TUK Chaplaincy End Of Semester Thanks Giving Mass Held On 26th March 2021
On Friday 26th March, 2021, The Holy Mass was held for thanks giving in completing the semester. At times it is also celebrated together with the final year students, who are awarded certificates for their commitment in the group. This usually take place at the ladies hostels overnight, accompanied with other activities like praise and worship, rosary, presentations and entertainment. However, in this semester, it was impossible to hold the event in the ladies hostels and overnight, due to Covid-19 regulations and our health safety.
The committee members constituted of, Cate Kioko, Arafat Ochieng, Brian Muchiri, Naomi Kabata, Patrick Mwangi and Rosemary Gitari.
MEETINGS AND PREPARATIONS.
The meetings and discussions where majorly held online. On the first days of preparation, it was hard to decide on when and where we could hold the end of semester thanksgiving. This is was due to Covid – 19 regulations, on the number of people that should be in a gathering, and the curfew time, which made us council the overnight routine.
The committee members gave different ideas on how to celebrate the day, like going out to Karura forest or having the end of sem routine on Saturday, daytime, or celebrating mass only on Friday to mark the end of the semester. It was finally agreed upon that we would celebrate mass on Friday together with the final students, awarding them certificates and have a cake cutting session.
THE HOLY MASS
On that day, the committee members played different role, which included; shopping for snacks and printing of finalists’ certificates. Preparations for the Holy mass where carried out at F block, in room F 39, and Rev Fr Dr Ndikaru Wa Teresia, wh is our Chaplain invited Rev Father David Ojok from Catholic University of Eastern Africa to be main celebrate. Fr Ojok is from Gulu Archdiocese in Northern Uganda. After the mass, the finalists were awarded with certificates by the priest and some gave a brief talk on their experience in being part of TUK YCS. The finalists were;
1. Rawlings Kirimi – served as the YCS coordinator, 2019/2020.
2. Justin Riose - served as the Choir Chair. 2019/2020.
3. Pius Kalai - served as the coordinator, 2018/2019.
4. Cynthia Baraka - served as the YCS Secretary, 2018/2019.
5. Michael Ndirangu – served as the Jumuiya Chair, St Monica, 2019/2020.
6. Ian Macharia - served as the Jumuiya Chair, St, Teresa of Calcutta, 2020/2021.
7. Simon Ptoo – Member.
8. Martha Mwangi.– Member.
9. Adrian Nyawanda - Member.
Afterwards, people shared the cake, drinks, biscuits and sweets that had been provided, as we shared the final moments since lockdown had been announced in five counties on the same day, with schools and churches being closed. The approximate number of students present was about forty.
The day was a success, we thank God that we saw everything run smoothly, despite a few challenges, and it was great ending the semester together and in good health. The term students; first years and the second years where done with their exams at that time of ending the semester and just a few where able to avail themselves, since most of them had gone home after their exams. We look forward to undertaking the activity before exams commence in our next semester to avoid students from being left out in the final activities.
In a special way, we thank the almighty God for his graces, in celebrating the end of the semester together as TUK family, and seeing the success of the activities that we’ve had. Gratitude to the committee members who gave their inputs and sacrificed their time to plan for the activity, and special thanks to the choir chair, Sebastian Gisemba, was the master of ceremony.