Children Learn to Understand about being a Happy Family

Phnom Penh Thmey - ០១ Sep ២០១៧
 

Phnom Penh Thmey: An estimated one hundred and sixty children from the pastoral sector in southern Phnom Penh participated in a camp with the theme “Family of Happiness”. The camp took place  from 29th August to 1st September 2017 at the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in Phnom Penh Thmei. It was headed and facilitated by Fr. Damien Fahrner, the priest in charge of southern Phnom Penh district.  

            The aim of the camp was to get the children to learn to understand more about the way of life with a good relationship in a family. It involved learning about daily living activities, the drawing of pictures and meaningful games related with the theme.

            According to Fr. Damien, the Church in the Diocese of Phnom Penh had chosen the topic “Family of Happiness” because of its importance.  The family is a crucial factor in society and the Church in order to develop Cambodia into a loving society.

 

 

            “We are interested in the children because they are good at remembering things, which is why the Church wants to teach them to understand how to have a good relationship and know values in the family. However he expressed some regret that parents could not be present at this camp as it would have been better for them to really understand more and more about the significance of relationships in the family,” the priest said.

            Fr Damien also emphasised that the Church had always focused her attention to  children and organized such camps by following the words of Jesus, who said “Let the children come to me!” The Kingdom of God is for those who have a heart of a child. It emphasizes adults must  have open-mindedness, a simplicity of heart and purity like children.

            Mr. Vann Devin, a coordinator of the programme said that these few days, he saw that the camp was really meaningful this year because it helped them get to know each other  They also developed a good relationship and engaged actively by showing respect for each other irrespective of them belonging to any race or religion.

            In particular, he noticed the fervor in them when attending daily prayers.  The coordinator added that this was the way of leading them to have a good lifestyle in the family and society alike.  The camp brought together 50 children from   Boeung Tompun Church, 50 from Boeung Trabek and 60 both from Toutaing and Koh Noria.

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01-Sep-2017

Phnom Penh Thmey: An estimated one hundred and sixty children from the pastoral sector in southern Phnom Penh participated in a camp with the theme “Family of Happiness”. The camp took place  from 29th August to 1st September 2017 at the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in Phnom Penh Thmei. It was headed and facilitated by Fr. Damien Fahrner, the priest in charge of southern Phnom Penh district.  

            The aim of the camp was to get the children to learn to understand more about the way of life with a good relationship in a family. It involved learning about daily living activities, the drawing of pictures and meaningful games related with the theme.

            According to Fr. Damien, the Church in the Diocese of Phnom Penh had chosen the topic “Family of Happiness” because of its importance.  The family is a crucial factor in society and the Church in order to develop Cambodia into a loving society.

 

 

            “We are interested in the children because they are good at remembering things, which is why the Church wants to teach them to understand how to have a good relationship and know values in the family. However he expressed some regret that parents could not be present at this camp as it would have been better for them to really understand more and more about the significance of relationships in the family,” the priest said.

            Fr Damien also emphasised that the Church had always focused her attention to  children and organized such camps by following the words of Jesus, who said “Let the children come to me!” The Kingdom of God is for those who have a heart of a child. It emphasizes adults must  have open-mindedness, a simplicity of heart and purity like children.

            Mr. Vann Devin, a coordinator of the programme said that these few days, he saw that the camp was really meaningful this year because it helped them get to know each other  They also developed a good relationship and engaged actively by showing respect for each other irrespective of them belonging to any race or religion.

            In particular, he noticed the fervor in them when attending daily prayers.  The coordinator added that this was the way of leading them to have a good lifestyle in the family and society alike.  The camp brought together 50 children from   Boeung Tompun Church, 50 from Boeung Trabek and 60 both from Toutaing and Koh Noria.

30-Aug-2017

Phnom Penh: Civil Society Organizations have united with  inter-religious groups to initiate a  new national forum on “Awareness in combating human trafficking and ending modern slavery” This effort is to provide education and disseminate such awareness to the  people of Cambodia via inter-religious groups and relevant institutions.  The forum was held on the 30th August 2017 at Building E in Koh Pich (Diamond Island), Phnom Penh. It was graced by the presence of Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, the Minister of Interior. More than a thousand people attended.

            The event took place on 18 July 2017 under the initiative of Caritas Cambodia and representatives from the three main religions together with the national committee on combating human trafficking             

Her Excellency Chou Bun Eng, the chairperson of the national committee on combating human trafficking presented in the forum scenes of victimized persons and negative impacts in different forms.

            Mr. Kim Ratana, the executive director of Caritas highlighted the concept of establishing a day to commemorate the evils of human trafficking by understanding the situation of Cambodian workers. Some of the workers were deceived in various ways and sold into slavery abroad. The forum is aimed at looking for partners whose interest and attention will focus on making contributions in funding, sharing ideas and related activities in order to create awareness to the public, especially vulnerable people. 

At the end of the forum, all the religious groups, representatives of the Royal Government of Cambodia and Civil Society Organizations including the youth held a candlelight procession in formation as they flung the message leaflets together into the air. In doing so it means vowing to fight against human trafficking.

This is the first time that Caritas Cambodia held such a forum together with its inter-religious partners and other relevant institutions on such a massive scale. The organization carried out a similar programme on a small scale on human trafficking at St. Joseph’s church in Phsar Toich in February.

27-Aug-2017

Kandal: The local Church held a camp for one hundred and two children aged from 9 to 15 with the theme “Friendship”. The camp brought together the children from the Areyksat, Kdey Kandal and Po Thom Churches to join the camp at the parish of St. Peter in Po Thom, Kandal province.

            The camp took place for 5 days starting from the 23rd to 27th of August 2017. It was facilitated by Fr. Gustavo Adrian Benitez, the parish priest.

            The priest gave instructions to all the children on the second day, saying: “Today we learned about love, solidarity and many other things in order to maintain good friendships. We thank God for the children’s understanding about these, because sometimes we have some misunderstanding or hatred towards one another.” “Friendship means having to love, forgive, care for each other and stay together, help one another regardless of one’s class, status, and race. This good friendship is best portrayed by Jesus, who is our best friend and model,” Fr. Gustavo continued.

According to Fr. Gustavo, since children need friends who are also human, the Church wants them to reflect on the essence of friendship. The participants were divided into small groups during an activity to think and share the meaning of friendship. The priest went on to say: “Over the past few days, they have understood how friendship is a factor providing meaning and value to our lives. It means that we are not alone, but we still have someone who we can trust.”

The priest emphasised: “Friendships do help us proclaim the Gospel just like the Apostles in the Bible, namely because there was friendship between one another.” “This kind of the friendship comes from God leading us to be good friends and enables us to help one another. That, our testimony, as Catholics, is to show our love for other people, Fr. Gustavo said.”

The priest added that he saw that the children were very happy to have taken part in reflection groups yesterday which are useful for them in passing on friendship and love to others in the future.

Youth Mao Veasna, an organizer of the programme said that the topic of the camp hit right home in their hearts because most of the youth and children in this area face racial discrimination. That’s why members of the parish pastoral committee chose the topic of friendship to help inculcate in them some ideas about friendships in order to help the children keep in mind and maintain friendships. The organizer continued by saying “The topic on friendships would help the children open their hearts wide and abandon their own selfishness because friendships enable us to be free of discrimination and have love for one another.”

This was the fourth time that the Church had organized such a camp for the children in Areyksat, Kdey Kandal and Po Thom.

27-Aug-2017

Thailand: Until this 27th August, the 25th ASEACCU Conference 2017, which lasts 1 week, from August 21 to August 27, 2017, ended successfully with a very joyfull at Assumption University of Thailand. A total of 47 institutions, which have been officially registered, including 76 of students, 93 Faculty and staffs attended the conference and 35 participants attended the Campus Ministers Conference. Among the participants also attended by representatives of St. Paul Institute, with 2 students and 2 vice-directors as well. All discussions were talking about Catholic University and Inclusive Education.

23-Aug-2017

Phnom Penh: Thirteen people spent three years as trainees before completing a vocational course at Our Family organization. The organization is not under the Catholic Church and it is located at # 38a, St. 598, Boeung Kak II district, Khan Toul Kork in Phnom Penh. Having completed the course, the organization presented the trainees with completion certificates, of whom 6 teachers came from the Catholic Church-run pre-schools. The graduation ceremony was held on the 23rd of August 2017.

            Fr. Chatsirey Roeung, the priest presenting the certificates to the trainees said: “Participating in the training course and promoting education for Khmer children are important for impoverished children in the countryside. It is one of the main goals, to which our Church pays great attention. That is why some our parishes sent the pre-school teachers to receive training from the organization This is done with the intention of educating and training those who wish to be teachers have  standards recognized formally by   the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.  These teachers came from the three dioceses of the Catholic Church in Cambodia.”

            On the graduation day, Mrs. Mao Navy, from the Ministry’s office of training and development in helping teach the trainees, instructed all the trainees by saying: “You have to focus your mind on the preservation of Khmer culture by demonstrating dances to children as we have seen today. All the teachers must set a life example for them to follow and there must be good personal hygiene on a day to day basis.”

            Mao Navy emphasised on the expertise in reviewing lessons, using questions in order for children to take interest and feel they are learning. You have to choose teaching materials; create good ambience in classrooms or in schools and lastly participation in the training courses. It is out of your own heart and determination you have to be ready to help children progress.

Ms. You Nakri, a pre-school teacher from the parish in Phsar Toich said: “Over the past three years, we have acquired much expertise in transferring knowledge to children and gaining much success. These include good set-up in classrooms for them to arouse their feelings for learning, the choice of games to make them play, which can increase their intelligence, learning to understand problems facing the children, like them losing interest in studies and encouraging them to study well and so on.”

Fr. Chatsirey concluded by saying: “Having attended the training course, we hope our pre-school teachers will become core resource persons for the Church and the country alike participating in important developments so that Cambodian children in the future have adequate knowledge to earning a living and contribute towards nation building.”

19-Aug-2017

Takeo: The local Church celebrated the feast commemorating the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Our Lady of the Smiles parish in ChamkaTieng of Takeo province celebrated last 19th  August 2017 the feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Present also at the celebration was Bishop Olivier Schmittaeusler

            The Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh celebrated the Eucharist, which was concelebrated by a few priests. The event also brought in some 300 people including Catholic delegates and catechumens from the province.

            In his homily, the Bishop said: “Today we recollect the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who was an honest servant of God. The Blessed Virgin Mary responded to the needs of other people. She also responded to the call of God all the time.”

            The Bishop added that not only did the Blessed Virgin Mary provide strength to the other disciples in order to spread the gospel; she was also touched by the Holy Spirit.  The Bishop continued by saying that the Blessed Virgin Mary was the first Christian to make Her way to heaven and be in the company of God. He also pointed out that the Virgin Mary is full of love, joy and a pure heart, which led Her to receive an everlasting life.

            Following the Eucharist, all participants watched an artistic show on the story of a wedding ceremony. The show was performed by atroupe of the parish.

13-Aug-2017

Phnom Penh: Every year on the 15August the wuniversal Church commemorates the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s assumption into heaven – a solemn celebration ofSt Mary, the Mother of Our Lord JesusChrist. The church in Cambodia celebrates the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in every parish. The parish of St. Joseph in Phsar Toich, Phnom Penh observed the feast of the Assumption by carrying the statute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in procession around the church and then glorifying God in the Eucharist.  The feast of the Assumption was presided over by Fr. Chatsirey Roeung, the parish priest of the pastoral sector in northern Phnom Penh. The celebration was attended by manyworshippers.

In his homily, Fr. Chatsirey said: “Today we all gathered to commemorate the Blessed Virgin  Mary whom God received into heaven. Catholics worship Jesus as the only  aviour of mankind. Our parish acknowledges and venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary as the model of our own faith. From earliest times, Catholics have venerated the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of Jesus, who was the Son of God.”

“The Church loves both her and the meaning of today’s solemnity: the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the visit of Mary to Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. God receivedher into heaven because the Blessed Virgin Mary was the model of our faith. We venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary because God chose her,and she is unique among all people in this world.  The Blessed Virgin Mary is close to God and she was pleased to God’s Willing. When the angel appeared at the Annunciation, the Blessed Virgin Mary was troubled at first. She went to see with Her own eyes and hear with her own ears the witness given by Elizabeth herself,” the priest continued.

Fr. Chatsirey added: “We give thanks to God for the Blessed Virgin Mary and her response toHis plan, the Father of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Blessed Virgin humbled Herself, receiving and following the Word of God. Even when we die as long as we profess the faith, we receive salvation and newlife from Him.”

 “In our present lives even though we meet with persecution and fear, we have faith and depend entirely on the mercy of God. Let us do like the Blessed Virgin Mary did and praise God, who has power over all powers, and His Spirit dwells in us at all times an helps us overcome all fears ”, the priest emphasised.

It is also pointed out that the Feast of Mary’s assumption into heaven was commemorated to glorify the salvation of Jesus, namely He allowed His Mother to be with Him in Body and Spirit.  The Blessed Virgin Mary embodies the whole Church,  She received the glory from Him before all other disciples because She has the faith in the Word of God and Jesus even closely.

13-Aug-2017

Phnom Penh Thmey: The parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Phnom Penh Themi pastoral sector has co-operated with non-governmental organizations including SOS Cambodia and Kids to hold a charity event  by conducting checkups and treating illnesses for more than a thousands people free of charge.  The event took place from 12th to 13rd of August 2017 in Phnom Penh Thmei.

            Fr. Soun Hangly, the Vicar General of the Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh and the parish priest of the pastoral sector said: “I was content and happy because  the event  has helped many people who were having health problems. They have not enough money  to be treated for their illness.For us Catholics and the Church, what is important is spreading the Good News of God by means of the expression of mercy. The programme is a chance for local residents around here to participate  in it and also to know the Church.”

            Dr. LOR Kim Song, the head of the team of volunteers said that over nearly ten years the  organization  of SOS Cambodia and Kids has fulfilled its mission to conduct free-of-charge medical checkups and treatments for people. “I see that here  is the  first and best place because the  Church which I know has done its best to welcome the sick and there is a wide facility  with a roof and sufficient chairs that enable them to  wait for their turn comfortablyand not be afraid of the hot weather and rainfall. Before we used to carry out activities at different places, which were not conducive like working under trees etc., but here the arrangement by the parish is ideal.”

            Doctor Kim Song said that the programme was made possible, thanks to the co-operation of organizations likeahnep, siyoan bma, ferk and the parish itself.  Taking the opportunity, he thanked all co-ooperating partners from Germany, France, Australia  and the United States  for their efforts and he also praised medical students  for volunteering to help, by spending their own money for airfare and other expenses.

            This was the first time that the Church had collaborated with these doctors on such a medical programme which will also take place next year. However, a specific date for it has yet to be set because such activities also depends on a given local situation in Cambodia.

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