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Thursday, June 27, 2013

'WE ARE ONE FAMILY OF GOD'

By : Julita, SOCCOM Tawau               
Tawau : Holy Trinity Parish Tawau, organized a half-day food bazaar and  games in conjunction with the Annual Parish Family Day on Saturday 22nd June 2013 with the theme of 'We Are One Family of God.' The main objective of the event is to strengthen the bond and understanding among families of all the various communities in the parish.
Msgr Nicholas making the first coconut throw to mark the start of the Family Day
Some 300 parishioners; children, youth and adults ~ parents and grandparents, mainly from the 4 main communities namely TUKAD (Kadazan Dusun Community), IPC (Indonesian Pastoral Community), FPC (Filipino Pastoral Community) and CPC (Chinese Pastoral Community) attended the event. 
The event began with  an Opening Prayer led by Sr. Liza, FSIC. It was then followed with an aerobic session led by  a professional aerobic instructor  at 7.30 am. 
Food stalls were set up by the various communities to provide parishioners easy access to food for breakfast as well as lunch at very reasonable price. A vast variety of food; fried noodle, stuffed taufu, fried chicken wings, porridge, soto, fruits, lichun, drinks ( hot and cool ) and various traditional food were on sale. Some senior parishioners attended and witnessed the event. Their attendance was a great support to the participants and the organizers.
It was a fun-filled day with a host of games like street soccer, tug-of-war, coconut bowling and sack race. The children participated in the telematch.
Fr. David in his address to all participants and supporters of the event said, 'Through this activity we believe that the spirit of friendship and understanding will unite us all as one family of God in witnessing His love to others. We hope that this wonderful, simple but yet joyful occasion will built among us the spirit of togetherness and care.' 
The involvement of each community in the selling of food and participation in the games had contributed to the success of the event. It is indeed marvelous that with God’s love and the spirit of unity, respect and acceptance prove that there is nothing that can divide the wonders of God's plan in uniting the human race as one community. There are of course parts to be improved but  yet this event will stimulate the understanding of each parishioners the importance to stand together and to journey as a whole and not as individual.
The Holy Trinity Parish Tawau is planning to host a similar activity  for the up coming 6th  Sandakan Diocesan Anniversary event in October this year.

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