Publicity and Documentation Team,
Catholic Women's Apostolate,
St Mary's Cathedral, Sandakan
Sandakan : Each year and without fail, the Catholic Women's Apostolate of St Mary's Cathedral, Sandakan would hold the Children's Christmas Party. This year around, the annual celebration was held on 13th December 2015 with more than 100 children taking part in the event at the Parish Hall.
The Christmas Party was fully supported by some 50 CWA members, engaged in initial planning, preparation and implementation of the event. The CWA Chairladyof St Mary's Cathedral, Ferdee Mariano extended her appreciation to generous sponsors who provide food, beverages and Christmas gifts for the children.
Ferdee shared, 'the annual Children's Christmas Party is to share the Christmas joy with the children. It is an opportunity for kids to be kids with Christmas gifts, entertainment, games, treats and snacks. It is also an occasion for family bonding as most are accompanied by their parents.'
More than 250 people attended the occasion; the children, parents and CWA members. Also in attendance were Bishop Julius, Pilis Malim, the PPC Chairman Sr Appollonia fsic, the CWA Spiritual Adviser and Cecilia D'Souza, the Chairlady of the Diocesan CWA.
The highlight of the event was the pantomime of the 'Nativity' by the children. The presentation was colourful, entertaining and above all meaningful. It has enlightened the kids on the Nativity Story, the coming of Jesus Christ into the world befitting the theme, 'A Saviour Is Born.'
There were three games for the children, 'Calamansi Race' for children aged 3 - 5 years old, the 'three-legged race' for those aged 6 - 8 years and the 'Clothes Pin' for those 9 - 12 years. There were more than 50 lucky draws, giving the children ample opportunity to win. All children received their Christmas gifts from Santa Claus.
There were performances to entertain the children and presentation of Christmas carols by young performers from the various groups. The Miss and Master Christmas stole the show with their colourful costumes. The occasion ended with a luncheon fellowship followed by a closing prayer led by Sr Appollonia fsic.