by Ann Nee
On the 15th of December 2007, Holy Family Church had its second youth mass for the year. It was a bit different this mass as it involved the youths who went for Camp Incredible which was the annual youth camp that took place on the 6th to 9th December. All the youths were required to wear red or pink as the dress code.
It started at 5pm in the evening with a short Praise and Worship session in the church canteen. They were brought through a time of prayer, reflection and singing. Later, the youths were asked to write prayers of thanksgiving or petitions and which were put in a pink box that will be offered later during mass. After the praise and worship session ended, everyone went for mass where all the youths sat together and celebrated the Holy Eucharist.
The youth mass was celebrated by Father Chris and Father Iggy. During the homily, a skit was performed by a small group of youth. It was about a reporter named Cheryl Foxy who was on the streets trying to find people to share what christmas means to them. Unfortunately, the people she interviewed didn’t know what was the meaning of christmas because they were too caught up with that busy life of theirs. Until a man dressed in white came and quoted them the Scriptures…
“The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:10-14.
To cut a long story short, the man explained that Christmas isn’t Christmas without Christ in our masses.
A tennis racquet, an iPod, an school textbook, a set of school uniform, a bible and a pink box filled with thanksgiving and petition letters from the youths were offered up during Mass.
After mass two youths, Annabelle and Stephanie, who went for Camp Incredible shared their experiences they had during camp. After which there was a short fellowship at 3 Sea Avenue where all the youths gathered and a photo montage of the camp was played to show everyone what camp was about.
It was an evening of worship and fun for all the youths of Holy Family and a chance for all the campers to reunite once again.