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Apr 18, 2017 - Apr 21, 2017

The village exposure camp by Young Catholic Students Movement, Udupi Diocese for four days had been organised at Kopla belonging to Palimar parish from 18th to 21st April 2017. It started with a procession march from St. Pius X Church, Palimar 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 Sri Vinay Kumar Sorake, MLA Kaup by breaking the coconut. Fr Charles Noronha, Parish Priest of Palimar welcomed the gathering. Johan Lewis, Ex YCS Council Member shared his past experience in YCS. Fr Edwin D'souza, DYD of Udupi Diocese briefed about the camp. Fr Paul Rego Director YCS Shirva Deanery, Fr Kiran Nazareth Director ICYM Shirva Deanery, Hezel Martis President YCS/YSM Karnataka Region, Mr Jithendra Furtado President Palimar Panchayath & 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 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. Collage Presentation was conducted by Fr Chethan Machado, Director YCS YSM India.  Mr Norbert Misquith conducted the Taize prayer which was most liked by the youngsters. Various games & action songs were conducted by Fr Kiran Nazareth Director ICYM Shirva Deanery.

Around 80 students 15 animators from various parishes actively participated in the camp.

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