ACYA commemorates Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement day
Kohima, Sep. 9 (EMN): Commemorating the Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement (NCYM) Day, the Angami Catholic Youth Association (ACYA) of St. Francis de Sales (SFS) Parish of Kohima town organised a talent nite under the theme “Celebrating God’s gifts” at APO Hall in Kohima on Sep. 8.
Showcasing their talents during the entertaining event, ACYA (SFS) Choir, NCYM Choir, Christ King Catholic Youth Association and Cathedral Angami Catholic Youth Association enthralled the capacity crowd with choral music songs as various aspiring artistes belted out popular numbers.
Choreography, dance and DJ performances, instrumentals, stand-up comedy and beat-boxing also captivated the audience to ask for more.
Speaking on the occasion as special guest, Rev. Fr. G.L Khing, director NCYN emphasised that the youth of the Diocese is kept alive by the constant prayers, support and guidance of the parish.
The priest while stating that the youth of today is much excited to explore the world and what lies “beyond the sunrise and sunset” urged the young generation to equip themselves with the knowledge of the church and wisdom of life to take the church and society forward in a progressive manner.
In order to bring changes for the good of the Naga Society, Khing told that one must have the knowledge of oneself and others and the wisdom to differentiate between good and evil. The goodness of the society depends on the goodness of the present generation, added Khing.
He also pointed out that a vast chasm of thinking pattern has dawned between elders and young people and as called upon the parents to allow their children to grow in freedom – freedom towards right living and broader prospect of life.
“Young minds must be trained and disciplined spiritually, physically and emotionally” and by this, the church can truly be built upon the firm foundation of young people with Christ as its head,” Khing said.
Youths were also cautioned not to be victims of self-righteousness as it could lose one’s very self or even kill one’s Christian enthusiasm of worship and prayer.
Referring to St. Fracis de Sales, as an example of a church that continuously prospers despite the differences and diversities, the priest was appreciative of the many tribes and people under her fold. Khing also expressed his happiness in mentioning about the love and care that the parishioners has for each other as Catholics.” You have created a mini-Nagaland in your church,” he said.
“Always be a Catholic both inside and outside the Church. This would vitalize and manure the growth of Catholic Church in Nagaland,” Khing concluded.