Let the light of Christ shine through you.
That is the message that participants of the annual Combined Catholic Polytechnics Camp took home with them.
This year, its theme, Shine, is all about Christ igniting participants with His love, and allowing Him to work through them in their actions. It also called participants to be beacons of the light of Christ for others.
Conducted at CHOICE Retreat House, the residential camp was held from March 28 to 30 and organised by the current students in various Catholic groups in the polytechnics.
Participants were Catholic youths who are entering into their respective Polytechnics this April. Many of them had come from mission schools – where prayer was routine and Christ embedded into their school culture – and transiting into the mostly secular environments of the polytechnics.
By allowing them to discover and form a community, a network of brothers and sisters in Christ in their respective polytechnics, the camp aimed to make this transition smoother for the participants, too.
Other than games and small group sharings that allowed the participants to bond, sessions were carried out by Fr Jude David, FMM Sr Sylvia, and Fr Terence Kesavan. They ruminated on the participants’ faith and the richness of God’s plans for them to shine in His love.
Mr Don Marcus, an educator and regular speaker at Amplify sessions, also shared his faith experiences, and how he managed to keep the love of Christ burning in him.
The participants also had the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which aimed to help them open their hearts to Christ not only in time for Lent, but to begin their new school year with pure hearts too.
Fr Alex Chua, chaplain to Singapore’s five polytechnics, also celebrated Mass on March 29.
By Ariel Campbell and Raphael Ong