Jesus said, “Let the little children come to e, and do not hinder them, for the
kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”Mt 19:14
Yes, it was once again an invitation to the Little Missionaries of Jesus to come and celebrate together the HCA (Holy Childhood Association) Day on 2nd February 2019 at Gunadala Auditorium, in ITI Campus.The Celebrations began at 10.30 am with a short prayer followed by Diocesan Bible quiz competition.
Most Rev. Thelagathoti Joseph Raja Rao SMM, the Bishop of Vijayawada, joined the celebrations around 12.00 noon.The little Missionaries received bishop with a beautiful welcome dance prepared by Christ the King School, Christurajapuram. It was a blissful moment for the children to meet their beloved Bishop. His Excellency explained to the children how to help each other and encouraged the children to be little missionaries of Jesus. Fr. Junjunuri John Raju, the Regional Director of Pontifical Mission So-
cieties explained the motto of HCA, by interacting with the children. There were 512 children and 73 Animators present for the programme. At the end we distributed the prizes for the winners of Vicariate Bible Quiz competition and felicitated all the animators. As a part of the yearly HCA program we had already decided during the Animators meeting to conduct Bible Quiz Competition for Juniors and Seniors on the Gospels of Mark and Luke respectively; We conducted the Vicariate level competition on 22nd January 2019 in 6 different centers: Avutapalli, Gunadala for St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Vicariates, Machilipatnam, Nandigama and Vissannapeta. There were 88 Groups, representing 44 Schools, which participated in the competition. Totally 360 children took part in the contest. The winners were awarded first, second and third prizes.The First prize winners were given an opportunity to participate in the diocesan level competitions. Here below is the list of the prize winners of the competitions conducted on
Junior Category: First Prize : Holy Cross E.M. School, Goodmanpet
Second Prize : Christ the King E.M.School, Christurajapuram
Third Prize : St. Ann’s RCM School, Kondapalli & St. Theresa’s
Senior Category: First Prize : St. Theresa’s School, Vissannapeta.
Second Prize : St. Ann’s RCM School, Kondapalli
Third Prize : Holy Cross E.M.School, Goodmanpet
The Best Holy Childhood Association Award for Telugu Medium was won by St. Antony’s School, One Town, Vijayawada and for the English Medium, Vijayarani E.M. School, Kanchikacherla. The prizes and awards were given by our beloved Bishop during the GunadalaMatha Festival on 10th Febru-ary, 2019.
The diocesan director, Rev. Fr. I.M.Swaminadham thanked His Excellency for his support to the diocesan Holy Child- hood Accosication. He specially thanked Fr. Eleti William Jaya Raju, the Rector and Parish priest of Gunadalamatha Shrine for permitting to conduct the HCA day in the Audi-
torium, ITI Complex, Gunadala. He thanked also Fr. JunjunuriJohn Raju for his edifying message to the children; and thanked Fr. Nuthulapati Kishore, Coordinator of the Diocesan Bible commission who prepared the Bible Quiz and conducted the quiz competition. He also expressed his gratitude to the Coordinator Sr.Cini SSPC and Sr. Sailaja SSPCand all the animators and children for their active participation.
– Fr. I.M.Swaminadham, Director
HCA for Diocese of Vijayawada.