Catholic Youth Day celebrates the gift and centrality of Jesus Christ in the faith. Photo: OYP

Jared Ng

This year, Catholic Youth Day (CYD) 2019 will be held on July 20-21, and for Gabriel Teh it holds a special meaning.

He is looking forward to being part of this celebration as one united body of Christ again.

He had in 2016 witnessed over 2,000 young people praying together during praise and worship at CYD which led him to desire a “deep passion for the Lord”.

“I witnessed a deep yearning for the Lord as one united body of Christ ... as everyone bowed down in silent Eucharistic adoration as the blessed Sacrament was being exposed during the procession.”

Through this gathering of young people in the local Archdiocese, Gabriel began to appreciate what the Church is all about.

“The Church is so much more than just a physical structure, it’s made up of individuals with hearts united through prayer, worship and fellowship, centred on Jesus Christ,” he said.

This year’s CYD theme is “Jesus Name Above All Names” to celebrate the gift and centrality of Jesus Christ in the Catholic faith.

Organised by the Office for Young People (OYP), it is an invitation to all young people (aged 16 to 35 years) to come experience what it means to be part of One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, alive in Jesus Christ.

The event, held at OYP at 2 Lorong Low Koon, begins at 11am on July 20 and ends with
sunrise praise and worship at 7am on July 21.

For those who have yet to register for Catholic Youth Day 2019, Gabriel said, “If you’re hesitating because you’re not sure if this is your kind of thing, I’d like to encourage you to take that step in faith. Our God is faithful and generous beyond measure. Keep an open mind and heart, come and see!”

What to expect

This CYD is also a call to active young Catholics to proactively evangelise by inviting at least one other young person who does not know Jesus or who has been away from Church to come for the event.

“CYD is a time to celebrate our faith among young people and also to share Jesus Christ with others as the source and meaning of life,” said Father Brian D’Souza, OYP Chaplain.

CYD is an overnight event with two distinct segments. The morning-afternoon segment will kick off with praise and worship followed by preaching by Fr Brian. There are break-out
sessions, workshops on a variety of themes and a children’s ministry for parents with young kids.

This segment is free but registration is required. More information will be available on the OYP website.

For the evening segment, tickets are at $15 each. It begins at 4.30pm with Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh.

After dinner, OYP will present a short production addressing the struggles young people grapple with which influence how they perceive Jesus to be. This will be followed by a preaching by Fr Jude David, OYP Chaplain.

The evening segment will end at 10.30pm and lead into an overnight vigil before the Blessed Sacrament led by various communities of the OYP family.

Prayer ministry and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available till midnight.
Tickets can be purchased at http://oyp.org.sg/cydtix.

For more information visit http://oyp.org.sg/catholic-youth-day-2019/.

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