Parish youth leaders meet via Zoom
By Crietel Philip, PDYN
Aug 25 2020
It has been the sixth month since the Movement Control was first executed. Since then, catching up virtually with one another has become the new normal for many.
It has been the sixth month since the Movement Control was first executed. Since then, catching up virtually with one another has become the new normal for many. Aware of the changes that are happening in many ministries especially to the youth ministry, the Penang Diocesan Youth Network (PDYN) under the leadership of Fr Simon Anand has taken the initiative to meet all the Parish Youth Leaders of Penang Diocese via a virtual platform.
In the virtual meet-up, members of PDYN including the leaders from 15 parishes across five states: Penang, Perak, Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan has managed to attend and introduce themselves to each other. Before the Movement Control started, chances were, not all the youth leaders are able to know one another and spend time to do sharing with their fellow youth leaders from other parishes. Thus, looking at the bright side of MCO and RMCO, we are now well-equipped with a platform to do so as meetingup is one way of journeying together as youth ministry of the diocese.
Though only for a short time which was about an hour and half; time spent for praying, sharing, and playing games in a group was evidently gapfilling. While many are new to each other, we believe that the continuous effort to interact and meet each other (even virtually) will help to close the gap that is ever-present among the youth ministries itself.
Besides, sharing each others’ challenges as well as their ideas to liven up their ministry can inspire other young people to grow together and do something, ‘to keep being ALIVE’ especially during this pandemic. In the long-run, PDYN is planning to continue this virtual meet-up to communicate the current situation and needs of the young people in Penang Diocese. – Herald Malaysia