Catholic youths from all corners of Lagos State turned out in their numbers on Sunday April 8th 2018 to celebrate the Archdiocesan youth day (AYD).
The celebration which brought together over 4,000 Catholic youths from the 15 Deaneries in the Archdiocese was hosted by Festac Deanery at the Catholic Church of the Annunciation Festac Town.
The all awaited day kicked off with a Holy Mass concelebrated by the bishop of the Archdiocese, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, Very Rev. Fr. Jerome Akinyemi, Dean/Parish Priest of the host Deanery/Parish, the Archdiocesan youth chaplain, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Odunaiya and his assistant Fr. Anthony Amosun, Deanery Chaplains and other Priests.
Other personalities who graced the event were the mother of the day, Mrs. Priscilla Nwankwo and Chief Ralph Eze-Okoli, the father of the day. The Port Harcourt diocesan youth secretary Mr. Paschal Nwala was also present to witness the awesome event.
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His Grace, in the very words of the Pope told the youths not to be afraid, (Luke 1:30) amidst the many monsters that face them in the society. The youths were told to seek the mind of God in every decision they intended to take.
The archbishop implored the young people to make positive use of the social media. He thus asked them to patronize the website Catholic.com and the Word on fire show.
The Archdiocesan youths processed in their crowds after the mass into the streets of Festac town carrying the Cross and the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The different Deaneries rolled out their drums and dancing shoes as they proceeded to the reception venue few kilometers away. The young people in collaboration with the JDPC also used the avenue to campaign against human trafficking of all sorts.
The height of the day was the Deanery parades as various Deaneries flagged their colours and danced to the admiration of the audience. A cooking competition was also held among six lucky deaneries.
The event also had the launching of dried fishes harvested from the Archdiocesan youth farm, dance presentations, jokes and cutting of the AYD cake.
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Food and drink blended the occasion as various Deaneries entertained themselves with different delicacies.
Earlier in the mass was the transition of power from the outgone executive council led by the president Mr. Vincent Nneji and his secretary Valentine Odoh to the new executive headed by Ezeugwu Chijioke.