The St. Thomas Province of Claretian Missionaries organized a 3 days spiritual animation programme for the youth of St. Sebastian’s Church Mathjikare Bangalore from 24th – 26th June at Claretian Provincial house Karukutty. It was a time for the youth for spiritual renewal and to realize their role in the church. On the last day they visited the a few sanctuaries in Kerala. The sessions were animated by Fr. Tomsy Palakal cmf and other members of the youth and vocation ministry team of the Province.

As part of the Claretian Youth Ministry, various camps and retreats were organized for different groups in different parishes such as: St. George Church Edappally, Christ the King Church Bheemanady, St. Joseph Forane Church Marika, Mar Sleeva Church Vannapuram, Kumbalangy. The programs were conducted by Rev. Frs. Vithayathil Martin, Palackal Tomcy, Chollakunnel Anish and theology students.

The focus of the camps and retreats was the integral formation and the spiritual renewal of the catechism students and the youths of the parishes. These three days were really enriching for the students and the youths. The themes were explained and expounded with the help of classes, songs, games, group activities and with the help of multimedia. The classes were so organized for the youths and the catechism students.

The parish priest and the catechism staffs helped to make the retreats and camps success, together with the youth ministry team. Every one of them benefited very much from the program. Thanks to the Claretian Youth Ministry team.

Thomas Paingottu