It was a great day for Auxilium Barasat to host the Auxiproclaimers’ Youth Camp from 23 -25 October 2014. ‘Young proclaimers of Christ in Bosco way’ was the theme for the camp organized by EDUMEDYM INC- Education, media and Youth ministry sectors of the province. The arrival of youth on 23rd October from Auxilium Dum Dum, Bandel, Gobra and Kalyani and Barasat filled the campus with joy and cheer. They were warmly welcomed by sisters and borders and escorted to their respective places. The camp commenced with the inaugural ceremony of hoisting the bicentenary flag by Sr. Mary George U, with the cheers of the 145 young people and slow march by the Auxilium Barasat students with the accompaniment of drums.After saluting the flag the three co-ordinators in-charge of organizing the camp, Sr. Rosalia Tirkey,Sr. Rosy Veliyan and Sr. Stella D released three pigeon with the numerical 200 to mark bicentennial of the birth of Don Bosco and Sr. Stella declared the camp open. The young people response was the Vibrant AYM Anthem sung with gusto. The ice braking session was conducted by Sr. Kanchan Bara. She invited each group to pick up the name of a prophet and asked each group to present the name of the group creatively. Within no time the young people were back with the title exhibition with creative genius. This was followed by a session ‘St. John Bosco – the fascinating saint” by Sr. Rosy Veliyan to draw the young people to the saint of the young who turned 200.
Being the day of Diwali a candle light Rosary was organized to honour our blessed mother. The whole ground was lit and the ambient filled with the recitation of the Aves. After supper the groups had the Gospel songs and psalm enactment competitions. With the limited time provided the groups were able to compete and excel in their display. The day’s climax was the celebration of the festival lights – the campers were provided with harmless fire crackers to burn and dance round with the rhythmic beat of music.
The morning of 24 May commenced with a morning prayer with short reflection conducted by Sr. Rosalia Tirkey. Morning input session was given by Sr. Stella D who enlightened and propelled the young people to be prophets by presenting the roles and responsibilities of the prophets with a PPT presentation interspersed with many video clips making it more lively and understandable. Underlining message was God chooses anyone to be his messengers and one needs to be open to respond in-spite of our unworthiness.
The next session was delivered by Rev. Fr. Saroj Mullick SDB, the director of Don Bosco Youth centre Kalyani. He dealt with the topic ‘Proclaimers of Christ in Bosco way’ and he invited the young people to share their experience of God/ Jesus to their friends. They need to follow the teachings of Don Bosco like St. Domenic Savio and Bl. Laura Vicuna, being always cheerful; doing ones responsibilities well and giving helping hand to their friends they can be relevant in proclaiming Christ in today’s context. During the Eucharistic celebration he challenged the young people to have the knowledge of Jesus in order to proclaim Christ to their friends and in their families. In the afternoon they had group discussions on how to be modern proclaimers of the Gospel. They came up with various ideas for proclaiming Christ in modern time such as by using modern technology and by fulfilling ones obligations in living up ones faith. Most awaited hour was the time of games where the 10 groups vied with one another to win the five games organized for them – airport route, treasure hunt, centipede race, water filling race and Bombing the city.
The evening the young people entered into a hallowed space with Taize prayer combined with Holy Rosary animated by Sr. Rosalia and her team. During the prayer Fr. Leo Jayaraj was available for the confessions and many young people approached the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During the campfire animated by Sr. Leelama Palliparmbil with games, cheers, and songs the organizers inserted the completions on choreography on AYM Song, camp songs and Don Bosco song and a folkdance. All these competitions helped to build positive team spirit and competitiveness.
On 25thMorning started with group wise Gospel sharing along with the sister in-charge directed by Sr. Rosalia Tirkey. The Barasat ambient was imbued with the spirit as the ten groups got engrossed in reflecting and sharing the word. The next session ‘Proclaimers of Jesus’ was dealt by Rev. Fr. Mourlin Ferando SJ. He through his life experience challenged the young people to redefine their possibilities as their future will depend on the choices they make now.
The Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Sudhir Nayak and in his sermon he invited the young people to know Christ, become like Christ and do like Christ. He also was the chief guest during their valedictory function. He gave away the prizes and certificates for the winners of various competitions and the best campers. At the end the young people and sisters took the pledge to live the commitments taken to be the proclaimers of Christ in Don Bosco’s way. Then one of the campers thanked all the sisters of Auxilium Convent Barasat, all those who organized the camp and all those who had contributed to make the camp a successful one. After the valedictory function Rev. Sr. Lily Perumpettikunnel lowered the Bicentennial flag while the campers sang a hymn to Don Bosco. After posing for group photo the campers proceeded for the festal lunch. And they were sent forth like the disciples to proclaim Jesus among their peers and in their neighbourhood.
Sr. Basanti Ekka