By Julita Kantod
Tawau - Some 300 children gathered at Holy Trinity Parish Hall to celebrate pre-Christmas Children’s Party on 11th December 2017 from 11 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. The event coincided with the 3rd Sunday of Advent also called “Joyful Sunday”.
This yearly event organized successfully for the past few years was to encourage the participation from lapse Catholic families besides strengthening the relationship between parents and children. This occasion eventually would develop a sense of belonging within the Catholic families and to inculcate a Catholic spirituality amongst growing up children. It is an opportunity to the little ones to experience and learn to live in harmony through friendship and togetherness regardless of races and cultures.
All children from 5 to 12 years old registered themselves 2 weeks prior to the celebration in order to own a coupon for food and goodies. Some of them were below 5 years as well as babies who also registered on that particular day accompanied by their parents just to support the participating children in that event. Those who attended were Msgr. Nicholas Ong the Rector, Religious sister, PPC Chairman and elders present to support the Youth in their activity.
Program began with an opening prayer and grace before meal by Msgr. Nicholas Ong followed by a short welcoming address from James to greet the participants.
A slot of story on the Annunciation and the Birth of Christ was presented by the PYA to the children to share with them the meaning of Christmas, with hope that they will know why Christmas is celebrated.
Children from all the communities mainly Chinese, Indonesian, Kadazan-Dusun-Murut and Filipino regardless of races joined in the fun and laughter during the games. In fairness, they were divided into groups according to their age.
Generous parents and parishioners have contributed in the form of food and goodies including presents for all the games prepared.
Indeed, children who learn to live with other races and culture can become the future pillar and foundation in bringing peace and unity in the community.
Thanks to the event organizers, the Parish Youth Apostolate ( PYA) led by James Joseph and the Team, both the main parish and outstation children had their moment of joy, friendship and “freedom” during the Christmas 2016.
Program ended at 4pm with a closing prayer by Sr. Liza.