NS District Youth Rally - AWAKEN - 28th ~ 30th June 2019

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The Negeri Sembilan District Youth rally with the theme AWAKEN was held from 28th to 30th June 2019 at the NUBE Training Centre, Teluk Kemang, Port Dickson. It has been 12 years since the last youth rally was held in 2007 at this level. Being the year of Extraordinary Mission Year, the concerns surrounding the youths and the big question on how and where the youths will be in 10 years from now prompted the idea of having a rally to bring together these young people. Led by District Youth leader, Rohshel Isaac from The Church of The Visitation, Seremban and with his organizing team of 18 members, the 3 days 2 nights rally saw 150 youths between the ages of 18 and 39 attended. The churches in the Negeri Sembilan District consists of The Church of the Visitation, Seremban, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Port Dickson, Church of St. John Vianney, Tampin, Church of St. Theresa, Nilai and Church of St. Aloysius, Mantin. The speakers for the rally were Carmelite Priest Rev Fr. Nicholas Ho OCD, Rev Fr. Xavier Andrew, Assistant Parish Priest of Visitation Church and Rev Fr. Peter Anthoney, Parish Priest of St. John Vianney Church.

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(L-R), Fr Terrance Thomas, Fr George Harrison, Fr Kenneth Gopal OCD, Fr Xavier Andrew, Fr Suresh (visiting Priest from India) and Fr Peter Anthoney.

On the first day, the youths got to know one another during the icebreaker session. This was to enable them to feel welcomed and comfortable to interact throughout the rally. Fr. Nicholas was the first speaker and he spoke to the youths on “Who Am I in Christ”. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are reminded that “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away”. The next day, Fr. Xavier took the centre stage where he presented 4 sessions. He spoke on the urgency of living their lives as a child of God. He said, being in their primetime the youths are full of energy, filled with ideas and very dynamic. The second day also saw the youths were engaged in outdoor activities to further strengthen the bonding among them. In the night, Fr. Xavier led the youths in a time of prayer during the Spiritual Connectedness session. After dinner, the youths showed cast their talents during the talent time show. They were divided into 14 groups and each group presented their acts. On the last and final day, Fr. Peter spoke on discovering their true identify and the call to be involved in mission and evangelization. Overall a total of seven (7) sessions were presented by the Fathers during the rally and between these session group discussions were held. The Negeri Sembilan district youth rally 2019 culminated in the celebration of the Eucharist by Carmelite priest Rev Fr. Kenneth Gopal OCD as the main celebrant and concelebrated by Rev Fathers Terrance Thomas, George Harrison, Xavier Andrew, Peter Anthoney and visiting priest from India, Fr. Suresh. At the end the of the rally, there were so much of joy, peace, love and unity felt among the youths. The concluded youth rally will be followed up with events related to mission in due course.

The rally was very timely and hope it will draw young people to the Church and partake in its great commission that been commanded by Christ himself as recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded to you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age”.  

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(Reporting by Sabrina Smith; Editing by Paul Peter Fernandez)