Sharing: Second Youth Gathering at Holy Family Church



With the help of several volunteers, I organized the second youth gathering at Holy Family Church on July 12.  The theme was “Lay Spirituality” and was attended by more than 50 youth from different Churches in Shenzhen including the volunteers.  The Shenzhen Catholic Youth chat group, which was formed after the first youth gathering at Holy Family Church, helped to spread the news as it has 178 members from Shenzhen and neighboring cities and increased to 191 members after the second youth gathering.  
We had twice preparation meetings.  Ms. Liang, with the help of her friend and an English teacher, translated the summary of the Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People “Apostolicam Actuositatem” http://www.statucson.org/sites/statucson.org/files/LT%20Times%20-%20Summary%20Apostolicam%20Actuositatem%20-%20Decree%20on%20the%20Apostolate%20of%20Lay%20People.pdf into Chinese. 
The registration was begun at 1:30 p.m. but several youth arrived around 12:00 a.m.   While waiting the gathering, we showed the pictures from the first youth gathering with background music “Hope of the Dawn” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xwBCL1V8_0). Ms. Lin compiled the pictures and prepared the PPT of the flow of the gathering.  Fr. Lu delivered his welcoming speech after teaching the song “主啊,差遣我 “ (=Lord, send me, http://www.56.com/u31/v_NTg2OTY5ODg.html).  He played the guitar while led us to sing “主啊,差遣我 “ as our opening prayer.  
Mr. Dai led the ice breaking game and then I informed them that we would watch the short movie “Historic and Genesis of Second Vatican II” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOCJLb_6a_E) in mute mode while listening to the summary of the Decree “Apostolicam Actuositatem”  which would be read by Mr. Liu and Ms. Xu.
Fr Lu led game on concert.  Here is the link of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXACkozIWPo&feature=youtu.be.  Ms. Liu led the small group discussion, followed by group discussion led by Mr. Liu.  Everyone on the group should introduce himself/herself before presenting the small group discussion.  Mr. Wu led the evaluation and survey of the outing/pilgrimage.  Fr. Lu summarized the gathering before dinner in small group.
Several youth attended the anticipated Sunday Mass by sitting together on the front rows, several youth were volunteering for the Mass, and several youth went home especially the ones from other Churches.  All the small group sharing was paste to the cross and brought forward during the offering of the Mass.
Most of the participants wrote“很好“(=very good) and”非常好” (=great) on the evaluation and wish to have more youth gatherings because they can meet more youth, learn and share about faith. 

Hong  Kong, July 15, 2014

         

Sr.Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible