‘Let the children come to me!’ Says the Lord (Mark 10:14). In obedience to the Lord, the Archdiocese of Kisumu recognizes the role that children have in the evangelization of the world. Through the PMC (Pontifical Missionary Childhood) Programs, we promote the missionary spirit among the children by arousing and deepening their missionary awareness.
Each of our parishes have PMC programs through which we teach them the Catholic faith, promote their rights and provide assistance to them in those situations where they are suffering due to various reasons.
Each of our Small Christian Communities has an adult who is in charge of children of that Community. Some of the activities that the PMC are engaged in range from talks, to recollections, Bible/Church teachings, games, charitable works, voluntary works, prayer sessions, bible quiz, drama, singing, social day, art work, storytelling, meditation, just to mention a few. At the subsequent levels, these animators have a leadership structure which runs all the way up to the Diocesan level. We have the following leadership positions among the PMC Animators:
- Vice Chairperson
- Organizing Secretary
At the Diocesan level, we have a Coordinator (currently Sr. Maura FSJ) who coordinates the Animators at all the levels of the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese also has a PMS Director (Pontifical Missionary Societies) who is the overall of all the activities of PMS under which PMC falls. Currently, our PMS Director is Rev. Fr. Leonard Obunga (Photo will be provided).
Every year, the Archbishop celebrates Mass with all the children of the Archdiocese (Photo will be provided). During such Masses, each parish organizes how their children are to come to the Cathedral for this Annual Mass. Sometimes they have presentations and/or competitions.
The Month of May and October are very special to our children. May is the month of our Mother Mary, Mother of all children. October is the Missionary Month. In these months, the children and their Animators are encouraged to pray the Missionary Rosary in which each of the five decades is dedicated to one of the Continents. The Missionary Rosary has five colors, each signifying a particular continent: Green is for Africa, Red is for America, White is for Europe, Blue is for Oceania and Yellow is for Asia.
The following are the special days for PMC:
- 6th January during the Feast of Epiphany. On this day, we make contributions in order to help children all over the world.
- 3rd June during the Feast of Uganda Martyrs. The Missionary children are encouraged to live their Christian life full of zeal. The Martyrs of Uganda are special protectors and models for missionary children, inspiring them to live their faith to the point of being ready to shed their blood.
- 1st October during the Feast of St Theresa of the Child Jesus. Being the Patron of Missions in the Catholic Church, the prayers of St Theresa for the missionary work of the church are a shining example and model for children in their missionary life.
- 2nd October during the Feast of the Guardian Angels. Children easily put themselves in danger without their knowledge. The Guardian Angels protect them from being harmed.
- 3rd December during the feast of St Francis Xavier. While St Theresa is the Patron of the Missions, St Francis Xavier is a protector of the missions. He worked in India and his missionary zeal was great.
- 28th December during the Feast of Holy Innocents. These innocent children of Jerusalem were killed by Herod as he tried to kill the Child Jesus. Their feast is for children who like them are innocent and want to live as friends of Jesus.
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In obedience to the Lord, the Archdiocese of Kisumu recognizes the role that children have in the evangelization of the world.
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