Fourteen choirs from the Archdiocese of Harare’s Simon Peter and Mary guild recently participated in a fundraising local choir congress held by the guild at St Stephen’s Parish in Dzivarasekwa.
Notwithstanding the decision by the Parish council to ban Archdiocese choir competitions for parishes, the guild’s event went on aiming to fundraise towards a self-sustenance campaign, subsidizing guild events that involve travelling to places that are far away and also to purchase speakers, projector, chip fryer and a gas tank.
Holy Name parish priest, Fr George Bwanali SJ expressed his gratitude for the youths’ initiative and urged them to continue working hard in unity and harmony. St Stephen is an out station of the main parish, Holy Name.
“If there is unity amongst you, you can do anything you want because where there is unity there is love and where there is love God is there for God is love”, said Fr Bwanali SJ.
He also encouraged the youths to take such opportunities to know each other and interact so as to build friendships and even relationships translate into mature relations.
The Archdiocese guild chairperson Mr. Privilege Hombore said the event was a success and not only did it manage to raise the money but also managed to bring the youths together.
The event was also attended by youths from other guilds in the archdiocese to which Mr Hombore said shows unity amongst the youths in the archdiocese.
“I am very happy that youths from other guilds have come to support us, this shows that we are one family despite our different guilds, when other guilds have events we also show up to support which is a very good thing, we can always count on each other”, said Mr. Privilege Hombore.
St Stephen’s Dzivarasekwa won the competition with St Clare and Uganda Martyrs taking the second and third places respectively.