14 Interaction with Working Youth to formulate their Apostolate

posted Jun 27, 2018, 10:19 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 10:19 AM ]
On March 4, 2018, Bp Allwyn D'Silva had invited some priests, religious and young working persons for a listening session on the aspirations and needs of Young Working Adults in the age group 25 – 45 years. The need for such a group assembling arose because it was observed that the youth below the age of 25 are catered to in every parish with programmes and sessions by the Diocesan Youth Centre. Thereafter, the youth crossing the age of 25 still have the leadership quality and potential in them, and would like to be part of a group that contributes to the Church and society, but do not have a recognised platform. Even though there exists the YCW in the diocese, which caters to this section of the youth, it is perceived as an organisation with specific objectives which may not necessarily interest all.

2) At this meeting, after the brainstorming session, the group formulated certain priorities which required attention:

• It was necessary to lay down clear objectives for such a group to be formed which would include Christian leadership along with encountering challenges of the working world.
• There needs to be sessions and programmes on upgraded employability in today's world, as well as enhancing special skills. This would also take into consideration career guidance, employment counselling and mentorship for being in decision-making bodies.
• Formation forums would be necessary wherein information is available of support agencies, census data and talent inventories.
• The Church needs to dialogue with youth of this age group so as to tap its potential, and engage the youth in activities that would make a difference in their world.