CANADA-UNITED STATESCap-Jeunesse at the NDC Shrine
“Mission Vocation” welcomes young adults who feel called and want to join the Oblate community in living the charism of Eugene de Mazenod. It is also a presence among different groups working closely with the Oblates in works in which they are involved.
I would like to briefly introduce you to Cap-Jeunesse (CJ) (Cape Youth), a group of young people at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape, Trois-Rivières, this year celebrating its thirtieth anniversary of involvement in the community. The Shrine’s youth sector originated following the visit of John Paul II in 1984. At the gatherings, there is animation, formation with groups of youth and families, theatrical plays, catechesis for young people who are preparing to live a sacrament and participation in communal activities. We find CJ involved by helping with dance and theatrical programs during the Festival of the Assumption, in animating groups on the grounds during the summer season and at the Gardens of Light during the holiday season. Cap-Jeunesse is a team of young adults, who serve as contractual workers and as volunteers.
In line with the mission of the Shrine and the Youth Mission of the Diocese of Trois-Rivières, Cap-Jeunesse is, among other things, a gathering of young leaders who have at heart the bringing of the Good News to our world that so desperately needs it. Thus, at the heart of the life of Cap-Jeunesse, we feel the need to nourish ourselves on the Word, on prayer and fraternal sharing, so as to be a source of life for those to whom we are sent and for pilgrims who come to the Sanctuary. This is the evangelization of young people by young people and that is why I believe deeply in the importance of being there, present, attentive to sustain the life that flows through these young witnesses who are the Church today. Thank you, Cap-Jeunesse! (Réjean VIGNEAULT, coordinator of Mission Vocation in INFO OMI 1 December 2014)