Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
May 11, 2009
Fun, fellowship build faith
Couples for Christ's youth movement gathers to strengthen the faith
Kristine Villanueva concurred that the youth event has a positive effect on her faith.
“I came here because I have been a part of the youth group for four years and I enjoy being here and meeting new people, and going in the competitions. I also want to learn more about God,” said Villanueva.
For her friend, Scarlet Vargas, this was her first time at a CFC-YFC event, which she attended at the behest of Villanueva.
“Kristine talks a lot about this and I thought it would be a fun way to get closer to God besides going to church every now and then,” said Vargas. “I think it’s a good way to bring you closer to God, and a fun way too.”
Anthony Obleada grew up going to youth functions, and now as a young adult he continues promoting CFC-YFC for a new generation of youth. He was the guest speaker at the weekend conference.
His hope is that these conferences will be a rallying point for Catholic youth to celebrate their faith, identity and talents.
Among the creative events for the youth were composing their own songs, short videos, banners and murals. They danced and designed their own T-shirts. There was a battle of the bands. Other fun events included Wii competitions in Rock Band and Mario Kart.
“We give them an opportunity to experience more than what they are being offered, for example the chance to play in a band, play an instrument, travel, and do youth ministry work, things that in most cases kids would never get the opportunity to do,” said Obleada.
If an adult asks a typical teenager what he or she intends on doing over the weekend, the answer never varies, he said.
“It’s the same routine every single weekend. They watch TV, they play video games and that’s the extent of their weekend. If we were to take all 52 weekends, probably 75 per cent would be like that.
“But in this case, they are going out and helping the poor, they are learning a new dance, a new skill, learning how to cook. They are given an opportunity to really expand their vision of themselves,” said Obleada.
The youth at the conference played whatever they chose.
“We give everyone a chance. You don’t have to make the team. You don’t have to be the best at it. If you want to play, you play.”
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