CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 20 October 2018

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Joy and fun have no age limits

The Social Concern Committee with 40 members at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Tai Po went on a visit St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Sheung Shui October 30.

Father Paulo Ceruti, our energetic priest, joined the group and led the opening prayer in Chinese. Our emcees that afternoon were people who can speak and understand a bit of Cantonese.

They were trying their best to translate the meaning of our presentations to ensure that our beloved old people could understand what we were presenting.

Our opening song was a medley of praise songs which gave a meaningful start. It was followed by more dances and songs from visitors and ministry members.

It was a great day to share our God-given talents to give hope and a smile to senior citizens. Our beautiful movements, songs and dancing performances serve to remind them of the happiness of moving our bodies and singing.

We sang joyfully with the old people to the Lord for his mercy and kindness to us. We did that with our hearts and with joy.

God created his children to comfort and praise the needy, to entertain and greet them with a smile using our talent to praise his holy name. God created us so that we could love each other by sharing our love and with what we learn to love God more.

We were delighted with our visit as we sent an image of our praise to each other. I believe our presence continued to amuse our elderly friends after our visit, as we could see the joy of their faces while we were performed. We were not just reaching out to them, but reaching into their hearts to praise the Lord.

Father Ceruti gave a message to the senior citizens in Cantonese and led the closing prayer.

A final song of thanksgiving was performed by all participants. We were happy providing our service to the elderly people.

Lastly I thank God for the gift of service to all participants and may the Lord continue to enlighten our hearts to the people in need.

 

Rosita Manangbao
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Tai Po