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Sandakan to hold Youth Leaders’ Camp-4 in Telupid

IMG_8783TELUPID – The Diocesan Youth Leaders’ Camp (YLC) is a yearly program initiated by the Diocesan Youth Apostolate (DYA) to cater to the needs of youth leaders from across the Diocese of Sandakan.

YLC-I was held at St Mary’s Cathedral Sandakan from Feb 2-6, 2012, YLC-2 was at Holy Trinity Tawau from Jan 23-27, 2013 and YLC-3 at St Dominic Lahad Datu from Feb 5-9, 2014. YLC-4 is scheduled to be held from 25th Feb 25-Mar 12015 at St Martin Telupid.

YLC covers the four essential key points in life ~ balance, prayer, direction and skill.

The first meeting of the main organizing team for YLC-4 was recently held Sep 26 at St Martin Telupid. The focus of the meeting was to assign all scope of duties to team members of St Martin’s Parish Youth Apostolate (PYA) and to brainstorm on the upcoming YLC theme.

The second meeting on Oct 28 would be for the organizing team to deliberate further on the theme, objectives, rational and the official logo for YLC-4.

Hildy Albert, the coordinator for St Martin’s PYA reminded the team members to carry out their duties sincerely and not to compare with the previous YLCs held in the other parishes. Anna Teresa, the DYA and Camp coordinator appealed to all team members to carry out their tasks for Jesus and not to impress on others. – DOSPO, DS

IMG_8810Staying close to Politeknik Catholic students, Sandakan

SANDAKAN – Politeknik Sandakan, which was officially opened on May 12, 2008, is located at the Sandakan Education Hub, Mile 10, Jalan Batang, approximately a 20-minutes’ drive from Sandakan town. The first Catholic Students Gathering was held at its campus on Oct 9, attended by 34 students.

The program commenced with a praise and worship session led by Fradely Amigo, a team member of the Sandakan Parish Youth Apostolate, while Anna Teresa from the Diocesan Youth Office facilitated some team building games to promote interaction.

The Catholic students currently studying at Politeknik Sandakan are not from Sandakan town. By providing a platform for networking/relationship building, the students would not feel so alone particularly being away from home for the first time. They would have the assurance that the Diocesan/Parish Youth Apostolates would be journeying with them while in Sandakan. The Campus Ministry is set up especially for the students. Through relationship bonding they would eventually know who and where to turn to when the need arises.

The students are encouraged to integrate with the local church.  Being the first gathering, Anna took the opportunity to introduce Schoffal Charles Moiji and Sarah Liew of the Diocesan Youth Apostolate, serving in the Diocesan Campus Student Ministry. They were present to lend support to the Christian students and would be on hand to extend pastoral care to the students.

The team members have plans to return to the campus to help them prepare spiritually for their upcoming exam. – DOSPO, DS

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