South Zonal Youth feast was held at Kalyani, Auxilium on 23rd July with the theme “Merciful like the Father”.90 youth in all participated from the 5 substation parishes of Ranaghat, Hobhipur, Teharpur, Madanpur and Narayanpur, accompanied by 12 priests and religious from their respective parishes.
Bishop Joseph Gomes from Krishnagar on the onset lit the sacred lamp to draw the Almighty’s blessings and guidance through the day. This was followed by a welcome address by Fr. Raphael sdb, the parish priest of Kalyani. The graceful welcome dance by Kalyani ushered us to the day’s program. 3 input Sessions given by Fr. Saroj Mullick sdb, on the Year of Mercy, by Fr. Onshu Gayen, the Diocesan Youth Director on Evangelization and Brother Juntu Mondol on Contribution of Youth in the Church, all through Power Point Presentations.
The afternoon session after lunch took all to their heels with the ‘Treasure Hunt’ with excitement, joy, enthusiasm and a mingling of one family, all eager to find the ‘treasure’. The cultural program offered by all the parishes was yet another ice breaking event that kept feet beating to the rhythm of music and dance. Finally the stirring message to all the youth by Fr. Onshu was certainly a home taking one where he stressed the need for all youth to be beacon lights of God’s mercy and love, his peace and justice. He said every gathering like this is to ‘learn’ something. It eventually is to bring about a transformation of ourselves and that of others.
Before all could depart the entire group was again united in a moment of joy, laughter and merriment through group dances and singing. We thanked the good and Almighty God for favorable weather and a successful zonal Youth Fest.