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Published by director.ya, 2020-12-10 04:31:20

Description: Youth Apostolate Official Magazine

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Mary Our Mother Mary, Mother of the Lord, Queen of Peace, ask your Son Jesus to give me the gift of peace. Pray for peace in me; peace in my heart, peace of mind and of soul, peace in my family, peace with all whom I meet, the peace of Jesus. Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, King of Peace, I come to you with Mary, Queen of Peace, to ask you humbly for a new outpouring of the gift of peace. Mary, our model and mother, by your obedience and patience you have taught us how to be true children of God. Please help us by your powerful assistance to overcome all our weaknesses, and to fulfill perfectly our tasks in life. With your gracious assistance may we be near you in the glory of Christ's kingdom to sing with you and all the faithful, the eternal praise of God. Amen. PAGE| 03

Youth Commission Chairman Bishop Joseph Pandarasseril BISHOP JOSEPH PANDARASSERIL You are strong, and the word of God abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one. 1 John 2:14 I am happy to know that the Youth Apostolate of Syro- Malabar Eparchy of Melbourne is publishing a newsletter and my congratulations and prayerful wishes to all who are behind this mode of connectivity. Youth are the present for the future, “you are strong, and the word of God abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one,” (1 John 2:14). As baptised individuals, you are young missionaries in the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Melbourne as students and professionals. By reading and doing the word of God you will be like wise men collaborating to build the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Melbourne upon rock. (cf. Matthew 7:24) I pray that “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith and that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 17-18) My dear young friends, by using your talents, individual and collective use of quality time and space for the service of the Church and Society, “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) May God Bless you all! +Mar Joseph Pandarasseril Chariman, Syro-Malabar Youth Commission PAGE | 04

Bishop Bosco Puthur Bishop's Message BISHOP BOSCO PUTHUR Dear Young Friends,  I was fascinated by the  Latin  name 'VOX' given to the Newsletter of our Youth Apostolate. It is a very meaningful, powerful, and indeed, challenging title.    The most obvious Biblical reference of  this  Latin  word (vox  clmantis  in  deserto  - voice crying in the wilderness) is to the book of Isaiah 40:3 and the four Gospels: Matthew 3:3; Mark  1:3; Luke 3:4 and John 1:23. They refer  to the testimony of John the Baptist. \"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Make ready the road by which the Lord is coming, and make straight the paths which He must travel!' The emergence of John was like the sudden sounding of the voice of God.  In John the prophetic voice  from God  spoke again.  John  fearlessly denounced evil.  John  urgently summoned men to righteousness.  John  assiduously  prepared  the way for the Lord.  John  was the voice calling men to higher things. He not only rebuked evil, he also set before men the good. John came out of the desert as a man of God. John came to men only after he had undergone years of tireless, prayerful and ascetic preparation by God. John  pointed beyond himself, to Jesus the Messiah. John was not only a light to illumine the world, a voice to rebuke sin; he was also a signpost to God. It was not himself he wished men to see; he wished to prepare them for the one who was to come.  John’s aim was  not to focus men's eyes on his own cleverness, but on the majesty of God.    Like John, to be the voice of God is a  challenge to  every youth called to follow Jesus. Let each one of us be the voice of God, a voice that leads to Jesus. Let our Newsletter  VOX  echo the voice of God and the voice that leads towards the Lord.  With every best wishes,  In Jesus Christ our Lord, +Mar Bosco Puthur Bishop, Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, Melbourne PAGE| 05

YOUTH APOSTOLATE SYRO-MALABAR EPARCHY OF ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE, MELBOURNE Youth Apostolate is the communion of youth groups, movements, ministries and initiatives of our Syro-Malabar parishes and missions in Australia. Youth Apostolate is for all teens, youth, young families and young couples who belong to the Eparchy who are studying in Grade 9 to Generation Y (Millennials). SM TEENS MINISTRY Individuals in Grade 9 to under 18. SMYM Individuals between the ages of 18 to 30 (unmarried). YOUNG COUPLES & YOUNG FAMILIES Married couples under the age of 35. MINISTRY GOALS INVITE & IGNITE (LEARN) TO KNOW JESUS Encourage young people to have a deeper encounter experience. INVOLVE & INTEGRATE (LOVE) TO LOVE JESUS Empower young people to be a disciple and make disciples. INSPIRE & INFLUENCE (LIVE) TO SERVE JESUS Draw young people into the life, mission, and work of the Catholic Church. PAGE | 06

DIRECTOR'S DESK SOJIN SEBASTIAN Director of Youth Apostolate Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, Melbourne Dear Young People, Let’s praise the Lord for the marvellous works He has Testimonies of Faith: done through you in our Eparchy! When you have responded to His call in your life, our Eparchy sees the The testimonies heard and the changes we have enthusiasm and vibrancy in our Parishes/Missions. The witnessed persuaded other young people to take a 'VOX' is the voice of YOU in our Eparchy, and this pilot courageous stand in faith. Dear Young People, the world issue is an effort to summarise the ministry works we around you is looking upon you for testimonies and for have done at a national level. In the past two years, I you to continue to be a role model. Be the gospel which was so blessed to minister to you as the Director of everyone can experience. Youth Apostolate, and I would like to share what I have experienced & seen: Love for the Church: God Provides: The love and passion for Christ and His Church is beyond words. Dear Young people, wherever you are present, His providence was so evident in every programme, participate and pray we see the missionary zeal, and project, initiative and event when we responded as a keep it through your involvement in the Parish/Mission movement to His compelling invitation ‘GO’ as he spoke activities. Let’s be the Church. to Abraham (Genesis 12:1). Dear Young People, the future may be unknown to you, but hear what the Holy Quest for Identity: Spirit says to you and GO. Believe in a God who accompanies you and provides what you need on time. ‘Nenjin agathu Eesho, Nenjum virichu Syro-Malabar’ this youthful proclamation says it all. Seeing a generation A Generation on Fire: who is proud of their roots is giving the Eparchy so much of hope. Dear Young people, as the Church teaches us It was so amazing to witness the word “the people who “Every Catholic, as also the baptised of every non- have been turning the world upside down have come Catholic church or denomination who enters into the here” (Acts 17:6). Dear Young People, you have kindled a fullness of the Catholic communion, must retain his own new fire of His love in our lives, families and the  Syro- rite wherever he is, must cherish it and observe it to the Malabar communities across Australia and keep doing best of his ability” (Orientalium  Ecclesiarum  p.4). Be that. Let’s move as a movement, and when we move as a proud of your roots and celebrate your  Syro-Malabar movement, nothing can stop us. identity. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God EPHESIANS 3:18-19 PAGE| 07

YOUTH APOSTOLATE It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be Executive Team great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your servant Matthew 20:26-27 JESTIN C TOM SOJIN SEBASTIAN LAIJU VARGHESE Assistant Director Director Assistant Director Youth Apostolate Youth Apostolate Youth Apostolate JOANE SEBASTIAN KELVIN THOMAS ARUN JOSEPH Secretary Assistant Director Youth Safe Guarding Coordinator, Projects Youth Apostolate Officer SRUTHI SEBASTIAN ABIN JIBIN ANTONY KOOVAPLACKAL Coordinator, Coordinator, Mission & Outreach Finance Music Administrator PAGE | 08 SHERIN XAVIER Coordinator, Intercession

Syro-Malabar Youth Movement See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. 1 John 3:1 PAGE| 09

Syro-Malabar Youth Movement It was one of our Eparchy’s biggest dreams to bring all the Syro-Malabar youth together to preserve our unique traditions and provide a platform for young people to sustainably grow in Christ in this great southern land. Ever since the very first gathering of parish leaders from all over the country at the Youth Leaders’ Summit back in May 2018, the  Syro-Malabar Youth Movement of Australia with the blessings of His Grace Bishop Bosco, has exponentially grown not only in numbers but also in the quality of events and initiatives, social media presence and in the individual ministries where the Syro-Malabar young men and women in Australia can come together for fellowship, learning and spiritual growth.  With the strong leadership of our National Team, together with the support of our Director  Sojin  Sebastian, SMYM Australia has created a strong foundation in this young Eparchy through events such as the UNITE 2018 National Conference, Proclaim 2018/19 Regional Conferences and through its strong presence in the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2019 in Perth, WA. Above all this, personally, being closely involved with SMYM in the last two years, not only have I been able to grow in this unique faith but also formed a wider network of young people from all around the country who are from similar familial backgrounds and who follow similar spiritual values and virtues as me. I can definitely from the bottom of my heart say that it is a one big Christ-centered family who are always there to support each other. NAVEEN JOSEPH SMYM NATIONAL COORDINATOR SMYM at ACYF (Perth) PAGE | 10

SMYM Syro-Malabar Youth Movement National Team (2020 - 2022) Fifteen fine young leaders were appointed and commissioned as the new National Team for the SMYM Australia for 2020-2022. Through prayer and discernment, seventy odd young people who attended the Youth Leaders’ Summit, carefully chose leaders representing each state. Look out for them at your local events and please keep them in your prayers as they lead the Syro-Malabar youth of Australia the next two years. naveen joseph (wa) ann katticaran (vic) Coordinator Assistant Coordinator annmaria jimmy (vic) divya Paul (sa) Secretary Joint Secretary Mishael devassy (wa) Ansteve Shaju (nsw) SM Teens Coordinator SM Teens Coordinator jislin Joseph (Qld) joan jomon (Qld) Intercession Coordinator Intercession Coordinator hanson wilson (vic) avin james (nsw) Projects Coordinator Finance Coordinator alan George (NSW) Franklin Wilson (ACT) International Students Coordinator Music Coordinator sheril jose sao (nSw) Tomin George (qld) Outreach Coordinator Outreach Coordinator Let no one despise your youth, Vivek koiparamPil (SA) but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, Media Coordinator in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 PAGE| 11

SMYM Syro-Malabar Youth Movement National Team (2018-2020) Following the first Youth Leaders Summit in Melbourne, the first SMYM National Team was elected on the 18th of May 2018. The initial team consisted of ten individuals, with two representatives for each state of Australia. With the growth of SMYM, the team expanded further in the following year to include a few more individuals. Selected after much prayer and intercession by their respective states, and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit this team was responsible for all the national SMYM activities over the two years. There was a constant tug at my heart that was calling My involvement in SMYM Australia,  has played a big me to something more than myself: an unexplainable role in who I am now and has paved the way for my but a growing zeal to serve our Amazing God. Being growth as a follower of Christ and as a member of chosen to serve in the SMYM National Team had been the  Syro-Malabar  Catholic  Church. This journey has God’s way of answering this prayer of mine. With no strengthened my belief in  the  Divine Providence previous leadership experience whatsoever, being and  in  God’s Plan.    I have never considered myself a called to step up to such a position was a testament to natural leader, but I believe that it was God who chose the phrase “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies me to become the first SMYM coordinator and provided the called”. When God calls you to something greater, me with the strength and courage  for the role.  God He gives you the graces required; all He asks of you is a transformed the imperfect me into an instrument that “YES”.  is being used for His Kingdom. It is through these powerful experiences of faith and discipleship from my time in the National team that I It was amazing to see so many young people  blessed have completely come to trust that-He will provide! It with the opportunity to experience the love of God and has been a blessing to meet, get to know and learn be called into a deeper relationship with Him. I was from inspirational youth from across Australia. I am able to witness such a profound change in so many constantly reminded of how God chooses to work in young individuals through SMYM that it invoked a this world through human instruments. SMYM Australia desire in me to have had the same. SMYM Australia is is one big family, and I can proudly say that whichever like a big family for me, with many brothers and sister state I go to in Australia, I would have a family there across Australia, who are related under one name – that will welcome me with open arms. Jesus Christ. SHARON SHIBU JESTIN C TOM ST. ALPHONSA SYRO-MALABAR MISSION ST. ALPHONSA SYRO-MALABAR PARISH PARRAMATTA CANBERRA PAGE | 12

Syro-Malabar Youth Movement \"Oh youth, you can truly celebrate your life in the Church\" St. John Paul II Often, a cliché heard about youth is that youth are useless and careless. My experience taught me that they are immensely useful and careful when trusted and entrusted responsibilities upon them. In fact, they are used less and cared less in the Church and that is the reality. St. Don Bosco said, “If you don’t like the voice of the youth, check how old you are”. Today in Australia, to put our young people in the frontline of all ecclesial activities with which we can make our Eparchy vibrant and young is our uncompromising obligation. Thus, we help our youth to find their particular space in the Church and their voice heard in the Church. A decade back Pope Benedict exhorted priests, “young people must truly be the priority of your pastoral work”. FR. SEBASTIAN MANDAPATHIL ST. MARY'S SYRO-MALABAR PARISH MELBOURNE WEST As a young person, I struggled to form a sense of belonging  within the Church and a personal relationship with God. Like many  young  people, for a very long time my sense of identity was distorted and I simply  couldn’t fit  in.  My mind was  filled  with several unanswered questions and  I couldn’t understand nor accept  certain aspects  in the Bible.  But  as  I grew in faith, my doubts were cleared, and I started to love and know  God on a deeper level, and SMYM played a crucial role.  I started to see God work in my life as I gave more importance to Him and placed Him in the centre of my life. It is so easy to be absorbed into the worldly desires, but when you have experienced Christ and have your eyes set on Him, everything changes:  your whole world, who you are, and your purpose in life. We all have a purpose. When you find Christ and come to know Him, you will find yours. SUSMIN MATTHEW ST. ALPHONSA SYRO-MALABAR PARISH ADELAIDE CENTRAL PAGE| 13

Syro-Malabar Youth Movement Thanks to God Almighty! It’s my pleasure to say that I am one of the animators of SMYM. Many  times  I was inspired by our youth, seeing their sincere involvements, leading prayer services, conducting, coordinating and participating in conferences, ceremonies and different activities in our parish at Perth and other states in Australia. The graceful, pleasant, respectful and reverent way of treating people including priests, elders, and youngsters have attracted me most of the times. The body is the temple for the soul, and the inner beauty of our soul is reflected on the face and in all our actions. Our youth are model to parents and elders as well. As an animator, I am actively involved in guiding and helping the youth. But most of the time I felt like I am being helped to experience their strength in faith and enjoyed the presence of Jesus in them. Some of the youth leaders are very inspiring with their speeches and activities. When attending the youth retreat or catechism retreat as an animator or catechism teacher, I felt refreshed, strengthened, and renewed.  JINI BAIJU ST. JOSEPH SYRO-MALABAR PARISH PERTH I can proudly say that our youth are proactive young  people,  who continuously prove that the future of our Church is in safe hands. It is a blessing that our youth are guided by the Holy Spirit and by His great  providence.  It is  delightful to  see that domestic students and international students come together and are able to integrate their knowledge and talents to create a Christ experience for other young people. I am joyful to see that the SMYM youth are also collaborating internationally, via social media platforms to  evangelise  and create friendships and connections strengthened in Christ.  It is imperative that parents and peer support are  essential for  more youth to join in this great mission to be able to reach out to a wider community. I am sure that our SMYM legends play a vital role among youth and even with parents in regards to spreading the love of God. ANTO THOMAS ST. ALPHONSA SYRO-MALABAR CATHEDRAL PARISH MELBOURNE NORTH PAGE | 14

Syro-Malabar Youth Movement Conducted annually, the PROCLAIM conferences are a one-day program  organised  by the SMYM leadership teams in each state to provide a platform for the Syro- Malabar youth in the parishes/missions to get to know their God, faith, and culture in a closer way. The objectives of the program were to have a deeper encounter experience with Christ, experience the beauty of the  Syro-Malabar Church, and explore the different ways to contribute to the parish and to the wider community through SMYM. Sydney Brisbane Canberra Perth Townsville Melbourne Adelaide 2018: 550+ PARTICIPANTS | 2019: 610+ PARTICIPANTS Spending a day with youth  my  age,  with  the same Along with the fun I had with games and music sessions, background  and facing the same problems in this day the day also  prompted  me  to think about what and age  was a key factor in finding my strength in challenges  I  face in  my  faith,  in  my  ministry, and my  Syro-Malabar identity.  This  event  has given me an how  I  can  overcome  this to practice  my  faith opportunity to connect and interact with a family of like- in my parish and personal life. minded friends in Christ. It  has  also given me  the  hope that  I am  not alone, and that I  have a big support HANSON WILSON network that wants to help  me  grow into a deeper relationship with God and be an integral  part  of the ST. THOMAS SYRO-MALABAR PARISH Church. MELBOURNE SOUTH EAST PAGE| 15

Syro-Malabar Youth Movement UNITE is the National Youth Conference of the Syro-Malabar Youth Movement in Australia. In 2018, the first ever conference was held in Melbourne from December 7th-10th, bringing together 400 young Syro-Malabarians across six states and two territories.  The key focal point of the conference was to  provide young people with an opportunity to deepen their relationship with Jesus, to be equipped and empowered to be His disciples in today’s world, and experience and celebrate the uniqueness of the  Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Australia.  The Holy Father Pope Francis declared 2018 as “Year of Youth” and UNITE was an amazing way to end off the year.  The four-day  conference was packed with  live music, dynamic speakers,  prayer experiences,  Eucharistic celebrations, motivational workshops, explanations about Syro-Malabar traditions and performances. Holy Qurbana was celebrated  every day,  and the youth were lead through adoration  in the evening  to end of the day with an opportunity to encounter Christ.  SMYM National Conference 2018 Come - Connect - Celebrate Christ How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! Psalms 133:1 As I had the blessing of being the Youth Coordinator for our parish, I was able to witness the immeasurable love and support from our Syro-Malabar Community. This was evident when we hosted our first-ever National Youth Conference ‘UNITE’ in Melbourne. My spiritual encounter happened during the adoration at UNITE when the blessed sacrament was exposed in the middle of the hall. Singing praises with unending chants and seeing my fellow participants being filled with Holy Spirit, rekindled the fire in me and the desire to use my gift of music to glorify Him and His kingdom. I am beyond privileged to be part of SMYM and seek to devote more of my service for Christ and His Church. SALMON RAPHAEL ST THOMAS SYRO-MALABAR PARISH MELBOURNE SOUTH EAST PAGE | 16

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Syro-Malabar Youth Movement Youth  Leaders'  Summit (YLS) is an annual leadership  gathering,  hosted by the Youth Apostolate of Australia. The three-day event emphasises on faith formation and fellowship through the celebration of the Holy Qurbana, sessions lead by young speakers, powerful adoration and traditional practices.  This is one of the most highly anticipated events in the Youth Apostolate calendar, where youth leaders, youth animators and chaplains come together to pray, reflect and plan to be actively present within our  Syro-Malabar church. YLS was a reviving experience for all and marked a joyful time of fellowship and celebration of our Syro-Malabar identity. Empowered by the Spirit, enriched by the Word and embedded in our  Syro-Malabar roots, as young leaders of  Syro-Malabar Australia we marched along! Youth Leaders Summit 2018 | 2019 | 2020 Forgetting what lies behind and Like many, ‘Pre-Christ’, I had no idea that there was straining forward to what lies ahead, anything worth pursuing. It was during this nihilistic phase of my life that I had an opportunity to attend the I press on toward the goal for the Youth Leaders Summit, in 2019. I would be mendacious prize of the heavenly call of if I was to claim that my intention was to experience an God in Christ Jesus. epiphany or a radical change in perspective. I simply Philippians 3:13-14 wanted to have a relaxing trip with my friends. YLS 2020 But on the last night of the program, during adoration, all of my false coverings were removed. Heedless to my surroundings, I cried out to Yeshua like a child and the tangible result of that decision was peace. Peace and tranquility that I had never experienced in my life. An indescribable feeling of warmth and complete unity with being. Contrary to my intentions and expectations, I was conferred an epiphany and a new outlook on life. Now, when I recall this particular instance, I see that it lit a spark in me to seek out the mysteries of my Father in Heaven. Shalom. IMMANUEL RODNEY ST THOMAS SYRO-MALABAR PARISH MELBOURNE SOUTH EAST PAGE | 18

iSpeak Survey March 2018 Before the beginning of SMYM, a survey  for youth  was circulated, to understand the needs,  wants  and expectations  of the youth  of the Syro- Malabar  community  within the Australian context.  The honest, specific and detailed responses from young people then  became the foundation of the five-year vision plan for Syro-Malabar Youth Movement in Australia. iPray July 2018 iPray is one of the pioneer initiatives of SMYM Australia. This is a weekly online intercession where Syro-Malabar youth set aside one hour of every week to intercede our needs and for those of the whole world. Active youth leaders take turns to lead the hour in the recitation of a rosary and Scripture reading. For the last two years, this weekly prayer has been celebrated nation-wide and is the backbone of our youth ministry. Every Thursday: 7:00AM AWST & 9:00PM AEST Unite for Kerala August 2018 When Kerala  was  experiencing  one of the worst floods in 100 years, the SMYM community united as one to join in an intensive prayer campaign during a time of uncertainty for the motherland. The youth raised over  $22,000 through various fundraising  activities  in  local  parishes/missions  which was then donated to SPANDAN along with the Eparchial contribution. PAGE| 19

October Youth Week 2018 A week dedicated to celebrating the present and the future of the Church. Every year it begins  on the Sunday before  the feast day of St. John Paul II, on the 22nd October, and ends on the Sunday following. St. John Paul II  is the patron saint of SMYM Australia.  The movement focuses  on  appreciating young people  who contribute to the ever-growing SMYM Australian family. October Bible Project 2018 The Bible Project is one of the pioneer initiatives of the Youth Apostolate. The aim of this initiative was to help young people reflect and share the Word of God. Each Bible verse is based on the Syro-Malabar Liturgical calendar which outlines the Bible passages used for Holy Qurbana within the Syro-Malabar rite. Bible verses were shared daily on all our social media platforms. December 2018 Crib for the King A  25-day  preparation initiated by  SMYM  Australia,  to commence  the season of Advent  and the birth of the Messiah. To celebrate Christmas in a special way, each day of this initiative challenged young people  to participate in various acts of kindness and personal reflection. PAGE | 20

Yeshuvinoppam April 2019 ‘Yeshuvinoppam’  is a  Lenten preparation initiated by SMYM Australia,  to lead and guide young people  into a spiritual journey to receive and celebrate the Risen Lord.    Daily challenges  (an activity which helps young people spiritually grow and socially involve)  were posted on  all the social media platforms  and several young people participated by posting photos  with  the hashtag  #Yeshuvinoppam and @smymaustralia. Road to Pentecost May 2019 Road to Pentecost is one of the pioneer initiatives organised by the Youth Apostolate of Melbourne. The Novena to the Holy Spirit is a traditional practice back in Kerala leading up to Pentecost. Young Syro-Malabarians came together over an online platform for a time of scriptural reflection, exploration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and recitation of daily novena prayers. All sessions were led by priests from our Syro-Malabar parishes and many young people joined in on this spiritual journey. It was a renewing experience for all and a great time of communal prayer and fellowship in anticipation to receive an upper room experience. Lectio Divina Feb 2020 Based on the Circular which Bishop Bosco  Puthur  released early in the year, the first week of Lent was celebrated as a ‘Bible Week’. And as part of the Bible Week, all members of the Eparchy were called to take part in the “Lectio Divina”, which was a week of prayer and reflection on a set of daily bible verses during that week. As SMYM Australia, during Bible Week,  everyone  took part in this initiative online with  a reflection from  parish priests around Australia.  This was held daily at 6am for one week and the SMYM youth took bold leadership to ensure Lectio Divina was celebrated within the youth. PAGE| 21

Heavenly  Hosts is the official retreat team of the Heavenly Youth Apostolate of the Melbourne Eparchy. The team was formed in 2019 in the realisation that young Hosts YOUTH people testifying Christ in front of other young people APOSTOLATE is the most effective way to build up youth ministry RETREAT TEAM from within the Mother Church.  Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his The aim of having a retreat team led by youth for ministers that do his will. youth, is to instil the importance of personal Psalms 103:21 spirituality as the core foundation of any work of faith. Since 2019, Heavenly Hosts has conducted over a dozen retreats (online and face-to-face) and anointed sessions for the young  Syro-Malabarians in Australia, at both national and parish levels. All sessions and events were initiated through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. From a very young age, I've always desired to become Spiritual buddying is essential for communal growth a missionary, travelling the world to share the joy of and I can honestly say that being part of the Heavenly knowing Christ with as many people as I can. Little did Hosts has enabled me to approach and be I know that being part of the Youth Apostolate Retreat approachable to others.  Nothing compares to  the Team that I would be able to minister to young people inner joy from  witnessing encounter experiences and all over Australia and across the globe over online testimonies shared by our youth at events and this is events. truly what motivates me to do what God has called me to do. Being the youngest one of the team, I used to feel overwhelmed and unworthy to take sessions for those Today the Catholic Church desperately relies on young my age or older. However, by talking to other young people to take on the baton of faith people and sharing in their struggles, to  future  generations. Young people have to get God always reassured me that this is the need of the onboard to  realise  their mission as an individual, time. Through virtual and face-to-face interactions because what is absent within our Church with other young people, we have been able to communities is  evangelisation  from within. Our love mutually build each other up, as St. Paul writes, and for Christ is best demonstrated by the way we value support each other in our journey. That is the beauty and treat our Mother Church for she is the spouse of of youth ministry because it is both a rewarding and Christ. If not us, then who and if not now, then when. humbling experience. These last few years has taught me that, there is more EVELYN SEBASTIAN to youth ministry than preaching. HEAVENLY HOSTS PAGE | 22

Songs of Seraphim, the  official youth band of the I will praise the name of God with a Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, Melbourne, song; I will magnify him with Australia, was formed on 24 August 2019, during the thanksgiving. SMYM Proclaim Regional Conference in Melbourne. Psalm 69:30 The band was formed under the leadership of Youth Apostolate Director Sojin Sebastian, with the vision of SOS performing at ACYF (Perth) spreading God's love through the power of music.  Within months of its formation,  we were  blessed to have the great opportunity to perform at both Pre-ACYF and the Summer Garden Stage at ACYF (Perth) in December 2019. While the current pandemic situation did put an  unexpected dent in our plans, by the grace of God, the members have been able to meet weekly to pray, reflect upon the word and release various projects via its YouTube, Facebook and Instagram pages to keep active during this time. The band aims to release more content over the coming months, to be able to praise God using His gifts, and to spread love and hope as instruments of God. SOS performing at Pre-ACYF (Perth) From a very young age, music has played a huge role in my life. There is a sense of freedom and joy that comes with singing that is hard to explain with words.  Being brought up with strong faith and closeness to the church, I have been blessed with various opportunities to spread God’s love with this talent through church choir and various youth events. Each time I sing, it is a song of thanksgiving to Him who called me into this ministry. I pray  every day that I am able to praise Him to my last breath.  As part of our band, Songs of Seraphim, I have found a family of likeminded musicians, to come together to praise and make music to glorify our God. It has been an incredible journey so far, growing together in faith and friendship, and I pray that we are able to do great things in His name in the future. FRANKLIN WILSON SONGS OF SERAPHIM PAGE| 23

Youth in the Parish Thiruvaavaniraavu, SMYM Sydney Passion Play, SMYM Canberra Youth Outing, SMYM Melbourne-North Impresso Espresso, SMYM Adelaide-Central Picnic at the Park, SMYM Newcastle Lemonade Stand, SMYM Darwin Food Fest, SMYM Wollongong Flashmob, SMYM Parramatta PAGE | 24

Soccer Tournament, SMYM Melbourne-South East Cultural Program, SMYM Brisbane-North Youth Trekking, SMYM Perth Kappa Biriyani Sale, SMYM Sydney Plant the Future, SMYM Brisbane-South Youth Dinner Night, SMYM Melbourne-West A Day at the Beach, SMYM Townsville Youth Mass, SMYM Campbelltown PAGE| 25

VOCATIONAL Although I didn’t completely understand how this DISCERNMENT will turn out, I believed that God  is at work and  it’s my duty to fulfil His will.    From that moment BR. BIBIN VELAMPARAMPIL onwards, I started my seminary studies as a seminarian for the  Syro-Malabar Eparchy of God  neither called me  as how  He Melbourne. called  young  Samuel  while  was lying down in the temple, nor  as  He  called the  apostles  or  the other THEN I HEARD THE VOICE OF THE LORD SAYING, saints. Rather, my God inseminated this seed of vocation “WHOM SHALL I SEND, AND WHO WILL GO FOR in the depth of my heart. From as young as seven years US?” AND I SAID, “HERE AM I; SEND ME” old, I had this strong desire to become a priest of God. I can also remember how I used to act as a priest in those ISAIAH 6:8 days by pretending to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with a piece of bread. Now, when I think about the past, I can Upon the completion of my degree  in trace the path of how beautifully our Lord guided and BA Economics, Bishop Bosco Puthur sent me to Good shaped me towards this vocation from a young age. We Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth, to  initiate my always like to ask God for help in times of trial, but in philosophical studies.  This was a time of my case, I can proudly say that God  didn’t  help me but discipleship  which  helped me to form myself in rather lifted me in His arms. various  dimensions. Then, I was sent to  Pontificio  Collegio  Internazionale  Maria Mater Upon the completion of my high school education, I Ecclesiae in Rome for my theological entered the minor seminary of the Archdiocese of studies  where  I’m  currently studying in my  second Changanasserry, Kerala. I still remember myself as this year. This is a time of transfiguration whereupon we young teenager entering the seminary without learn to become another Christ.  I do not know what any talents or skills. After joining the seminary, I realised tomorrow has in store for me, but I believe that God the powerful hand of God always protecting me and He will always be  with me  and aid me in realising this never allowed me to be a  laughing stock  in front of dream of mine. others. It was in my third year, when my rector called me to his office and suggested about joining this newly erected Eparchy in Melbourne. Obviously, this news came to me with a shock, and I immediately decided to reject this proposal  as  I knew I  wasn’t  going to feel at home in a foreign land. However,  I talked  about this  to my spiritual father  and he  advised me that this is the will of the Divine One and that I need not worry about anything as the One who  has been  protecting  me,  will always remain by my side. PRAYER FOR VOCATION Holy Spirit of wisdom, you have graced your people with many different gifts. Bless those discerning a vocation in their lives. Open their minds and hearts so that they can listen attentively to your call. Give them the courage to face the challenges inherent in answering your call. Guide them towards lives of holiness and love. Let your light shine upon them and draw them ever closer to you. Amen. PAGE | 26

YOUTH APOSTOLATE The Syro-Malabar youth from across the globe addressed COMBINED MISSION several topics related to the youth as well as personal sharings and fruitful discussions on how we can Nasranies across the world were united in one Spirit on the move forward as one family in Christ.  I consider it a 21st of June 2020.  Bishops, Youth Apostolate Directors, blessing to witness and share this unified love and Youth leaders and Animators of the Eparchies of Chicago, passion for Christ. This was truly a historical opportunity Great Britain, Melbourne, Mississauga and Apostolic for the Combined Missions, and it was amazing coming Visitations of Europe and New Zealand joined together for together to discuss the expectations placed on us as a Youth Apostolates Combined Mission Youth Leaders leaders and plan for future events. We would like to Meeting.  Many Priests and beloved Bishops from around extend our heartfelt and sincere appreciation to our the world  were present,  and  shared their wisdom and dearest Bishops, Priests, and Youth Apostolate Directors prayers with the leaders. This has become a stepping stone for joining us, and spending time with us to hear our for many future initiatives together. thoughts and ideas! ANNMARIA JIMMY ST. ALPHONSA SYRO-MALABAR CATHERDRAL PARISH, MELBOURNE NORTH PAGE| 27

InternationalSyro-Malabar Youth Movement Students SMYM International Students' (SMYM-IS) ministry is an initiative of  Youth Apostolate Australia. It began with Vazhikaatti in 2019 in Parramatta, Wollongong and Canberra. It’s a platform for International students hailing from Kerala (India) to discover and re-discover the purpose of life in multicultural Australia.   Vazhikaatti is an open forum to listen to the major struggles and challenges of International students. It is an avenue that will help them to embrace the workplace and study culture effectively and an education place where International students are prepared for the present and future. It's an engaging community of socially committed individuals and an enlightened group of catalysts who live the purpose. Educate: Create awareness about the life and opportunities in Australia. Enhance: Develop the skills that are absolute necessary to live. Engage: Create opportunities to engage them in to community life. Empower: Strengthen the engagement and leadership. Evangelise: Share the Good News. PAGE | 28

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10: 24-25 SMYM-IS ministry gave rise to a society of diverse personalities with a common  Syro-Malabar Catholic belief and a similar geo-cultural background, rich in the essence of friendship and faith. When we left our home behind to pursue our careers, it was of immense help to find friends who shared the same faith in Christ and also understood the hardships faced when we are away from home in a foreign land. The interconnectedness helped me to find some great company and the platform to represent international students who are willing to contribute towards SMYM-IS Australia to grow together. A strong community of about 60 international students from various states in Australia got built in the past few months and I hope that the growth never stops. NITIN JOSE ST. THOMAS SYRO-MALABAR PARISH MELBOURNE SOUTH EAST SMYM-IS is a great platform for the International students to learn, grow, and develop skills through various events and activities. I am extremely fortunate to be a part of this ministry where the International students join to support other International students across Australia, integrating the teachings and visions of the  Syro-Malabar Eparchy completely into various actions to fulfil student needs. Our weekly meetings have become a part of our life and most interestingly, the people who were once strangers have now become a closely bonded team. PRIYA PAUL ST. MARY'S SYRO-MALABAR MISSION GEELONG PAGE| 29

PRE-ACYF So, whether you eat or drink, or The two days were filled with workshops, music, whatever you do, do everything games and more, based on the theme of ACYF 2019 for the glory of God. “Listen to what the Spirit is saying”. One of the highlights of the first day was the pilgrim to 1 Corinthians 10:31 the Schoenstatt Shrine where the Holy Qurbana was celebrated and SMYM Perth conducted the Way of Pre-ACYF was a two day national SMYM event which the Cross enactment while journeying up the hill. A took place in the city of Perth where the 2019 ACYF highlight from the second day would be the ‘Family (Australian Catholic Youth Festival) was held. Pre- Fiesta’ night, graced by a visit from the Apostolic ACYF was hosted by the wonderful St. Joseph Syro- Nuncio, Adolfo Tito Yllana, who addressed the Perth Malabar Parish in Perth, who conducted an amazing community and the youth, and was welcomed by raffle fundraiser to be able to provide free dance performances. Pre-ACYF will always be the accommodation and food for all the pilgrims to one of the most remarkable events where the ACYF, coming from interstate. celebration of faith and fellowship was evident amongst the young people. PAGE | 30

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Australian Catholic Youth Festival ACYF 2019 Celebration of Syro-Malabar Qurbana at ACYF LISTEN TO WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING Australia’s biggest Catholic youth festival, ACYF, is ACYF 2019, hosted in the city of Perth, had the an event, run every two years in different cities theme “Listen to what the Spirit is saying”. ACYF 2019 around Australia, that brings all the Catholic youth  became an opportunity for SMYM to show their to unite as one and celebrate Christ. The festival is presence in the Church, as SMYM performed the packed with workshops, music, games, activities opening flashmob to the festival in front of centred around faith and the youth are given the thousands of  youth  across Australia, during the opportunity to celebrate Mass and spent time in Opening Plenary of the first day. The  Syro-Malabar adoration, every day of the festival. Catholic Holy Qurbana was also celebrated on the second speakers and musicians from around the world come day, in English to welcome youth of different rites, together to make this festival a grand one for the and experience the beauty of the Holy Qurbana. The youth, showing them God's glory working through youth had an amazing experience throughout the them in the modern age. three days and many had life changing experiences as they encountered Christ during the festival. PAGE | 32

ACYF was the most amazing and powerful experience in my life, mainly due to celebrating it with the people of SMYM Australia. Being able to partake in the largest Catholic event in Australia was already crazy enough, with the sight of thousands of like-minded people sharing the one Catholic faith giving you such a sense of encouragement, stimulating a new drive to persist with the struggles associated with living as a Catholic. With the variety of informative talks discussing how to tackle modern problems, interactive workshops, extraordinary music and the unique opportunity to explore how other cultures celebrate the Catholic faith.  ACYF reveals the unity of the Catholic Church and opens the possibilities for a much richer and revamped experience of the faith. However, celebrating it as an SMYM youth is what truly made ACYF memorable. Sharing the faith with them enabled me to learn how to implement more of the Catholic faith associated with the  Syro-Malabar eastern rite. This developed a more personal and intimate connection with my cultural roots and re-establishing the fundamental basis of my identity. ANSTEVE SHAJU CHRIST THE KING SYRO-MALABAR MISSION VILLAWOOD Looking back at ACYF 2019, I am still dumfounded by how many memories are still freshly instilled in me. I remember walking through the Perth Convention Centre, which was more youthful, literally, and vibrant than I had ever seen. So many young Catholics of different rites and cultures came together in one place to glorify our God. As a Syro-Malabar Catholic, I was very proud of the presence we were able to establish. Our identity, our culture and our unity as a  Syro-Malabar community, was truly represented through each one of us, whether we were talking to people at the stall, performing on stage or just with our SMYM T- shirts. One of my  favourite  memories was seeing our Bishop Bosco Puthur up on the stage gleaming with pride, along with many other bishops from around Australia. The stories told, testimonies heard and friendships made, all added to an unforgettable, spiritual-growth experience. MISHAEL DEVASSY ST. JOSEPH SYRO-MALABAR PARISH PERTH PAGE| 33

Although I had heard a lot about ACYF, I was Pre-ACYF and ACYF were one of the most eye- very sceptical because the idea of local opening and incredible experiences of my life. Australian youth being involved in faith related Not only did it deepen my relationship with activities was very rarely seen in the community. Jesus, but it also made me realise the vitality of I was amazed at how each of the 7000 youths the Church in Australia.   present at the first plenary session were embracing their faith and truly enjoying their Arriving in the scorching atmosphere of Perth, a time with the Lord. However, the biggest prodigious change from the freezing highlight of that week was Pre-ACYF organised temperatures of Melbourne, I already felt by SMYM as I saw how easily our own young welcomed by the friendly faces of SMYM. I people from the Eparchy conducted events with treasure Pre-ACYF because, in addition to minimal assistance of the elders. I can truly say helping us get ready for the highly empowering that the future of our Eparchy is in good hands. and experiential opportunity of ACYF, it also Through this strong zeal of these young people, strengthened my friendships with other youth. It they can not only inspire the younger children of was amazing to meet people just like me, our parishes but also bring a lot of colour into resulting in long-lasting friendships that I still the whole parish community. cherish till this day. Filled with days of vibrant music and immense enthusiasm as we SHINY JOSEPH celebrated the glory of God, it was an experience I’d never forget.   ST. JOSEPH SYRO-MALABAR PARISH PERTH Overall, both Pre-ACYF and ACYF inspired me to, just like my youth leaders, lead and celebrate the PAGE | 34 creativity, energy and joy of our youth and help enliven our community. CATHERINE CLEETUS ST. ALPHONSA SYRO-MALABAR CATHEDRAL PARISH, MELBOURNE NORTH

My God’s plan has a greater purpose and is always SMYM Expo special for me, that’s how I got this blessed SMYM Flash Mob (Opening Plenary) opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful Syro-Malabar Qurbana festival. That spirit of ‘YES’ lead me through  a  SOS Performance wonderful journey of  Pre-ACYF and ACYF. Words will not be enough to describe the touching Workshop: Duc in Altum feeling I had all those days and seeing the enthusiasm of thousands of Catholic youth, I was PAGE| 35 overwhelmed with tears of joy. I was waiting for that one moment to capture the Spirit which was flowing all through the atmosphere and experience it. Adoration was that key moment which I really felt that grace to see how today’s youth are moulding up themselves in our faith formation in a well disciplined manner. Each moment of all those five days will never be replaced in anyone’s heart, till the next ACYF, as we all  “LISTENED  TO WHAT THE SPIRIT SAID.“ I  can surely say that, every youth participated there is being convicted by the Holy Spirit within themselves, which will surely bloom one day. Blessed Opportunity with Showers of Blessings. BINDU BIJU ST. JOSEPH SYRO-MALABAR PARISH PERTH They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 I believe that, the idea of Pre-ACYF & ACYF, actually came from the Holy Spirit; to save our young  people.  After  this event, it is evident that  the young people got enlightened and rejuvenated in Christ. The realisation of God's call in their life has equipped the youth to be active in their parish. Personally, participating in the Adoration along with the young people was one of the most memorable God experience of mine. SHAJU FRANCIS ST. JOSEPH SYRO-MALABAR PARISH PERTH

During the Pandemic... Even though every New  Years  Eve everyone gets excited for the year  ahead, 2020 has been a shocking and unexpected year so far. COVID was not something the world was ready for. However, Youth Apostolate has been busy working on the spiritual growth of the youth of Australia. VERITE ONATE \"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.\" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Young people gathered every day for three months and our dear priests  across  Australia led us with Biblical reflections. Together in one voice, the  Syro-Malabar community raised prayers for His mercy on the world during this pandemic and help us increase our faith in Him. SMYM Australia called out all young people in our SUKHAMAANO? Eparchy to do their part and look out for their PLANT THE FUTURE fellow brothers and sisters experiencing isolation, financial or medical hardships during these highly unusual times. Through a friendly phone call or a warm text message,  Syro-Malabar youth reached out to those who are in need especially international students in Australia, appreciate the frontline healthcare workers. “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.\" These were Pope Francis’ words in his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’.  In  honour of celebrating the 5th anniversary of ‘Laudato Si’, on Sunday May 24th, SMYM Australia invited all faithful to ‘Be the present and Plant the Future’. All were encouraged to plant something in their gardens to commemorate this special day and to remember to praise God for His amazing creation! PAGE | 36

SMYM Australia introduced a National Bible Quiz BIBLIA: Tournament to elevate the spirits of families and NATIONAL young people of Australia and New Zealand. The BIBLE QUIZ online tournament ran over three rounds with TOURNAMENT challenging questions that focused on the Gospel of Luke, Syro-Malabar tradition, and the Catholic WEBINAR Church. This was a great opportunity for families WEDNESDAYS to sit, search, and  study.  Over  95 families/individuals registered for the tournament COMPANION and a major cash prize awaited the top 3. 2020 THE WINNERS OF BIBLIA: PAGE| 37 First Place: Roby Family, Canberra (Jerlin & Roby Ray Joshua).  Second Place: Kurisunkal Family, Campbelltown (Tiara, Tomin, Tonia, Mary & Thomas Kurisunkal). Third Place: Pullattu Family, Canberra (Ancy, Donny, Anitta, Deyana & Georgi) In 2020, Youth Apostolate introduced an online platform to educate, engage and inspire young people in their personal and public ministry. Over the past months, Webinar Wednesdays have been successfully running every week, featuring dynamic speakers from around the world, who provide insight and answer questions on very interesting subjects concerning the youth. Topics included, faith and life, Bible study, vocational discernment, debunking sola scriptura and many more. These one-hour webinars have been the highlight of the week! This  was  the first ever national gathering that invited all the international students of Syro- Malabar Church  for a time of fun, faith and fellowship.  Companion 2020 aimed to help these isolated students come together.  Around 40 individuals attended this 3-hour online gathering conducted and hosted by the SMYM International Students' Ministry on Sunday 26th  July.  The different talks and group activities helped the students to create  friendships across the nation, and the filial love felt throughout the day helped them overcome homesickness.

Rooha  which translates to 'breath of God',  was ROOHA the first ever online retreat organised by the (ONLINE RETREAT) Youth Apostolate for the young people of the  Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Melbourne. The  2- day retreat  was led by Heavenly Hosts and it consisted of a variety of sessions in the lead up to Pentecost. Despite the unprecedented times, Rooha helped young people preserve their faith  and be rekindled and renewed by the Holy Spirit. Rooha  retreat was a touching experience as I could spend valuable time truly preparing for Pentecost.  Realising  the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives more than what we can think of, was overwhelming. We must long and earnestly ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and if it is God’s will we will receive what he wants at the right time.  Being zealous is what we should be for Christ and surely no longer us but is Christ, who lives in us (Galatians 2:20).  Zeal retreat assured me that the joy we experience in Christ is immeasurable and that is one of the characteristic of us being Christians. Our faith journey won’t be always smooth but filled with struggles and hardships. And it is at that time we have to make sure we hold onto our Jesus tight and never let go. The only way we can do that is to have a great relationship with God the Father and his Son Jesus. These lessons and experiences enriched my faith and taught me to be zealous for God. JISLIN JOSEPH ST THOMAS, THE APOSTLE SYRO-MALABAR PARISH BRISBANE SOUTH An online retreat designed for the youth of ZEAL our  Syro-Malabar parishes and missions across (ONLINE RETREAT) Australia and led by Heavenly Hosts. During uncertain times and hardships, it can be challenging to sustain our relationship with God. This two-day retreat aimed to inspire our youth towards a relentless pursuit of God and his will. The retreat comprised of spirit-filled sessions about having a personal hunger for the Lord and his kingdom and stressed on our personal and ecclesial mission to spread the Good News. Individuals and youth parish teams returned back to their parish and mission communities feeling inspired and rekindled. PAGE | 38

Praise God! The  Rooha  and Zeal retreats were both very helpful for me during the time of quarantine and encouraged me to stop and think about my personal relationship with Jesus. The Rooha retreat at the start of the nine day Road to Pentecost, helped me to participate in the novena and prepare myself well for the Pentecost. The different sessions in the Rooha retreat reminded me who Holy Spirit is, the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life and the sins against the Holy Spirit. The silent reflection times between the sessions were powerful and helped me to focus and reflect about myself.  The Zeal retreat was a reminder to remember my call from slavery to the sonship of Christ, the King. It reminded me of the willingness I should have to respond to God’s call and be zealous to do His will in my life. The life examples of saints and the practical advice shared in the retreat were an encouragement to become zealous for souls. DIVYA PAUL ST. MARY’S SYRO-MALABAR PARISH ADELAIDE SOUTH Zeal retreat held for St. Joseph Syro-Malabar Parish, Perth. I had the pleasure of attending the online retreat “Rooha” led by the Syro-Malabar Youth Movement with my daughter. The retreat was conducted in preparation for Pentecost and I was truly amazed by the zeal and spirit with which the youngsters spoke, and their depth of knowledge in the Holy Bible. SMYM has established itself in all parishes in Australia and has managed to gather not only the youngsters in Australia, but also the international students under its caring wing. They have weekly Bible study groups, a vibrant music ministry and many other initiatives to help the youth take up various roles, and help those who are less fortunate during the pandemic.  During these unprecedented times, SMYM is doing a fantastic job in leading our youngsters to find the right path and show them the various ways in which they can play an active role in the community.  More importantly, SMYM is doing a tremendous job in helping our young ones to understand that faith and trust in Jesus is all they need to face any problems in their life. Best wishes to SMYM Australia and prayers that it continues to grow and develop further, empowering the next generation to lead a life filled with the Spirit of God. SHERLY THOMAS ST. ALPHONSA SYRO-MALABAR MISSION PARRAMATTA PAGE| 39

Diploma in Theology Fully Accredited by the The Youth Apostolate of Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Pontifical Institute St. Thomas the Apostle, Melbourne organises Easy to follow and flexible a  Diploma course in Theology  of the Pontifical schedule Oriental Institute (Paurastya Vidyapitham),  Course Material prepared by Vadavathoor  to contribute to the  biblical, the experts liturgical, theological and catechetical formation 2 Years, 4 semesters, 24 of young people in the Eparchy.  The Diploma in subjects Theology introduces students to the key One subject per month theological disciplines of Biblical, Catechetical & Affordable Fees, $250 per Liturgical Studies and Christian Thought and semester History. This may be extended by further study Ongoing study support in those disciplines or by the area of practical ministerial studies. PAGE | 40 PA URA ST YA VIDYAPITHAM VISION Promote the patrimony of Christian wisdom of both East and West with special reference to India and the heritage of the Church of the St. Thomas Christians. MISSION Articulate systematically the truths contained in the Biblical, Patristic, Liturgical and Spiritual traditions of the Eastern Ecclesiastical heritage and promote ecumenical studies with special reference to the actual situation in India and endorse the harmonious co-existence and co- operation of the different Churches sui iuris.

All scripture is inspired by My dear young people, Pope Francis, in his God and is useful for foreword to ‘YOUCAT for Kids’ writes, “An eight- teaching, for reproof, for year-old boy from Canada once asked me the correction, and for training question, “What did God do before He made the in righteousness, so that world?” After reflecting on it I answered: \"Before everyone who belongs to God made anything, He loved. That is what He God may be proficient, did: He loved. God loves always. That is why, equipped for every good when He made the world, He has done nothing work. other than love.” We all carry many questions in 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 our life: about God, about Church, about this world etc. We all search for meaning in our life, ultimately seeking for happiness. Learning Theology is an answer to these deeper questions in our life. I hope, by learning Theology, you will strengthen your faith, deepen your relationship with our loving God and discern your call to discipleship.  May God bless you. FR. VARGHESE VAVOLIL MARY MATHA SYRO-MALABAR MISSION GOLD COAST I have always been fascinated by the concept of I knew the only path to learn more about this was theology, how our Church and the  Syro-Malabar to dive into theology. However, I believed that the faith was formed, to know more about the Bible only way to learn more about this was to become and to obtain a deeper understanding of the a priest which I was not interested in. All of a Catholic faith.  I know many people are not huge sudden, the Youth Apostolate team provided an fans of the Syro-Malabar Qurbana as its long and awesome opportunity for all our youth to learn complex. In my opinion, the  Syro-Malabar liturgy theology. Then, I thought to myself, ‘this is what fed the spiritual life of saints like St. Alphonsa, St. am looking for’ and so here I am studying the  2 Kuriakose Chavara and many others. Therefore, it year Diploma in Theology course. has to be ritually and spiritually uplifting. I am hoping this course will give me a basic knowledge CHRISTIN MATHEW of the liturgy as it is a very powerful and rich expression of praising our Creator.   ST. ALPHONSA SYRO-MALABAR PARISH TOWNSVILLE Rev. Dr. Andrews Mekkattukunnel  Youth Apostolate Office  Rev. Fr. Varghese Vavolil  President  Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Course Director Paurastya Vidyapitham  Apostle, Melbourne  (Diploma in Theology)  Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]  Email: [email protected] [email protected] PAGE| 41

Upcoming Projects YOUTH WEEK OCTOBER 2020 18-25 2020 Seven day celebration filled with events and activities organised by young people throughout the different parishes/missions of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy. FAITH AND DECEMBER MISSION 12 2020 This online conference aims to provide couples and young families with a platform to have a deeper encounter with Christ and to experience the beauty of the Syro-Malabar Church. Families rooted in Christ and built on His values are the backbone of the Catholic Church. Thus, this pioneer initiative of the Syro-Malabar Church in Australia, to educate and empower couples and young families to discover ways they can contribute to the parish and to the wider community. PAGE| 42

Upcoming Projects EVANGELION INTERNATIONAL ONLINE BIBLE QUIZ WIN CASH PRIZES! JANUARY 26 2021 First ever International live online Bible Quiz organised by the Youth Apostolate. Evangelion invites all the families in the Syro-Malabar Community across the world, especially those that have settled outside of Kerala. The quiz also invites the Australian Latin Diocese and other dioceses of Australia to be a part of this event. PAGE | 43

Equip OUR FAITH. OUR FUTURE LET'S GROW AND BUILD TOGETHER WHAT IS EQUIP? WHY IS IT HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE? Share your treasure and support IMPORTANT? the ministry. You can contribute an amount You are playing an important every month or as a one-off Calling everyone to partner with role in the faith formation of payment. We are looking for the Youth Apostolate to initiate people who can contribute and equip the youth activities our young generation. It is regularly every month. across our Eparchy. Equip will possible through the Equip You can choose the more Project. When you are signing convenient way to contribute. directly support the Youth We thank you in advance for Apostolate to plan and execute up as a partner you are your support and your helping us to plan and execute contribution is greatly the initiatives, programs and the programs and projects for projects which promotes a the youth with confidence. church that engages, involves Your financial support along and builds up young people in with your prayers are the keys the life and mission of our Syro- to accomplish this. Malabar church. Syro Malabar Youth Account BSB: 083 347 ACCOUNT: 88 785 5164 REFERENCE: Equip 'Your Name' PAGE | 44

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 TIMOTHY 4:12 Youth Apostolate, @smymaustralia Youth Apostolate, Syro Malabar Eparchy Syro-Malabar Eparchy, of St. Thomas the Apostle, Australia Melbourne Santhom Chancery, 6 Greenock Ct, Greenvale VIC 3059

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