Queen of Apostles’ Parish holds 2018 Children’s Day

Sunday, May 27, 2018 (Children’s Day) was another important day in the history of Queen of Apostles’ Catholic Church, Rumuepirikon Port Harcourt, as the parishioners celebrated their children as never before.
The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Raphael Kpeden, thanked God for the gifts of the children and the grace to celebrate them.
He enjoined parents to take good care of their children, groom them in the Catholic faith and doctrines as they were the hope and future leaders of the Church and society. He appreciated the Children’s Ministry for preparing them for the celebration.
Fr. Kpeden commended the children for their active participation in the Mass as they sang the Mass, served as Ministers of Hospitality, Altar Servers and as Lay Readers.
In his homily at the Holy Mass, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Wambai of the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, reminded the parishioners of places where Jesus used little children to teach the disciples and the crowd. “Until you become like these little children; you would not enter into the kingdom of God” and in another place he said, ‘let the children come to me”.
He explained that the adults could emulate the children’s innocence, obedience, trust and instant forgiveness. “The children would fight and resolve their dispute instantly. They run to their parents for safety thus, reminding the parents to run to God for protection at the moment of trials and tribulations”, he said.
Fr. Wambai called on the parents to invest in their children and they would enjoy them in the future and prayed God to bless those seeking for fruits of the womb with children.
The Priest frowned at those involved in the act of abortion. “Life is sacred and precious in the sight of God. Children are gifts from God and nobody has the right to terminate life either through abortion or other means. Thou shall not kill. Cherish the child God has given to you”, he advised.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Virginus Baakel congratulated the children and appreciated the Planning Committee for the great reception for the children this year.
He commended the parents for allowing their children and wards participate effectively in the celebration.
Highlights of the celebration were Holy Mass, Welcome Song, Cutting of Cake, Drama, Recitations, Choreography, News broadcast, Cultural display and March past by St. Rita, St. Kizito, St. Johnbosco and St. Maria Goretti houses of the parish.
Present at the event were Rev. Frs. Emmanuel Wambai and James Dasat, Sir Ikenna Obi, Sir Kingdom Chujor, Mr. Abu, Mr. Gregory Olieh, and the Parish CWO President, Keyna-Mary Akwuobi among others.

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