Klang District Youth Rally, A first after the pandemic

The Klang District Youth Council organised its first rally, mirroring the upcoming World Youth Day theme, Mary arose and went with haste, at the Church of the Holy Redeemer (HRC) on April 29.

May 19, 2023

Leaders of the Klang District Youth Council.

The Klang District Youth Council organised its first rally, mirroring the upcoming World Youth Day theme, Mary arose and went with haste, at the Church of the Holy Redeemer (HRC) on April 29.

About 110 youth from the four parishes in the district, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Church of St Anne, the Church of the Holy Redeemer, and the Church of Sts Peter & Paul, attended the one-day rally.

HRC parish priest, Fr Andrew Kooi, gave the opening address before the ice-breaking activities. Then Fr Gregory Chan, parish priest Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, presented on the subtheme Arising to serve with Mary. His presentation was tied to a healing session and the washing of the feet by him and Fr David Arulanatham from the Church of St Anne.

The team spoke to a few youths at the rally, and here is what they had to say:

“I have always been described as ‘anti-social’. I never enjoyed talking, and neither did I enjoy crowds. So, naturally, I dreaded going. The only reason I went was because my sister, who was part of the committee, thought this would be a great chance for me to meet new friends through Jesus. I will forever be grateful to her for persuading me to join this youth rally. It now holds such a special place in my heart, as the memories are irreplaceable. I sang, danced, spoke, and prayed.”

“I experienced God’s presence in many new ways. I forced myself to get out of my comfort zone, and when I did, I truly enjoyed every single second of it. Even my sister was shocked! If I were to choose a favourite moment from the whole rally, it would be the Sunset Mass. Never, in my 17 years of life, have I ever participated at a Mass this interesting before – Fr Gregory’s sermon, the choir, everything, was just amazing. All in all, the youth rally was remarkable. I never knew I could gain so much in just a day. Another good part was, the rally went smoothly! The committee resolved any hiccups quickly and quietly. I can’t wait for the next youth rally!” – Raeshawna Ruben 17, Church of Sts Peter & Paul

“I had so much fun that Saturday. I was happy to meet new people from different parishes. I’m glad everyone enjoyed every moment, even though we barely knew each other. The best part was the singing and dancing together, it felt so great. I hope we can get together again and make more memories. -- Phoebe Alysa, 17, Church of the Holy Redeemer

“Attending the Klang District Youth Rally 2023 was something out of my comfort zone. It was the first time I joined such a large youth event. I was afraid I would be lonely, as many of my friends weren’t able to make it. However, the committee members were friendly and welcoming, and I mingled with youth from other parishes. The rally was well organised with a good balance of games, sessions by Fr Gregory, and Praise and Worship. The best part of the rally for me was the Praise and Worship. We sang and danced to some beautiful songs chosen by the committee members. My favourite tunes were Hari Ini, Ku Rasa Bahagia and Trading My Sorrows (Yes Lord). Although I was exhausted at the end of the day, I had lots of fun and enjoyed it. The rally was a great success and I am looking forward to the next event!”-- Natasha Ann, 19, Church of St Anne

“As it was the first Youth Rally, I wasn’t expecting too much but I believe the mission in bringing the youths of the four churches together and making us realise we are part of a really big family under Christ was accomplished. Seeing and being in the spirit room with everyone, there was an energy like no other. The room was filled with ecstatic and lively energy that was felt throughout the day. Everyone had their own personalities and energy, which was so enjoyable to be around. Kudos to the committee. I hope everyone can relate to the sense of belonging and community we were part of. The most touching part of the rally was the hugging session, after washing of the feet.” -- Elijah Muralidharan, 21, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

All in all, it was a day filled with the Spirit, a fruitful session where some youths found their connection with God and some built new friendships. Plans are in play for next year’s District Youth Camp.

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