May 6, 2019 - May 9, 2019 @ 9:00 AM


The village exposure camp by Young Catholic Students Movement, Udupi Diocese for four days had been organised at St Anthony A ward belonging to Padukone parish of Kundapur Deanery from 06 to 09 April 2019. It started with a procession march from St Anthony Church Padukone to the house where the camp was held. The inaugural ceremony was presided by Most Rev. Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi. The Camp was inaugurated by Rev. Fr Stany Tauro, Dean Kundapur Deanery by breaking the coconut. Mr. Grashen Crasta Church vice president hoisted the YCS Flag, Fr Fedrick Mascharenhas Parish Priest of Padukone welcomed the gathering., Mr. Vincent Dsouza Secretary PPC Padukone , Mr. Grashen Dsouza Ward President & others were present.

Students were shuffled into 6 groups which consisted of students from different parishes. Each group had specific task to perform and common competitions were also held. Various activities were conducted based on the methodology of the movement - See (Awareness), Judge (Analysis) and Act (Action & Evaluation). The group activities helped the students to mingle with each other, make new friends, learn to live in a community, adjustment, etc. All of them spent the four days without using mobile phones which made them participate in full spirit.

The main purpose of this exposure was to understand the life of villagers and the way they viewed life. Participants visited the villagers and interviewed them which enabled them to understand the motto in a better way. For the students it was a special experience. The youngsters experienced the struggle of common man and the life style of village. For many of them it was first experience to work. They learned to cook, cleaned the surroundings, worked in fields, Konkani culture, Gumta songs etc.

Every day began with Holy Mass and then the work. A session on Career guidance was conducted by Fr Reginald Pinto, Director SAMPADA Udupi. Vicar General Msgr Baptist Menezes taught the Divine Mercy chaplet to the participants. conducted the Taize prayer which was most liked by the youngsters. Various games & action songs were conducted.

Around  61 students from various parishes actively participated in the camp. 

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