SBC re-launches Year of the Youth

“It’s ok to say I need help!’  – Fr. Kyrios

“I can’t do this anymore; I need help! – There’s nothing wrong in saying this.”

Thus said by Rev. Fr. Kyrios Hafid Concordia, Youth Spiritual Director and Parochial Vicar of the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity, in his homily during the SBC’s re-launching of the Year of the Youth which was in solidarity to the church’s year-long celebration at St. Bridget College Pastor’s Field, March 1.

“Ang mali ay ang sabihin mong wala ka nang magagawa…”

Fr. Kyrios emphasized the value of determination and perseverance among the youth today. He shared that when faced with problems, it’s all right for the youth to get exhausted but it’s wrong to say that they can’t do anything more. They are entitled to get help, so they need to ask for it.

“It will never be enough… This world will never be enough. And you’ll ask yourselves, is there something more?”

Fr. Kyrios also reminded the students that there is always something more – that they need not stop and limit themselves in doing great things. He also stressed out that the youth should believe that they are designed to do good things expected of them.

Fr. Kyrios ended his homily with three important things youth should remember: there is always something more; they need to do the best that they can be; and when they can’t take it anymore, ask help.

Attended by IBED and SHS students, the unveiling of the logo and the Patron of the Filipino Youth St. Padre Calungsod’s statue also highlighted the event. After the mass, students grooved to the Year of the Youth theme song “One in Mission.”

Animation dances by grade levels such as “Say Yes”, “Jam”, “Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago”, and “High Five Para Kay Maria” were also performed. Four live bands composed of students and teachers also graced the event as they performed songs favored and sung by the youth today.

Moreover, symposiums emphasizing the theme “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved. Gifted. Empowered.” were held. Facilitated by college students, Grade 5 and Grade 6 pupils convened at the Holy Family Hall and IBED Conference room while the JHS students, facilitated by Youth Formator Kuya Mio Mayuga, gathered at the gym. After series of activities, Bridgetines were then encouraged to serve God and their fellow youth as they continue to show the world how and why they are beloved, gifted and empowered. As part of the 9-year journey for the 5th centenary of the arrival of Christianity in 2021, The Year of the Youth was officially opened on Dec.2, 2018 and will close on Nov.29, 2019. Activities both in the national and diocesan levels are aimed on at least four objectives: youth in formation, youth in community, Church and society, youth in mission, and youth ministry and youth ministers (Vatican News, 2019).

— Kristine P. Jabat