Mirriam Kabaloka is a regular face at the St Peter the Apostle Catholic Cathedral in Gizo, Western Province.
Because of her love to serve God’s sanctuary, each week just before the weekly Sunday service she would be there at the cathedral to clean-up and prepare the compound and church before the church program.
For the past five years, that is her job and she had no regret in supporting God’s work.
She is always there to prepare the cathedral before the congregation turned up for the weekly service but especially the Sunday morning service.
On Wednesday, I visited the Cathedral and she was there, very busy doing what she always loves to do – cleaning up the surrounding of the church as well as inside the cathedral.
Outside she would normally sweeps, collects the rubbish and weed the overgrown weeds.
Inside the cathedral, she would sweep and mop the floor, wipe dust from the chairs and bench, clean the windows, prepare the flowers and other thing like candles.
Her work is very important to ensure all the things required for the church service and mass are all prepared.
The cathedral normally holds up to 600 or more people are one time.
Speaking to the paper, she said, she just loves the job in helping out in preparing the cathedral for the weekly church services.
She had been living in Gizo for the past twenty years and has been faithfully serving the church.
“I love to help out in cleaning up the cathedral each week before the church service on Sundays and mid -week programs,” she said.
Her contribution to the church work is also rewarding for her because of the blessing she continues to receive for serving in God’s sanctuary.
For those who normally visits the cathedral each week would testimony that Ms Kabaloka is always smiling and cheerful with her work.
Ms Kabaloka who is now in her late forties said, she would continue to serve the church in her capacity to look after the church compound and ensure it is always clean.
With the busy Easter weekend, she the church is expected to be packed this weekend.
And because of that, she had to turn up on Wednesday to clean up the cathedral before the program commenced on Thursday evening.
“We are expecting a packed church because its one of the important programs of the church’s calender,” she said.
She is also very excited with the line-up of programs being planned for this weekend.
The weekend program commenced on Thursday night and will continue today (Friday) until Sunday.
In Gizo a station of the cross program will be staged this Friday morning to dramatise the journey Jesus had taken some 2000 years ago, starting from when he went through the trial and the journey he endured carrying the cross to Mt Calvary where he was finally hanged on the cross.
A number of youths will be acting out the drama which will start at Gizo Hilltop down to the church compound.
Ms Kabaloka said each year they look forward to staging the program.
“All of us starting from the very young children to the elderly ones are looking forward towards this weekend,” she said.
She said, Easter has a deeper meaning to her because of the sacrifice Jesus had made in the cross to save mankind.
She reminded everyone to celebrate Easter in a meaningful manner and not to celebrate in a way that will lead to trouble.
She wishes everyone all the best during this Easter.
By MOFFAT MAMU