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Youth Camp 2014 Channels of God’s Grace

Jul 30, 2015   //   by admin   //   Youth Camps  //  Comments Off on Youth Camp 2014 Channels of God’s Grace

Theme: Channels of God’s Grace
Date: July 4 – 6, 2014

In the Catholic Church, we have 7 Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Giving of Alms, Holy Orders and Matrimony. Through these Sacraments, we receive God’s grace and love. In this camp, we focused on four of them.

Baptism is the first sacrament we receive from God. We can only be baptized once and it can be done at any age. This sacrament is the first step we take in becoming a Catholic; the first step we take to enter God’s mighty Kingdom. A few years after our Baptism, we then receive God’s second and third sacrament, Confirmation and Eucharist. To confirm is to once and for all establish our faith in the Catholic Church – We believe there is only one God, the one and almighty, maker of heaven and earth. That Jesus came and died for us, resurrected and took away our original sin. Once confirmed, we are able to receive the Eucharist, the body of Christ, the Holy Spirit. The Eucharist can be received daily, it is a sacrament to remind us that Jesus died and rose again for us, so that we can all receive the Holy Spirit and be closer to God. Although Jesus has taken our original sin away, we still commit sin, and for these sins we can ask God’s eternal forgiveness through the fourth Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation is basically a bonding time with God. In this time, we reflect and confess to God what we have done wrong, then we reconcile with God, ask for his forgiveness, the priest will forgive us in God’s name. Through this sacrament, we are able to get closer to God and experience the grace of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

This camp was informative, inspirational and fun. It reminded us how and why we became a Catholic, the wonders of being one. More importantly, 2014 Youth Camp helped us become closer to each other as brothers and sisters in Christ and to God, our eternal loving Father.


 

Reflections from Youth Camp 2014

 

1. What was your favourite part of camp? Why?

“The confession part because I was able to reflect on my own sins and feels closer to God.”

“During games activities, reconciliation and all the way to campfire. I felt that everyone bonded really well during our quiet reflection time and made praise and worship & bonfire sessions heart warming.”

 

2. What new things of the sacraments did you learn?

“Communion is about the Holy Spirit entering you and strengthening your Faith.”

“I learnt that Baptism and Confirmation can only be done once.”

 

3. What do the sacraments mean to you now? (你現在覺得聖事對你的意義是什麼?)

“聖事就是把無形的恩寵變成有形的標記”

 

4. How can you apply sacraments to your daily life?

“By being helpful and respectful of others. Try to live in Jesus’ footsteps.”

“I go to Mass every Sunday but now I can be more attentive when I’m there – to show more respect to this special sacrament of Eucharist instead of just doing it out of routine.”

 

5. How will you share the sacraments with your friends?

“Receiving joy from God & being a source of joy for people I encounter – whether they believe in God or not. I don’t think I need to always talk about God but when I try to live out a life of love hopefully other people will experience God’s love as well through me.”

Youth Camp 2012 Life Journey

Mar 31, 2012   //   by admin   //   Youth Camps  //  Comments Off on Youth Camp 2012 Life Journey

Have you ever wondered about your life? 
Why your life is the way it is? 
Have decisions in the past affected the person you are today, and will decisions you make from this moment on affect the rest of your life? 
Does religion or being a Catholic affect the way you see and live your life? 

Life is a journey that can be difficult – you might feel lost and unsure. You may make decisions that you regret. On the other hand you might have a story to share about your life that could change someone else’s life!

Come along to youth camp this year, where we’ll explore our identity – how we see ourselves, how expectations of other people affect us and find out what God’s hope for us is.
We’ll also explore the stages of development and reflect on what stage in our lives we are at. Hear from people who are older and wiser than you, who have gone through those stages already – they will have tips for you so you don’t make the same mistakes as them, and tips for you to make the most of the age and stage that you are at in your life. In this way we will all have opportunities to be learners and teachers!

At the end of camp we hope that you’ll take away SOMETHING that will help you understand yourself more – both your limitations, your strengths and how you can live your life to your fullest potential!

Youth Camp 2012 promises NOT to be boring, there will be a lot of sharing, and little lectures/talks, there will be a lot more fun and activities that are going to be competitive, and there will be a lot of self discovery – it’s a time to learn about yourself and get tips on how to make your life even better and worthwhile!!

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Youth Camp 2011 Love Begins at Home

Jul 9, 2011   //   by admin   //   Youth Camps  //  Comments Off on Youth Camp 2011 Love Begins at Home

The Catholic Church sees the family as being one of the most important building blocks of society. The most important message is that God himself is in a relationship: the Blessed Trinity (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) is constantly loving and giving, and setting us an example of love and a promise of love, which will last forever.

Our families (our human relationships) are supposed to reflect the goodness and love of the Holy Family and of the Blessed Trinity.

The theme of this camp is ‘Love Begins at Home’ – a famous quote by Mother Teresa. The word ‘love’ is overly used nowadays. Do we truly know what it means? Do we truly love our family through actions? Why is it important to love our family? At this camp, our youths learned a lot of mysteries about their families. All had a good time.

Bible Camp 2010 The Love Letters from God

Jun 18, 2010   //   by admin   //   Youth Camps  //  Comments Off on Bible Camp 2010 The Love Letters from God

In April 2010, CCCB held its first Bible Camp!! The event was very successful, with about 30 young people attending. The focus of the camp was on the Bible, where a whole new perspective was shared. Many of us were introduced for the first time to the term “The Love Letters from God”, rather than just – The Bible. It was a very relaxing weekend, and we stayed on top of a hill at the Sunshine coast, with 270 degree views of the ocean. Apart from hearing talks from Sr MJ (who flew all the way from Melbourne to be our special guest), we also had a lot of time for fun, games and free time! Overall it was a great time for all us young people to gather together and learn a bit more about the mysteries of the Bible, and also learn a bit more about each other!

Youth Camp 2008

Oct 25, 2008   //   by admin   //   Youth Camps  //  Comments Off on Youth Camp 2008

Youth Camp 2008
17 – 19 October 2008

“To Love one another … is to fulfil the whole Law” (Romans 13:8-10)

On the weekend of the 17th to the 19th of October 2008, a group of 58 youth from our community attended the CCCB Youth Camp at Maranatha Recreation Centre, Yandina. The Romans passage above was used as the theme and focus for the camp. The Camp featured Taize Prayer, fun and games, High Ropes, Trust Walk, Bible Study, Morning Prayers, Mass, and Talks on the theme of Love by Andrew, Carlos, Ben and Regina, and Sister Mary-Joseph.

17 October – CAMP DAY 1 – Die

We gathered together for a meal before heading off together in a bus
Father Chan and many from the community were there to pray with us
Our families and many parents were there to farewell us
First activity upon arrival at camp site… Ice-breaker games!!
Taizé prayer session
People burnt their ‘letters to God’ as an offering
Midnight BBQ
Fishballs and marshmallows (and in some cases a mixture of both!)

18 October – CAMP DAY 2 – Rise

Morning wake up call
Rise and shine!
Morning prayer
Morning exercise (“down syndrome” aka “低能早操”)
High Ropes Course
Talk by Andrew
Talk by Ben & Regina
Reflection game – statues
Talk by Carlos
Saturday Night Live Games!!
Saturday Night Live – Family Feud

19 October – CAMP DAY 3 – Go

Bush Walking as part of morning exercise
Sister MJ’s Talk on Purgatory
“What is Mass?” discussion
Trust Walk
Arriving at the Beautiful Dam
BBQ breakfast/morning tea by the Lake!
Sunday Mass
Heading Home