With the help of several volunteers especially Ms. Liang who is the contact person with another 3 youth groups in Guangzhou, I organized the fourth youth gathering of Holy Family Church on November 22. 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 more than 270 members from Shenzhen and neighboring cities.
The registration for the participants of Holy Family Church was begun at 7:00 a.m. and we left around 8:00 a.m. in a bus. Another bus left from St. Francis Xavier Church Shenzhen led by Sr. Huang.
Mr. Liu was the MC during the day. Fr. Lu gave a short talk and then led the prayer and ice breaking games. The praise and worship team taught and led to sing several songs. We arrived at Cathedral Guangzhou around 10:30 a.m. The pastor Fr. Yu gave introduction about the Cathedral and Guangzhou Diocese and then Fr. Lu led us to sing several songs before we took group pictures in front of the Cathedral.
We, more than 90 of us, walked to Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Shamian Island in 3 big groups. It took around 30 minutes. The Guangzhou Mustard Seed group (16 university students), Indonesian Catholic Charismatic Renewal Group (more than 35 youths) and Fr. Chen welcome us. Fr. Lu led the grace before the potluck lunch prepared by the parishioners of Shamian Church and Indonesian youth group.
Due to limited time, everyone was asked to seat according to the sitting arrangement so they no need to move around to look for their small group for the small group sharing. The small groups sat in each pew and consist of several group members. There were 19 small groups of 6 persons while the rest of the Indonesians who should leave early for preparing the Indonesian Mass sat on the side pews.
After the group pictures of more than 140 persons, Ms. Nana gave introduction about the Indonesian group and then their choir sang beautifully “Jadikan Hati-ku Istana Cintamu” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzOWfCCjAkM and “Arbab“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJn1afJMZGQ&list=RDRJn1afJMZGQ#t=248. Fr. Peter Chen gave introduction about the Church and gave souvenirs to Fr. Lu, Sr. Huang of St. Francis of Xavier Church, the 5 youth groups and me. Guangzhou Mustard Seed and St. Francis Xavier Youth Group then gave introduction about their groups followed by introduction by representative of Cathedral Youth Group because their members were on a day retreat at Cathedral. Guangzhou Mustard Seed then led us to sing an action song 爱使我们相聚在一起 (=Love makes us want to be together). Mr. Wu gave introduction about the Holy Family Youth Group. Ms. Xiong gave away bookmarks from Holy Family Bible Group to all the groups followed by singing Holy Family Song, which was written as Holy Family Church Shenzhen Song, led by Fr. Lu.
Ms. Zhao read the message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday 2014 followed by small group discussion on their pews.
Fr. Lu led a song and gave blessings as we, the Holy Family Youth Group, should walk to Cathedral as soon as possible. We left Cathedral around 5.00 p.m. After an hour of resting, Mr. Wu led the sharing on the seat and the invited anybody who wanted to share to the group. Ms. Xiong gave short talk on Bible and gave away the bookmarks to all participants.
Several agenda couldn’t be done e.g. group sharing at Shamian Church and games on the way back to Shenzhen, because of time limitation.
We arrived at Holy Family Church dinner around 7: 20 just in time for dinner before attending the anticipated Sunday Mass. Several youth attended the 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.
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action/welcome?sid= 0EbuWrFm4ZM2NI. 39 participants from Holy Family Church returned
the evaluation and wrote “非常好” (great) and “很好”
(=very good) and
they wish to have more and longer pilgrimages. Here are sharing from three participants, please use https://translate.google.com/
to translate it:
Hong Kong, December 9, 2014
Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible