“As we gather here on this Mission Sunday, it reminds us that we are sent out to proclaim the Good News. We must be courageous to be doers..” Fr. Joseph Thanh sdb in his sermon at the closing Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church, Tetere.
On Sunday the Catholic Teachers Sodality gathered at Don Bosco Rural Training Centre to bring the year of activities to a closure.
It was a thanksgiving Mass as well as a fun day for all the members and their families. Usually the group gathers three times a year for their normal celebrations and meetings and twice for conferences or workshops.
It was the first time that the gathering was held outside Holy Cross. This was to help other teachers to see and enjoy other school’s environment. Fr. Joseph Thanh sdb, Rector and Mr. Sepo Aaron, Deputy together with their faculty and students, conducted a great and well organized program for the teachers.
The liturgy was animated by the students and staff of DBRTC and Nguvia Community High School. The parishioners were very thankful to the CTS for choosing Tetere Catholic Church to have their closing gathering.
After the very inspirational Eucharistic Celebration, the teachers gathered in the school gym for the last meeting of the year. Sr. Sesilia Sala FMA, CTS Animator and Mr. Cypriano Nuake, Secretary -Archdiocese of Honiara Education Authority chaired the meeting.
The teachers were very thankful for the great effort and strong faith in keeping the CTS going. Mr. Cypriano gave the inspirational remarks and thanked all members for their support and participation throughout the whole year, as well as encouraging them to educate our young people for the future. “Sometimes we might not live to see the fruits of our labor, but be proud that we have contributed to the lives of our young people of our country. Our salaries and wages are small but I am sure that our reward is awaiting us in heaven.”
On another note, Mr. Cypriano congratulated our Teachers for Life (TFL) Leotina Harihiru, Daisy Esibaea and Cathy for the award received from the Ministry of Education for their long service as teachers during the World Teachers Day Celebration.
A shared lunch was enjoyed by all, then, the different schools put up an item for entertainment and St. Joseph School got the attention of the crowd with the Vaka dance.
The dance symbolized, that all need to paddle in the same direction in order for the vaka (canoe) to move forward. Teachers need to work for the betterment of their students. To conclude the day, the teachers put their sporting skills to the test as they enjoyed themselves with soccer and volley ball. Every one enjoyed themselves and closed the day’s gathering with a prayer to Our Lady.
By Sr. Sesilia Sala FMA