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Bishop Mtumbuka Urges Junior Sunday School Children to be Instruments of Peace

By Phillip Chisi

Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka of the Diocese of Karonga has urged Junior Sunday School children to be instruments of peace in their homes and communities.

Bishop Mtumbuka interacting with Sunday school children
Bishop Mtumbuka interacting with Sunday school children

Bishop Mtumbuka said this on Sunday at St Mary’s Karonga Girls Secondary School when he interacted with over 260 children from all corners of the Diocese at this year’s Diocesan Junior Sunday School Rally.

The Bishop stressed that children have a bigger role to play in the promotion of peace. He further assured the children that the Church will continue to teach to be instruments of peace and on ways of resolving conflicts among themselves among themselves or among those they know.

In the same vein, the Bishop has declared, effective 26th August, 2018, children should be singing or reciting Franciscan Prayer of Peace in their Mass between communion and thanksgiving hymn across the Diocese. The Bishop further asked the children to emulate St Francis’ desire for peace.

The rally was held under the theme, “Children the Instruments of Peace”. The aim of the rally was to give children a platform to share their experiences including their challenges from spiritual and social aspects. Both the Pastoral and Caritas commissions were involved in facilitating the discussion.

Bishop Mtumbuka further assured the young ones that he will attend to the issues they raised during the meeting. Some of the issues presented ranges from inadequate schools and teachers, gender based violence in their families and communities which affect their wellbeing, and many more.

The children also expressed experience with the work of the different arms of the Diocese, most especially, the Justice and Peace Desk and Tuntufye FM Radio.

The Bishop further thanked all the Sunday school instructors for taking care of the children and urged them to work with humility and persistence.

The Vicar General of the Diocese of Karonga Monsignor Denis Chitete led the opening Mass of Saturday the 25th of August. The Bishop presided over the closing Mass on Sunday evening.

In Karonga Diocese Junior Sunday school consist of children aged between six and fourteen.

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.