Saint Gabriel Youth Community

1. INTRODUCTION
As a student who wants to complement the capability of learning and teaching in all fields, I did volunteer to improve skill and abilities as well as a requirement to supplement my education phase. Therefore, in this report I will describe about the voluntary activities as a Chairman of Youth community of the Parish of Saint Gabriel, Jakarta – Indonesia I have ever done.

2. DESCRIPTION OF WORK AND THE ORGANISATION
2.1 The organization
St. Gabriel Catholic Church is set by the Archdiocese of Jakarta on July 23, 1995 as a 51st parish in Jakarta, Indonesia. Through the motto “Gaudium Omnibus”, means enjoyment for people with expect that the occurrence of this parish can provide particularly good news for the people of the community surrounding the church. Historically, the Saint Gabriel church is the chapel of the Parish church of Saint Bonaventure in 1988. At the time, people listed as many as 439 people and parishes along the development process, the presence of people increased to 2811 people. Furthermore, officially Saint Gabriel became a Parish on 23 July 1995 by the Archbishop of Jakarta declaration number 1083/3.25.3/9.
In its organizational structure, there are two types organizational structures, such as:

a. Territorial
which is manageably small area housing a community of some people who registered, who lived, worked and worshipped together, with a church and a school at its center and a minister and a kirk session to attend to both its spiritual and its temporal necessities. The territorial organised by
– Chairman of the parish council,
– Vice chairman of the parish council,
– Parish Council Secretary,
– Treasurer of the parish council,
– Chairman of the parish youth,
– Chairman of the region,
– Chairman of the youth region.

b. Categorical
The religious service activity of Parish community. For instance:
– Bible study community
– Legion of Mary
– Elderly community
The community involved has an organitation structure that collaborates and supports each other.

In this organisation, I have involved as a Chairman of Youth community of the Parish of Saint Gabriel, Jakarta – Indonesia that has some of responsibilities such as:
– Thinking and coordinate youth group activities.
– Pursue funding and facilities to support the smooth coaching and development in the parish and parts of its territory.
– Responsible for the implementation of the youth group in the parishes and regions.
Make an annual accountability report and the incidental and financial performance of duties to the Board of the Parish Pastoral.

2.2 My Involvement
I have involved in this community from 2004 until 2007 (approximately + 10950 hours) as a Chairman of the parish youth. During the involvement, I have learned different experience such as:
– Sport competition organizer (2004)
– Organizer of the 40th days requiem mass of Pope John Paul II (8th may 2005).
– Organizer of the visit to the seminary (2006).
– Bible Camp organizer (2006).
– Journalistic workshop organizer (2007).
– Organizer of the pilgrimage to the cave Maria (2007).
– Bible Study group organizer (2004 – 2007).
– Christmas celebration organizer (2004 – 2007).
– Easter celebration organizer (2004 – 2007).
– Natural Disasters rescue team leader (2004 – 2007).
– Youth & Elderly mass organizer (2004 – 2007)

3. LEARNING OUTCOME

3.1 Developed an awareness of social justice issues and the economic and social effects of modern life.
The social issues that appear in the society seem to be the problem that no one can live without the others. The problem cannot be solved as the people are living in the varying level of economic and social. Some of them are living in the place, condition and environment that can allow them to do much but some are on the contrasting side. As this control, the involvement in the non-profit organization has allowed people to create fewer limitations between the two categories. Since it is a non-profit organization, the anxiety of being socially and economically stressed can be taken away in order to create a better social life, which stress on the better together.

3.2 Heightened awareness of the responsibility of individuals to the wider community
This volunteer helps me to realize to contribute our time and energy to the society, which are needed my support. Since, I am youthful to have an opportunity to help someone, who is still need my support. It is important to support the other while I can afford to do it.

3.3 Ethical, spiritual, professional and personal development
I might say that learn to share with others from youth in different background after doing this volunteer. The most appropriate regarding this personal reflecting is when I was on public as I am able to respect the others regardless of their background. The reason is because I have realised since I was attending the volunteer, which is involved to the community.

3.4 Business communication skills, information literacy and interpersonal skills
There will be a difference the first time as a volunteer at the church. While serving in this community, I have got many opportunities to interact with others, speak in front of people, and speech. I also get knowledge about the structures and procedures within the organization. Furthermore, I have the ability on how to organize, facilitate, and cooperate with the team.

3.5 Critical and analytical abilities.
These skills I have gained when I was joined with this community in 2004. Moreover, I realize the importance from the social work. Their purpose is to bring back the society for working together. The volunteer in St. Gabriel church served the community with their feeling as a volunteer, as their love their community.

4. REFLECTION
The Volunteering not only helps and benefits one’s community but, in a way, it benefits the volunteers themselves. For instance, I believe volunteering makes a person feel worthy, as if they’ve accomplished something because they made someone else’s life better or they made a change in their community somehow. Volunteering also shows that that person is generous, compassionate, and good-hearted, because he/she is kind enough to give up a few hours of their time and put it into their community. It also serves others without expecting to get anything out of their service. I believe that everyone should give back to their community because volunteering will make your community a more comforting and pleasing place to live in.

One Response to Saint Gabriel Youth Community

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