Sibu Diocesan Youth Day 2017： 4G+
SIBU – On 6th to 10th June 2017, we had the first Sibu Diocesan Youth Day (SDYD) with more than 200 youth from the 12 parishes in the Sibu Diocese participating. They were of different races and backgrounds; Ibans, Chinese, Melanaus and Kenyahs. The venue for this SDYD was in Sibu Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Jalan Kemuyang, Sibu, with the theme 4G+ (Green | Grass | Grace | God) “Perfect love drives out fear’’ – 1 John 4:18. Speaker Remy Martin Gunsalam from KK, Splendour Project, gave the formation on the Theology of the Body for Youths.
The topic focused on the original identity, body, sexuality, pure love and reflections on God’s original plan for us. Youths learned the need to go back to their origin, from solitude to Unity in order to understand God’s original plan for human body which is original nakedness; sin, and last redemption of the body.
5mains topics are:
- Original Solitude: Life is a gift and able to reflect
- Original Unity: Life is wonderful when we share and unite.
- Original Nakedness to Sin: There’s no barrier for us to communicate.
- Sexuality- Truth & lies a about the 3anti life.
- Redemption of the body- Our victory over the world. Go and defeat the world by our faith.
The youths were called to break the barrier of language and the fear of not been able to understand during the sessions, workshops and sharings. More importantly to let go of their phones and gadgets, the anxiety over school matters, family, friends and their future, and to trust God who has plans for each one of them. They were also introduced to various forms of prayers, games, workshops and performances to enable them to discover their weaknesses and also enhance their confidence to share their experiences.
One of the participants, Valerie from St. Alphonsus’ Church Julau, shared that when she created a strawberry by using the clay, she realized that she was keeping her distance from God when bad things happened in her life that is sour for her like the strawberry, and she wanted to offer up that feeling of fear to God.
Youths were reminded that we humans alone are masterpiece of God, unique and with respective purpose, a gift for one another, call to rejoice in our uniqueness that is including the good and the bad qualities in us that is also to accept the imperfections of oneself and others and to be united in our family, community, school and in the society.
Elijah, from Christ the King’s Church, Bintangor said: “I feel lonely to have 1 colour in 1st workshop 1, I couldn’t find my true self if not mingle with other.”
For it is only through sharing of colours, we make a move to ask, and then we will be able to find our true self from others.
Youths learned unity and cooperation during Grace Race games consisted of where some acted as blind, dumb, deaf, disabled and healthy character.
Besides, the youths were also told that NAKEDNESS is freedom, free from any desire, free in communicating, free in giving and accepting. Though Adam and Eve were both naked yet they were not ashamed, because they were free; the body and the souls are in harmony with each other. It is sin that destroy the body and soul. Thus the first thing that Satan did is to destroy Unity: encourage Diabolical, Divorce and Divide. These things start in the family and extend to the church, community and society; it brings DEATHS.
- D – IVORCE
- E – UTHANASIA
- A – BORTION
- T – OTAL POPULATIONS CONTROL
- H – OMOSEXUALITY
- S – EX EDUCATION
Youths spent their silent time in reflection and sharing their thoughts with religious brother(s) and sister(s). They felt relieved there’s someone who listened to their problems and struggles.
During “Paint my love” adoration, youths painted and shaped their learning, struggles and their very own story to a piece of coloured paper and offered up to God who is everlasting.
Touch – is a symbol of Love; it transmits affection. Hearing is a symbol of love. It relates to attentiveness and interest in others. Seeing is related to understanding. Smell is related to curiosity and Taste represents our hunger. God calls us with the same voice as He wants to redeem us from insecurity, anxiety, fear and dis-ease. The Session ended with the redemption of the body and transformed in the True Colour Night performance, the venue where every participant took part in sketches or dramas that were related to God’s love in our culture, race and tradition.
These performances remind us that we need to obey God’s command that is to “love one another”. Where there is love amongst men we use love to defeat fear. So St. John says, “Perfect love drives out fear”. (1John 4:18)
In the closing mass, Rt. Rev. Bishop Joseph Hii Teck Kwong emphasized that what God has planted inside each one of us is that human has the desire to be united. Youths are green and pure and they should put on chastity, “GALAU” (preserve in Iban) sex for marriage. He added another two ‘G’ from the original theme ‘4G+’ which is “GALAU” and lastly, “GO” youths are to go and spread the learning they had gained from SDYD especially in their own parishes.
We pray and hope that the faith of our youths in the Diocese of Sibu will continue to grow after SDYD and May they entrust themselves to the care and intercessions of Mary Our Blessed Mother that they may live a holy and chaste life to please and glorify God. Let us continue to love and practice the virtue of purity. See you all in next SDYD in 2020!
By Cornelius and Anna. Edited by Martina Yong
Geraldine Anne, St. Alphosus Julau:
“The best youth day I have ever joined. I finally can feel the pure joy and healing. Thank you God for answering my prayer. Thank you companion who had soothed me to fight my struggles and face it with faith. Thank you for wiping my tears before I did myself. Thank you for understanding me. Thank you for every moment you had given to us. “
Raphael Sia, Christ the King Church Bintangor :
“I met a lot of friends of different races and from different parishes, and gain a lot of knowledge in SDYD, I learned what is body and my body is a gift from God. Tears and joy that I had experienced I will forever keep in my mind!”
Ashley Joyce, Sts Peter & Paul Church, Mukah.
“This youth day touched me in many ways that I can’t explain. During one on one sharing with companion, I was scared to let someone know the troubles I’ve hidden for so long. But my companion was so accepting and loving so I didn’t hold anything back. I just let go and told everything to her. When she prayed over me I could feel the Holy Spirit moving something in me through her hands and through her prayers for me. I can’t say that my troubles will immediately disappear but I know I could do this through Him who strengthens me. This made me feels like I want to be part of the SDYD committee, because I want to reach out and help others too.”