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Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

KRAKOW, Poland — Our true identity cannot be lived out in glum negativity, but only in the knowledge that, in God’s eyes, our value cannot be measured; no one is insignificant.

Pope Francis made these remarks on Sunday 31 July to at least 1.5 million young people who filled Polish city’s “Campus Misericordiae” – or “Field of Mercy” for the final Mass of World Youth Day (WYD).

The Mass was the final major event of WYD in Krakow, which marks the end of the Pope’s 27-31 July visit to Poland.

Pope Francis centred his address on the day’s Gospel account of Jesus’ encounter with the tax collector Zacchaeus, a man despised by the Jews for his collaboration with the Romans.  Continue reading Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

Young Catholic Undergraduates Kem Singai

Bau — Pada 19-21 Ogos lalu, kumpulan ‘Young Catholic Undergraduates’ (YCU) di bawah naungan Jawatankuasa Pelajar Kristian, Exco Kerohanian Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Kampus Samarahan, telah menganjurkan Kem Singai di Catholic Memorial and Pilgrimage Centre (CMPC) atau Pusat Ziarah dan Peringatan Katolik di Singai, Bau.

YCU UiTM Kampus Samarahan juga merupakan sebahagian daripada jawatankuasa Kuching Campus Ministry (KCM) atau Ministri Kampus Kuching selain Gabungan Pelajar Kristian (GPK).

Kem Singai adalah aktiviti wajib YCU bagi setiap semester. Tema Kem Singai pada kali ini adalah ‘Set Our Hope On The Living God’ (1 Tim. 4:10) atau ‘Sandarkan Harapan Kita Kepada Tuhan Yang Hidup’.

Tujuan utama kem itu dijalankan adalah untuk merapatkan hubungan antara siswa-siswi Kristian di antara pelbagai institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) di Kuching yang terdiri daripada pelbagai mazhab untuk berkongsi cinta kasih dalam mengasihi dan melayani Tuhan sebagai satu keluarga sejagat.

Kira-kira 180 peserta menyertai Kem Singai kali ini termasuk ahli jawatankuasa kem serta peserta dari UiTM Kampus Samarahan, Politeknik Kuching, Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu dan beberapa institusi lain.

Penyerahan kepada Hati Kudus Yesus telah dilakukan semasa Kebaktian Pagi yang menjadi penekanan utama bagi semua peserta untuk menjadi satu dengan Yesus Kristus dan membenarkan diri dibentuk melalui Roh Kudus.

Penceramah jemputan Kem Singai adalah Qarl Teddy yang merupakan bekas ahli jawatankuasa YCU. Beliau bermula dengan ceramah pertama bertajuk ‘Belia: Waktu Harapan’ yang menekankan tentang persoalan hidup belia terutamanya dari sudut impian, cita-cita dan harapan mereka.

Ceramah keduanya yang bertajuk ‘Yesus Kristus: Harapan Kita Yang Terbaik’ mengajak peserta menjadikan Yesus Kristus sebagai sumber harapan mereka dengan meneladani Saint Paul.

Penyelaras peserta kem, Calvin Ohsey, amat berpuas hati dengan sambutan yang diterima kerana ia merupakan satu cabaran bagi jawatankuasa YCU untuk mengurus peserta yang agak ramai berbanding sebelumnya.

Selain itu, kem itu juga dapat meningkatkan lagi kemahiran berkomunikasi di kalangan peserta melalui Latihan Dalam Kumpulan yang berlangsung pada petang Sabtu.

Tambahan pula, ramai peserta merasai kehadiran Roh Kudus semasa aktiviti ‘Inner Healing’ (Penyembuhan Dalaman) yang dijalankan oleh Kumpulan Karismatik Bau melalui pimpinan Tommy Yap.

Selesai sesi tersebut, Konsert Kem Singai menjadi kemuncak pada hari berkenaan di mana peserta dapat mengalami cinta kasih Tuhan menerusi pujian dan penyembahan mereka.

Secara keseluruhannya, Kem Singai dapat menyedarkan peserta mengenai harapan yang tiada batasnya dalam hidup mereka apabila meletakkan Yesus Kristus sebagai sumber inspirasi.

Pada hari Ahad iaitu hari terakhir kem, Misa Kudus dirayakan di bawah pimpinan Father Joseph Chai.

Aktiviti terkhir iaitu pengumuman ‘Guardian Angel’ (Malaikat Penjaga) dan ‘Guardian Child’ (Anak Penjaga) (GA/GC) di antara peserta dengan ahli jawatankuasa (AJK) yang terlibat sepanjang kem itu bagi mengeratkan lagi tali kekeluargaan antara mereka. Masing-masing bertukar hadiah sambil berkenalan antara satu sama lain.

Kebanyakan peserta memperolehi pelbagai ilmu kerohanian berhubung dengan tema kem itu sendiri. Mereka juga faham mengenai pertumbuhan rohani dan berkongsi ilmu antara satu sama lain dalam pelbagai aktiviti berkumpulan.

Aktiviti-aktiviti lain yang dilakukan adalah kebaktian ‘Divine Office’, ‘Sing Along’, ‘Praise And Worship’, ‘Group Dynamic’, Senaman Rohani dan perkongsian dalam kumpulan.

Sepanjang kem itu diadakan, semua AJK dan peserta telah memberikan kerjasama yang sepenuhnya dalam menjayakan aktiviti selain menerima bantuan, sokongan dan kelulusan penuh daripada pihak pengurusan UiTM.

Rata-rata komen daripada borang maklum balas peserta Kem Singai berharap agar kem berkenaan dapat menarik lebih ramai siswa-siswi untuk mengikutinya kerana bagi mereka, ia bukan hanya sekadar memberikan kesedaran rohani kepada mereka malah juga dapat mengeratkan ikatan kekeluargaan dengan mengasihi Tuhan serta sesama dengan lebih ikhlas lagi.

YCU UiTM Samarahan

Published on 21 September 2011 @ 5:12 pm

St Peter’s youths learn about Africa

Youths taking a group photo with Brian Werunga (middle, light blue top) and Inigo Yung (fifth from right, red top)

KUCHING — On Sunday, 17 July, two young impressionable men joined St Peter’s Youth. They had both flown in from Africa to assist Fr Francis Teo to talk to the youths about their mission in Turkana. A short introductory video was shown followed by a very informative Q & A session. The two assistants, 19 year old Inigo Yung and 23 year old Brian Werunga, shared their experience in Africa. Inigo himself is from Sarawak and have spent over a year and a half in Africa. When asked by the youths what he missed most in Malaysia, he answered. “Family, Kolo Mee and Laksa.”

Africa is now facing one of its worst droughts in over 50 years with an estimated 10 million people being affected. Thanks to the efforts of MCSPA (Missionary Community of Saint Paul the Apostle), Turkana has fared better than most parts of East Africa. If you wish to know more about the MCSPA, you can find more information on these websites:
http://www.mcspa.org and http://www.facebook.com/mcspa

Keith Yong

Students reach out to children and youths with disabilities on Gawai

KUCHING — In conjunction with the Gawai Dayak Harvest Festival, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) took part in a Gawai Food Parcel Project. This Community Rehabilitation Project, initiated by the group “Meeting Needs” is run by volunteers Sue Walker and Caroline Adriaanse who sort the participation from the Catholic Church through the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth and Vocation Commission (KAYVC). Parcels of food were given out to Dayak families with learning disabilities which have increased over the past few 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 clothing for eight families in Kpg Kopit, Kpg Merembeh, Kpg Sogo and Kpg Puak, Bau. These Catholic families have children who are slow learners either with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or mental problems, or have sick parents who are unable to provide for their family.

On behalf of the students the KYCS Student Animators delivered the food items to the families on Sunday 29 May. All the families have reason to be grateful for. Not only were they given food but also they received Rosaries and spent time praying together wit the Student Animators.

The Therapy Playroom (located at Jln Dogan) is a development and therapy centre for children and adults with these disabilities. This Gawai Food Parcel Project is one of their charitable acts to these families. Prospective sponsors or any organisation interested in a Powerpoint presentation, and others who wish to refer individuals with such disabilities are requested to contact Sue or Caroline directly at 016-8731376.

Claudia Law

Taize Prayer Evening at Holy Trinity Church

KUCHING — On 26 September, about 40 youths and parents attended the Taize Prayer Evening which was held at Holy Trinity Parish hall for the first time. The event was jointly organised by the Swinburne’s Catholic Student Society and Holy Trinity Parish Youth Ministry, with the assistance from St Mark’s Parish Youth Ministry. The event was to introduce Taize prayer to youths and to pray for the success of the upcoming Kuching Archdiocese Youth Day (KAYD) celebration next year.

Henry Luk, the Coordinator, called the event to order by first briefing all present on the history of Taize, what Taize prayer is and how it would be conducted. He and his team then led everyone into prayer through singing of Taize chants. The event ended at 10.30 pm with light refreshment.

The organising committee received a lot of positive feedback from youths present that evening. It is hoped that more joint events as such will be organised so as to foster the relationship of different youth ministries under the Archdiocese of Kuching.

Audrey Yu