI 2018 merupakan salah satu program yang saya akan kenang sampai bila-bila. Saya telah mempelajari pelbagai ilmu yang berguna serta bernas khasnya sesi bagi animator, perkongsian dan dialog yang telah diadakan. Saya berasa bertuah kerana dapat menghadiri program ini serta merasakan bahawa Indonesia adalah negara yang terdiri dari pelbagai bangsa namun tetap bersatu teguh sebagai umat Katolik. Melalui kerjasama dari pelbagai pihak seperti panitia, pendamping rohani dan angle, program dilihat berjalan dengan lancar dan berjaya. – Danny Veno Leslie, KYCS

Laporan disediakan oleh Maria Amella

Keluarga St Lidwina, Kampung Nazareth

 

Hasil Kreativiti dari Keuskupan Agung Pontianak

 

Hasil kreativiti wayang kulit sebagai medium penceritaan

 

Mengunakan puppet untuk bercerita kepada anak-anak berkenaan pengetahuan alkitab

 

 





KAYD18: Design & Publication Workshop

6 07 2018

 

 

KAYD18: Design & Publication Workshop

On 30th June 2018, about 18 youths were involved in the design and publication workshops. It was held at St John & St Lucy Room, ACCPC. The speaker for this workshop is Ms. Catherine Lee of the Empowered Ministry. He is an experienced and experienced in audio visual and media.

This workshop was divided in 2 sessions. First session is introduction of design & publication. She explained the important element in making poster or banner through discernment process that included prayer, research, brainstorm and refine idea. For second session, participants were given task to create a poster for KAYD19. She also shares few online resources to help participant get an idea in creating poster.

Here is testimony from participant of this workshop.

First, thank you for organizing this workshop for the youth. During this workshop, I learned about how to produce a good poster in easier and attractive way. We were introduced and taught with graphic design software like Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe illustrators. I hope this workhops can be held again. We the knowledge that we gained during this workshop can be shared to our youth in parish. – Walter Jaludin, St Jude Bunan

The workshop was truly inspiring and it has pulled my interest more towards graphic design. It galvanized me to help me to do more design and creative artworks using computer software. Other than that, it helped me to beneficially utilize my computer. After attending this workshop, I will do my very best to improve my church youth ministry in design and publication. –  Angeline Bernard, St Mark Batu Kawa.

The workshop ends by 2:30pm with closing prayer lead by representative from St Mark Youth Group, also organizing for this workshop.





Kuching Youth Christian Student (KYCS) Mid-Year Camp 2018 “Finding Me”

28 06 2018

Photo session together with His grace & Orang kampung

SERIAN – The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) recently organised their Mid-Year Camp for this year from 11th June 2018 to 13th June 2018 at Kampung Merian Bedup, Serian.  Over 100 students from various schools in Kuching with the Young Christian Students Movement (YCS) participated in this camp.  Among the participants included youths from the host village, giving a grand total of approximately 140 participants in the camp.  The participants were very blessed in this camp as 25 families in the village were willing to offer their homes as a roof over their heads for a period of three days and two nights.

In this year’s MYC, all members of the student committee agreed to have this camp themed, “Finding Me”, with bible verse Proverbs 19:21 (NIV).  There were several criteria set as objectives which were stated by the student coordinators of this camp, and later on were successfully accomplished.  For instance, the main objective was to find their true personality and identity through the camp, along with the given theme.  Besides, this camp was organised to unite the Young Christian Students from different schools with this organisation, as well as an effective platform for these YCSers to encounter Jesus through the programme.  On the other hand, this camp was set to encourage fellowship among members in Christ and learn to live out the YCS Methodology, otherwise known as the Review of Life, “SEE, JUDGE, ACT”.

The programme began with registration of participants, from both Kuching and Kampung Merian Bedup.  The participants from Kuching travelled by bus to the village, and arrived at approximately 10:45 a.m.  After being divided to their respective foster families, they were welcomed warmly by the ‘ketua kampung’ and were also given an introduction to the camp at St. James’ Catholic Church, Kampung Merian Bedup.  Later at night, on the same day, the first session was given by Madam Lucy, beginning with the first phase of the YCS Methodology, which was “SEE”.  Through the session, the participants began their journey of self-discovery.

The following day came with excitement in the heart of both participants and committees alike.  The first part of the Review of Life was continued and concluded by Madam Lucy once again, where the participants learned about their differences and emotions shown at different times.  The programme was then continued with the celebration of Holy Mass by Fr Pratap Baskey.  The next session on “JUDGE” part in the Review of Life was also presented by Madam Lucy, where the participants were learned about facing problems in their lives.  To conclude the session, the student facilitators assigned to each group performed a skit which resonated strongly with the participants.  During the final part of the programme for the day, the participants had Taize Prayer cum confession for about two hours.  The confession was carried out by Fr Pratap Baskey, Fr Arockya Raj and Fr Leonard Yap.  It was a great, fun day for the participants despite their tiredness.

On the final day of MYC 2018, the final session on “ACT” part was presented by Miss Maria and Miss Dina, where the students learned about their behaviour, making choices and thinking twice about the corresponding consequences of their choices.  Then, the Closing Mass was celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Simon Poh and co-celebrant Fr Pratap Baskey.  Everyone was blessed and excited as the sending-off ceremony included Gawai closing celebration at balai raya Kampung Merian Bedup. Overall, the camp was a success and all students were able to gain something new through this camp. Both participants and committees alike were blessed throughout this year’s Mid-Year Camp.  We, the Kuching Young Christian Students look forward to having more camps like this in the near future.

 

This camp was a very fun experience for me and this camp is also my very first one.  I got to meet a lot of new people, learn about the lifestyle in the village and tried a lot of new different delicious food.  The villagers were also very welcoming and friendly.  Despite being in a new and unfamiliar situation, I would still want to join more upcoming KYCS camps.

~ Benedict Lio, 13, SMK St. Joseph

 

The camp was a very fun, interesting and amazing experience.  The sessions helped me to find my inner self.  Stayed at the village helped me to learn the lifestyle and culture of living in a village.  The camp helped me to make new friends and helped me to learn to socialise more.  Overall, the camp has helped me make new friends, try new food, find myself etc.

~Esmund Wee, 14, St. Joseph’s International School

 

Personally, the camp is quite fun and amazing because we can learn about knowing God through ourselves, find who we were, know our strengths and weaknesses and get new friends from other schools.  In this camp, we can also know about what it is like to work in a team.  I am hopeful that this programme will be continued for the younger generations to come.

~Davison, 15, SMK Penrissen No. 1

 

In this camp, I was given the opportunity to participate as a facilitator.  It was an overwhelming experience as it truly made an impact on my life realising I am closer to finding me regarding the theme for this year’s MYC.  I learnt a lot and managed to know myself more which also enables me to accept myself for who I am, God’s child.  I was in the presence of the Lord for many sessions and that made me feel closer to Him.  I look forward to the next few camps so that more youths who want to deepen their faith will be given the chance to experience the Lord.

~Marlene Ram, 16, SMK St. Teresa

 

Mid-Year Camp 2018 once again is a blessing.  The theme “Finding Me” suits what the world is facing today.  Throughout the camp, I’ve learnt to understand myself more.  Self-discovery is a life-term experience that we have to go through everyday and my heart is more open after this camp.  I’ve met a lot of people from all walks of life and I start to trust other people more.  Before this camp, I had trust issues with a lot of people and I’m glad that I can open up more after this camp.

~Genesius Lee, 17, SMK Batu Lintang

 

Report prepared by: Bryan Yap Zhi Yung, SMK St Jospeh

The skit prepared by MYC Committee

 

Group discussion

 

Participant involved in games

 

His Grace Simon Poh has came to celebrated the Closing Mass

 

 





KAYD18 Videography Workshop

26 06 2018

Photo Session

ACCPC 16th June 2018: About 20 youths have attended this videography workshop. The workshop started at 2pm with self- introduction and sharing experiences from the speaker’s Mr. Bobby Winston. His is an English teacher, but at the same time he also video producer, technical director, photographer and project director for Impress U Captures together with his friend.

The key input he shared during the workshop was the technique for capturing video and the easy way to make video editing. He also advised participants not to be ashamed to interact with the audience for good recordings. During practical session, the participant is provided with video editing software. This workshop ended with closing prayer led by representative from Chapel of Mother Mary Youth as organizing committee for this workshop.

During this videography workshop, I learned the proper way in capture video from various angles. Additionally, I also learned to do video editing by using software that was provided and recommended by the speaker. My hope is to apply this knowledge by contribute our knowledge to the church.  Denny Ronny- Politeknik Kuching

I felt blessed to attend this workshop as I can enchance my knowledge with the process of recording and video editing. I also learned the techniques to take videos from various angles and I acknowledge that team work is very important in producing an interesting video. Edward John – St Peter Church

sharing and input by Mr. Bobby Winston

 

Hand- on multi-camera shooting

Hand- on video editing