-Megan Almeida

The Aldona Parish Youth Inaugural for the Year 2023-2024 was held on the 9th July 2023 in the Parish Centre, Aldona. The Inaugural Day began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for all the Parish Youth by DYC Director Rev. Fr. Blaise Lobo (Main Celebrant) along with Rev. Fr. Agnelo Simoes (Concelebrant) and Deacon Roger D’Souza (Assistant).

 At the beginning of the mass, there was a short procession wherein one youth member came forward from each ward to stick a piece of heart on a board. Every piece of heart contained the names of the youth present in that same ward, thus symbolising Unity and love.

Following the Eucharist, there was a short break for refreshments. After that, Fr. Blaise Lobo and his team of four animators were felicitated with Potted Plants as an appreciation from the youth for their encouraging presence. Then, DYC conducted their first session of Youth formation.In his opening speech, Fr. Blaise stressed on how each of the youth present for the inaugural need to be grateful for the gift of Fr. Agnelo Simoes as the Parish Youth Animator and for all his efforts he put in visiting the youth ward-wise and also for visiting houses of the youth personally. Soon, DYC Animators began with their animation session.

Later, the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Tomas Lobo joined the Celebration of Youth Inaugural, along with Fr. Agnelo and Deac. Roger. They were presented with the Potted Plants by the Parish Youth.To make the inaugural even more special, the Logo for the 50 years of Aldona parish youth association (1973-2023) and the Parish Youth jerseys were unveiled by Fr. Tomas. Then, the fun-loving ice breaker session held by DYC followed. After the Inaugural, a brief meeting was held wherein the minutes of the previous meeting were read and two youth members from each ward were selected as Representatives to have better co-ordination in the future. This meeting was concluded by Fr. Agnelo with the final blessing.