|Holy Childhood Society celebrated Silver Jubilee establishing its unit in the Archdiocese of Colombo on 07th September 2013 at St. Joseph's College auditorium, Colombo 10.
While His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith presided at the 2nd session of the programme, His Lordship Bishop Maxwell Silva presided at the Jubilee Eucharistic celebration together with His Lordship Bishop Emmanuel Fernando, Episcopal Vicars Very Rev. Frs. Cyril Gamini Fernando, J. D. Anthony, Rev. Fr. Kithsiri Thirimanne Archdiocesan Director and Rev. Fr. Reginald Saparamadu National Director of PMS.
Several other Fathers concelebrated in the Jubilee Mass and a large crowd of children participated with Rev. Sisters and Animators of Holy Childhood cells.
Bishop Maxwell Silva addressing the children said, " You have come here to give thanks to God for what He has done through your lives. Rather than you clinging on to God, God holds your hand and takes you through life journey. As the children of the Holy Childhood Society, you have been commissioned with a special mission of learning the Word of God deeply, living what you learn and to share it and bear witness to the Word in all life circumstances. It is for this purpose God has called you and commissioned you. If you continue to bear witness to your Christian life and God's love in your own way and capacity, surely you will make a difference in the world."
His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, who established the Holy Childhood in the Archdiocese of Colombo, 25 Year ago, continued to start cells in other dioceses as well. His Eminence addressing the children appealed to them not to give into the evil in the world or be wrapped up in the sins, rather His Eminence invited the children to be the torch-bearers of faith - to be the little lamps of faith in the world.
Awards were presented to the winners of the competitions conducted during the Jubilee Year and the Animators who had been serving in the Holy Childhood cells from the beginning and other Animators who have been deeply involved in the Holy Childhood Cells, were awared and appreciated.
The Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood in Sri Lanka
Founded in Nancy, France in 1843 by Bishop Charles de Forbin Jansen to awaken in every Catholic child a strong scene of commitment to Jesus Christ and a zeal for the spread of the Good News everywhere by :
1. Deepening one’s faith
2. Living it faithfully and
3. Sharing it joyfully
To prepare the Catholic Children to be joyful in their Faith and to share it with their other brothers & sisters at school, at play or any point in their lives.
To encourage children to pray, to be loyal to their elders and to bring together all children in a worldwide fraternity.
To spread the good News of Jesus far into the remotest corners of the world by drawing their attention to the spiritual as well as the material needs of the children throughout the world, with their prayers, sacrifices and their offerings.
The Holy Childhood Society has existed over 60 years in Sri Lanka but was confined to a few catholic schools in the island. After the Asian Regional /Meeting of the National Directors of these societies in Bangkok in the year 1986, a decision was taken to broad base this movement in Sri Lanka in order to make it more relevant and effective in the Sri Lankan context;
To assist all Catholic children in Sri Lanka towards a deeper and stronger experience of their faith through a spiritual communion with Christ.
To awaken stronger scenes of mission in them, enabling them to proclaim their faith boldly and authentically.
To guide them in such a way as to make them experience the universality, urging them to transcend all barriers of caste, race, color or language.
To assist them in achieving a deep concern for the needs of the universal mission of the church to the point of giving their lives generously. To spread the gospel, even through religious or priestly vocation.
To enkindle in them a great love for the poor, the suffering, the oppressed and all who represent the suffering face of Christ today.
To assist them to develop a greater spirit of missionary co-operation, the worldwide church.
The Holy Childhood Society is present in every diocese in Sri Lanka and there are well over 78,000 enrolled members and many more who are to be enrolled. By giving a true Christian and Missionary formation to the children even from their very tender age, the society could render a great service to the future generations of children, it also would help, to protect our children from being corrupted at a very young age by the selfish, irreligious values of modern society. Besides they could be trained, not only to think of their own spiritual or material needs but also to the needs of their children.