St. Kizito’s Thanksgiving Celebration

Volunteers and Children from 13 Communities Gather in Guguletu for St. Kizito’s Thanksgiving Celebration.

On Saturday 11 June, Archbishop Stephen Brislin celebrated Mass with St. Kizito volunteers, children, donors, partners and staff who gathered together at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Guguletu for the annual Thanksgiving Celebration of St. Kizito Children’s Programme.

This year’s event was attended by 400 people who gave thanks to God for all that the St. Kizito Movement has achieved during the past year. St. Kizito volunteers and children from 13 Parish Groups attended the celebration, with volunteers carrying in their brightly coloured group banners during the entrance hymn. Liturgical dancers, beautiful singing and a talented marimba band all contributed to the joyful nature of this event.

During his homily, Archbishop Brislin spoke about volunteerism and commended the St. Kizito volunteers for giving of themselves to help others. At the end of Mass, the St. Kizito volunteers were commissioned by Archbishop Brislin, and members of the Northpine Parish Group received certificates for having completed their 9-module induction training. St. Kizito candles were also blessed by Archbishop Brislin and distributed to the Parish Groups to be used during their group meetings and prayer sessions.

After Mass, Archbishop Brislin blessed the organisation’s new vehicle, which was purchased with funds from the National Lottery. A light lunch was served and guests were able to enjoy music played by a brass band from Manenberg. The children who attended all received party packs, cooldrinks and a nutritious meal.

St. Kizito Children’s Programme (SKCP) is a community-based movement operating in the Archdiocese of Cape Town to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. Through Parish Groups, volunteers from target communities provide a range of services to children and families in need.