In every age and generation, man is driven to seek the face of God. Young people, are called by Christ to continue to mission that Jesus has entrusted the Apostles with, to go forth into the world and share the Good News with all (Mark 16:15).
Bearers of Hope and Reconciliation
“You, young people, are especially called to become missionaries of this New Evangelisation, by daily witnessing to the Word that saves. You personally experience the anxieties of the present historical period, fraught with hope and doubt, in which it can at times be easy to lose the way that leads to the encounter with Christ… The Church entrusts to young people the task of proclaiming to the world the joy which springs from having met Christ. Dear friends, allow yourselves to be drawn to Christ; accept his invitation and follow him. Go and preach the Good News that redeems; do it with happiness in your hearts and become communicators of hope in a world which is often tempted to despair, communicators of faith in a society which at times seems resigned to disbelief, communicators of love in daily events that are often marked by a mentality of the most unbridled selfishness.” – St John Paul II
Hope for the Future
Beloved friends, open your hearts and allow yourselves to be drawn by Christ. Open your hearts and discover that Jesus Christ wants to be your “friend” (Cf. Jn. 15: 14). He wants to be your “companion” at every stage on the road of life (Cf. Lk. 24: 13-35). He wants to be the “way”, your path through the anxieties, doubts, hopes and dreams of happiness (Cf. Jn. 14: 6). He is the “truth” that gives meaning to your efforts and your struggles. He wants to give you “life”, as he gave new life to the young man of Nain (Cf. Lk. 7: 11-17), and gave a whole new future to Zacchaeus who was dead in spirit through ambition and greed (Cf. Lk. 19: 1-10). He is your “resurrection”, your victory over sin and death, the fulfillment of your desire to live forever (Cf. Jn. 11: 25). Because of this he will be your “joy”, the “rock” on which your weakness will be turned into strength and optimism. He is our salvation, our hope and happiness and peace.1
The Lord’s invitation to encounter him is made to each of you, in whatever place or situation you find yourself. It suffices to have the desire for “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter you; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day” (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 3). We are all sinners, needing to be purified by the Lord. But it is enough to take a small step towards Jesus to realise that he awaits us always with open arms.2
1 Message of the Holy Father Pope John Paul II for the IX and X World Youth Day
2 Pope Francis Message for the 30th World Youth Day
The Office for Young People was formed in November 2013 by Archbishop William Goh. Under the leadership of its Chaplains Fr Brian D’Souza and Fr Jude David, OYP cares for the pastoral needs of young people in the post- confirmation years: between 16 to 35 years of age. Our dream is to Raise Up A Generation for Christ who are deeply in love with Jesus and His church. Our ministry includes JC-IB students, NSFs, poly, ITE and private diploma students, universities and working adults.