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posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:28 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 7:28 AM ]

Vasai Diocesan Youth Convention

The X Vasai Diocesan Youth Convention took place from November 7-10, 2018 with the Journey of the Convention Cross and the Icon of Mother Mary from October 15 to November 6, which concluded at the host parish of Sandor. The inaugural Mass was celebrated by the Vicar General, Fr Joel D'Cunha on November 7, then the Cross and the Icon was brought to the Convention venue - Carmelite Convent School in a big procession led by Fr Kiran Lopes. The members of Yuvadarshan and the youth of Sandor joined in the procession, led by the band, and carried the Cross and Icon to the venue. An inaugural Mass, installation of the Convention Cross and the Icon on stage and the welcome programme marked the commencement of the Youth Convention.

The Youth Convention was attended by 600 participants and 127 volunteers. True to its theme, FAM-JAM (Faith and Morality through Jesus and Mary), the Convention was a celebration of our Catholic faith and youthful life in its true essence. Organised by the Youth for the Youth, the Convention proved to be a gala for each and every participant, with its informative and engaging sessions, energising action songs, games and skill-enhancing group activities. The participants were enlightened by an amazing line-up of speakers who graced the Convention with their presence, and gave the participants food for thought. On the first day, Deacon Ivan from the Diocesan Youth Centre of Bombay captivated the attention of the participants with his lively and youthful session on 'Youth and the Church', suggesting the role of youth in the Church and the Church's approach towards the youth.

The second day had two sessions: one by Fr Walter D'Souza, on the topic of the 'Need for God' and the second was by Dr Harish Shetty, a renowned psychiatrist who dealt with the topic of 'Youth and Psychology'. His session revolved around the increasing stresses and challenges faced by youth in today's world, ways to tackle them and the importance of mental health. Day three witnessed the sessions by Fr Dr Robert Pen, who dealt with the topic of 'Youth and Media' and enlightened us on ways to make proper and positive use of the media. Sr Sharmila D'Souza acquainted our youth with the topic of 'Discernment'; she instructed the youth on how they should let God take control of their lives, show faith in Him and let Him have His way in their lives. On the third day, a panel discussion was conducted by Fr Baptist Lopes, Sr Jeena, Mr Malcom Pereira of Kilbil Foundation and Mrs Veena from Giriz. Each of the panelists briefed the youth about their social work and had an informative discussion on the topic of Social Involvement. The last session evoked much enthusiasm and curiosity of the 'Youth and Morality' delivered by Fr Dr Ashley Miranda. He instructed the youth on the Church's take and teachings on various current issues. He responded to several questions that were problematic to them, guided and instructed them, and made them aware of the Church's merciful and accepting approach towards its members.