ASIA/CHINA - Marian Month in the port city of Changshu: Special initiative for young people

Monday, 6 May 2024 local churches   youth   marian devotion  

Changshu (Agenzia Fides) - "Young people of Christ, come and serve the Church!". Under this motto, the Changshugang Parish of the Diocese of Suzhou celebrated the day of the Marian Month dedicated to young people on Sunday, May 5th. Numerous boys and girls from the port city of Changshu (Jangsu Province) joined the initiative and experienced a day of exchange that ended with a barbecue. Together with priests and religious sisters, the young people exchanged personal experiences with their faith and their lives as part of the initiative. Father Dai Xuefeng, the parish priest, encouraged the young laypeople to "take advantage of the opportunity to get closer to the Lord, accept God's love and dedicate themselves to the service of the Church." Young pastor Wang Zhihong spoke to his peers about the role of young people in today's society and the call to mission that challenges young Christians. In their reflections, the priests emphasized that the simplest and most direct way to bear witness to Jesus in the Chinese context is to share one's own experiences with other people and in this way also to integrate the church community into society to promote services for all. Since the beginning of May, the Changshu Catholic Community has launched an extensive program of initiatives and impulses to help all baptized Catholics experience gestures and opportunities for communal veneration of the Virgin Mary in the month dedicated to her, leaving the self-referential closure and participating in pilgrimages to Marian churches and shrines. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides, 6/5/2024)