The Catholic Cultural Day was organized by Christian Affairs Department in coordination with the diocesan Coordinators for Catechetics and different competitions were held for the students of the Sunday Schools in 2011. It was very encouraging to observe the participation of the children and students from North and East as well, who won several titles in the competitions.
His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, presided at the awards ceremony together with His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Joseph Spiteri, His Lordship Bishop Raymond Wickramasinghe, Bishop of Galle and Hon. M. K. D. S. Gunarathna Deputy Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs.
Several Priests and representatives from other religions, several members of the Parliament, Secretaries from different minstries were also present.
While awards for the winners of the competitions were distributed during the programme, honourary special awards were given to Rev. Fr. Moses Molligoda, Rev. Fr. Bensiri Perera, Rev. Pastor Lakpriya De Silva, Basil Fernando, Jesline Fernandi and Ivan Alwis for their excellent and very valuable contribution to the Catholic literature and music.