A sizable number of young people gathered at the doorstep of St Francis Xavier Major Seminary at 6am on March 1.
Though their faces were covered with sweat and their feet in blisters, each one of them had a proud smile plastered on their face, triumphant at the challenge they had overcome.
The 110 young people, aged 13 to 28, were participants of the Emmaus Walk, an event organised by the priests of the North District parishes.
Starting from the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea at 11pm on Feb 28, the walk aimed to get participants to pray for vocations. Along the way, activities were carried out to help them understand the need for Christ in their lives, and they also prayed for the various kinds of vocations.
However, the walk was not all about prayer and solemn silence. The participants were encouraged to use the opportunity to get to know one another, especially across the different parishes.
Fr Emmanuel Danjoux, the youth spiritual director from the Church of Christ the King who also joined in the walk, said that the “idea stemmed from wanting something different for our youths” and “to give them the experience of having time together as fellow Christians”.
Led by North District youth spiritual director Fr Terence Pereira, the participants travelled in groups across Yishun, through Seletar and Punggol, and ended their journey at the major seminary. They then had an exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayed for one another to continue their zeal for the Lord and to hear His call.
The participants, many of whom never had the chance to interact with those from other parishes, seized the opportunity to find out more about the different youth scenes. Through group activities, prayer, well as individual sharings during the walk, each participant was able to form new friendships with other young Catholics.
Noelle Chan, 16, from the Church of Christ the King, said that through the walk, “I understand this is how great our God is, His love makes us all one body.”
Ariel Koh, 15, from the Church of St Anthony felt that “it was fun making new friends with youths from other parishes and knowing more about what they do in their own church”.
By Andrew Chng