Associates Celebrate Christmas

The Association of the Holy Family of Nazareth met 19 December 2015 to celebrate Christmas and to hold their last meeting of this year. The group gathered together in the meeting room of Queen of Poland Convent at 10:30 am.  After taking refreshments of tea, coffee and some biscuits to nibble, they took seats to listen to Sister Helen Tereba’s presentation of the Nazareth Ministry in Ghana.

It was interesting to note that Sisters of Nazareth opened the mission in Ghana only three years ago.  Since the first arrivals, eight sisters now reside two neighbouring dioceses.  With the assistance of contributions from generous associates and sponsored ministries, the first stages of two schools have been built.  The first students- nursery level 1 comprising three year olds have begun their educational journeys at these schools.  These children are taught by native teachers, who are continuing their education themselves.  Nevertheless, it was deemed so important that the children are taught in their mother tongue-TWI. (Twi is a dialect of Akan, a member of the Kwa sub-group of Niger-Congo languages. There are about 7 million Twi speakers, mainly in Ghana.)

Pictures accompanied Sister Helen’s talk.  The group saw the little three year old students, of Holy Family of Nazareth Schools in Chiraa and Yamfo, dressed in bright green and gold uniforms.  Other scenes depicted the houses of the people and priestly and catechists’ visits and classroom scenes.  It was amazing to find out that these little students (at three years of age) attend school for five hours a day, five days a week!

Discussion with Sister Helen followed her talk.  Associates asked how they could best continue supporting the Ghana mission.  Sister Helen reiterated that continued financial support would allow the sisters to direct funds to the training of teachers; to purchase of educational resources for the children; and to build of the next stage of the two schools.

The Chaplain for the day was Father Dominik Karnas, CSMA from Horsley Park.  Prior to Mass, Father Dominik offered the group the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Then he celebrated Mass.

Sister Joanna Zarzyczna, Assistant Provincial, barbecued the meat for lunch.  Salads, fresh bread rolls, and condiments comprised the first course.  Ice cream, cake, a gelatine moulded, in the form of a decorated Christmas tree, and homemade lamingtons, the result of skills shared by two associates, were enjoyed for dessert.

Table conversations were lively, as the group enjoyed each other’s company. Before the group left for home, Sister Grażyna Rocławska took the opportunity to thank Sister Alicja Drabik, Director of the Associates and the sisters, who assisted in preparations for the meetings throughout the year.  Then she thanked the Associates for attending the meetings and their support with the Ghana project.

The members of the Association wish all our readers a Blessed Christmas and peace and joy in the coming New Year.

Donations towards the places of our Congregation which are in need of your support can be made by cheque or Direct Transfer .

Kindly make cheques out to the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and send to POBox 8142, Blacktown, NSW, Australia or directly to:

BANK: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Blacktown Branch

Account Name: Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Mission Fund

BSB: 062121    Account No: 10920857

For more information about the Ghana mission please visit the website:  Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Ghana www.nazarethfamily.org

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