Youths experience spiritual renewal at 4-day seminar

Youth Praise Ministry members after the Youth in the Spirit Seminar. The event was the last to be held at the Catholic Youth Centre before it makes way for a convent school.

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That was what more than 100 young people aged between 16 and 35 experienced at the Youth In the Spirit Seminar held from June 11-14.

The seminar, entitled A Breath of Heaven, was organised by the Youth Praise Ministry (YPM) and was the last event to be held at the Catholic Youth Centre at Sengkang East Way. The centre is to be demolished to make way for St Joseph's Convent.

One activity saw youths painting on the walls of the centre images of baptism and the Passover as well as scenes from the books of Revelation and Exodus.

During a Mass, Fr Johnson Fernandez spoke on the treasures contained in the BIBLE, which he said could very well stand for Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.

Other speakers who gave input sessions included Fr Edmund Chong who urged participants to concretise their belief in Jesus by action.

YPM member Victor Yong also advised participants to "make love your aim", and to "be eager" for the "spiritual gifts", explaining that the "fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Gal 5:22-23).

A Passover Seder meal was celebrated to draw relationships between the Passover and important New Testament truths. Unleavened bread and non-alcoholic wine were served. Redemptorist Father Simon Pereira also reminded the participants of the power of the Eucharist. "We must never lose the mystery of the Sacraments," he stressed.
Participant Eliza Lim, 20, said at the end of the event, "I am now so filled with the Holy Spirit that I have a great compulsion to pray for others!" Mr Alvin Wong, another participant, added, "I had a tremendous renewal of faith. The fire of the Holy Spirit is now burning brightly in our hearts."

Youth Praise Ministry holds prayer meetings at the Church of Ss Peter and Paul on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. For more information, call Charles Yee (9405-3304).

The Catholic News (June 28, 1998)