Join this great event of the Church and particularly for the Church in Asia. These are days of Grace. Let us Celebrate it meaningfully and joyfully this spiritual experience.
The theme calls each and every one of us, young and old to be a missionary of the gospel, a proclaimer of truth, a witness of love before the world. “Today, as the Church seeks to experience a profound missionary renewal, there is a kind of preaching which falls to each one of us as a daily responsibility. It has to do with bringing the gospel to the people we meet, they can be our neighbours or complete strangers… being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place…” (Evangelii Gaudium,127).
Asian Youth day theme stresses the following:
To discover the roots of our faith
Importance of Prayer in our daily life
Youth to be champions of evangelization
We have also another significant event that coincide with Asian Youth Day is the opening of the Bi-centenary Year of Don Bosco’s Birth which will be held on 16th August. Hence it is befitting to put these two great events together and prepare our youth both Catholic and the Non- catholic students in our schools, colleges, oratories and other centres for a meanigful celebration of our Faith.
Suggestions for the Asian Youth Day:
Workshop on New Evangelization for the catholic Students
Organizing pilgrimages to the near by shrines
Organizing prayer experience/ Lectio Divina or any other way situated to your work places
Discussion and sharing on the life of Martyrs/ saints of the Church and in your place
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The 6th Asian Youth Day
Rise up in splendor! (Isaiah 60,1)
※ What’s Asian Youth Day?
Asian Youth Day (AYD) is the coming together of Catholic youths from different Asian countries. This weeklong life experience enables young people to gather and plan their spiritual lives for the future. At the same time, the gathering aims to provide an opportunity for Catholic youths to explore and renew their faith, so that they can share the Gospel with others through the work of justice and peace. AYD also includes the sharing of faith with other religious groups.
※ How did the AYD come about?
In 1991, during the World Youth Day in Czestochowa (Poland), representatives from over 30 Asian countries attended the Third International Youth Forum. At the forum, they expressed their hopes of establishing different channels and networks for various kinds of exchanges, and organizing activities especially designed for Catholic youths in Asia. The Youth sent their hopes to the believers of the Federation of Asian Bishops’Conferences (FABC) and Office of Laity and Family (OLF).
In 1993, a youth consultation conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand, where the youth representatives from Asian countries suggested that a youth working group be formed. The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) agreed with this suggestion and actively cooperated in communicating with the representatives, and helping efforts to establish the organization.
In 1994, the Youth Desk was officially established as an affiliate of OLF in FABC. The Youth Desk has successfully organized a series of activities for Asian youths and youth leaders, including the Asian Youth Gathering during World Youth Day, the Asian Youth Ministers’Meeting and Asian Youth Day. With the efforts of the Youth Desk, the first official Asian Youth Day was held in Hua Hin, Thailand.
The 1st Day: Aug 13(Wed.)
“Come and see” (Jn 1:39)
The opening mass takes place in Solomoe Shrine, the birth place of the first Korean priest and martyr, St. Andrew Kim Dae-gon.
The 2nd Day: Aug 14(Thu.)
“Let’s discover the roots of our faith ”
On the 2nd day, we will observe where our faith is rooted and how it has been handed over to us, especially in Korea but also in the other Asian countries. Also it’ll be a day to realize how many people sacrificed their lives so that we may receive our faith. Finally we’ll be guided to realize that the true roots of our faith are in the Cross of Christ.
- COUNTRY EXHIBITS (Roots of our faith)
- TAIZE PRAYER
The 3rd Day: Aug 15(Fri.)
“Youth, Knock !!!”
In the world of today, there are many anti-Christian values, and many young people living as disciples of Christ are threatened by them. This reality can be seen as a new form of persecution to the young people. How can the youth deal with this new kind of persecution? This is the time to knock in order to wake up the passion for the faith that lays down in the hearts of the young people.
- KNOCKING NIGHT
The 4th Day: Aug 16(Sat.)
“Let’s walk along with Jesus and the martyrs”
the 4th day, we will learn the passion and courage embodied in the life of martyrs, with which the youths can stand strong. Also the youths will celebrate the land of martyrs by holding a festival.
- PILGRIMAGE: Youth pilgrimage takes place following the footsteps of the Korean martyrs.
- FINAL FESTIVAL
The 5th DAY: Aug 17(Sun.)
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel” (Mk16,15)
Jesus grants us a mission to live as His Church with Him in the world.
Concluding the 6th Asian Youth Day, with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (MASS)
European SYM Coordination
Small Teal Meet of SYM Europe
June 20- 22, 2014
A Youth coordinator and four other young persons chosen from the General Assembly which formed the small Team along with with Don Robert Simon, sdb and Sr. Lolia, fma had meeting from June 20-22, 2014, to evaluate the previous GA, at Krako and to plan for the ensuing GA at Austria. The meeting began with a prayer moment led by Don Robert Simon, basing the theme on an extract from the document of the 23rd General Chapter of the Salesian of Don Bosco, Fr. Egidio Vigano – 7th Successor of Don Bosco. Followed by Evaluation of the previous GA and planning for the next GA .
During the course of the days the members were privileged to meet Rector Major who gave inspiring message on how the SYM should give space for young people to grow and matured into integrated persons of the society. He exhorted that in all our, animations we should guarantee Salesian Identity because it is our specific gift to the Church.
Don Fabio Attard, Councillor for Youth Pastoral, explained the three icons of SDBs and FMAs educative methods, basing on the three dreams of Don Bosco. 1824, 1844 and 1886 respectively.
1824 at the age of 9 Johnny Bosco saw changed wild animals changed into Lambs, in this dream God gave to Johnny a vision and method, not with blows but with gentleness and kindness.
1844 Don Bosco saw the Lambs are changed into shepherds, here we see the first sign of Don Bosco’s mission and how Don Bosco responded to this special mission, by growing, missionaries from within, facilitating the process.
1886, the third dream shepherds becoming missionaries to the whole world. Become agents and witnesses to the Gospel. He beautifully connected the SYM with the dreams of Don Bosco, and urged the members to have vision and forge ahead with courage with the strength of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of Mary.
Sr. Maria Carmen, councillor for Youth Pastoral, spoke on how we need to make young people the protagonists of our mission but not without the guidance of an adult. SDBs and FMAs need to accompany and walk along side of the young people.
The small team also had the privileged of meeting the two Regional Superiors of Europe, Don Tadeus Rozmus and Don Stefano Martoglio, who gave their full support in facilitating the SYM in Europe through the Provincials and the Delegates and in their own capacities .
The small team had a very enriching and beautiful encountered, among themselves and with the Superiors.