Rallying with St Joseph’s youth

The Church of St Joseph’s parish priest Fr Frederick Joseph, challenged his Youth Ministry to create a strong foundation and bond with the youths as they are the present and future of our Churches.

Apr 29, 2022


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The Church of St Joseph’s parish priest Fr Frederick Joseph, challenged  his Youth Ministry to create a strong foundation and bond with the youths as they are  the present and future of our Churches. 

Taking on his challenge, the Youth Ministry used the parish feast day as a stepping  stone and hosted a Youth Rally on April  23 and 24, to encourage the young ones to  come back and serve in the parish. 

Keeping a keen eye on their patron saint  St Joseph the Worker, the rally’s theme  was Inside Out: Being Pure Starts from  Within (Matthew 15:17-20), to provide  the youth with a basic understanding of  purity as they transition into a new phase  in life. The 70 participants aged 14 to 30  were encouraged to focus on the “purity  in our lifestyles, our families, and the relationships we have with others”. 

The two-day event began with sessions  by Fr Frederick and Msgr James Gnanapiragasam, who shared their eye-opening  and inspiring vocation stories. Next, they  had several energetic group activities to  help participants bond and create a sense of  belonging. 

There were also a few sessions by Fr  Cyril, who spoke on purity at home and in  relationships. The rally, filled with games  and activities, brought joy and togetherness  to all present. The youths had to prepare and  present dramas and skits, and it helped them  work together within the limited time and  resources, and the results were very satisfactory. 

There were a lot of new faces yet, by  the end of the rally, despite being in different groups, the youths stayed united and  formed a new bond. The organisers encouraged all to move away from their circle and  cliques to explore and make new friends.  From this rally, the ministry has learned and  understood the needs of the parish's youth.  They also received constructive criticisms  and feedback and aim to use it to make the  upcoming events better. 

“With this spirit and foundation formed,  we pledged to grow bigger and join the likes  of other churches with a strong youth ministry. Their success stories have inspired us,  and one day, we hope to inspire others. The  Youth Rally ends, but our journey in faith  has just begun. Our faith could start as small  as a mustard seed, it will someday grow into  a big tree.” — By Andronicus Valentino  Gonsalverz and Clarissa Hoong Xiu Yan

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