KUWAIT, NOVEMBER 8, 2013: On Thursday, 31st October 2013, the Family Ministry of St Thérèse Parish in the North Arabian Vicariate and the Cherubs volunteers organized a special program for the widows and widowers of the parish. Fifty participants attended this program.
The Program began with Mass celebrated by Fr. Blany Pinto. The liturgy had a prayerful focus on the deceased spouses while comforting the widowed. The liturgical singing was animated by the melodious voices of the school children, ably led by Faust and Reema Menezes. In his homily, Fr. Blany shared how his mum's deep faith helped his family survive the unexpected loss of his father at an early age. He also highlighted many scriptures bringing to light the special place Jesus has in His heart for the widowed.
Mass was followed by personal sharing and testimonies from two widowed parishioners – Lester D'Mello, widowed after 15 years of marriage with two young children and Marilyn Pillai, widowed after 6 years of marriage, also having two very young children. Both Lester and Marilyn shared how faith played a key role in helping them cope with the most painful time in their lives. They both expressed how they could feel the gentle and caring hand of the Lord help them and their children face each day without their loved one. Friends and family stepped in like angels to provide support; sometimes even without asking for it. Encouraged by the strength and positive approach of both speakers, the group was then led into a lively fellowship of innovative games and spot prizes. DJ Rohan and MC Raymond did a great job of keeping them all engaged and excited.
While completing the Feedback Forms Eva Pinto said, "This is the first time anyone has done anything special for us. We are very touched and very happy". Fredrick Mendonca who was sitting nearby added, "This was an enjoyable evening. I especially liked the volunteers support and the arrangements".
Fr. Blany Pinto, the Parish Priest graced the fellowship with his presence despite his hectic schedule. He joined in the games and was in demand especially for the game of musical arms. At the end of the evening, he blessed the group and the volunteers, appreciating all the efforts put in to organize the event, while encouraging the widowed to keep their faith.
The feedback forms completed by the participants will help the Family Ministry design programs for this especially loved group of parishioners in the future.
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jer 29: 11