The Pune Jesuit Youth Ministry team and St. Sebastian Parish Youth organized a half-day gathering for 120 youth on November 28, 2021, at Loyola School, Pashan. Fr. Vivian Raja began the session with a talk on the theme of Hope. Each youth was invited to write a cherished virtue or value on an altar cloth, that was placed as a prayer offering on the altar. During the Eucharist, Fr. Agnelo gave the youth some questions to ponder on and share in spiritual conversation, to help them prepare meaningfully for the season of Christmas.
The youth participated enthusiastically in the activities. Oistin John, St. Vincent's Junior College, expressed his gratitude, saying, “The precious teachings will definitely give me more courage to face life's challenges.” For Claudine Joseph, St. Xavier's Church, Camp, the Eucharist and life-sharing experiences were treasured moments: “We learned a lot about the Advent season and Christmas. The theme 'Hope' was very well presented.
Steve Paul, St. Sebastian Church, NDA, joyfully shared, “It was a great experience for me to organize the youth event; and a wonderful learning experience which has infused confidence to conduct and organize for more events to come.” The youth look forward eagerly to get involved in more such gatherings.
The Pune Jesuit Youth Ministry team thanks Fr. Agnelo Mascarenhas, Fr. Francis D'Souza, Fr. Anish K, Fr. Francis Patekar, Fr. Joseph D'Souza, Ms. Braganza, Celine, Yashica, and Linette for encouraging and accompanying the youth. A big thanks to the Parish Council and youth of St. Sebastian Church, NDA, for taking care of the food and logistic arrangements.
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