Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings

KCYM Family wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bp. Joseph Pandarasseril Elected as KCBC Youth Commission Chairman

Bp. Joseph Pandarasseril, (Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Kottayam,) was elected as the new Chairman for the KCBC Youth Commission. He replaces, Bp. Vincent Samuel, Bishop of Diocese of Neyyattinkara, the former Youth Commission Chairman. The new Chairman for Youth Commission was elected in the KCBC meeting which was held at POC, Ernakulam.

Bp. Pandarasseril was born on April 18, 1961 at Ettumanoor, Kottayam. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Mangalore and was ordained a priest on December 28, 1987. He studied Canon Law at Santa Croce University in Rome and took Licentiate Degree in 1995. He was consecrated bishop on October 28, 2006.

Bp. Dr. Joseph Kariyil, (Bishop, Diocese of Kochi) and Bp. Dr. Thomas Mar Anthonios, (Curial Bishop of Syro Malankara Church) were elected as the Vice Chairman of the Youth Commission.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

KCYM UTSAV-2010 Concludes Flamboyantly

UTSAV-2010, the state youth festival of Kerala Catholic Youth Movement concluded at Mananthavady on December 5th. Arch Diocese of Trivandrum secured the first position in the arts festival which was conducted on December 4th and 5th. Prizes for the winners were distributed by Fr. Mathew Madapallikunnel, Vicar General of Diocese of Mananthavady.

The hosts, KCYM Diocese of Mananthavady secured the second position in the youth festival in which more than 600 youth from different catholic diocese in Kerala contested. The third and fourth position was secured by KCYM Diocese of Tellicherry and KCYM Diocese of Kothamangalam.

In the youth festival that spanned for two days, Lydia Sebastian from Arch Diocese of Trivandrum and Bibin Antony from Diocese of Thamaraserry were elected as Kalathilakam and Kalaprathibha (individual champions) respectively.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Splendid Start for UTSAV at Mananthavady

The state youth festival of Kerala Catholic Youth Movement (KCYM) officially began at Mananthavady on December 4th. The arts fest, which is conducted with an aim of developing and promoting the talents of the youth, was inaugurated by M. A. Shanavas, MP of Wayanad Constituency.

UTSAV 2010, which is hosted by KCYM Diocese of Mananthavady, began in a splendid manner with the hoisting of KCYM tri color flag, which was done by Mareena Rincy, KCYM State Secretary. In the evening when the competitions for the day one were concluded, the public meeting and official inauguration of UTSAV 2010 took place.

Johnson Sooranadu, KCYM State General Secretary delivered the welcome address for the public meeting, in which Deepak Cherkkottu, KCYM State President presided. Fr. Jaison Kollannur, KCYM State Director delivered the introductory address, while Mar. Jose Perunnedam, Bishop, Diocese of Mananthavady and Mar. Joseph Mar Thomas, Bishop, Diocese of Bathery delivered the benedictory address and key note address respectively.

K. L. Paulose, President, District Panchayath, C. Abdul Asharaf, President, Mananthavady Block Panchayath, Fr. Sunny Kollarthottam, Director, Diocese of Mananthavady, Sajin Jose Chalil, President KCYM, Diocese of Mananthavady and Jose Pallath, MIJARC Solidarity Committee Member felicitated the program. Liji kalarikkal, KCYM State Syndicate Member from Diocese of Mananthavady delivered the vote of thanks for the meeting.

The public meeting was followed by variety entertainment programs including a fusion dance, which was performed by Asianet Vodafone Thakadhimi winner Jobin George and members Jobz and Sabz School @ Dance.

Friday, December 3, 2010

KCYM State Youth Festival to Begin at Mananthavady Tomorrow

‘UTSAV-2010’, the state youth festival of Kerala Catholic Youth Movement will begin at Dwaraka Sacred Heart’s Higher Secondary School, Mananthavady on December 4th. The youth festival where participants from 30 catholic dioceses in Kerala contest in different competitions will conclude on December 5th.

In the youth festival that aims at developing the artistic talents in the youth will be hosted by KCYM Diocese of Mananthavady. The diocesan committee under the leadership of Fr. Sunny Kollarthottam, Director of KCYM, Diocese of Mananthavady has made magnificent arrangements for welcoming the participants of UTSAV-2010 to their diocese.

The opening ceremony of UTSAV-2010 will begin in a splendid manner here in Mananthavady with Deepak Cherkkottu, KCYM State President hoisting the tri color KCYM flag. The competitions are scheduled to begin at 9 AM on December 4th. Various committees are in the final preparations for the UTSAV-2010. The youth festival will be concluded with a public meeting followed by a prize distribution ceremony on the 5th evening.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jomon Vellapally Elected as FIMCAP Asian President

Jomon Thomas Vellapally, former ICYM National vice president and a Fimcap representative, has been elected as the Asian President of Fimcap. He was elected in the Fimcap Asian Conference which was held at Srilanka from 25th November to 28th November.

Jomon Thomas Vellapally, who is a native of Manimala in Kottayam District, was the ICYM National Vice President in the activity year 2008 - 2010. Jomon, an active member of Changasserry Arch Diocese, was formerly the diocesan president of Yuvadeepti-KCYM Arch Diocese of Changasserry and Pastoral Council Member.

Fimcap is the international federation of catholic parochial youth movements, but even more a family for youth workers, youth and children all over the world. The name fimcap originates from the French title: Fédération Internationale des Mouvements Catholiques d’Action Paroissale. Today, Fimcap has more than twenty members around the world, situated in more than twenty countries on four continents.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

KCYM State Convention to Begin at Thodupuzha

The 32nd state convention of Kerala Catholic Youth Movement or KCYM will officially begin on November 12th, 2010 at Thodupuzha. The state convention will be hosted by Yuvadeepthi-KCYM Diocese of Kothamangalam.

The convention, which highlights the theme ‘Developed Nation through Zealous Youth’, will begin 4 PM on 12th November with various processions from Diocese of Idukki, Archdiocese of Verapoly and Diocese of Palai. The convention will officially begin by the flag hoisting ceremony, in which the KCYM tricolor will be hoisted by Anitha Andrew, KCYM State Vice President.

On November 13th, the second day of the convention, there will be a public rally and demonstration, in which more than 50,000 youth from the 30 catholic dioceses in Kerala are expected to participate. Msgr. Thomas Malekudi, Vicar General for the Diocese of Kothamangalam will flag off the public rally at 2 PM. The public meeting in which Deepak Cherkot, KCYM State President will preside will begin when the public rally reaches the Municipal Ground. Fr. Jaison Kollannur, KCYM State Director will deliver the introductory speech in the meeting which will be inaugurated by Vayalar Ravi, Hon. Central Minister for Overseas Affairs.

In the public meeting, Bp. Joshua Ignathous, KCBC President will deliver the key note address while Bp. George Punnakkattil, CBCI Vice President and Bishop of Diocese of Kothamangalam will deliver the benedictory address. P.T. Thomas MP, P.J. Joseph MLA, ICYM General Secretary Joice Mary Antony, Royson Kuzhinjalil, President, KCYM Diocese of Kothamangalam, Dr. Joseph Kochuparambil, Director, KCYM Diocese of Kothamangalam, Sunny Kaduthazhe, Former KCYM State President and Fr. Jose Monipilly will deliver address the gathering.

The state convention will conclude on November 14th with the meeting of selected representatives from the 30 dioceses in Kerala. On the last day of the convention KCBC Youth Commission Chairman Bp. Vincent Samuel will offer the Holy Mass and deliver his message.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Web Portal Launched for Youth in India

The Church in India has launched a new web portal for young people with multimedia and social networking facilities, claiming it to be the first Church site to link its content to cell phones.

Nuncio to India Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio launched the site at the concluding function of a national youth convention on Oct. 17 in Shillong, the capital of Christian majority Meghalaya state.

An estimated 60,000 young people, especially from northeastern states witnessed the launch along with some 400 priests gathered for the week-long event.

The portal is conceived, developed and maintained in collaboration with, the Bangkok-based Catholic news service specialized in covering the Asian Church.

The site, having a full-fledged multimedia and social networking targeted at youth, is first such in the global Church, says Jesuit Father Michael Kelly, executive director of

The Indian Catholic Youth Movement that functions under the youth office of the Indian bishops collaborated to develop the site.

“The site is for you, and it is your site,” Father Kelly said amid applause from young people, dressed in colorful tribal and regional dresses.

“The Church is a community of communities. And sharing is the basics of communities,” Father Kelly said adding that the site helps build and sustain the communities.

“Here the technology is working to do what the Church wants to achieve–communicate a message and enrich relationships,” he added.

Rakesh Singh of the youth movement who coordinated the project with UCA News said the young people have “taken it as a big step of the Church forward.”

India is a world hub of technological development and the Indian youth are well aware of it. Here the Church is meeting them with something that they well understand, Singh added.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pontiff Urges Youth to Pray Daily Rosary

Benedict XVI is noting Thursday's feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, encouraging the faithful to appreciate this traditional prayer.

The Pope spoke of the rosary today at the conclusion of the general audience, when he offered his customary greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds.

"October is the month of the holy rosary, which invites us to appreciate this prayer so dear to the tradition of the Christian people," he said.

The Holy Father went on to invite youth "to make the rosary your daily prayer." He encouraged those suffering from illness to use the rosary "to grow in confident abandonment in God's hands."

Finally, he exhorted newlyweds "to make of the rosary a constant contemplation of the mysteries of Christ."