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PBK13 dedicates one day to mission work

TUARAN – Pesta Belia Keuskupan 13 (13th Youth Festival) dedicated one whole day on 20 Jun 2018 for young Catholics to live up to their faith with mission works.

Divided into groups of 20, they were sent out into the peripheries located for ‘Mission’ within the three zones of Tuaran, Topokon and Tenghilan.  Thirteen Missions under Tuaran Zone were located at Hope Village, Tolumis Care Centre, Sekolah Menengah and Sekolah Rendah St John, St Theresa Kindergarten, Kg Tagas, St John Church, Sabah Blind Association, Tuaran town and others, while situated in Topokon zone were the eight Missions at St Mary’s Church, Catholic cemeteries, kindergarten, pre-school, SK Topokon, Topokon town and individual homes.

Eight more locations in Tenghilan zone were located at St James Church, individual homes in several villages, SK and SM St James and their hostels and St Theresa Lisieux chapel.

Each location has different needs which have been identified beforehand. Among works carried out during Mission were cleaning of the inside and outside of Mission locations, grass cutting, painting of classrooms and buildings, picking up rubbish, cleaning of cemeteries, repair works, mural painting, collecting of log fire, exposure to Dusun Lotud culture and cooking for charity home’s residents.

Mission is an effort to bring youth out of a stereotype mindset and who have a confined understanding of ‘serving the Lord’ within the church building only.

Therefore, Mission brought them out to serve those in need, including taking care of nature flora and fauna, which are also God’s creation.

The youth became aware as they saw for themselves and experienced the living reality of others in need of help in basic chores to more complex ones.

After the Mission works, a recollection was organised for them to reflect on how mission works helped them to meet Jesus and in what specific situation during the works did they meet Jesus. They were also encouraged to make a commitment on their next course of action after PBK13 to know and experience the promised presence of Jesus.  All reflections and commitments were then brought to the Blessed Sacrament during Vigil Night session. – Linda Edward

Youth gathering concludes with exhortation to be witnesses of the Joy of the Gospel

Participants sing and dance joyfully during the Pesta Belia Keuskupan Ke-13 held on 17-21 June 2018 at St John Tuaran.

TUARAN – Participants of a youth gathering were exhorted to be witnesses of the joy of the Gospel at its conclusion recently.

The 13th Archdiocesan Youth Festival (Pesta Belia Keuskupan Ke-13 or PBK-13) was hosted by St John Tuaran on 17-21 June 2018 at the Dewan Sri Sulaman here.

Franciscan Sister Dora Obod, PBK-13 coordinator, delivered her closing remarks to the 852  participants at the closing ceremony on June 21.

In her speech, she said: “We have been here for four nights and five days, and have celebrated our Catholic faith with the fullness of joy and gratitude through friendship, sharings, and especially in the Mass, where we experienced the seed of the Joy of the Gospel being planted in our heart.”

Sr Dora talked about dreams that surely exist in young hearts, and pointed to them an example they must follow, taking Mary as the model of the faithful follower of Christ who is not afraid to do God’s will.

She asked them to take good care of their hearts and give them to Jesus so that they “will lead a meaningful life.”

Sr Dora exhorted them not to give up in the face of challenges and reminded them to remember that Jesus has conquered the world (cf Jn 16:33).

“This camp is not the end but the beginning, therefore go and be witnesses of the Joy of the Gospel with courage!” she said.

One of the objectives of PBK-13 is that the youth be courageous witnesses of the Joy of the Gospel.

Sr Dora challenged them, “Are you courageous to be witnesses of the Joy of the Gospel in today’s world, in your family, schools, workplace and wherever you may be, and to be Catholic citizens of Sabah and Malaysia?”

The young people gave their resounding ‘Yes!’ to all of these questions. Linda Edward

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