Aug 31, 2016: "World Youth Day", originally celebrated in Poland this year, was also celebrated by the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (I.C.Y.M) at Don Bosco School, Park Circus with the theme “Blessed are the Merciful for they will receive mercy”.There were 32 parishes from all across the Diocese who were invited for this celebration. The celebration was made special by Mr James Kujur, Tribal Development Minister of the West Bengal Government who was the Chief Guest for the event along with Archbishop Thomas D'souza.
The celebration commenced with Mass by Archbishop Thomas D'souza, Fr Gnana Peppin, our youth director and Fr Bikash Mondal, Principal of Don Bosco School, Park Circus. The inaugural ceremony followed, with an opening dance by the children of Lavina House, lighting of the Lamp by Mr James Kujur, Archbishop Thomas D’souza, Fr Bikash Mondal, Sr Lidwin, lady animator of ICYM, Francis Das, President of ICYM and Melanie Chen, President of YCS and the felicitation of the dignitaries was followed by a session, conducted by Mr James Kujur, who emphasized on the focus of our lives and how we can be merciful in our lives, which is so much needed in our society. After his motivating talk, the photographers got ready for their event and the prelims for Quiz had begun while snacks were being served.
The inter parish Photography contest began and every parish was given one and a half hours’ time to submit their five best photographs which were to be judged. As the photographers were working hard getting their best shots, the inter parish Quiz was being conducted for the top eight parishes who were selected from the preliminary round which was held in the morning. The quiz master for the inter-parish quiz competition was Mr Enoch and the questions for this competition were set from the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostle, apart from this, the participants were also tested on their basic knowledge about World Youth Day.
After the Quiz was over it was time for lunch and also for the photographers to submit their photographs. After lunch everyone got back to view inter-parish Dance competition while the photographers gathered in the conference room to explain their selected photographs to Mr Farrell Shah, the judge for the competition. While the photographers were explaining their creativity, the Dance competition was being hosted at the auditorium which was judged by Mr Richard Saha, Miss Titir Paul and Mr Avi Sebastian. The celebration concluded with a very refreshing and energizing performance by the band ‘The Messengers’ who by their performance conveyed the message that ‘we must glorify our Lord by the talents we possess’ , and ended their performance with the theme song "Blessed are the Merciful". A short farewell was given to Fr Peppin on his term ending as a Youth Director.
Lastly the prize distribution ceremony was conducted. Mother Teresa Church securing the first place, Our Lady of Lourdes, Barasat, securing the second place and St. John's Church, Sealdah and St. Ignatius Church, Ekbalpore sharing the third place in the Quiz Competition. St. Patrick's Church, Dumdum were declared the winners for photography and second place was secured by St Ignatius Church, Ekbalpore. For Group Dance, the first place was secured by Rupantar parish, Barrackpore, the second place was secured by St. Ignatius Church, Ekbalpore and the third place was secured by St. Joseph the Worker Church, Santragachi.
Through this celebration we were able to unite over 400 youth with different talents and traditions and send them home with one goal, with one motive, that is ‘to lead, to serve, and to shine’.