Holiday catechetical program for the young
The parish of Saint Gabriel in Wolisso has around 1,000 parishioners. They are proud of the fact that their families have been Catholics for many generations. Around 700 Catholics live in the town of Wolisso and another 300 live in a village around 20 km away.
Father Kebede Deju is very happy to see the faithful so actively involved in Church life and in expressing their great love of God. More than anything, he is delighted at the 200 or so children who regularly come to church. But these very children are a particular cause for concern to him. Why? Because during the school holidays there is usually very little for them to do, often ending up spending their time hanging around in the streets.
He has come up with the idea of organizing a seven-day holiday program with the help of the local religious Sisters and seminarians, in order to give these children and young people a chance to engage in constructive and meaningful activities, which will at the same time help them to grow in their faith.
Among other things, the program will include looking at some of the stories in the Bible, which will be followed with a Bible quiz. The children will have a chance to pray and sing together, to get to know Jesus better and learn more about the Church and her Sacraments, how to practice Christian charity towards one another, and much more. The program is intended to help them shape their lives after the pattern of their faith. Once completed, the children will be receive a Bible or another religious book and various devotional objects, such as rosaries or holy pictures, to take home as a gift.
In order to be able to make the program a success, the parish will need to borrow a loudspeaker sound system, and the children will also need materials for their various activities, they will also need help with board and lodging too. Father Kebede Deju has turned to ACN for help, on behalf of all the children and young people. He writes:
“We, the children and young people of the parish, are praying together with our priests for the success of this project. We Catholics here are only few in number and we want to be able to strengthen our people through this course, so that they can learn more about the Catholic Church, its teaching and its sacraments, and experience the Bible as a whole, so that they can grow in faith and genuinely live their faith. We are hoping and praying that you will be able to help us to proclaim the Gospel to the people in these rural regions and so achieve our goals.”
We are planning to help with a contribution of $7,300 for the fulfillment of the project.
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