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Updated: Dec 1, 2021

“Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” Mark 10:14.

November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

On this day, Our Lady of Dolour’s Church, Bela, organized Children’s Day celebration for parish children of 1st std. to 10th std. with a motive of bringing them together for a time of experience the fellowship through variety of activities.

The day began with the Eucharistic Celebration. During mass the inauguration of the regular Catechism classes was also done.

Refreshments were served to the children soon after the mass. The programme began with prayer followed by a children's day wishing song by parish priest accompanied by catechism teachers.

The regent, Bro. Denzil initiated the group dynamics dividing children into 4 groups with attractive names of cartoon characters to each group. The children switched on to very active mode with the action song “Hippi hippi chalo meri gadi” which all children participated in joyfully. Next some games were organized to be played between the 4 groups concluding with the game themed 'united we stand divided we fall’ by Mr. Ambrose.

After the group dynamics the group games were conducted by the respective class teachers for each class in which all children participated enthusiastically.

In the valedictory programme held soon after in which the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Stany Pereira, the vice president of parish council, Mr. John Crasta, the catechism animator, Mrs. Pracilla Crasta, and Br Denzil were present, the winners were presented with prizes.

The parish priest appreciated the efforts of all teachers for the success of the programme.

Mrs. Juliana proposed the vote of thanks. The sponsors were thanked for their generosity. The services of volunteers to prepare food was appreciated. The teachers and volunteers were thanked for their service. The support of Superiors of Capitanio and Dominican convent was acknowledged.

Mrs. Vinitha Helen compered the whole programme. The day was concluded with delicious food and Ice cream. 170 children who were present cheerfully participated in this unique joyful celebration.

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