St Joachim’s youth hold Easter Gathering

12th Mile hosted the annual Youth Easter Gathering (YEG), at Dynawood Beach Stay, Sematan.

May 26, 2023

By Yvonne Isabelle Joshua
12th Mile hosted the annual Youth Easter Gathering (YEG), at Dynawood Beach Stay, Sematan.

As the first day of the camp was also Vocation Sunday, Fr Joseph Ng, SJ celebrated Mass outdoors for the 34 participants.

This year’s theme from John 10:14, “I am the Good Shepherd, I know My own sheep and My sheep know Me,” aimed to plant seeds of priestly and religious vocation in the youth’s minds and hearts. It was also to respond to the call and mission that the Lord entrusts to us in this world, amid its afflictions, hopes, challenges, and successes.

In the evening, the youth engaged in fun activities on the beach. Later, Fr Joseph shared the experiences of his youth, before responding to his priestly calling. He also urged them to discern and answer their calling.

Listening to Fr Joseph’s journey to follow God gave the attendees great insight. His humility and steadfastness to submit to the Holy Spirit’s promptings for discernment demonstrated his fervent desire to lead a life dedicated to serving with love.

Participant Caitlin Lisa felt it was a great experience for all, considering this is the first time YEG was held outside the 12th Mile chapel.

We hope through this camp, the prayer and activity initiatives related to this day will strengthen the awareness of vocations within families, parish communities, consecrated life communities, and our ecclesial associations and movements. Let’s pray for the light of the Holy Spirit, so we can find our place and give the best of ourselves in His divine plan! --Today’s Catholic

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