Rawang youth celebrate WYD with Pesta KAMI

The youths of St Jude’s Church celebrated Pesta KAMI on November 20 with a two-part event. They gathered early on Saturday morning for a hike up Rawang Bypass Quarry Trail, and after a brief rest, gathered to celebrate Mass with their parish priest, Fr David Arulanatham, in the evening.

Dec 03, 2021

The youth hiking up the Rawang Bypass Hiking Trail.


By Adrian J. Sebastian
The youths of St Jude’s Church celebrated Pesta KAMI on November 20 with a two-part event. They gathered early on Saturday morning for a hike up Rawang Bypass Quarry Trail, and after a brief rest, gathered to celebrate Mass with their parish priest, Fr David Arulanatham, in the evening.

The Rawang Bypass Hiking Trail or Bukit Kuari Trail is a lesser-known hiking trail that has become quite popular among hikers, professional and amateur alike, over the last year. Eleven youths gathered at the start of the trail at 7.30am joined by Gregory Pravin from ASAYO, and after praying together, embarked on their journey.

What started out more as a trudge up a gradual incline turned into a steep uphill climb with ropes for assistance. It was as exciting as it was difficult, and reaching the top of the trail was an accomplishment for all. Danielle, one of the youths, said “all of us coming together and helping each other up the trail, especially along the harder parts, and looking out for one another was encouraging and heartening. We were all close-knit even though we had not met each other for a long time and some of us were meeting for the first time”.

One striking aspect of the hike was how it felt as if normalcy could be attainted once again after the pandemic. Since everyone was in the open and climbing could be suffocating with a mask on, most people had only smiles on their faces.

Another youth, Izykiel, shared that it filled him with joy to be able to see peoples’ faces and exchange smiles. “It gave me a glimpse of pre-COVID times and filled me with hope,” he said.

The view from the top of the hill made the climb worth-while. A bird’s eye view of Rawang and the bypass highway snaking its way high above the forest reserve was a sight to behold. After photographs were taken and Instagram stories updated, the journey down began. Fear of heights was overcome, shoes were torn, muscles ached, but the joy in the air was tangible. After a socially distanced breakfast, each headed home to rest before Mass.

In the evening, 11 youths gathered for Holy Mass with Fr David. Seated around the altar in the sanctuary, it reminded them of the Apostles gathered for the Last Supper. Jeshua mentioned that Mass was his favourite part of the celebration, being gathered at the foot of the altar and he kept in mind that the prayer of young people is important. To be present at Mass physically and taking part in the Eucharist filled all those present with bliss.

The young people of ArchKL yearn for physical connections and to be in communion with one another, worshiping as a community and receiving Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It was a breath of fresh air, revitalising after a long year, and the young people are motivated to continue living out their mission and to “Arise and be Witnesses”.

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