On Sunday, February 24, 2019, a program titled ‘BRIDGE’ was organized by Don Bosco Youth Services in collaboration with Don Bosco Oratory, Panjim for working youth to bridge the gap between work, family and God. The resource person, Fr. Edison Fernandes sdb (the Rector of Don Bosco Animation Centre, Benaulim). Other priests also present were Fr. Jason Coelho sdb (Director of Don Bosco Youth Services) and Fr Ralin De Souza sdb (Director of Don Bosco Oratory, Panjim). The program was held in Don Bosco Oratory, Panjim, conference hall.
The program began around 10 A.M with group mixers that got the youth to introduce themselves as well as those they interacted with, creating a family atmosphere where each had to share personal information about each other. It was so nice to see the youngsters from different working backgrounds exchange their ideas without inhibitions from the start.
Fr Edison, the resource person was then introduced and animated the next two hours on the encounter, keeping all engrossed in a simple process exercise of personal reflection. He explained to the youth the values, that people in the world live by. He explained what is the true meaning of values and how they affect our lives at home and work. He also conducted a small exercise wherein he gave the youth a sheet of paper which had about more than a hundred values or so. The values were divided into 2 groups and the youth were told to pick out 8 values from the first group and about 20 values from the second group, which reflected or affected their life in some way or another giving two examples of each value. He then gave the youth a chart wherein all the hundred plus values were placed into four phases. He later went on to explain what each phase meant and how we can improve our lives based on our values.
The youth then joined the regular working youth Adoration and Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, where one of the youth members gave a testimony related to the Gospel, and Fr. Jason led the Eucharist.
The working youth enjoyed the session, especially the introductory game and when asked if they wanted another session, they had a very delightful yes. The youth encouraged the animators to organize similar interactive sessions again.