Delegates from HK get ready to depart for South Korea
(Sunday Examiner) — For the first time ever a diocesan delegation to Asian Youth Day from Hong Kong will include young people from English-speaking groups in the city.
Seven members of the Diocesan English Youth from the parishes of St. Teresa’s on Prince Edward Road, Rosary in Tsim Sha Tsui, St. Joseph’s in Central and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Wan Chai are joining the group.
Father Mechelle Reginio, from St. Andrew’s parish in Tseung Kwan O, is also travelling to Daejeon the be part of the event and joined a preparation day held at the Sacred Heart Canossian School of Commerce on April 27.
The English-speaking group will join the official delegation at the youth day in Daejeon, South Korea, from August 13 to 17.
In a report sent to the Sunday Examiner, Mika Gallardo quoted an organising committee member as calling it a good chance for young people to step out of their comfort zones.
She added that it reflects unity in the Church and will encourage young people to see a deeper and wider side of being Catholic, as faith goes beyond language and cultural barriers.
The afternoon kicked off with a few warm up games, including a quiz to test participants’ knowledge of Asian Youth Day.
The main activity called for reflection on the theme, Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you besides.
Then a game called Two Masters, based on Matthew 6:24-34, challenged the group to reflect on their relationship with God and ask themselves how healthy it is.
Each group was then split into two teams to debate the merits of serving only one master—God, or wealth (mammon).
The goal of the activity was to encourage young people to embrace their faith and their relationship with God.
The afternoon ended with a reflection and prayer session, after which the delegation headed down the road to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to join the thanksgiving Mass for the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.
The theme for this year’s Asian Youth Day is Asian Youth! Wake Up! The Glory of the Martyrs Shines on You.
It will be the sixth such gathering of Asian youth, with others having taken place in The Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan and Thailand.
This year, Pope Francis is expected to attend and will become the first pope to take part in an Asian Youth Day.
The objectives of this year’s event are to help young people to touch the roots of their faith and walk with Jesus and the martyrs as Christian witnesses in the modern world.
It is organised by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences to provide opportunities for young people to explore and renew their faith.
Macau youth wishing to join can download applications from the following website: