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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 23, 2015
With all the talk about young people getting
involved in crime and other dysfunctional activities,
it is heartening to learn that there is a bunch of
young people who are passionately engaged in
uplifting and positive efforts such as visiting senior
citizens homes, study groups, prayer retreats and
raising funds to attend the largest amalgamation
of young people in the world.
The members of the St Theresa s RC Church,
Woodbrook, Youth Group (STYG) recently launched
their Mega Fundraising Drive with the aim of raising
funds to take 25 young people and eight chaperones
to World Youth Day 2016, a release said.
The 14th International celebration of World Youth
Day (WYD) will take place in Krakow, Poland, from
July 25-31, 2016. First held in 1986 under the auspices
of then Pope John Paul II, this celebration for the
world s youth has continued with participation of
just under one million youth from around the world.
With the tagline Friends That Pray Together Stay
Together, STYG is a young group---formed in Novem-
The group has a set mission, with goals and objec-
tives including hosting youth retreats every school
term, with an annual Lenten Retreat in Tobago, direct-
ed by Deacon Derek Walcott, founder of the Catholic
STYG also visits senior citizens homes once per
month and holds weekly youth group meetings every
Saturday at the church. The members of the youth
group are very active in the Saturday evening Liturgy,
which was particularly the vision of parish priest Fr
Gervais Girod, who is also the spiritual director of
"I am very proud of the young people. We have
to continue to affirm them, love them, pray for them
and encourage them," he said.
More recently, the group placed third in the Mission
in Motion song competition at the National Youth
Expo held earlier this year at the Centre of Excel-
"I really want the group to go to WYD, as I think
the members will grow exponentially from such an
international experience," said 16-year-old Gabrielle
Branche, the founder/leader of STYG.
"I think the experience will boost the confidence
of the members of the group when they see what
their potential can be."
The fund-raising drive was officially launched at
the weekend Masses of July 4 and 5 and the effort
blessed by Fr Girod and Fr Gregory, respectively.
"It is invigorating to see how the members of the
Woodbrook Parish community have come alive in
support of the young people," said Lisa Wickham,
one of the group s parent advisers.
"I am involved, not only because of my daughter,
but more importantly because of how I see the devel-
opment of the young people and I cherish their pas-
sion, growth and excitement. They do the work, we
the parents merely guide them."
Some of the activities in the drive include a Buss-
A-Pot Curry Que, an August Vacation Camp for
children ages six to 11, a Tea Party and Fashion Show,
a Grand Travel Raffle, A Coin Drive and many more
fun(d) activities over the next 12 months.
The group is also receiving kind support from
Media21, The DocuCentre Ltd, Maser Printers, Pre-
cision Signs and Imagine Media International Limited.
The young people are geared up and excited for
WYD. "I can t wait to celebrate Mass with people
from all over the world and witness their devotion
to God," said 19-year-old youth group co-ordinator,
Meanwhile 17-year-old Shiyan Cato, the group s
treasurer is looking forward to "praise and worship
as one Catholic family with youths from far and
Danae Byer said: "I m looking forward to interacting
with youths from all over the world, to learn about
their cultures and how they go about their mission."
With a big laugh, she continued, "...also to meet
the Pope and to get some pointers from him."
Member Hasani Goodman would like to "socialise
with youths from different countries and to worship
Jesus under one banner of faith."
Members of the St Theresa's RC Church, Woodbrook, Youth Group with parish priest Fr
Gervais Girod. They will host a number of fund-raising activities for their trip to Poland.
Youth launch mega fund-raising
drive to meet Pope in Poland
People interested in supporting the group
may email email@example.com or call 750-6014.
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