BACOLOD City, Dec. 23, 2011—Around 400 youth participants from 33 Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) of the diocese attended the Parish Youth Day of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Taloc, Bago City yesterday.
The assembly centered on the theme “Pamantan-on, Paglaum sang Pagbag-o sang Simbahan kag Kalig-onan sang Pagtoo” (Young People, Hope for Renewal in the Church and Steadfastness in Faith).
The diocesan commission on youth of Bacolod was also invited to grace the event.
The youth coordinator spoke about the youth organizational structure, the link of the BEC youth to the parish, vicariate and diocesan level.
Diocesan youth director Fr. Arnold Deletina, presented to the young people the result of the Filipino Catholic Youth Survey, analyzing how the youth are in relation to their family, society and faith.
Deletina challenged the young people to remain strong in their faith and be courageous in expressing their faith.
He encouraged them also to participate actively in the formation activities offered to them by the parish and by the Church in general.
“Young people should develop an interpersonal relationship with God through reading and reflection of the word of God and constant reception of the sacraments,” Deletina said quoting the words of Pope Benedict XVI.
The whole day activity had workshops, group sharing, presentation of workshop output, cultural presentation and the election of parish youth officers which ensures the continuity of formation programs for the youth in the local Church. (Jandel Posion/Analaida Carmona Berethon)