15 Youth Pages

posted Apr 30, 2019, 6:16 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 6:16 AM ]

Date with Jesus

'Date with Jesus' was a simple initiative started by the IC Parish Youth Council with an intention to help the youth embark on a new journey to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. This journey began from Ash Wednesday where the youth intended to add a new devotion to their lives and to their Lenten practices in particular. 'Date with Jesus' is a spiritual activity where the youth spent 15 minutes or more in the Blessed Sacrament everyday as per their daily routine. Many youngsters made it a point to have a 'Date with Jesus' daily. Many have testified that these visits with their new found friend has allowed God's peace to reign in their lives. One of the youth articulated this experience saying, "We came with our troubles weighing us down, but a few minutes in the Blessed Sacrament has relieved us of all that." This initiative took deep root when these daily visits to the Blessed Sacrament were accompanied by bonds of friendship made with Christ and in Christ. >>>

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The Sermon on the Mount

What better way to begin Holy Week than by living Christ's way of life and having an experience of his Passion, Death and Resurrection. Fr. Alban, the youth director of IC Church, Borivali animated a youthful day of pilgrimage in the beautiful hill station of Khandala.

The station of the cross was held at Jesus and Mary retreat house, Khandala. Fr. Alban addressed the 43 youth present, emphasising the fact that it isn't enough to be simple spectators on the road to Calvary, but to put ourselves in Jesus' place to get an insight of his passion on the way to Calvary. Groups of three carried the Cross across each station. As the crowd climbed up the hill, we reflected over each station and prayed that Jesus may help us carry our crosses and follow him through our lives' journey. There in the scorching heat of the sun we were comforted in the lap of nature. Everyone participated actively in the roles assigned to them. The stations of the cross ended with a concluding prayer and hymns sung at the mountain top. We rested for a while and then headed to a mission station at Kune.

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