by Melita Dina Silva-Ribeiro
KUWAIT, SEP 16, 2016: The Salmiya Parish Youth (SPY) of Saint Therese of Child Jesus Church, Kuwait organised 'Gospel Rock' on September 12, for music lovers in Kuwait. The event was held at Don Bosco and the parishioners from the other three parishes in Kuwait - Holy Family Cathedral, Our Lady of Arabia and Saint Daniel Comboni - were also invited.
There were 26 performances comprising of Choirs, Bands and Solo Performances singing in different languages - English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tagalog and Polish.
The hymns were accompanied by talented musicians on different musical instruments. There was an acapella performance too.
The participants included children and adults of various ages. Vivian Sequeira, a member of the Angel choir - that participated at the Gospel rock - said, "It was fun and inspiring to see others, including children doing something we all love together."
The event also saw a unique staging by a few pilgrims who attended the World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 in Poland. They tried to create the ambience of the WYD and were seen waving flags of different countries as they sang two WYD theme songs – Abba Ojcze (1991) and Blogoslawieni Milosierni (2016) in English and Polish.
Maddona David, an organiser of the event said, "The SPY has always outdid themselves and I am so glad to be part of such a team vibrantly working for God's Glory."
Finally , each participant received a 'Certificate of Participation' as a token of appreciation for the time and effort they had put in.
The Salmiya Parish Youth is animated by Father Lionel Braganza and youth animator, Gaspar Baptista. The core group meets every Tuesday with Father Braganza and Baptista, while the entire youth group meets every alternate week.