KNOW YOUR PARISH YOUTH CELL
PARISH YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS (PYC)
Members: Jovita (Matthew); Michelle D’Souza (John); Karen Gonsalves (Luke)
PARISH YOUTH ANIMATING TEAM (PYAT)
Youth Director: Fr. Henry Sequeira
Animators Head: Ferdie
Pereira & Noletti Pereira
Matthew: Dymphena Dias; Mark: Lyndon Tavares;
Lopez; John: Victor D’Souza
Women Rep.: Sr. Maria Angela
Br. David Silva, Br. Desmond Fernandes, Br. Ranjith
youth of our parish assembled at Our Lady of Salvation Church at 5.00a.m. We began with a short prayer before setting out
on our pilgrimage to the Mount, Bandra. Father Henry & the youth animators led us in meditating on the Rosary & in
singing a few select hymns. We made a short stop at the St. Michael’s church grotto where we prayed for certain intentions.
arrived at the Mount & attended the 7.30a.m. mass. We had breakfast at D.P.C., thereafter, a majority of us proceeded
to St. Catherine’s Orphanage.
was the highlight of my day & also that of many of my friends. The kids there were so welcoming & trusting we broke
up into groups and started interacting with the kids with whom we bonded instantly. We played games, sang songs & also
learnt quite a lot from them. We left there with heartfelt goodbyes, bear-hugs & sincere promises on our part to return
& devote ourselves to spending time on a regular basis with these awesome kids.
of about 12 of us then went onto Shanti Avedhna which was another enlightening & edifying experience. I thank all those
who were responsible for making this trip possible.
- Kimberly D’Souza
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YOUTH EDUCATIONAL MISSION TRIP
The youth mission trip organized by the PYAT was great and one of the best trips I have ever
gone for. It gave us a whole new experience of how life is like in a village and how people can just survive with what little
they have. I had no idea of how or what this trip would be like. The 4 days that
we spent in a remote village was hectic and tiring but at the same time gave me memories that would last forever. It was a
trip filled with a lot of learning experiences. There was no time for leisure as we were always on the run. Made us realize
how the villagers live in their small homes and work 9:30 am to 6:30 pm in the scorching heat and make their living. We waste a lot as we depend on technology for almost everything. It has taught me
the value of money as the villagers were just content with what they had; the income that they get is what we spend in a day.
It has also taught me the value of time and water. They had to walk far just to get water.
Here we are waste a lot just because it is in supply 24/7. It was a learning experience filled with fun and memories
that I would carry for a long time. I would like to thank Fr. Aniceto for the opportunity, as this trip has also broadened
my perspective and has changed my attitude towards life. I would also encourage
more youth to go for trips like this as one would never experience village life in a city. I am glad I decided to go for this
Mission trip and am looking forward to the next one.
- Steffi Fernandes
Going to a village by oneself is an experience each and every youth should do. It’s a
thrilling one with a lot of exciting things happening. Doing chores which villagers do, was hard but we learnt some of their
hard work. We learnt to respect them and honour their work. Their honesty and sincerity was a thing we have to salute and
apply in our day-to-day life. I am very happy to have gone for this trip.
– Joshua D’mello
It was an awesome experience visiting a village where there is no electricity and vehicles.
It was great being there. We stayed with the village folks. They were so humble and kind to us. They welcomed us into their
homes as one of their own family members. I remember the day I wasn’t well and we had to climb a big mountain. I was
not able to do so; the guide was so kind & understanding, staying back with me which made me feel at home.
– Janice D’souza
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2010
The Parish Youth Animating Team
organised a Prayer service for the youth on Palm Sunday - 28th March 2010. Palm Sunday is also observed as World Youth
Day. Although the service was at 5 am, it was nice to see a lot of participation from the parish youth. The reflection
began with Taize singing and further went on about how life has to be led with intensity, just the way CHRIST
lived His life. There was also a short debate on how the MNS lives life intensely even though the violence may not justified.
The service then followed with mass. It was truly an enriching experience.
The Dawn Vigil was held in Our
Lady of Salvation Church Dadar. This was held to commemorate World Youth Day, was a wonderful experience for the youth. With
hymns and a debate, the youth were up to date with current affairs and also came closer to God. This was a wonderful
way to bring the youth together in the Light of Our Lord and His Passion. The Vigil ended with mass.
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