BRISBANE East Deanery youth band Coram Deus is fine-tuning its talents in preparation for the journey of the World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08) Cross and Icon through the deanery in August.
The deanery will stage an early morning event on August 19 at Sts Peter and Paul Parish, Bulimba, that deanery youth co-ordinator Christian Nobleza says will capture the energy and excitement of World Youth Day in Sydney next year.
Coram Deus, which means “in the presence of God”, held a weekend earlier this month at Kindilan outdoor retreat centre, Redland Bay, to practise, bond, commune with nature and pray.
The group’s lead song writer and guitarist Nihal D’Silva has written a song inspired by Pope Benedict’s first encyclical Deus Caritas Est (God is Love).
The band performed for the first time at a youth rally at St Thomas Parish, Camp Hill, on February 17, and plans to visit all parishes in the deanery.
Christian said the intention was for a different parish each month to host a youth rally, and for the band to play at that parish’s Mass two weeks before the event.
“Events like these in our deanery will consolidate existing youth ministry events and activities and also provide a platform to start new initiatives,” he said.
A deanery-wide youth Lenten program, training and formation days for youth and adult volunteers, and connecting with the Movers and Shakers leadership training program are some of the planned events.
Over the coming months, Coram Deus will stage free events open to teenagers and young adults from all parishes.
Donations are appreciated to fund the band’s work.
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