12 Youth Pages

posted Mar 6, 2019, 8:57 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 8:57 AM ]

Back to the '90s

One of the most cherished parts of one's life is often one's school and college days. Fond memories of forming friendships, exploring the world, experiencing and enjoying the new found 'independence' makes this period special. For those in the age group of 25-40 years, this exciting time was the 1990s. And hence it wasn't a surprise that the 'back to '90s theme' for the YAA Bash (Young Adults Association) was a complete hit. With the Shahenshah of the big screen—Big B, and the perfectionist of the small screen—'Monica' of F.R.I.E.N.D.S' fame doing us a big favour of compering the event, the crowd was in splits, thoroughly entertained and completely engaged. Our homegrown Amitabh Bachchan and Courtney Cox—Elvis and Kate—did a brilliant job with the compering, staying in character throughout the event! Their one-liners, spontaneous acting and comments had all of us enthralled.

We began the evening with a prayer and thanksgiving song that allowed us to praise and thank God for the wonderful experiences and the opportunities that YAA has blessed us all with. The YAA Bash is also an opportunity to get to know and network with other youth in the same age group within the parish. The YAA enabled this with a fun icebreaker, and an even better quiz round.


NYGs bring Smiles to Juhu-Tara

At Holy Cross Church, Juhu-Tara, the Neighbourhood Youth Groups (NYGs) began with a bang. In June 2018, we started re-forming the NYGs in our seven SCCs, which, through active participation, has helped our parish become vibrant by organising various programmes to help our 500 families—both rich and poor, young and old—bond together.

The youth worked collectively to bring a fresh sparkle in the parish. Several activities were held during the year. Some of them were:

• Competitions like 'Best out of Waste' and drawing were held to bring out the hidden talents in our children; the response was very encouraging.

• In collaboration with the SVP in our parish, a breakfast fiesta was organised to help raise funds for the adopted families.

• Parents/Grandparents' Day was celebrated on the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne. Hand-made cards and chocolates were presented to parents and grandparents by some NYGs; this gesture was greatly appreciated.

• During the Nativity novenas, a mini fun fair was organised by one of the communities, which not only boosted the morale of the youth, but also helped us raise funds for our future programmes.