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December’04-March’05
Towards a
“In the humble signs of bread and
wine, changed into his body and
blood, Christ walks beside us as our
strength and our food for the journey,
and he enables us to become, for
everyone, witnesses of hope.”
Pope John Paul II
Eucharistic
(cf. 62 Ecclesia de Eucharista)
Spirituality
“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.”
(Ecclesia de Eucharista)
Pilgrimage of Faith ’05
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The first ever extensive Jesus Youth
Pilgrimage of its kind, ‘Pilgrimage of
Faith 2005’ offers you 3 different
options to choose from.
These opening words of Pope John Paul II in Ecclesia de Eucharista
stand true for the Jesus Youth movement. Wherever Jesus Youth
come together, for retreats, initial encounter programmes, reach
out programmes, trainings or talent ministries, the Eucharist
always takes centre stage. The adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament invariably becomes the high point of every
programme – a source of healing and transformation in the lives
of thousands of youth. Moreover, any Jesus Youth would gladly
recount at least one inspiring experience about the power of the
Eucharist in his/her life.
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In this context, the Year of the Eucharist, takes on an added
• Youth Arise International Festival
(Aug.11 - 14)
significance for the entire movement, especially in the light of
the Pope’s prediction in his apostolic letter Spiritus et Sponsa
• Jesus Youth International Gathering
(Aug.15 -16)
that a “Eucharistic spirituality” would develop within the Church.
The entire Jesus Youth movement is, in a sense, readying itself
• World Youth Day Celebrations
(Aug.16 - 21)
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• Option 1+Pilgrimage to Rome
The two alternate dates you can
choose for your Rome pilgrimage are
either (Aug. 7 - 11) or ( Aug. 21 - 25)
to embrace this Eucharistic spirituality – on a personal as well
as a community level. This becomes manifest in two ways -
through a deepening of the Eucharistic experience among those
in the movement, and through a rekindling of the Eucharistic
‘amazement’ among the youth all over the world. Already Jesus Youth
in India have launched the National Eucharistic Project 2005 – a unique
initiative that focuses on setting up 24 - hour Eucharistic adoration centres
in all the states of India. The initiative involves Jesus Youth full-time
volunteers, the laity, and the local priests and bishops. In addition, a host of
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programmes to motivate young people to “make contact with the wellspring of
• Option 1 & 2+ Pilgrimage to France
grace” are under way.
Germany ( Aug. 11 - 21) France ( Aug.
21 - 25) Rome ( Aug. 25 - 29)
The focus on the power of the Eucharist will also be the right response for Jesus Youth
amidst a world of calamities, terror, war and violence, enabling young people to be “witnesses
of hope” for everyone. As the guidelines of the Congregation of Divine Worship puts it : “If the fruit of
this year were only to revitalize in all the Christian communities the celebration of the Sunday Mass
and to increase Eucharistic adoration outside of the Mass, this year of grace would have attained a
significant result.”
Inside Stuff
! Eucharistic Spirituality
“ The Eucharist… Here the Lord gives Himself
completely without holding back. The very
thought lifts us up and brings an awesome
! Heart Talk
awareness of His abundant love. We come from
a non-Christian background, and consider
! Jesus Youth Lifestyle
ourselves immensely blessed. The Lord came
into our lives to reveal Himself as the one true
! Being Jesus Youth
God, and later blessed us with His sacraments.
Today we realize the truth of what the Catechism
! JY Int’l Team Meeting
says: “ The Eucharist is the source and summit
As a non-Catholic, the teaching on the Holy
Eucharist had a tremendous impact on me.
During the Eucharistic celebration I now see the Almighty God
taking the form of ordinary bread so that we can hold Him in
our hearts. I find His most intimate love here, when He comes
to meet me personally. Even though I used to go to Mass
everyday, I had to wait for eight years, until my first Holy
Communion last May, to receive him. Now the house where I
stay in Santvana Community has perpetual Eucharistic
Adoration every day of the year! Our God is such a faithful
of the Christian life. (CCC1324)
God! All praise and glory be to Him!
! Ripples of the Spirit
Binu Ashokan & Neethu - An active Jesus Youth
couple, they are settled in Mumbai, India. Binu,
! Global Newswatch
an engineer working in a software consultancy,
Jini Lobo - An electrical engineer, Jini was active in the JY
campus ministry. She and her husband Naveen Lobo are
missionaries in the Santvana Community in Agra, India.
is also the co-ordinator of JY Mumbai.
contd. on page 3 !
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in the Santvana Community in Agra, India. is also the co-ordinator of JY Mumbai. contd. on

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The XX World Youth Day and the International Jesus Youth Gathering are drawing near. With
The XX World Youth Day and the International Jesus Youth Gathering are drawing near. With
The XX World Youth Day and the International Jesus Youth Gathering are drawing near. With

The XX World Youth Day and the International Jesus Youth Gathering are drawing near. With preparations already under way, it has been a time of unprecedented travelling for me. And often, uncomfortably long periods away from my family. Amidst the hectic schedules, countless meetings and inspiring events, three extraordinarily enriching encounters come to mind.

It was my first trip to Australia, where a Jesus Youth lifestyle is slowly taking root. In between a series of Jesus Youth programmes, Fr. John Aravankara, the JY Pastor arranged for us an audience with His Excellency Christopher Prowse, the Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne. The Bishop welcomed us with an open heart and shared his vision and his personal motto, “Only Jesus”. Then, to our amazement, he knelt down and requested us to pray over him for an infilling of the Holy Spirit. Later, he put our heads close together and made a touching prayer for the unity of the Church. It was an encounter that left us more humbled than ever, reminding us of the great responsibility of Jesus Youth to work for the unity of the Church.

Two weeks later, we were in Cologne, surrounded by some of the most revered cardinals and ecclesial figures, at the WYD preparatory meeting. His Eminence Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the Archbishop of Cologne, spoke about how they

were forced to shift the venue of the WYD Night Vigil to Marienfeld within Cologne. Though the team was disappointed at first, they later discovered that the main stage at the new venue was exactly where a monastery of cloistered monks stood four hundred years ago! Here was an anointed place, where the canticles of devout monks rang out six times a day. Cardinal Meisner wondered whether the simple monks had ever imagined that their prayers would draw one million young worshippers from all over the world four centuries later. Isn’t it amazing to think that even the tiniest prayer has its place in God’s heart where it patiently waits for His time? And isn’t there a lesson in this for us who are dejected when we don’t get immediate results in our ministries?

The third encounter was a recent meeting with a US Ambassador. He enthusiastically enquired about our work in Asia and its scope. And the man who held one of the highest diplomatic offices representing the most powerful nation in the world insisted that we pray together. As we bowed our heads in prayer, I thanked God for this man who openly expressed his faith even in his exalted official capacity. How many of us would have the courage to do the same?

Finally, this has been a tough period for me. When your ministry, actions, plans your very motives are misunderstood, the only thing to do I discovered, is to cling to Jesus; to focus closely on the Holy face of Jesus instead of dwelling on the endless accusations. I also experienced the love of many in the Jesus Youth family who prayed for me; prayers that helped me smile at the accusations and say with St. Paul: “Who can separate me from the love of Christ?”

St. Paul: “Who can separate me from the love of Christ?” Manoj Sunny Co-ordinator, Jesus Youth

Manoj Sunny Co-ordinator, Jesus Youth International Team

Message I am pleased to know about Jesus Youth International and very happy that our

Message

I am pleased to know about Jesus Youth International and very happy that our Indian youth are becoming messengers of the Good News to

people in other countries also. I have been very impressed by their love for God and His Church, their commitment to evangelization and their zeal and generosity in the service of others, particularly in the area of religion and spirituality. It is a source of great hope for the Church in India and for the Universal Church.

I wish Jesus Youth International all the best, and pray that the Spirit of God may take them to greater heights in the service of God and His people and enable them to witness to the bountiful love of God.

Most Rev. Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi

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My initiation into the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the year 1976 was an experience of great comfort and healing. The deep awareness and conviction that Jesus is Lord and Saviour led me to bring others into the Renewal. Young as I was, I joined other committed youngsters, and together we reached out to the youth in Bombay.

Even before Jesus Youth got its name, there was among its members, a close- knit fellowship. We also had powerful outreach programmes. In a place like Bombay, where everyone is on his own, the fellowship and mutual sense of belonging was a powerful factor in the prayer groups. People cared for one another selflessly. Members had the freedom to share their struggles and also to seek help. I have many refreshing memories of that time.

Another aspect that struck me was the great respect they had for one another. There were hardly any complaints about misconduct within the youth groups. The youth were responsible to themselves. As Jesus Youth began to grow in number, we ourselves couldn’t help wondering how this healthy relationship between young men and women was maintained. The only answer we arrived at was that since the Holy Spirit changes a person from within, he naturally becomes responsible to himself. And when there were occasional instances of errant behaviour, they were dealt with in a responsible and effective manner.

An important dimension of this youth initiative is that everyone involved is evangelistic by conviction. They are always on the look out for opportunities to

share the Good News of liberation in and through Jesus Christ to everyone who comes their way.

Holiness has become a prime objective for Jesus Youth. With a steady and committed prayer life, study and reflection of the Word of God and regular reception of the Holy Sacraments, they keep growing, carefully confronting their failings and areas of sin.

There is something graceful one can sense immediately on meeting a Jesus Youth. The other day two of us were riding a two-wheeler and we stopped a

young man to ask for directions. And as we proceeded, my friend commented, “That chap is either a Jesus Youth or a seminarian.” The next day we met the young man again in church, and learnt that he was a seminarian Jesus Youth!

The smile, serenity and helpful attitude

As a youth animator, I am proud of all the Jesus Youth whom I know. They are truly the promise of the Church and of the nation!

are

always to be seen in Jesus Youth.

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A former Air Force personnel, he is a full-time itinerant missionary and one of the most senior JY animators. Fondly known as Babychayan, he has played a significant role in shaping JY leaders, specially the JY Full Time Volunteers.

Fondly known as Babychayan, he has played a significant role in shaping JY leaders, specially the
known as Babychayan, he has played a significant role in shaping JY leaders, specially the JY

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Sunil Nadarajan and Dr. Sindhu Subhadra have come a long way in their walk of
Sunil Nadarajan and Dr. Sindhu Subhadra have come a long way in their walk of

Sunil Nadarajan and Dr. Sindhu Subhadra have come a long way in their walk of faith. Both of them hail from Hindu families. Sunil is a computer engineer based in Chicago, where they live with their two children, Rose and John Paul. Sindhu, a stalwart of the JY Pro-life movement, got involved in Jesus Youth while in Medical School. The two of them are very active in the Jesus Youth of America. Some excerpts from an interview.

Newsletter Team: Tell us about your initial experience with the Lord. Sindhu: I was very religious and had a strong faith in God even as a child. My father was a Hindu priest and I used to help him with pujas and other rituals. I studied in a Catholic school, but it was from my mother that I received the first seeds of Christian faith. She used to frequent St. Anthony’s Church for the Novena. Gradually, her conviction that we would receive whatever we ask of St. Anthony in faith, sank into my heart. Thus, with the desire to excel in my studies, I also started going for the Novena. It was during the course of these visits that I had my initial exposure to the Christian faith.

Sunil: I wasn’t a Jesus Youth as a student in TKM Engineering College. But it was there that I learnt to pray the Rosary. I attended the last couple of Jesus Youth prayer meetings before I finished my course. I didn’t give my life to Christ then, but was convinced that Jesus is the only Saviour. When I got a job in Mumbai, my room mates were Jesus Youth.

being jesus youth

Daring to choose Jesus.

power of Jesus present in the Eucharist, that I used to touch my friends and receive Jesus hugs from them when they had received communion!

NT: How did your families react to this change of faith? Sindhu: My family had no problem believing in Jesus as one among many other gods. But sparks did fly, like when there were rumours that I had got baptized. But they were pacified when I promised them that I would not receive baptism without their consent (and I did keep my word).

Sunil: My family accepted my change. However, when we go for family functions and so on, we are seen as Christian converts. We don’t get the kind of appreciation that others get. But then that is part of the price.

NT: Sindhu, while in Kerala, you played a vital role in the JesusYouth Pro-life ministry.Tell us about it. Sindhu: It was tough. Initially I had a lot of intellectual doubts, but I got the conviction that life is to be protected. When, as a student I was posted in abortion clinics, I insisted that I wouldn’t do abortions, assist in contraceptive surgeries or propagate them. I had arguments and disagreements with my professors

and pro-abortion colleagues. My professors even threatened to withhold my degree, but it was really worth it. We managed to dissuade many who came to these clinics for abortions. It was rewarding when we got invited to the baptism and birthday celebrations of such children. The Pro-life ministry started off with awareness programmes. We then began to train people, release brochures, pamphlets, etc. After I got my medical degree, instead of opting

for post graduation, I chose to work part time for three years, so that I could be more involved in the ministry. It was a tough decision, but I had prayed over it. Seeing that I worked

just three days a week, my mother reminded me that we didn’t have any money to give as dowry. I assured her that God would not put to shame those who trusted in Him. Sure enough, God brought Sunil into my life. It was really His plan that I didn’t study any further. He knew where I was headed. When I got married I moved to America, where only an MBBS Degree is recognised.

NT: How did God lead you to marriage? What were you looking for in your partner? Sindhu: I was like any other girl. Even after coming to Christ, I had my own dreams and expectations of the man I’d marry. I gave Jesus a list of the qualities I wanted in my partner and said, “Here now, make my partner”. Gently Jesus asked me, “Which of these qualities are required for the Kingdom of God?” I realized my folly and tore up the list. Three years later when I had to take a decision regarding my marriage, I made another list with just three qualities. He should be a Catholic, be devoted to Our Lady and should love God more than he loved me. When I first met Sunil I was a bit apprehensive. But then, we discussed every aspect of our lives and I was really amazed by his love for the Church and the Eucharist. He even had more insights than me on pro-life.

Sunil: An introvert by nature, and being very possessive it would have been very difficult for me to accept someone as outgoing, and active in the ministry as Sindhu. But during that initial period in Chicago, God moulded me till I was ready to accept anyone He wanted me to marry. When we first met, she seemed rather disinterested. But during the course of our discussion she lit up when I spoke of my priorities and my faith.

NT: Speaking of priorities, how do you balance your career, your family, and your work in the ministry?

contd. on page 4 !

There I attended my first retreat. After I arrived in the US, my relationship with Jesus, Mother Mary and the Catholic Church became strong, and God has been leading me ever since.

NT: Sindhu, how did you become a JesusYouth? Sindhu: During my third year at Kottayam Medical College, I met two students Sini and Rani who were very different from others; they were so loving and pleasant. I learnt that they were Jesus Youth. Sini and I became close friends. She used to talk about Jesus. I was really amazed at her relationship with Him. One day she

told me about a campus meet she had attended, and of her devotion to the Eucharist and the Rosary. That night when I got to my room, I invited Jesus into my life. It was 31st July 1993. I then began reading the Bible not just for information, but for life. About the same time I heard of the conversion of two notorious characters in the campus, Dr. Mathew (now studying for priesthood) and Dr. Julio (presently an animator, JY UK). Their conversion brought tremendous changes in the campus.

I went to the Jesus Youth prayer group

to find out what had caused them to change. Gradually, with the fellowship and love I received from the Jesus Youth there, I too adopted a Jesus- centred lifestyle. I was drawn to Jesus in the Eucharist, and had a deep desire to receive Jesus in the sacrament. I used to go for Mass every day and it hurt when I could not physically receive Him. I knew that potassium cyanide was so potent that

a drop of it could cause instant death.

I thought to myself that the Lord Jesus was so much more potent that surely He could permeate every cell of a person’s body. So great was my longing and such was my faith in the

contd. from page 1 ! “ With my Protestant background, I had never encountered the
contd. from page 1 !
“ With my Protestant background, I had never encountered the Blessed
Sacrament or celebrated Holy Mass. It was when I became a part of the
Jesus Youth Prayer group in TKM Engineering College that I yearned to
understand the mystery of the Holy Eucharist. And even though I regularly
went for Eucharistic adoration, there were doubts in my mind. Then one
“ Even before I was baptized into the Catholic Church, I experienced the
week I happened to spend an extraordinarily long time before the Eucharist.
It was a glorious experience. I did not talk to Jesus. Neither did He talk to
me. Yet His love was flowing and His presence was unmistakable. Even
today it is hard to explain, but I knew it in my heart. Later the abundant
crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in the Eucharist during a retreat. And
for many years, though I used to go for Mass everyday, one of the saddest
things in my life was that I couldn’t receive Holy Communion. And finally
after God gave me the opportunity to be baptized and receive Jesus, I was
so overjoyed that I spent three days before the Eucharist in fasting and
prayer. And God was so good to me that he gave me a life partner, Leena
who also came from a non-Christian background with a deep Eucharistic
experience like mine.Today, the Holy Eucharist is our source of strength.
peace and joy in my heart confirmed the experience.
Roshan Thomas - A mechanical engineer by profession, Roshan is currently
working in Chennai, India.
Ratnakaran Stephen & Leena - Active leaders of JY Australia, Steve &
Leena are professionals settled in Sydney.
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Reviving Reviving Delhi Delhi Ripples of the Spirit was in 1993 that a few Jesus

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Ripples of the Spirit

was in 1993 that a few Jesus Youth

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from Kerala who arrived in the city of Delhi in search of career prospects

began to gather together to share, intercede and pray. By 1994, besides

evangelization of India. Today Jesus

Youth reaches out to the youth of Delhi through diverse ministries like Intercession, Outreach, Nurses, Pro- life, Couples, Music and Audio Visual.

Nurses, Pro- life, Couples, Music and Audio Visual. a few one-day programmes, a regular intercession every

a few one-day programmes, a regular

intercession every Thursday was initiated in the Cathedral building. In 1997, a mega youth conference in English - Youth Fest ’97 - animated by Rexband became the first event to reach out to the general youth of Delhi. Through music, skits and testimonies, this programme helped many youngsters to make a choice for Jesus. Slowly the Jesus Youth lifestyle challenged some of the young people of India’s capital city to set apart time from their busy schedules for the Lord. Rosenet (a Rosary campaign), was launched in 1998, and one million Rosaries were prayed for the

North Indian Evangelization Training Programme (NET) in Hindi, Discipleship Training Programme (DTP) in English, Nurses’ gathering, and formation programmes are conducted every year.

The vastness of the city, the diverse occupations and the hectic lifestyle of the youth, called for a setting apart of more time, and greater involvement from the Jesus Youth. The Delhi Jesus Youth Volunteers responded to this need in the year 1998. 20 young people came forward, for a month’s intensive training. Then, over the next year they spent the time they could

set apart from their jobs to visit parishes, campuses, prayer groups and communities, to share their God experience, and so help youth to invite Jesus into their lives. In August 2004, the seventh batch of volunteers was commissioned and they are now serving in different parts of the city. Over the last seven years, 140 volunteers have come forward in all. In November 2004, the youth retreat ‘Revival’ and a concert, animated and performed by Rexband drew quite a number of fresh youth and gave them

an experience of the Jesus Youth lifestyle. Besides this, projects like Pro-life Exhibitions, Outreach programmes and round the clock adoration of the Eucharist were key initiatives of the Jesus Youth of Delhi in 2004.

The Jesus Youth of Delhi is mainly a floating population. After getting a God experience in Delhi, many of these youth move to other parts of the world for better career prospects or educational purposes, and wherever they go, they carry with them this zeal for evangelization. During one of the commissioning ceremonies of the full- timers, His Grace, Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao remarked, “This trend, of training young people for evangelization will certainly help them become more deeply aware of their mission and make the Church truly an evangelizing Church, as it should be”. Let us pray that the ripples of the Holy Spirit will continue to transform the city of Delhi.

as it should be”. Let us pray that the ripples of the Holy Spirit will continue
as it should be”. Let us pray that the ripples of the Holy Spirit will continue

contd. from page 3 !

Sunil: The software industry is highly lucrative, with attractive incentives and perks. I began my career with a desire to make money. When I first came over to the US, I used to work long hours. Several months later, on reflection, I realised that God hadn’t brought me here just to earn money. I decided to give first priority to God, and began to set apart time for the ministry. Ever since, I have been blessed in everything I do. Today I earn ten times more than what I had set my eyes on initially. As Project

Leader, I am entrusted with some of the toughest projects, for they know I can be depended on. Sometimes

it is tough and I still work 17 hours

occasionally, but only when I need to meet a deadline so that I can take a week off to be present at some JY programme. At such times, Sindhu is very supportive. And of course I can

see the way God blesses my family and my career.

NT: Inspite of your many financial commitments why do you persist in giving tithes ? Sunil: Whatever we have is given to us by God. He has been very faithful to our needs. So we use whatever we have for His glory. We are accountable to God for the way we spend the money He has given us.

Sindhu: One of the first things I learnt was tithing which I have been practising right from my early days in Jesus Youth. God slowly taught me that tithing is not to be limited to money, but should include our time,

our talents, in fact everything we have. We are accountable to God for every resource that he has given us.

NT: It seems rather crazy that Sindhu, a qualified doctor, doesn’t work. Why such a choice?

Sunil: We have received so much, this choice is only natural. One consideration was the ministry. If it had to grow, someone had to pay the price. So many people had invested their time, talent and energy in forming us. We felt it only right to do the same. The other thing was family. When we enter into marriage, we are entrusted with the family. Money can never buy the love and care that we alone can give our children, In the American context, with both parents working, it is virtually impossible to give attention to the children. So we are very clear about our priorities. God comes first, the family next and everything else only after that. It’s not that she won’t ever take up a career. When in time she does, it will be for service, not money.

NT: What makes your marriage work? Sunil & Sindhu: There are three persons involved in our marriage.

Sunil, Sindhu and God. It is God who sees us through all our trials. We always pray to Our Lady for strength, wisdom and courage to run our family, and we pray the rosary often. The binding force in our marriage is the Eucharist. One decision we took after our marriage was to go for Holy Mass together and pray together everyday, no matter what. The Eucharist is what sustains our marriage. And when we have disagreements, we resolve them at the earliest. We are not just husband and wife, but also each others’ guardian angels.

NT: What message would you like to give JesusYouth the world over? Sunil: Live a Christian life. This is the greatest challenge for us in today’s world.

Sindhu: Let God lead you. Do not hold back anything. Give yourselves fully to Him. Love Him with all your strength, all your energy, all your life.

Do not hold back anything. Give yourselves fully to Him. Love Him with all your strength,
not hold back anything. Give yourselves fully to Him. Love Him with all your strength, all

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Global Newswatch Global Newswatch USA One-Day Programmes A one-day retreat for the youth was held

Global Newswatch

Global Newswatch

USA

Global Newswatch Global Newswatch USA One-Day Programmes A one-day retreat for the youth was held on

One-Day Programmes

A one-day retreat for the youth was

held on 23 rd October 2004 at Baltimore, Maryland. The retreat focused on Christian commitment. Separate sessions were held for the youth and the younger children. On 13 th November 2004, several youth from the Boston, Massachusetts area gathered for a one-day retreat, during

which they learned more about God’s love, and were challenged to take up active roles in the Church.

The Jesus Youth in the East coast gathered for their bimonthly meeting on 20 th November 2004. The theme

of the Holy Eucharist was meditated

upon, guided by Brother Isaac, a Franciscan who shared his insights

on seeing Jesus in the Eucharist and

in the people around us, especially

the disadvantaged.

UK

in the people around us, especially the disadvantaged. UK Revival in London A new wave of

Revival in London

A new wave of the Holy Spirit led to

many programmes being planned and held in London. As part of the JY UK activities in the South Zone, the Core Group of all the prayer groups in London organised a one-day programme at Sts. Anselm and Cecilia Catholic Church, Holborn (Central London), on 25 th September 2004. More than 40 persons attended

on 25 t h September 2004. More than 40 persons attended the programme. The participants were
on 25 t h September 2004. More than 40 persons attended the programme. The participants were

the programme. The participants were of a multi-cultural group, with people from UK, India, Pakistan and Russia. The main resource person for the day was Mr. James Parker, International Youth Minister and member of the CCR of UK, along with Ms. Kristina Cooper, Editor of the Good News Magazine, a CCR-UK publication. A Youth Meet was also held for the JY in London at Sts. Mary and Ethelburga Church, Barking, on 18 th Dec. 2004. There were forty

Church, Barking, on 18 t h Dec. 2004. There were forty participants. Ms. Fiona Mansford, Rev.

participants. Ms. Fiona Mansford, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Arikat (Pastor, JYI and JYUK) and Dr. Julio were the preachers.

Oman

JYI and JYUK) and Dr. Julio were the preachers. Oman World Youth Day Preparations The Jesus

World Youth Day Preparations

The Jesus Youth of Oman are preparing to join youth from all over the globe at the World Youth Day pilgrimage to be held in Cologne in August 2005. A WYD Oman Team has been formed under the guidance of Fr. Chacko Mannisseril, with the main

goal of making the youth of Oman aware of WYD, and to prepare them for this pilgrimage. For this purpose,

a colourful audiovisual presentation

has been prepared, and has been

shown in the various communities and parishes. The team members are offering daily Mass for the intentions of the WYD. So also, Mass is being

offered for the WYD once a month in

So also, Mass is being offered for the WYD once a month in all the parishes

all the parishes of Oman. The finance wing of the team is striving to make this pilgrimage economical and to work out projects for supporting the WYD participants. The JY Intercession ministry is also initiating chain Rosary and intercession for the WYD. They also plan to organize adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the same intention.

Bethel Meet 2004, Ghala

A two-day retreat for JY beginners

was organized by the JY in Ghala on 14 th and 15 th Oct. 2004 at Ghala. The programme began with praise and worship, followed by a talk by Rev. Fr. Chacko Mannisseril, Parish Priest, Holy Spirit Church Ghala. This was followed by various talks interspersed with many prayer and sharing sessions. The retreat helped the youth to recommit their lives to Christ, and encouraged them to work for the Lord as well as to set aside more time for Him in personal prayer, scripture reading, etc.

Salalah Outreach

On 26 th November 2004, a team of 8 members reached out to the parish of Salalah, which is 1000 kms away from Muscat. As a result, a small group was formed despite language barriers, with youth from different communities. These young people

and their parish priest are working hard to build a strong fellowship among the youth in their parish.

Kuwait

a strong fellowship among the youth in their parish. Kuwait Though small in number, the committed

Though small in number, the committed JY in Kuwait are growing steadily through their monthly gatherings, weekly intercessions, daily chain fasting, cell groups, etc. The monthly chain prayer starts on the

cell groups, etc. The monthly chain prayer starts on the last Thursday of every month at

last Thursday of every month at 6 a.m.

and continues till 6 a.m. of the next day i.e. Friday. It began with 25 persons and now has 130 prayer warriors who pray in their homes for at least one hour during this time. The first monthly Newsletter for JY Kuwait- ‘Streams’ was released during the Onam celebrations on 27 th August 2004. A spiritual book club has also started functioning for the JY members from November 2004 onwards. As part of the Christmas celebrations, a spiritual crib was made with prayers, charitable works, jail and hospital visits etc., throughout the Advent Season. Carols were also performed in all the JY houses in Kuwait.

India

were also performed in all the JY houses in Kuwait. India Teens 2004 - Mangalore ‘Teens

Teens 2004 - Mangalore

‘Teens 2004 - A National Festival for Teenagers’ was celebrated from Oct.

22 nd to 24 th at Pakshikare, Mangalore.

Oct. 22 n d to 24 t h at Pakshikare, Mangalore. 545 teenagers from Karnataka, Tamil

545 teenagers from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh participated in this programme. Through the sessions of Dr. Edward Edezhath, Mr. Jose Sebastian, Adv. Raiju Varghese and Br. Simon, the participants were given a glimpse of an ideal lifestyle for the new generation, based on Jesus Youth

ideal lifestyle for the new generation, based on Jesus Youth constants. The experiences shared by the
ideal lifestyle for the new generation, based on Jesus Youth constants. The experiences shared by the

constants. The experiences shared by the volunteers about their journey with Jesus were truly motivating for the teenagers. The participants left Pakshikare with great zeal and enthusiasm to respond to Jesus’ call in their lives.

Sunrise 2004 - Rajasthan

13 th to 16 th Nov. 2004 were days of tremendous grace, when 865 youth from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat gathered under one roof to

Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat gathered under one roof to exalt the Risen Lord and bask in

exalt the Risen Lord and bask in His abiding peace and joy at St. Anselm’s Sr. Sec. School, Ajmer. The programme based on the theme ‘Rise to touch the Son’ was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Ignatius Menezes, Bishop of Ajmer- Jaipur Diocese. The resource persons

Bishop of Ajmer- Jaipur Diocese. The resource persons for the programme included Br. Fritz Mascarenhas, Director

for the programme included Br. Fritz Mascarenhas, Director of Institute for World Evangelization (ICPE), Rev. Fr. Dheeraj Sabu, IMS, member of the National Service Team and founder of the Santvana Community, and Naveen Lobo from the Santvana Community. The powerful input sessions enabled the participants to realize the immense love of God the Father. The music ministry from Karnataka added vitality to the whole programme.

Golgotha 2004 - Nagpur

‘Golgotha 2004’ was organised and conducted by the Jesus Youth in Nagpur under the guidance of Rev. Fr. George Kumbilumootil OP for the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat and other areas of Central India. Over 500 youth attended this convention held from 11 th to 15 th Nov 2004. The inaugural Mass which was celebrated by Most Rev. Edwin Colaco, Bishop of Amravati, was followed by the formal welcome ceremony presided over by Most Rev. Abraham Viruthakulangara, Archbishop of Nagpur. The sessions of this programme were based on the

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passionate love of God revealed at Golgotha. Skits and video sessions added colour to the
passionate love of God revealed at Golgotha. Skits and video sessions added colour to the

passionate love of God revealed at Golgotha. Skits and video sessions added colour to the convention. The programme ended with Holy Mass celebrated by Most Rev. Gerald Almeida, Bishop of Jabalpur, during which the participants were commissioned to take a firm decision to spread the Good News in their respective life situations.

Campus on Fire - Kerala

‘Campus on Fire’, an initial level programme for campus youth, was conducted by the JY India Campus Ministry in five different districts of Kerala in October. The programme, which was held in Ernakulam, Kottayam, Muvattupuzha, Puthukkad and Koothuparambu was attended by 1370 students in all. The theme of the programme was “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb:13-8). The main objective of the programme was to lead the youngsters to encounter God in a new way, and to instill in them a thirst for the Kingdom of God.

Programmes in West Bengal

A three-day retreat was held in Bandel Parish, Hooghly, West Bengal, from 11 th to 13 th November 2004. There were about 250 participants. Rev. Fr. Tom Polackal SDB (Pastor of JY Bangalore) and his team conducted the retreat. A two-day training

and his team conducted the retreat. A two-day training JY Participation at ‘Kairos 2004’ 750 Jesus

JY Participation at ‘Kairos 2004’

750 Jesus Youth participated in the National Youth Convention - ‘Kairos 2004’, organised by the National

Catholic Charismatic Youth Council at Chennai from 27 th to 30 th Dec. 2004. Besides leading a day’s music and animating a Taize adoration, Rexband also performed a live show for around

5000 participants.

UAE

performed a live show for around 5000 participants. UAE Couples’ Cell Gathering The Couples’ Ministry in

Couples’ Cell Gathering

The Couples’ Ministry in Sharjah organized a Couples’ Cell gathering at the Sharjah National Park on 8 th October 2004. Thirty-two couples along with their families took part in this gathering. These couples will be

families took part in this gathering. These couples will be gathering on the first Thursday of

gathering on the first Thursday of each month for prayer and fellowship.

Leaders’ Gathering

About forty active JY leaders got together on 2 nd and 3 rd December

2004 for prayer and reflection.

d and 3 r d December 2004 for prayer and reflection. Singapore JY Representation in Diocesan

Singapore

r d December 2004 for prayer and reflection. Singapore JY Representation in Diocesan activities JY representatives

JY Representation in Diocesan activities

JY representatives participated in the Migration Sunday Mass and celebrations organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Migrant and Itinerant People (ACMI), held at St. Michael’s Church on 19 th Sept. 2004. 30 representatives from all the JY ministries in Singapore also took part in the SACCRE Plenary organised by the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal. SACCRE Spiritual Director Rev. William Goh mentioned the activities of Jesus Youth in Singapore during his presentation. JY was also represented by 2 persons at the Mission Sunday Mass organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Missionary Activity (ACMA) at the Risen Christ Church, Topayoh, Sinagpore.

600 people participated in this celebration at Marymount Chapel. The presence of Rev. Fr. Thomas and Rev. Fr. Benny was a blessing to all present.

Workers’ Meet 2004

On 24 th Oct. 2004, 200 youth working in various companies and firms in Singapore got together for the annual one-day event of the Workers’ Ministry -‘Snehapravaham’. The meet based

the Workers’ Ministry -‘Snehapravaham’. The meet based on the theme of God’s love was held at

on the theme of God’s love was held at the Boonlay Church Auditorium, Singapore. The main resource person for the meet was Rev. Fr. George Kumbilumoottil OP (Professor, Nagpur Seminary, India).

First Liners’ Leadership Training Programme

Fifty active JY with potential for leadership roles in the future, took part in a two-day leadership training programme at the Youth Centre, Hougang, Sinagpore. The theme of the programme was ‘Focused only on the Lord’. The main resource persons for the programme were Mr. Manoj Sunny and Mr. C.C. Joseph, former JY India Co-ordinator.

Rev. Fr. Thomas Mannarakath, who was the spiritual director of the Jesus Youth since it’s beginning in Singapore, has been transferred. We gratefully acknowledge the service he has rendered to JY Singapore and also pray that God may bless his future ministry.

Australia

also pray that God may bless his future ministry. Australia Melbourne, on 11 t h and

Melbourne, on 11 th and 12 th Dec. 2004. The aim of the retreat was to motivate them to live fuller family lives

the retreat was to motivate them to live fuller family lives rooted in the Lord. As

rooted in the Lord. As the resource persons shared experiences from

their lives and challenged the participants, they received a deeper conviction to live and witness to Him

in their daily lives.

General Youth Programme

This was a three - hour programme targeting the Australian youth on 13 th December 2004 at St. Gerard’s Church, Melbourne. There were 15 participants. The core message of the

There were 15 participants. The core message of the programme was on enjoying life in its

programme was on enjoying life in its fullness with Christ. C.C. Joseph and Manoj Sunny shared their God experience. The programme ended with adoration.

JY Nurses’ Gathering

A gathering of twenty-four nurses,

was held on 24 th December 2004 at St. Joseph Malachite Catholic Church, Melbourne. This programme led the participants to deepen their relationship with the Lord and to initiate three prayer groups. The participants were motivated by the life experiences of the resource persons. The presence of several Jesus Youth members and elders was inspiring.

 
A co-ordinating team for JY Australia was newly formed in December 2004. The new team

A co-ordinating team for JY Australia was newly formed in December 2004. The new team under the pastoral guidance of Rev. Fr. John Aravankara, has Rajesh T. George as the

Tsunami relief efforts

 

programme for forty participants was also held in the same place from 14 th to 15 th November 2004. Various training modules were introduced

Jesus Youth all over the world got together to intercede for those affected by the tsunami on 14 th January 2005, through adoration, Mass and chain prayers. Jesus Youth members, especially those living close to the affected areas, have formed small teams to study the places hit by the tsunami in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and explore the possibilities of providing assistance in building homes, in rehabilitation activities, childrens’ education, and offering psychological support and medical help. Let us pray for all the victims, especially for those who have suffered tragic losses.

 
 
 

Rajesh, Wilson, Steve (Co-ordinator, Sydney) and Fr. John

co-ordinator, and Wilson Thomas and Gene Thalappillil as the animators.

Christmas Programme 2004

JY Couples’ Retreat

during the sessions, and a team was formed to co-ordinate prayer groups and to initiate other activities.

An annual Christmas programme and midnight Mass in Malayalam was organized by JY Singapore. About

Twenty-five young couples came together for a JY Couples’ Retreat at the Yarra Theological Union,

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JY Leaders’ Training, Australia Cultural Exchange 2004, India A training programme for ten young leaders
JY Leaders’ Training, Australia
Cultural Exchange 2004, India
A training programme for ten young leaders was organised by JY Australia
from 9 th to 10 th Dec. 2004 at St. Gerard’s Church, Melbourne. The theme of the
programme was ‘Give Him the Best’. The main resource persons for the training
were Mr. Manoj Sunny and Mr. C.C. Joseph, former JY National Co-ordinator
(India). The programme helped the participants to renew their commitment
and to build a deeper
relationship with the Lord.
It was also an opportunity
for them to reflect on their
lives and to organize their
priorities for the Lord.
The presence of His
Excellency Christopher
Prowse, Auxiliary Bishop of
Melbourne, motivated all the
participants.
The Jesus Youth National Team in India organized ‘Cultural Exchange 2004’
from 2 nd to 24 th October 2004. This programme, which has been held for four
consecutive years, is designed to give tribal youth a live-in Catholic faith
experience and an exposure to
the Jesus Youth life style. This
year there were 329 youth (220
boys and 109 girls) from 40
dioceses in 17 different states of
India. The programme which
lasted for 23 days, began with a
week-long retreat at the Divine
Retreat Centre, Muringoor,
Kerala. The participants were
then sent to stay with Jesus Youth
families for two weeks in the
sixteen different zones of Kerala.
At the end of the programme,
these youngsters gathered
Cologne Outreach, Germany
Most. Rev. Mar Thomas Chakiath, Auxiliary Bishop of
Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese and Episcopal
Advisor of JY Kerala addressing the participants.
A one-day programme was held for German youth of Indian origin on 16 th
January 2005 in Cologne. There were about 35 participants. The programme,
which was conducted by the Jesus Youth International Team, was focused on
motivating the young people to recommit their lives to Christ.
together for the grand finale -
‘Mahotsav’ which was held from 21 st to 24 th October at St. Anthony’s School,
Kizhakkambalam, Ernakulam. Rev. Fr. Jose Narithookil, Kerala Service Team
Chairman, inaugurated the grand finale. Mar Thomas Chakiath, Auxiliary Bishop
of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese, also spent some time with the youngsters
during the programme, and encouraged them with an inspiring message.
‘Cultural Exchange 2004’ concluded with the participants resolving to be true
witnesses of the Lord in their respective places.
Jesus Youth at WYD
Preparatory Meeting
The World Youth Day Preparatory meeting
organised by the Pontifical Council for the
Laity, was held from 6 th to 9 th January 2005
at Kardinal-Schulte-Haus, Bensberg
Germany. Around 270 representatives of
international eccelesial movements and
Nurses’ Meet 2004,
Singapore
Cardinal Joachim Meisner with Fr. Ajy
Mooleparambil CMI and Manoj Sunny.
At Marienfeld (the venue for WYD night vigil),
where soil from 70 countries has been
brought to build the Papal altar for the WYD.
Bishops’ Conferences from over 70 countries
attended the meeting. Rev. Fr. Ajy
Mooleparambil CMI and Mr. Manoj Sunny,
who were special invitees, represented the
Jesus Youth movement at the meeting. The
presence of Cardinal Karl Lehmann
(President, Bishops’ Conference of
Germany), Cardinal Joachim Meisner
(Archbishop of Cologne), and Most Rev.
Stainslav Rylko (President, Pontifical Council
for the Laity) was indeed encouraging.
JY Eucharistic Screensaver
This being the Year of the Eucharist, Jesus Youth has
launched a screensaver software with 53 different
frames programmed to change every week. It is a
collection of Bible passages related to the Eucharist
set beautifully against inspiring images. To download,
log on to www.jesusyouth.org
Nurses’ Meet, an annual one-day event
of the Nurses’ ministry in Singapore, was
held on 31 st October 2004 at Youth Centre,
Hougang, Singapore. About 250 nurses
working in the various hospitals across
Singapore attended the programme. The
theme of the meet was ‘Ask, Seek, Knock’.
His Grace Nicholas Chia, Archbishop of Singapore, inaugurated the meet by
lighting the candle. In his inaugural address the Archbishop explained the
difference between a job
and a ministry and the
importance of taking up
nursing as a ministry. Rev.
Fr. George Kumbilumoottil
OP (Professor, Nagpur
Seminary, India) conducted
the sessions based on the
theme. The programme
closed with the adoration of
the Blessed Sacrament and
Holy Mass.
!! !! Rexband Rexband performing performing live live to to a a crowd crowd of
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Rexband Rexband performing performing live live to to a a crowd crowd of of 5000 5000 at at St. St. Columbas’ Columbas’ School School Grounds, Grounds, New New Delhi, Delhi, India India on on 16 16
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JY Retreat - Toronto, Canada JY International Team in Germany In October 2004, around 150

JY Retreat - Toronto, Canada

JY International Team in Germany

In October 2004, around 150 youth attended a retreat at St. Don Bosco School, Toronto, Canada from 8 th to 10 th Oct. 2004. This was the first major retreat conducted for Canadian youth of Indian origin. A lively team from Jesus Youth of America, mainly from Chicago and Detroit facilitated the retreat for the teenagers. Jesus Youth of Canada and America worked as a team for

Fifteen participants from six countries including four priests came together for the second Jesus Youth

Fifteen participants from six countries including four priests came together for the second Jesus Youth International Team meeting held at the Kolping House, Schermbeck, Germany from 13 th to 16 th January 2005. Rev. Fr. Ajy Mooleparambil, Parish priest, Ludgerus Parish, Schermbeck, and JYI team member hosted the meeting. The main topics of discussion included preparations and arrangements for the World Youth Day, as well as the Jesus Youth International Gathering in Dormagen being held in August 2005 at Cologne. Participants from each country also presented reports on the current activities and future plans of their respective regions. Also reviewed were past decisions taken, as well as future concerns of Jesus Youth as a whole. Site visits were made during the course of the meeting to a few proposed venues for JYIG and WYD. The team also conducted a one-day programme for youth on the 16 th in Cologne. The participants dispersed in joyful anticipation of reuniting in August.

Lisa Jose, USA

on the 16 t h in Cologne. The participants dispersed in joyful anticipation of reuniting in
conducting separate sessions for the younger kids. There was even a toddler and baby-sitting section

conducting separate sessions for the younger kids. There was even a toddler and baby-sitting section taken care of by the JY Canada members and families, some of whom were young couples with little ones of their own. True to the spirit of Jesus Youth, members of the JY Canada retreat team were interceding round the clock, both for those attending and those assisting in the retreat. Many young people were touched by the testimonies and the skits presented by the vibrant JY America team. JY Canada youth prayer meetings were also initiated in the month of November 2004, and are now being held regularly at St. Thomas Apostolic Church on the first Sunday of every month, and locally in Toronto on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Church on the first Sunday of every month, and locally in Toronto on the second and

Jesus Youth 2004 – NJ, USA

Fellowship Fest, UAE The JY UAE annual gathering ‘Fellowship Fest’ was held on 2 n

Fellowship Fest, UAE

The JY UAE annual gathering ‘Fellowship Fest’ was held on 2 nd December 2004 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Jabel Ali. Despite it being a working day, 975 youth gathered for this programme, which was aimed at strengthening the various fellowship groups around the country. Rev. Fr. Joy Menachery, John Fernandes and Regi Sebastian conducted sessions based on the theme of fellowship.

country. Rev. Fr. Joy Menachery, John Fernandes and Regi Sebastian conducted sessions based on the theme
The first Jesus Youth National Conference, ‘Jesus Youth 2004’ took place from 26 t h

The first Jesus Youth National Conference, ‘Jesus Youth 2004’ took place from 26 th to 29 th Dec. 2004 at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center of Kearney, New Jersey. An unprecedented 587 people were in attendance from numerous states across the United States, as well as some regions of Canada. The conference was inaugurated by His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath, Bishop of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar diocese of Chicago, who also motivated the participants with his presence throughout the programme. The theme of the conference was that of WYD 2002, “We Want to

‘Kairos’ Youth Magazine, India

Today more than ever, as we are exposed to the dangers of exploitation through the media, the Kairos magazine is a resourceful response by JY India. ‘Kairos’, which in Greek means ‘God’s time’ or ‘the time of God’s intervention’, is published monthly in Malayalam through the efforts of the Jesus Youth in Kozhikode, Kerala. Apart from articles of Christian interest, Kairos also publishes stories of simple people who dare to follow Jesus in their ordinary lives. The responses of the readers reveal the hope these stories bring to them. This magazine is currently entering its fourth year of publication. Kudos to Renny Njarakulam (Editor) and the editorial team! May our prayers support ‘Kairos’ in serving as a wonderful instrument in spreading the Good News. For subscription details contact :

Kairos, Kovoor, Chevayoor P.O., Kozhikode - 673 017, Kerala, India. Tel : 91-495-2345375 E-mail: rennyjn@yahoo.com

: Kairos, Kovoor, Chevayoor P.O., Kozhikode - 673 017, Kerala, India. Tel : 91-495-2345375 E-mail: rennyjn@yahoo.com

See Jesus”. Based on this, the keynote speakers, including Fr. Roy Kaduppil, Fr. William Halbing and Sr. Marilyn Minter, rallied the crowd with their energy-

and Sr. Marilyn Minter, rallied the crowd with their energy- filled talks. Another high note of

filled talks. Another high note of the event was a multimedia concert by the renowned Catholic musician, Sal Solo.

Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, above all women on earth. You are the highest
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary,
above all women on earth.
You are the highest honour of our race!
Taught by the Eternal Word,
you chose the part that was best.
Help us to follow your example
and hunger for the food
of everlasting life.
Amen.

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