by: Fr. Julio Mota SDBFatumaca, Timor-Leste. On September 13-15, the youth animators from different youth centers gathered in the newly established Carlo Gamba Training Center Fatumaca. This is the 17 th annual gathering of the Salesian Youth Movement since 2002.
Upon the arrival, these youth animators were welcomed by the organizers accompanied by some Salesian priests and FMA sisters. After receiving the ID card and taken some merenda, the youth animators assembled in the gym for a photo session of every group and a welcome remarks by the TLS Provincial, Fr. Apolinário Neto, sdb accompanied by both of SDB and FMA Youth Ministry Delegates. After this, Fr. João Boavida, SDB gave a brief introduction on the theme of this gathering, “Christus Vivit, Young people: Holiness is for you too, you are the ‘now’ of God.” It was a mash-up theme from Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation and the Strenna of the Rector Major for this year. After the talk, all participants proceeded to the grotto of Our Lady for the Mass presided by Fr. João Boavida, SDB. There was dinner and a short break before having the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession at the same time. This first day of gathering was closed with a good night talk given by the in-charge of the community, Fr. Amarianto, SDB.