‘Media cum Faith Fest’, a unique initiative by the Media combined with the Vocation sectors of the Province began on a joyful note at 3.30 pm on the basement of Auxilium Youth Animation Centre. Sr. Joanita Antao, the Animator of the house lovingly welcomed the 41 participants and eight sisters who came from different areas of Maharashtra and Goa. She then declared the Faith Fest open amidst cheers and a thunderous applause by all present.
After refreshments and registration, the students were given a short introduction about what this event was all about. Our main aim was to draw these youngsters closer to the person of Jesus Christ and help them be more serious about their Christian commitment.
We then had five youngsters from the ‘Jesus Youth’ who conducted a beautiful session for then through skit, song, dance and sharing of testimonies and experiences. The youngsters also had an opportunity to clear any doubt they had regarding the faith. Their session culminated in the chapel by a Eucharistic Adoration fervently animated by the Jesus Youth. It was really enthralling to see our youngsters immersed in prayer.
We then united ourselves with the great Mother of God as we ardently prayed the Holy Rosary. This was followed by supper, group games and then a movie ‘Evan Almighty’ which came powerfully with the message that we need to do ‘One act of Random kindness at a time’
The Sunday morning found the youngsters sitting in groups with a sister animator reflecting on the Word of God. Each of them shared deep reflections on the passage of the ‘Woman caught in adultery’. There followed a filling breakfast and a brief discussion on the previous days’ programme. We then led the youngsters through an interesting session on the ‘Cup of Mercy’. Ten rooms were beautifully decked with various cups, namely, The Blessing Cup, The Satisfying Cup, The Cluttered Cup, The Broken Cup, The Family Cup, The Giving Cup, The Mended Cup, The Thanksgiving Cup, The Unique Cup and The Memory Cup. Each group accompanied by the sister in charge reflected on meditations on the cup. It was a unique experience, where the youngsters reflected on various aspects of their lives and maintained a small record of their reflections. They also had scripture verses to guide them. This was followed by confessions.
We then headed to the refectory for a scrumptious meal. After this once again we had group games, a short evaluation and the much awaited prize distribution. The students then expressed their gratitude to all those who made this event possible, especially the community of Dahanu and the Sister animators. We then proceeded to the Parish Church for the concluding Eucharistic Celebration to implore God’s blessings on each of us as we strive to live our faith in joyous dedication.