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Marist life in Kumasi

30/07/2009: Ghana

The months of May and June were very significant months in St. Marcellin Champagnat School, Buokrom in Kumasi, Ghana. On the 15th of May 2009, nine pupils of the school received the Sacrament of Baptism and thirteen others received First Holy Communion. This celebration took place in the school hall and in the presence of the rest of the school and the parents of the candidates. These candidates were prepared by Br. Humphrey Mua- Ntoban who is in charge of Vocation and Pastoral Ministry in the school.

The main celebrant, Rev Father Anthony Manu, in his homily, implored the candidates, their parents and sponsors to keep to the promises they had made. In addition, he also urged them to strive to grow in their faith as Catholic Christians. He further reminded them that the Sacrament of Initiation is not the end of Christian life but rather its beginning. After Mass, there was light refreshment for those who had received the Sacraments and their sponsors.

FEAST OF ST. MARCELLIN CHAMPAGNAT

The feast of the Institute, which is also the feast of the school, was colourfully celebrated in St. Marcellin Champagnat School, Buokrom, this year. On the 1st of June, the program for the week was out. The items in the programme included, talks about the life of Marcellin Champagnat, the vocation of the Marist Brothers and Marist Spirituality. Other activities included sports, games, drama, and quizzes. The 5th of May was the happiest day for the pupils because those who performed well in the various disciplines and those who excelled in their academic work got prizes. It was so interesting to see pupils in the nursery school section running to get their prizes. The whole school shouted with joy as these kids ran for their prizes. The day ended with music and dance for the pupils and their teachers.

GRADUATION OF FIRST BATCH OF PUPILS ST. MARCELLIN CHAMPAGNAT SCHOOL

The 6th of June, the real day of the feast, was marked by the graduation ceremony of the first batch of pupils of our school. Thirty-five students who have just completed their Junior High School, graduated. This colourful celebration was presided over by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Kumasi.

In his homily, the Vicar General used the image of a rivulet that had grown to become a big river, to tell the children that they have the potential to grow and became important people in society. He called on the students to follow in the footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat. He cautioned them against some bad practices that can lead them to difficult situations in life. The other participants at the celebration were parents and friends of the graduating students.

VISIT OF FOUR RENOWNED SINGERS FROM SPAIN

Saint Marcellin Champagnat School welcomed four very famous singers from Spain on the 25th of June 2009. They were Inma Serrano, Victor Manuel, Tontxu and Caco Senante. This group was accompanied by journalists from Catholic Radio, TVE 1, TVE International and Tele 5, all from Spain. The main aim of this visit was to work on a project with a group of girls in the school (Cantos de Ghana). This is a project with Solidaridad, Educacion, Desarrollo (SED) for the District of West Africa, particularly Ghana. The singers were overjoyed to hear the students performing their songs in the Spanish language. The whole school population came out to watch and to applaud the girls as they sang and danced.

In addition to this program there was also a one week seminar on music composition and video shooting for some of the teachers and Marist Brothers in Ghana.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

The month of June ended with twenty-four pupils of our school receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Anthony’s Parish Church, Buokrom. The main celebrant of this Sacrament was the Archbishop of Kumasi, His Grace, Most Rev. Thomas Mensah.

In his homily, he explained the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life and mission of the Church. He emphasized the need for the candidates to be in tune with the advocate through whose strength they can realize their vision.

During the anointing with the oil of chrism the pupils walked up to the altar in a solemn manner and kneeled at the feet of the Archbishop who then anointed them. At the end of the mass, a hymn of thanksgiving was sung. The newly confirmed with their parents came forward dancing and praising God. After the mass the confirmed candidates posed for photograph with the Archbishop in front of the Presbytery.

ANNUAL VISIT OF VOLUNTEERS FROM SPAIN

Once again St. Marcellin Champagnat School, Buokrom is blessed with eleven volunteers this year. They arrived on the 3rd of July 2009, full of enthusiasm to work. They are presently doing wonderful work with the pupils in all the classes of the school. One very interesting thing they are embarked on is the computer literacy lessons for the teachers of our school. This will equip the teachers, some of whom were previously ‘computer illiterate’ with basic computers skills.

The volunteers will be in Buokrom for one week and will also work in Marist Preparatory School Sabin-Akrofrom, Kumasi, Ghana for one week.
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Br. Humphrey Yufenyu Mua-Ntoban. (fms)

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