BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3127
BONDED TOGETHER – A FELLOWSHIP OF FAMILIES
NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 : On Thursday, September 13, 2012, the Cherubs Team of the Family Ministry of St Thérèse Parish in the North Arabian Vicariate organized the monthly program for couples married in 2000. It was attended by about 40 couples and almost sixty children.
The Program began with Mass at 6.30 pm celebrated by the parish priest. The liturgy was well prepared keeping the marriage theme in mind. The liturgical singing was animated by the melodious voices of the school children. In his homily, the celebrant drew insights for the book of Genesis and emphasized that God made human beings in his own image. He went on to explain that God is Trinity and so Trinity is the model for every family. Mass was followed by a brief presentation on the various Parish activities in order to increase awareness and to offer the couples an opportunity to participate more actively in the parish community.
Next, over light snacks, Fr. Blany conducted an Enrichment session on Effective Communication and Active Listening. Through active participation, sharing and discussion the couples were exposed to effective ways of communicating and listening to each other. This was followed by a lively fellowship of games, spot prizes and dancing.
Ice-breaker games gave the couples an opportunity to get to know others married in the same year. The activity game musical crabs had couples dancing in various “entangled” positions much to their amusement! Through the evening, the lively music provided by Shaun Rebello kept the couples on their feet while the MC Ursula Lobo did a stellar job of keeping them all engaged and excited.
All this while, in a separate area, a special program was underway for the children to enable the couples to spend undisturbed, quality time together. The children’s program included a variety of activities ranging from an animated movie on Creation, action songs and arts & crafts to Bible Bingo for the older children and colouring for the younger ones.
Towards the end of the program the children joined the party. They brought the special greeting cards they had prepared for their parents. After a lively game of passing the parcel, the children performed an action song along with their parents.
The Program ended with a spontaneous vote of thanks from the couples. Nourished and enriched, the happy families returned back to their homes. Several couples also volunteered to be active members in the parish by registering for the various parish activities.
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