In Gongoni Parish, Kenya, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth embarked on a unique Christmas journey, engaging children in spreading joy and hope through carol singing. Expanding beyond the previous year, this initiative reached the central Parish and two outstations, Marereni and another community.
Over two weeks in December, the Sisters and PMC Animators trained children in English, Kiswahili, and Giriama songs. The children, carrying a statue of Baby Jesus, visited Catholic families in these areas, singing, praying, and spreading messages of peace, love, joy, and hope. Families received these blessings, often touching or kissing the statue as a sign of reverence.
This initiative was not a common tradition in the Diocese, making it a distinctive feature of Gongoni Parish. Fr. Nicolas Kileo, the Parish Priest, highlighted this during his Christmas Day homily, praising the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for their innovative approach and recognizing the children’s role in evangelizing the community.
The Sisters’ efforts were supported by the Sisters at Nazareth, Kentucky, especially Sister Sarah Geier, who provided crib sets, and the Dockyard Community in India, who donated a crib set. This global support underlined the Christmas celebration’s universal spirit and the Church’s shared mission.