KK Youth Commission meets SHC youth

Responding to the Holy Father’s call for a synodal Church, the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocesan Youth Commission (AYC) has been making pastoral visits to the parishes in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu.

Jun 24, 2022

The KK Archdiocesan Youth Commission members with the youth from Sacred Heart Cathedral.


By Aline Lim

Responding to the Holy Father’s call for a synodal Church, the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocesan Youth Commission (AYC) has been making pastoral visits to the parishes in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu.

While the fluctuations in COVID-19 cases have caused delays and halts for this to happen, the visit to our Sacred Heart Cathedral (SHC) parish finally took place on June 4.

Three members from the AYC – Sr Terry Loukang, Sr Dora Obod and Caroline Juanis, were welcomed by 19 parish youth leaders alongside SHC parish priest, Fr Paul Lo.

The event kicked off with the Bible enthronement, followed by the proclamation of the Gospel and a reflection given by Fr Paul.

In his address, he acknowledged that youth activities had halted for two years due to the pandemic, but with its transition into the endemic phase, physical activities were slowly resuming.

Fr Paul also emphasised the importance of youth being on mission. He said, “Mission is based on what we are called to do by the Lord, with the prompting of the Holy Spirit; it is not based on our feelings.”

He ended his reflection for the youth leaders by encouraging them to always “do what Jesus tells you”, and to always spend time in prayer and listening to the Word of God.

A video of the history of the Archdiocese Youth Commission was shown. This opened up an opportunity for each leader to share what they felt after watching the video, as well as on the joys and sorrows of serving in the youth ministry.

Many shared that watching the video gave them a sense of thankfulness as they realised that youth ministry in Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese was conceived because they, as young people at one time, had responded to the move of the Holy Spirit and the call of God.

The morning was spent listening and sharing with each other. The leaders gave their heartfelt sharing of their joys which included seeing the lives of young people change as they served, and the pure joy of being called to bring Christ into the lives of the youth.

On the other hand, sorrow was felt when the youth who were ministered to still chose to reject God in the end. Overall, most shared that there were more joys than sorrows as they served.

We had the opportunity to listen to Sr Dora, Sr Terry and Fr Paul as they shared their personal experiences on how they began in the youth ministries. It was inspiring to hear how God used them as young people, and how today, they continue to serve Him on a much bigger scale in their respective vocations of the priesthood and religious life.

We ended with a prayer and blessing by Fr Paul, followed by lunch at the parish hall. It was a half-day well spent. Through this visit, we see that the Holy Spirit continues to move, inspire and raise up leaders for the building of Christ’s Kingdom here on earth. All we need to do is to respond, and He will do great things.--Catholic Sabah

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