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World Child Rights Day – Sunday 20th November 2016

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Theme: WE ARE GOD’S CHIDREN

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Setting: Display different faces of children of the world, samples of children’s work such as their art and crafts, stories or writings. A globe or a flat world map.

Introduction: together in the congregation we join our voices with the children of our world so that their dignity and rights are recognised, respected and valued in their families and society.

Opening Hymn: We are God’s children, God’s children coming today to praise the Lord. (Optional)

Scripture: Mark: 10:13-16

Some parents brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded them. When Jesus noticed this he was angry and said to his disciples.” Let the children come to me and do not stop them because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then, he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.

Children learn what they live.

If Children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If they live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If they live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.

If they live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If they live tolerance, they learn to be patient.

If they live with encouragement, they learn to have confidence.

If they live with praise, they learn to appreciate.

If they live with fairness, they learn what justice is.

If they live with security, they learn to trust.

If they live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If they live with acceptance and friendship, they learn to find love and God in the world.

From Amnesty International

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Short Poem GIFTED CHILD OF GOD

Love me without limits

Teach me without reward

Need me without demanding

Accept me without change

Want me without sanction

Help me without doubts 

Lead me on my path of growth without trickery

Carry me on eagle’s wings without exhaustion

Allow me to exercise my roles and responsibilities

And the world will see and realise the true gift of me,

The parcel of joy, the fruit of love of my parents,

The image of God, my Maker.

(Composed by Sr Beata DW)

Montfort Charism: Abandoned to Divine Providence, in the footsteps of the poor apostles, docile to the Spirit, under the guidance of Mary, Montfort preached Christ the Wisdom of God, especially to the poor. “Have recourse to this Mother of Mercy so that she will obtain for you the strength and courage that you need.”

(Letter 19 of Marie Louise)

 

CHILDREN VICTIMS IN OUR WORLD

In our world today, many children are deprived of their rights and dignity in many ways: trafficking, child labour and employment even child prostitution and pornography. These sordid situations demoralize children, strip them of their human dignity and make minors less than 18 years suffer as victims. There are 5.5 million children on forced labour today. There are 62 million girls who are still not in school.

                 (Modified from UNANIMA)

 

Questions for Reflection and sharing

¨ What are the common abuses that occur in the life of the children in our society today?

¨ How are we concerned about a Child’s Right and Welfare as individual or as community?

 

Thanksgiving Prayer as children of God:

  1. Thank you God of life that my right to live is acknowledged.

Response: made by God – in the image of God

2.  Thank you God of Knowledge that I have a name and a nationality and the right to know my parents and be raised by them.

Response: made by God – in the image of God

3.  Thank you God of Wisdom, that I have the right to give my opinion whenever adults make decision that will affect my life.

Response: made by God – in the image of God

4.  Thank you God of Love, that I have the right to make friends and join clubs with other people so long as I respect the rights of others.

Response: made by God – in the image of God

5.  Thank you God of the universe, that as a disabled child; mentally or physically, I have the right to special care and education to help me to grow up like all the other children.

Response: made by God – in the image of God

6.  Thank you God of Peace and Justice, that I have the right to Protection in time of war and not be a soldier in the army or take part in battle.

Response: made by God – in the image of God

 

Concluding Prayer:

Help me O Lord that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances,

Help me O Lord that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbour’s needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moaning.

Help me O Lord that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbour, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.

Help me O Lord that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbours and take upon myself the most difficult and toilsome tasks.

Help me O Lord that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbour, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my neighbour.

Help me O Lord that my heart may be merciful, so that I myself may feel all the suffering of my neighbour. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere even to those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And I will lock myself up in the most merciful heart of Jesus. I will bear my sufferings in silence. May your mercy O Lord, rest upon me.

You yourself command me to exercise the three degrees of mercy.

The first: the act of mercy, of whatever kind.

The second: the word of mercy…. if I cannot carry out a work of mercy, I will assist by my words.

The third: Prayer…. if I cannot show mercy by my deeds or words, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer   reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically.

O my Jesus, grant me to be transformed into you, for you can do all things.

(Walter Kasper, MERCY, THE ESSENCE OF THE GOSPEL and the KEY to CHRISTIAN LIFE, 2013, PG 144)

 

All: O Lord, grant to our children of today the conversion of life, a deeper faith, a listening heart and love for all. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn to Mary:

Refrain: Be with us Mary along the way, guide every step we take. Lead us to Jesus your loving Son. Come with us Mary, come. (Optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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