YOUTH

Report from the Diocesan youth Ministry on MWYD

A mini, localised World Youth Day week was celebrated at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Johannesburg on the 03 -06 December2015, that’s where an estimated number of 40 young people including the seminarians from the diocese of Bethlehem had an opportunity to be part of this exciting lifetime experience. The main purpose of the camp was for the South African Youth to develop and experience what the World Youth Day offers. It was also an opportunity for those who will be attending the WYD in Poland to do some soul searching and make spiritual preparations ahead of the big upcoming event scheduled to take place with the Pope in July 2016. The theme of the Camp was from Matthew 5:7

The program for the Mini World Youth Day (MWYD) 2015 included: Catechesis, Holy Masses, Festivals, Stations of the Cross, Confessions and Presentations on different programs and testimonies, with many bishops within the SACBC umbrella who were also present to offer catechism to all the youth attending the camp. And the catechism was also aligned again with Mercy and Reconciliation

 The Mini World Youth Day was attended by the youth and the young adults from all over the country and beyond countries such as Botswana and Swaziland. The Youth from Bethlehem, Kroonstad and Bloemfontein were teamed up as the Bloemfontein cluster whereby they were the last cluster to sing the holy mass (closing mass) in the night vigil from the 5th -6th December and as a result they made a remarkable statement by closing the mass with a very high standard. They all did this because of the team spirit they had and also some good relations amongst them.

The experience was a very exciting one for the youth of Bethlehem diocese to be part of the event that even words cannot describe, to have learned so much and having the opportunity to experience the feeling of praying with other young people and also to have learned on how they live their different lifestyles as the Catholic Youth who are committed to Christ as they have not had the privilege to attend the World Youth Day abroad.

It really was a very good opportunity and a very great experience.

Thanks to our very own priests namely: Rev.Fr Lucky Khumalo (Diocesan Youth Chaplain, from Mpumalanga deanery), Rev.Fr Buang Mofokeng (Qwaqwa Deanery) and Rev.Fr Tsolo Mohlahli (Centeal deanery) for accompanying our young people to the camp until the last day.

Don Bosco ora pro nobis.

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Report by
Falala Innocentia Mokoena
(Central deanery youth chairperson)

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QWAQWA DEANERY YOUTH MINISTRY OPENING DAY: 2016 FEBRUARY 06

Though a bit late in the year, the youth of QWAQWA DEANERY met on the 06th of February to resume 2016 programmes. the following are the details of the gathering:

1. The gathering took place at St Martin de Porres Phuthaditjhaba from 10am
2. The groups that attended were: Children of Mary, Altar Servers, Youth Association.
3. Estimated number of the attendees is 200 young people including those who belong to none of the mentioned organizations.
4. aims of the gathering: The gathering was aimed at motivating the youth in our deanery to work hard in fostering unity among them as there have been signs of unhealthy competition within the deanery. They were also encouraged to join hands in rebuilding some pride and love for their Church.

They were encouraged to look at change with a positive eye as it is meant to create a sense of growth and development: both spiritual and human.

The main change that was presented to them was the formation of the Young Adult Association that was not present in the Deanery. The association is formed out of the existing youth association. The division is made according to age. It will be launched as soon as its membership is clear according to numbers. General feeling around the change is that of fear of having both groups growing in strength. some of the old members feel discouraged.

Other groups were monitored on how far their registrations and leadership elections went by. This is still been continued.

The day was concluded with Holy Mass in which all the young people enrolled for the 2016 year of studies received a special blessing by the Priests.

Article by
Fr Buang Mofokeng
(Qwaqwa deanery youth chaplain)

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