PDYD 4 launched!

It dawned bright and clear as 130 young people from 22 parishes of Penang Island, Perak and the Northern Deaneries gathered at the grounds of the Church of St Anthony, Nibong Tebal for the launching of the Penang Diocesan Youth Day 4 (PDYD 4)

Nov 10, 2017

By Desiree Anne Gasper
It dawned bright and clear as 130 young people from 22 parishes of Penang Island, Perak and the Northern Deaneries gathered at the grounds of the Church of St Anthony, Nibong Tebal for the launching of the Penang Diocesan Youth Day 4 (PDYD 4) .

The event began with registration at 8.00am, followed by breakfast. The participants then gathered in the hall.

After the opening prayer, the participants were introduced according to their parishes. Then they were given a few practical guidelines to follow. Ice-breakers and energizers followed, after a welcome and briefing by the Head of the Penang Diocesan Youth Network, Fr Simon Anand. The briefing session introduced PDYD 4: its aim, structure and strategies of execution. The youth were informed that this launching is the start of the PDYD journey and that it would continue at the parish and deanery levels right up to the actual PDYD 4 event happening in 2018.

A few hours into the event, Eric Bryan Amaladas, more commonly known as Mr Nice Guy, gave his first session on the theme Why Me? which formed the basis of the overall theme, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. (Luke 1:30). He elaborated on why we are called to be nurturers of the Catholic Church. What is it that makes us so fearful to be Chosen? And how can we share those gifts and talents that we have? As we live in a world bound by technological advancements, it is a great challenge to prioritise God and to spread his love to the ends of the earth.

Therefore, the youth were enlightened on the importance to serve and to strengthen their commitment, however big or small their limitations or shortcomings.

In his second session, Eric touched on the nature of group dynamics. Placed in groups, the youth were asked to write down the goals that they want to achieve and post it anywhere in the church. That led to another team building activity where their hands (as a group) were tied. Needless to say, the outcome of the activity was indeed so fruitful and hilarious that one participant noted, “It was relevant to any goals that we set our mind to, collectively.”

Sunset Mass commenced at 5.30pm, celebrated by Fr Simon and concelebrated with Fr Arul Nathan, the parish priest of the Church of St Anthony, Nibong Tebal.

The homily focused on the youth finding their purpose and urging them to be beacons of hope based on the Gospel of Matthew 21:33-43. PDYD 4 was then officially launched with the entrance of the PDYD cross and the icons. The theme song, By Faith We See The Hands of God was then played for the first time. A representative from each church received a plant — a plant that would be a symbol of the growth of the Youth community and the journey towards PDYD 4. The launching ended with the final blessing given by Fr Simon and the recessional hymn, Salve Regina.

We thank the Lord for His immense love showered upon us in making this PDYD 4 launch a success. We pray that the youth will ever be ready to hear God’s calling and that they will always be a little ‘Jesus’ in every situation. On that note, let us now go forth and spread the word of God!

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