The Office for Young People (OYP), previously known as the Catholic Youth Office, now has an expanded area of pastoral responsibility over post-confirmation young adults aged 16 to 35 after its restructuring in November 2013.
Fr Brian D’Souza, chaplain of OYP explained, “Post-confirmation young adults have reached a certain maturity and need more intentional ministry and pastoral care.”
In addition, OYP also works with the youth workers of the archdiocese to build relationships with parish youth and young adult communities.
Fr Jude David, co-chaplain of OYP added, “Many young adults today have a deep desire in their hearts to live for something ‘bigger’ than themselves and the Church needs to reach out to them and excite them about Jesus and to harness their enthusiasm, passion and energy for the work of the Kingdom of God.”
OYP’s mission is to lead more young people to encounter Christ, live life in discipleship and communion, and to eventually live out the mission of the Church by using their various gifts and charisms in evangelisation.
With this in mind, OYP has a series of upcoming events, including:
School of Christian Leadership (May 11 to 17)
Theme: Leading with the Shepherd’s Heart
Who is it for? Current and potential leaders in the six universities (NUS, NTU, SMU, JCU, SUTD, SIM)
What is it about? The school, which is a new initiative, aims to equip them with basic leadership tools in addition to giving them a tangible experience of the communion of communities as they share life, faith, vision and dreams with fellow student leaders.
Kickstart (May 17)
Who is it for? Catholic students who will be freshmen of the six universities this year
What is it about? Following the culmination of the School of Christian Leadership, this is a combined freshmen gathering which is organised by OYP in collaboration with the Catholic student leaders from these six universities. Acknowledging the importance of making connections as they begin university life, Kickstart seeks to bring the freshmen together and let them experience the welcome and fellowship of the Catholics on campus.
Nox Gaudii (May 16)
Who is it for? All young people
What is it about? Nox Gaudii, or Night of Joy, aims to stir faith in young people through communal worship, preaching, prayer ministry, as well as providing a forum for them to creatively express the diversity of their gifts.
When is it held? Every third Friday of the month (except for certain months, contact organisers for more information).
Besides these new initiatives, OYP has had annual key events such as the recently concluded nine-week School of Witness (SOW), Testify to Love rally, and the Building Youth Communities weekend.
This August, the OYP will also be leading a group of pilgrims to the Asian Youth Day in Korea, where they will meet fellow young pilgrims from other countries and also Pope Francis.
For more information on OYP, visit www.oyp.com.sg or call 6285-2571.
By Natalie Yap