KEPONG: Forty-eight students from the Catholic Students’ Society of Our Lady of Lourdes (CSS OLL) Sungai Buloh, Bahasa Malaysia People’s Community Desa Jaya, Puchong, gathered at Kristus Cahaya Church February 9-11 to participate in the Faith Formation Camp themed : Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
This seminar was in response to Pope Benedict’s call to the Year of Faith. Fr Albet Arockiasamy, Parish priest of Kristus Cahaya, called on the students to be serious and share information gained during the seminar with others. The seminar made up of 6 sessions will provide them with exciting information on spiritual formation.
The first session was related to faith and taught us how we can reclaim our faith. It was delivered by Mr Edgar. He spoke about the issue of faith among the youth and provided information on the usage of the book YOUCAT which will serve as a tool to reinforce their faith in the face of daily challenges.
The second session was also presented by Edgar. In this session he introduced three people associated with Jesus. He told the story of the faith journey of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Peter and Judas Iscariot. He gave a clear vision of the development of faith in the church and asked the young people to reflect on their own faith experience.
The first night’s session began with Taize prayer that provided an opportunity for silent prayer and meditation. This was the first time for many of the participants to experience taize and many were able to feel the touch of the Holy Spirit for the first time. The third and fourth sessions on the second day were presented by Spencer. The Differences in Religion gave greater awareness to those in attendance on how to strengthen their faith. Many questions on religious issues were also discussed during this session.
Sr Mary David assisted the volunteers, Jennifer and Alice, in the fifth session. This session was about the level of their faith and the games that were played were meant to show them that.
On day three, Gregory used the YOUCAT. Discussions were held on the various questions and answers, one of which was “What is prayer and what drives a person to pray?”
Vincent, one of the participants from UPNM from Sarawak, said, “Before I heard about this camp, I wanted to go to church during the holidays. I am very thankful to my friend who invited me to come and this programme has helped me to make my faith stronger.”
Nichard, a youth from Puchong said, “this camp was beyond my expectations because I am not a Catholic. The reason I attended this camp was to discover the difference between Catholics and other denominations. I found many who are looking for God and that is what I, too, am looking for.”
Simon, from CSS Sungai Buloh, said, “Taize prayers on the first night really touched my heart. Initially, I was not very keen to attend the camp; and I am grateful to God to be here to enable us to share our experiences together.”