Tuesday, July 21, 2009

BIS #1459 PEACE AND HARMONY: WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

DBYS Correspondent
MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2009:
The Second Diocesan Youth Day was celebrated on 19 July, 20009 at Holy Name Hall, Fort and it turned out to be a whooping success. The theme chosen was Peace & Harmony. The Archdiocesan Youth Commission was the organizers for the day led by the Youth Director Fr. Anthony Fernandes and his dynamic assistant Fr. Walter D’Souza.
Present were 350 strong youngsters – youth leaders and representatives from the various parishes and youth movements operating in the Archdiocese of Mumbai.
The day began with registrations and snacks. Many a youngster was seen scribbling a message on the Peace and Harmony flex banner. The Torch Bearers for Christ, Malad Unit led the youngsters into Praise and Worship and made the place rock!!! This was followed by the Sophia College organizing the Ice-Breaker Session.
Fr. Brian Moras, representing DBYS, then gave an interactive session on the theme of the Day; exhorting the youngsters to realize that peace begins with each one. As John Paul II of happy memory strongly exhorted “Peace must first permeate him who wishes to bring peace. Peace is first and foremost personal, before it is social”. A beautiful video entitled “Make me an instrument of your peace” prepared by Fr. Glenford Lowe, enriched the session.
The highpoint of the day was the Q/A session with the Cardinal. His Eminence was welcomed with a standing ovation and thunderous applause. The Cardinal answered the questions put forward by the youngsters on faith, and topics of confusion and intrigue. Article 377 figured prominently as also the confusion with contraception, abortion, boring liturgies and the declining numbers in Youth Groups. The Cardinal challenged the youngsters to be dynamic leaders of today, competent and faith-filled.
When asked what was his vision for the youngsters in the next 10 years? He began by saying, “I hope some of you will be priests (applause), a few nuns (subdued applause), and the need to get into active politics and civil life……”
Beautiful Black T-Shirts on the theme Uth for Peace & Harmony were presented to the Leaders of the various groups and Parishes.
Interestingly the event ended with the Angelus in the Holy Name Cathedral.
The first DYD was celebrated last year at Salvation Church, Church to coincide with the World Youth Day at Sydney and it turned out to be a thrilling experience hence the urge to make this event an annual feature

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