SINGAPORE – A total of about 2,400 youth comprising confirmands and those from the youth ministries took part in their respective district youth rallies over the weekends.
About 800 youth attended the Serangoon district rally (photo) – the first of the five district rallies to be held – on Aug 22 at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) Toa Payoh school hall. The West District followed on Aug 29 at Church of St. Ignatius with 200 over attendees.
Two hundred youth from City district, 700 from East and 500 from North held their rallies on Sep 5 at Church of St. Teresa’s auditorium, CHIJ Katong Primary school hall and Hersing Hub Auditorium at Toa Payoh respectively.
The early part of the day saw the youth from individual parishes gathering together for a “parish segment” (for the City district – a workshop) before joining youth from other parishes in the same district for a spirit-filled and energising rally.
This year’s District Youth Day aims to inculcate in the confirmation youth a sense of belonging to the Church and excite them about being involved in parish life.
According to Mariana Wijayanti, Coordinator Youth Ministry Office, the rallies enable the youth across different parishes within a district to meet and network with one another to facilitate bonding and collaboration, and for parish youth groups to cooperate in reaching out to the Confirmation teens.
For detailed reports on the youth rallies, read the next issue of CatholicNews.
By Darren Boon