KUCHING – Over 400 youths from three language groups (English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia) gathered at St Joseph’s Grand Hall, ACCPC on 13th May, Sunday to voice their thoughts and challenges at the Youth Talk, a program initiated by the parish priests of St Joseph’s Cathedral Kuching, and jointly organised by the youth ministries and groups of St Joseph’s Cathedral and St Mark’s Church, namely the EMPOWERED Ministry, FLAME Youth Group, St Mark’s Church Parish Youth Ministry and St Mark’s Church Chinese Youth Group.
The program started at 11AM with a welcome and ice-breaking session by the EMPOWERED Ministry, followed by an input from Fr Jerome Juleng. Fr Larry Tan then facilitated the first session where the youths watched a video on Pope Francis’ challenge to young people to think about what they want in life. Mr Benedict Lo then facilitated the discussion between the youths where they exchanged views and pen down the challenges they face today.
The youths then shared their thoughts before heading for lunch. After lunch, the youths had a praise and worship session led by the St Mark’s Church Parish Youth Ministry. The session in the afternoon saw the youths divided into groups according to their age groups. Facilitated by the various youth groups, youths ages 17 years old and below discussed on ‘Ways to help other Youths be better’ whilst youths age 18 years and above discussed on ‘What can the Church do for youths?’. These data were then collected for tabulation to help the church to better meet the needs of the youths today.
The youths had a closing session with Fr Larry before concluding with another video from Pope Francis to the young people at 2PM.