A visit from the ‘Flower Girls’

“Flower Girls” are the youngest sodalities in most of the parishes in the Diocese of Gaborone, Botswana. The members of this group age from 6 to 12 years. Red skirts and white blouses are their uniforms. They usually lead the dances in the eucharistic celebration like an entrance procession, while singing Gloria, the bible procession, offertory procession and so on. They meet every Saturday for prayer, catechism, preparing for Sunday Liturgy and practice. They are led by adult members for guidance.They also have a Diocesan Chaplin who occasionally visits them and gives an annual retreat.

Two weeks ago the “Flower Girls” of Metsimotlhabe Parish visited the Hospice and donated fruits and juice for the patients. These items were bought from the savings of their pocket money that they get from their parents while going to school. They visited each patient and prayed for them at their bedside. Vinaya Chalil, SCN, while thanking them, commended this great gesture of reaching out to the sick in their community. She said that it is not what is given but is the compassion in their heart that she appreciates the most. No wonder Jesus loved the children in the Bible!

Vinaya Chalil, SCN

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