Date: 19th March, 2024
Venue: CIDJAP St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School, Nwanne Di Na Mba, Emene, Enugu State.

Introduction: On the 19th of March, 2024, CIDJAP St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School celebrated the feast of St. Joseph, the patron saint of the school, in a grand style. The celebration was marked by various activities aimed at honoring St. Joseph's virtues, fostering spiritual growth among the pupils and promoting a sense of community within the school.

Holy Mass: The day commenced with a solemn Holy Mass conducted by the Deputy Director of CIDJAP Rev. Fr. Paul Chidiebere Ani as pupils, teachers, management staff, and invited guests gathered in the school's ground to participate in the Eucharistic celebration, seeking the intercession of St. Joseph for blessings upon the school community.

Showcasing the Holy Family: A highlight of the celebration was the portrayal of the Holy Family of St. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus in their traditional Jewish attire by the pupils. This portrayal served as a visual representation of the significance of St. Joseph's role as the foster father of Jesus and the protector of the Holy Family.

Recitations on the Virtues of St. Joseph: Pupils actively participated in recitations, where they eloquently presented on the virtues of St. Joseph. Through these recitations, the audience learned about St. Joseph's qualities of faithfulness, humility, and dedication, drawing inspiration from his exemplary life.

Presentation of Footballs: In a gesture aimed at encouraging sportsmanship and physical activity among the students, footballs were presented to the school by the Founding Director and President General of CIDJAP, Very Rev. Msgr. Professor Obiora Ike an international icon of peace represented by Engr. Shedrach Ajah.

Takeaway Gifts: As a token of appreciation and encouragement, takeaway gifts were distributed to the pupils by the symbolic representation of the Holy Family of St. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus role played by the pupils. These gifts served as reminders of the love and care of the Holy Family and further strengthened the bond within the school community.

Vote of Thanks: The celebration concluded with a heartfelt vote of thanks delivered by the school's Head Teacher Sr. Marius. Expressing gratitude to the Founding Director and President General of CIDJAP Very Rev. Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike and to all participants, the Head Teacher highlighted the significance of St. Joseph's feast day in nurturing the spiritual and moral development of the students. She also acknowledged that the resounding success of the feast day celebration owes its gratitude to the collaborative efforts of the school community and the benevolence of Very Rev. Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike. The unwavering support of Very Rev. Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike and commitment exemplify the spirit of unity and shared purpose that defines CIDJAP St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School.

Conclusion: The Feast of St. Joseph celebration at CIDJAP St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School was a resounding success, characterized by spiritual enrichment, cultural representation, and community engagement. Through the various activities, pupils were not only reminded of the virtues of St. Joseph but also inspired to emulate his example in their daily lives. Such celebrations serve as integral components of the school's mission to provide holistic education rooted in faith, compassion, and excellence.






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