Julita, SOCCOM Tawau
Tawau : The Catechetical Team of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau, organized a one-day Lenten Workshop for some 500 Sunday School children on Sunday, 9th March 2014 at the Parish Hall. Coming together on a Sunday, children and facilitators, is one of the many ways of spending time with the Lord.
The program provided opportunities to build stronger bonds between the children and the teachers. This is also an effective approach to connect to each other outside of class environment.
The program began with the Holy Mass at 9.00 am. The children were divided into two age categories; 7 – 11 years old ( some 200 children ) and from 12 to 17 years ( some 300 participants ).
The following topics were covered in the spiritual input sessions;
- What is Lent?
- The Paschal Mystery
- The Holy Week
- Preparation for Easter and
- Understanding the Way of the Cross
A movie on the Passion of Christ was shown to the 12- 17 years old category. The children reflected on the movie. It has made them aware of the suffering of Jesus for the salvation of all human kind. A group discussion session, reflecting on the suffering of Christ was held after the movie. The sharings touched on;
- Deepening of faith
- Understanding the meaning of Lent
- The three traditional pillars of Lent and
- Becoming better children of God
The spiritual input sessions had created a strong and positive impact on the participants. The children were attentive and participated actively in all the sessions. Such activity is likened to the process of planting and rooting the wonders of God’s love into their faith.
The games offered an opportunity to each one to grow together in their faith through the spirit of friendship, teamwork, and partnership. It has also instilled in them the sense of belonging as one family, holding them together without boundaries. If we can develop this sense from the early age then the next generation will be a peaceful and loving community, a great sign of God’s wonderful children for a better world.