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Youth Ministry and National Youth Day

National Youth Day, though previously celebrated locally in the dioceses and parishes, contributed to strengthening youth ministry.  People have gradually become aware of and appreciate the role of the youth in the Catholic Church.  Dioceses and parishes have realized the importance of an effective and dynamic youth ministry.  National Youth Day provides opportunities for positive expression of our youth ministers’ desire to embrace Christ’s mission among the youth.  It is celebrating a gift, the gift of being young followers of Christ!  It call our youth ministers who are more awakened to the realities and signs of our times to be more organized, involved and committed in the works of the Church.  It is a celebration of their ministry among and with their fellow youth!

Youth and National Youth Day

Any youthful celebration provides for articulation of our young people’s desire for a better world.  National Youth Day has always hoped to allow young people to express their dreams.  In the non-formal atmosphere that it creates, young people freely rejoices their Christianity and youthfulness!  In the presence of their local ordinary, with the priests and the religious all rallying behind them, National Youth Day comes for them, a proclamation of the Church’s preferential love and attention!  And the youth cannot help but be joyful.  Inspite of the persistent problems of underdevelopment, division and injustice, the National Youth Day gives them reason to rejoice in the gift of their youthfulness!

Asian Youth Day

Journey of the Asian Youth Day

1991   VI World Youth Day, Czestochowa. “You Have Received a Spirit of Sonship.” (Romans 8:15) Youth delegates from Asia gathered and reflected together on the need to come up with an Asian response, an Asian voice.

Such desire was communicated to the bishops of the FABC-Office of the Laity.

1993   Bangkok, Thailand. A consultation was held proposing that a Youth Desk be set up under the FABC-Office of the Laity. Previous FABC efforts for youth were under the Office of Education and Student Chaplaincy and in the Non-formal Education of the Office of Human Development.

VIII World Youth Day, Denver. “I Came That They Might Have Life, and Have It To The Full.” (John 10:10) The Youth Desk made some efforts to encourage youth delegates to the International Youth Forum to come together and share their reflection.

1995   X World Youth Day, Manila. “As the Father Sent Me, So Am I Sending You.” (John 20:21) Gathering of Asian youth was given more emphasis.

1997   Tagaytay City, Philippines. The first FABC meeting focusing on Youth was organized: the Bishops’ Institute for Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Youth. During this event, the delegates expressed the need to build a community of Asian youth, open to peoples of other faith, engaging in ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue and, being service-oriented, imbued with the missionary spirit.

As a response to this need, the first Asian Youth Gathering was conceptualized by the FABC-Office of the Laity together with the Asian delegates who attended the preparatory meeting for the XII WYD in Paris, France.

XII World Youth Day, Paris. “‘Master, Where Do You Live?’ ‘Come and See.’” (John 1:38-39) The first Asian Youth Gathering generated more interest to discover what it means to be Asian, to get to know other Asian youth and share concerns and aspirations.

For this event, the Philippine delegation led the assembly in animation. The theme song “Asian Jam” was composed by a Filipino, Fr. Geronimo Perez of the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan, who is fondly called Fr. Mimo.  The program used was also prepared by Filipinos.

This event was also significant as it started a close collaboration between the Philippine youth ministry and the FABC.

1999   Asian Youth Day I, Huahin, Thailand. “Rejoice, The Lord Is With You!” (Luke 1:28) As the Church reached the last phase of the preparation for the celebration of the Jubilee Year, the Asian youth gathered for the first Asian Youth Day, to reflect on Asian youth realities, act and celebrate. This is also their affirmation of the call of the Holy Father to undertake an authentic journey of conversion of the heart. It is the time to rediscover the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the virtue of charity. This will also be a time of dialogues with other religions. (link to 1999-Thailand.doc)

Among its highlights was the twinning of countries. This would consist of exchange of prayers and support between twinned countries. The Philippines had Nepal as its twin-country.

The Philippine contingent, led by Most Rev. Precioso Cantillas, SDB, DD, was in charge of the animation, among other things. It was the largest among the country delegations.

Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting I, Pethburi Golf Resort, Thailand. “Catholic Asian Youth Ministry towards the New Millennium” This meeting aimed to intensify efforts to better equip youth ministers with skills and knowledge as well as spiritually prepare them for their task of ministering to the young people under their care.

This meeting was also significant, as it became an inspiration for the Philippine youth ministry to embark on an all-important project: the National Youth Ministry Directory.

2000   XV World Youth Day, Rome. “And The Word Became Flesh, and Dwelt Among Us.” (John 1:14) During the Jubilee for the Youth and the XV World Youth Day, Asian youth gathered once again to celebrate and respond to their being the Word alive in Asia. This is the second Asian Youth Gathering.

Highlights of the event were sharing of country reflection, blessing of the assembly by Asian bishops, and the cultural program.

Once again, the Filipinos led the assembly in animation, with “God is Near” by Fr. Mimo Perez as the theme song.

2001   Asian Youth Day II, Taipei, Taiwan. “We Are Called To Sanctity and Solidarity.” Following the journey of these coming together of Asian youth, the second Asian Youth Day was held. This became an occasion for Asian youth to share and deepen their “faith journey” in the context of Asia, to grow in their commitment towards becoming a dynamic Church in Asia, to encourage greater participation in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, and to start/strengthen their network for justice, peace and solidarity. (link to 2001-Taiwan.doc)

Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting II, Hualien Catholic Pastoral Center. “Accompanying the Youth towards Sanctity and Solidarity”

2002   XVII World Youth Day, Toronto. “You Are The Salt of The Earth… You Are The Light Of The World.” (Matthew 5: 13-14)

2003   Asian Youth Day III, Bangalore, India. “Asian Youth For Peace” (link to 2003-India.doc)

World Youth Day

World Youth Day was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985. The Holy Father invited young people from all over the world into a gathering in Rome. With the enthusiastic response shown by attendance of thousands of youth, John Paul II gave an official character into this gathering of young people: the World Youth Day.

The World Youth Day is an annual event celebrated in the dioceses every Palm Sunday. Every two years, it is celebrated in an extraordinary way, in different parts of the world. The Holy Father proposes a Scriptural verse as a guide for reflection and a miniature catechism for young people.

Journey of World Youth Day

1983-1984: Jubilee Year of our Redemption

“Open the doors to Christ the Redeemer!”

 1985: International Year of Youth (United Nations)

“Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Matthew 19: 16)

Palm Sunday: The Holy Father invited young people from all over the world into a gathering in Rome during this year. With the enthusiastic response shown by attendance of thousands of youth, John Paul II gave an official character into this gathering of young people: the World Youth Day.

The World Youth Day is an annual event celebrated in the dioceses every Palm Sunday. Every two years, it is celebrated in an extraordinary way, in different parts of the world. The Holy Father proposes a Scriptural verse as a guide for reflection and a miniature catechism for young people.

1986: I World Youth Day (Rome, Italy, and in the dioceses)

“Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15)

1987: II World Youth Day (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.” (1 John 4:16)

1988: III World Youth Day (in the dioceses)

“Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2: 5)

1989: IV World Youth Day (Santiago de Compostela)

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6)

1990: V World Youth Day (in the dioceses)

“I am the vine; you are the branches.” (John 15: 5)

1991: VI World Youth Day (Czestochowa, Poland)

“You have received the spirit of sonship.” (Romans 8:15)

1992: VII World Youth Day (in the diocese)

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel.” (Mark 16:15)

1993: VIII World Youth Day (Denver, Colorado, USA)

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

1994: IX World Youth Day (in the diocese)

“As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” (John 20: 21)

1995: X World Youth Day (Manila, Philippines)

“As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” (John 20: 21)

1996: XI World Youth Day (in the dioceses)

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6: 68)

1997: XII World Youth Day (Paris, France)

“‘Teacher, where are You staying?’ ‘Come and see.’” (John 1: 38-39)

I Asian Youth Gathering: “Come and see… we are the Church!”

1998: XIII World Youth Day (in the dioceses)

“The Holy Spirit will teach you all things.” (John 14: 26)

1999: XIV World Youth Day (in the diocese)

“The Father loves you.” (John 16: 27)

2000: XV World Youth Day (Rome, Italy)

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” (John 1: 14)

II Asian Youth Gathering: “We are the Word alive in Asia!”

2001: XVI World Youth Day (in the dioceses)

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9: 23)

2002: XVII World Youth Day (Toronto, Canada)

“You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5: 13-14)

III Asian Youth Gathering: “Shine on… Asia!”