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The Eucharist Project for young people

KOTA KINABALU – The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian Life” (CCC 1324).

In collaboration with the Catechetical Ministry of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Parish Youth Pastoral Team (PYPT) planned a three-week program, called “The Eucharist Project”. The aim is to help our young people to understand and appreciate the beauty of the Eucharistic celebration.

On the Sundays of Oct 14 and 21, 2018, PYPT gathered the secondary section of the Sunday School, according to their language groups (Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia), at the Parish Hall and Room F7 for pre-sessions.

The topics shared during these pre-sessions were “What a Friend we have in Jesus” and “Healing in Mass”. They were conducted within an hour, with action songs, input on the topics, and group sharing.

On the afternoon of Oct 28, all three language groups gathered at the Cathedral for the main session by Fr Paul Lo on “the Technicality and Meaning of Mass”. The encouraging attendance of 400  included the students, their parents, the teachers and the Parish Youth. The 3-week program ended with an Eucharistic Celebration at 4pm on the same afternoon.

This was the first collaboration between the Sunday School and the Parish Youth Pastoral Team.

Witnessing the passion for evangelization from the youth and the teachers and going beyond the language differences to make this project possible, has given the organizers much love and encouragement.

Besides the participation of the students and the presence of their parents walking the journey together in knowing Christ presented a positive outlook.

As Fr Paul concluded in the Eucharistic celebration, he hopes that the initiative is not a one-and-only program, but an annual initiative for the growth of our young people. Serena Wong

Karnival Belia gathers 192 youth from 17 parishes

KLANG – Karnival Belia 2018 gathered 192 youths from 17 different parishes under the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur including those of the Diocese of Penang on 28-30 Sept 2018 at the Holy Redeemer Church.

The carnival which was its second edition carried the theme of this year’s World Youth Day “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God” from Luke 1:30.

Karnival Belia was organised by the Archdiocesan Bahasa Malaysia Apostolate (ABMA) led by Charles Eric with another 18 youths from different parishes in the Archdiocese as committee members and six invited youths from Kuching Archdiocese to serve as the music ministry.

Fr Albet Arockiasamy, ABMA Ecclesiastical Assistant opened the event with a Eucharistic celebration, concelebrated by Fr Rudolf Joannes of Keningau Diocese, who was the main speaker for the carnival.

In his first session “Proud to be a Catholic”, Fr Rudolf asked the youths two questions – “What is Catholic?” and “Why are they proud to be a Catholic?” Some gave very interesting answers; to the first question, most of them answered that Catholic is universal. Meanwhile for the second question, most youths said it’s because the Catholic Church has seven unique Sacraments.

In his second session entitled “You and Me”, Fr Rudolf explained the same-sex attraction and what we should do as a Catholic to understand this situation. Fr Rudolf also discussed the four human personalities.

Third session was given by Mabel and Meldrick from Kuching Archdiocese. They shared how music can help us get closer to God. They taught the participants on types of praises and worships. Both also demonstrated on how to praise and worship, which requires one to be immersed deeply during the session and praise God from their deepest heart.

Four church leaders became panellists for the dialogue session on the theme “Hearing the Voice of the Lord”; Brother Raj Manikam SG, Fr Clement Lim, Fr Alberto Irenus SJ and Sr Roseling Siaw Chen FSP with Allesandra Andrew as moderator.

The panellists shared on their journey of faith and their vocation to serve the Lord. They were asked whether they ever regretted answering this call, and all panellists said they have no regrets except peace and joy in serving.

Other activities carried out were Team Building and U-Nite through Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration. Fr Rudolf gave his reflection and explanation on the purpose and the history of the Sacred Blessing of the Sacrament. The night continued with Sacrament of Reconciliation and counselling handled by the priests and religious. Sharings by participants concluded the U-NITE session.

A talk “Emerging Adults” given by Dr Walton Wider, covered topics such as “Marriage of Adults”, “Instability”, “A Sense of Possibilities” and “Feeling in Between”.

In his final session “Becoming a Witness of Christ”, Fr Rudolf expounded on the importance of knowing Jesus Christ and our responsibility to the society.

Last session for Karnival Belia is another dialogue session holding the theme “Do not be afraid to seek the Kingdom of God first”, taken from Luke 1:30 and Matthew 6:33. The panellists, Dr Walton Wider, Mabel and Meldrick shared their experiences throughout their lifetime as a Christian from University years until now. Meldrick said that youths are encouraged to do what they love responsibly, while giving praises to God.

Karnival Belia 2018 ended with the youths commissioned out by Archbishop Julian Leow in the Eucharistic celebration, concelebrated by Fr Albet Arockiasamy.

The Archbishop reminded the youths to not be afraid to be a witness and ambassador of Christ in their daily life, and therefore commissioned the youths out.  Stefan & Mary

32 attend recollection in preparation for LUC

SANDAKAN – Thirty-two youth facilitators attended a recollection in preparation for the Let’s Unite Camp (LUC) on 29 July 2018 at St John Paul II Room here.

Organised by the Parish Youth Apostolate, the recollection was facilitated by Anna Teresa Amandus.

The participants came from St Mary’s Cathedral, St Mark and St Peter.

LUC (formerly known as Unite Camp), an annual parish youth programme,  will be held on Aug 23-26 at St Mark Mile 12 Sandakan.

The theme is taken from 1 Corinthians 1:10 – I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment – in line with the Diocesan Vision and Mission.

The objective of the camp is to unite the parish youth through a deepened understanding of the faith and knowledge of God with Mary as model.

The recollection began with acknowledging the reality of the community, family, self followed by Mary’s journey of faith till the journey to Emmaus (Christian vocation).

Through undergoing this recollection, the facilitators will be able to help those who will attend LUC later on.  Moreover, friendships will also be strengthened to help each other to stay committed to make LUC a fruitful one. – Sandakan Diocesan Blog

KK Archdiocesan youth aspire to work closely with leaders towards Vision and Mission

Serena Wong (2nd L) is among the youth participating in the PAX Assembly on 13-16 June 2018, Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre.

BUNDU TUHAN – The youth of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese aspire to work closely with other leaders  at parish level as well as at archdiocesan level towards attaining the Vision and Mission.

Almost all parish leaders brought with them their youth leaders to the PAX Assembly at Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre, 13-16 June 2018.

Serena Wong of Sacred Heart Cathedral youth ministry, said she expects to find her call in this PAX process and hopes to respond accordingly pertaining to the vision and mission of the archdiocese.

When asked how the archdiocese can further help the young people to overcome the three critical concerns – apathy, secularisation and political Islam – she said, “There have to be platforms for youth to be participants in the planning, evaluating and implementing the archdiocese’s direction.”

“There has to be a leadership formation for the young people, as succession plan of roles and responsibilities,” she added.

The cathedral parish has seven youth ministries in all three languages. All youth ministries have respectively reported in the Parish Pre-PAX meetings on what have been done and the needs of the young people according to the youth that they minister to and the needs that arise.

They were involved in programmes such as Adoration, talks, retreats and camps to encounter Christ.

Serena said that a Eucharist project is in the pipeline, which will only take place after the election of the new Parish Pastoral Council.

Harold Ong, of St Simon parish, Likas, said to further help the young people to overcome the three main concerns, the archdiocese must work closely with the youth ministry of the individual parishes, raising new leaders, training speakers and resource persons.

He hoped that the archdiocese can see a clearer picture of the challenges faced by parishes and work together as one family of Christ to come out with concrete solutions to remedy issues.

On the involvement of youth in the PAX process, Harold said, “Leaders of our youth ministry participated in the Pre-PAX Assembly on May 1.”

“We also participated in spiritual activities organised by our parish such as Holy Hour and Rosary, outreach to the less fortunate at Cheshire Home in Bukit Harapan, Bible sharing on a weekly basis and a Boys Brigade Company to expose our youths to Catholic Christian values,” said Harold.

On the next plan after PAX Assembly, Harold suggested to “organise an interactive session to learn more about political Islam.”

He said a sharing session is a good platform  for youths to share the experiences of attending a youth event, which promotes faith formation, such as the Diocesan Youth Festival in Tuaran. Linda Edward

Backgrounder: History of Pesta Belia Keuskupan

JBT 2000

The Journey of Diocesan Youth: Youth Camp to Pesta Koir

In 1976, after the formation of Suruhanjaya Belia PAX (SBP), the first programme organised was the ‘Sabah Youth Camp’ in Kionsom, Inanam. The success of the camp prompted SBP to  organise a second camp at the same place in 1977.

The following year, the camp was again held for the third time in Tambunan, and fourth time in Penampang in 1979. These camps aimed at building leadership skills among youths, especially in spiritual leadership.

In the early 80’s, when SBP’s leadership changed  hands, the new line of committee introduced Pesta Koir (PK) to replace Sabah Youth Camp, as the main programme of SBP.

PK was a choir competition between choir groups of each zone under Kota Kinabalu Diocese, which was at that time divided into East Coast zone, North-West Coast, South-West Coast and the Interior.

The first PK was held in 1983 in KK, which was participated by several choir groups.

It was held yearly, and in 1987, the scope of its activities was broadened to include drawing and public speaking competitions. This led to a change in its name from Pesta Koir to Pesta Belia Keuskupan (PBK).

Pesta Koir to Pesta Belia Keuskupan

SBP leadership changed hands for the fourth time in 1989, and the new committee started to re-format its concept.

Their main programme, PBK, was nevertheless retained at that time and was organised only once in two years.

In 1997, SBP started to employ full-time staff and a Diocesan Youth Office was established. That year saw the name Suruhanjaya Belia PAX changed to Tim Pelayanan Belia Diosis (TPBD).

The 10th PBK was held in 1998, as the main programme of TPBD and saw significant changes in its format.

Several new sessions were included such as catechesis, para liturgy, thematic performances, Vigil and Eucharistic celebration with the Bishop.

TPBD succeeded in bringing the environment of ‘World Youth Day’ to the diocesan level. Close to 2,000 young people participated in PBK-10, held in Sandakan.

Two years later, Jubli Agung Tahun 2000 (JBT2000) was celebrated, which saw TPBD KK and Keningau combining  their efforts in organising it. Close to 5,000 Catholic youth participated from the whole of Sabah.

The success of JBT2000 prompted both dioceses to organise a combined Sabah Youth Day (SYD) in Keningau (2004), SYD-2 in Ranau (2008), SYD-3 in Tambunan (2012), and SYD-4 in Tawau (2016), with participation  from Sandakan Diocese also.

PBK-11 resumed in 2010 to give way to these other diocesan events.

After PBK-11, TPBD Agung has decided to hold PBK once in 4 years.

PBK-12 was held in 2014 in Penampang parish. PBK13 Programme Book

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