Mapuca Deanery Youth Day
The Mapusa Deanery Youth day was held St. Jerome’s Church where the total strength present on the day was 130 youth from various parishes. The following Parishes participated in this event. St. Jerome Church Youth, Mapusa. St. Francis Xavier Chapel Parish Youth, Duler. O.L of Flight Church Youth, Cunchelim .St. Cajetan Church Parish Youth, Bastora.St. Elizabeth Church Parish Youth, Ucassaim. O.L of Assumption Chapel Parish Youth, Guirim. O.L of Candelaria Chapel Parish Youth, Porvorim. Holy Family Church Parish Youth, Porvorim. St. Francisc Xavier Church Parish Youth, Pirna. St. Diogo Church Parish Youth, Guirim and O.L of Victory Parish Youth, Revora.
Assistant Parish Priest of Mapusa Parish – Fr. Adolfo Alvares, the Deanery Youth Animator welcomed all and the day proceeded with a store of games, ice-breakers, action songs, group discussion on topics like garbage disposal problems, youth and world peace, youth and politics, youth and drug-addiction, youth and the church in the modern world and youth and the nature. It was an energetic and a fun-loving programme. Fr. Caetano Fernandes, Dean of Mapusa Deanery and Chaplain of S.F.X. Chapel, Duler celebrated the Eucharistic Mass. Later in the afternoon there was parish wise – activity – sharing session. This session made the youth aware of the activities conducted and organized by the respective parish youth groups. Overall the youth had learning and sharing experience with their fellow parish groups. Fr. Aldrin D’Costa highlighted this year’s liturgical theme, the life and struggle of Blessed Joseph Vaz.
Mapusa Deanery Youth Co-ordinator Sharon Fernandes thanked the Mapusa Parish Priest Fr. Francisco D’Mello, Fr. Aldrin D’Costa, Fr. Adolfo Alvares, Fr. Caetano Fernandes and not forgetting the dynamic Mapusa Youth Association helping them to organize a wonderful event. She further thanked Mr. Aldryk Azavedo, President of St. Jerome Parish Youth, Mapusa and Mapusa Deanery Youth Vice-Coordinator aswell as Miss Avril Fernandes, President of O.L of Candelaria Chapel, Porvorim and Mapusa Deanery Youth Secretary for all their support and co-operation.
Most of our grandfathers often said, “Erasers are made for those who make mistakes”. However, Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation had a different perception to this quote and believed that “Erasers are made for those who are willing to correct their mistakes”. On this positive note let us keep in mind, that we the Youth are future hope of the Church and the world. And through virtues and faith in God we can surely “Shine like Stars in the World”.