There really is no limit to what the new generation can do, and this is something that the Catholic Church embraces by supporting activities of various youth organizations.
With the guidance of elderly Church servants, this summer break has been jampacked of activities to keep kids and teens busy with worthwhile activities. From fund-raisers to recollections, youth ministries are in full force in bringing their fellow youth closer together to God.
The St. Ignacious of Loyola Parish Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Boac is one of these youth ministries. They recently held a 3-day youth camp last June 23 to 25 right in time before kids and teens become busy with school work. The event was held in Marlangga Elementary School with the theme “Kabataang Nagkakaisa, Pag-asa ng Parokya” in line with the Year of the Parish.
The youth camp aimed to bring together the young lay faithful of the parish and bring them closer to our faith through various activities. On the first night, they held a Taize prayer, a form of worship that includes mantra-like singing of simple songs.
They opened the second day with a morning praise in the form of the Living Rosary followed by the discussion about the theme of the camp given by Sem. Bryan Fatalla. It centers on the current issues of the youth today such as unity, trust, self-interest.
Fatalla tackled what it really is like to be a youth of this generation and how the rise of social media has changed how we interact. He left the participants with several challenges that were meant to inspire the participants to become more productive in safeguarding the future of the church.
In the end, Fatalla reminded the participants of the hashtag which also symbolizes the power and voice of the youth. “A power that modern youth has. A youth with technology on its back to unite the church and secure its future. This sign symbolizes a two cross entwined together. A upward cross facing God above, and a downward cross facing human below united as one symbol as hashtag,” he shares.
This talk was then translated into more tangible activities in the afternoon, including a poster-making contest and five different team building activities. They closed the night with good clean fun through their search for Mr. and Mrs. PYC 2017.
The third day punctuated the youth camp with a Holy Mass and the election for the new sets of PYC and BYC officers.
Their youth camp had a total of 186 youth participants from 16 different barangays, in hopes that each one of these young servants will carry their cross in prospering our Church.
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