Myanmar Putao Parish in Myitkyina Diocese resumed the one-week summer course for Holy Childhood from March 6 to 12 after about 2 years of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Parish Priest Fr. John Awng Htoi of Putao Parish said, “Every year, I conduct Holy Childhood and Youth training in collaboration with the respective committees. As the children are treasures of the Church, we conduct this training so that they may become mature Catholics, good citizens, and know how to live Christian ways of lives.”
Sister Theresa Nan San, the Parish in Charge for Holy Childhood, told RVA that the training helps the children not to waste the time during the summer holidays, to understand more about the Church teaching and catechism, to be valuable children of the Church, to be more friendly among themselves, to improve their social life, knowledge and to help them avoid the drugs.
“We are planning to conduct this short trainings in every village of Putao Parish,” Sister Theresa added.
16 trainers and volunteers led the training and 135 children between the ages of 10 and 15 from the Putao parish attended.
The basic catechism, liturgy, ethics, basic healthcare, drug prevention, ecology, sports, and Mass Hymnals are taught during the training.
In previous years, the Holy Childhood training could only be conducted in two to three days with under 100 participants, whereas they could conduct this year’s training a week long with 135 participants.
Catholicism arrived in Putao Parish in 1951, which has already been about 72 years.
There are 27 Catechists and 16 chapels with different colors of Catholic communities in Putao parish.
Putao parish comprises 278 Catholic houses and about 2000 Catholics. - By Gregory
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