Novice Day Celebrations at the Novitiate of the Province of Nigeria

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In honour of the Holy Innocents, the first martyrs who, without words, witnessed to the kingship of Christ, the Novices of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana celebrated in grand style on the 29th of December, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The Novice Day celebration is a tradition in the Novitiate during which the Novices take charge of the community and entertain the other friars all day long.

The day started with the Holy Eucharist presided over by the Prior of the community, Bro. Dominic Mbomson. During the celebration, our Eight Novice Brothers launched their special Novice Day attire.

Three games were played during the day between the novices and the student friars of the Province: Chess, Table-Tennis and Football. In all three games, the students came out victorious, with the football match ending 1-0 after much struggle. After supper, the celebrants thrilled the community with series of activities including drama, songs and jokes.

In the spirit of the Christmas, the student brothers went for their yearly “Charity Visitations” on this same day. This year, three homes were visited. Cheshire Home for the Disabled; Remand Home for Abandoned Children; and Rosarian Home for Orphans. What do we have that has not been given to us? How poor can we be that we cannot spare with others? With gifts in hand, the brothers spent time with these children, sharing with them the joy of the new born King. These are children who, as a result of circumstances beyond their control, are not able to celebrate with their natural families. The season of Christmas, the season of celebration is a season of sharing love.

ONYENURU P. OKECHUKWU, OP

 

(05 December 2015)