Category Archives: Youths

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

Visit to Tijirak-Sinjok

LOST! ... St Peter's team lost 1-10 to Tijarak-Sinjok youth in a football match

KUCHING — On Sunday, 25 September, 47 parishioners from St Peter’s Church, Padungan set off on a goodwill visit to Christ theKingChurch at Kpg Tijirak-Sinjok,KM32 Kuching-Serian Road, as part of FFC’s (Faith Formation for Children) 10 year anniversary celebration.

The St Peter’s group was warmly welcomed by Christ theKingChurch. In the packed church, the Mass was led by Fr William Lee, a Franciscan friar fromSingapore. Fr William gave a rousing sermon about God’s calling and how we should not be “NATO” – “No Action! Talk Only!” The Mass ended with an individual blessing of all the children and youth and was followed by a photo session. Shortly after that, the group headed off to the community hall.

As the food and gifts were prepared at the community hall, some of the adults and youths set off to the field for a friendly match with the youths of Tijirak-Sinjok. The makeshift team of St Peter’s were no match to the youths of Tijirak-Sinjok and were thoroughly thrashed 1 – 10 in the 20 minute football match. After the match the spectators and players alike returned to the hall for a joint fellowship.

Overall it was a very enjoyable trip for all involved and many hope that it will not be the last.

Keith Yong

Published on 31 October 2011 @ 11:30 am

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

Pope hears confessions in the park at WYD

Pope Benedict XVI leaves a confessional after offering the sacrament of reconciliation to four World Youth Day volunteers in Madrid’s main park Aug. 20. (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

MADRID — Pope Benedict XVI began his third day in Madrid by hearing confessions in one of 200 portable confessionals set up in a park for World Youth Day pilgrims.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Pope offered the sacrament of reconciliation to four World Youth Day volunteers: two young men and two young women. The Pope heard the confessions of two in French, one in German and the confession of a Spaniard in Italian.

While the Pope used one of the same portable white confessionals that all penitents and priests in the park used, a white screen was placed around his to increase privacy.

Organizers originally had said the Pope would offer the sacrament to three young people.

“There was a fourth in case there was time,” Father Lombardi said. “They told the Pope, ‘We have three young people, plus one in reserve,’ and the Pope said, ‘What’s a reserve for confession?’”

“The Pope wanted to give a sign of his personal participation for the importance of the sacrament of confession, which — as we know — in our day isn’t used as much as in previous eras.

“But the World Youth Days demonstrate its continuing relevance and the fact that when there is a clear, widespread and generous offer of the possibility for the sacrament of reconciliation, young Christians happily welcome it,” Father Lombardi said.

Catholic News Service

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