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One of the participating teams performing
St Joseph the Worker Cathedral Shines in Deanery Quiz and Choral Competitions

By Philip Chisi (Methodology Advisor)

Two teams from St Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish emerged victors in Karonga Deanery Junior Sunday School Quiz and choral competitions which took place at St Mary’s Parish on Sunday 27th May, 2018.

Quiz session in progress
Quiz session in progress

Joseph the Worker Cathedral Centre and St. Helena Sub-Station (Vilawule), both under St Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish, scooped first positions in quiz and choral competitions respectively. These two teams will carry the Karonga Deanery flag as they meet fellow victors from Chitipa Deanery in the Diocesan finals.

The event attracted over 180 Junior Sunday School leaners from all the five parishes in the deanery. The quiz contest was among the following teams; St Mary’s Parish Centre, Kangindwa (St Steven’s Parish), St Augustine (Livingstonia Parish), St Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish Centre and St Anne’s Parish Centre. Each team was given a set of five questions, to respond to, corresponding to the number of contestants in each team.

St Joseph the Worker team answered all the five questions correctly and scored ten points, followed by St Steven’s Parish, which scored nine points. St Anne’s and St Teresa scored 7 points each while St Mary’s Parish Centre came last with five points.

The choral competition involved St Mary’s Centre, Vilawule (St Joseph), Kangindwa (St Steven’s), and Wovwe (St Anne’s). All teams, having won parish level competition, were well prepared for this competition; making it stiff. According to the Chief Judge, Gregor Lusale, the standard for judgement was availability and consistency of the four main voices (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), balancing and general impression.

One of the participating teams performing
One of the participating teams performing

In appreciation, the Sunday School Project Coordinator, Benjamin Msowoya expressed satisfaction with the positive improvement in both mastery of the catechism and singing.  He thanked all the Sunday school instructors for their dedication in organizing and training their learners.

There is now no distinction in matters of mastering catechism or singing between those Junior Sunday School learners from rural areas and those from urban areas as evidenced by the ability of those substations, far from the parish, managing to get to top position.

Picture of Moses Kamanga, quiz master
Kameme Prayer Centre Triumphs over Titi in Children Quiz Competition

By Lonely Paul Mwandira (Methodology Advisor St Michael’s Parish)

To ensure proper formation into Catholic faith, of Catholic Children, who are preparing for Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation, the Sunday School Ministry to Children under Pastoral Commission keeps on organizing quiz in different parishes. This time, Kameme Prayer Centre had a chance to face Titi Prayer Centre. Kameme carried the day with 14 point leaving in arrears Titi with 12 points. Quiz venue was Ipenza Prayer Centre.

Picture of Moses Kamanga, quiz master
Moses Kamanga, quiz master

In a brief interview with Sunday school instructors, Mr. Petros Mtambo thanked the Pastoral Team of St Michael’s Parish for bringing the quiz competition to Kameme and Titi because such activities motivate the children to work hard in following their catechetical instructions.

The fruits of such efforts are evident in many children since they are able to answer questions from the catechism now. Many Children are able to offer spontaneous prayers in public, better than some adults now.

“There is great motivation for children in the Sunday School Project, sports and provision of Likuni Phala have greatly increased the enrolment of Sunday school children” said Veronica Mtonga Sunday school instructor.

The M&E thanked the organizers and urged them to continue including more remote prayer centers in their quiz programmes for children in the parish.