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Archdiocese of Karachi

The Elderly: Guardians of Catholic Faith and Tradition

Karachi (Master William Anwar): On 20th January 2024, the Good Shepherd Parish in Karachi, organized a program specifically designed for the elderly, attracting the participation of approximately 150 individuals.

Centered around the theme “The elderly are the source of Catholic faith and tradition,” the event marked the commencement of the new year for the parish. The opening ceremony focused on “Catholic families and Catholic education,” upholding church traditions by inaugurating the new year with the symbolic lighting of a candle. Notably, this ritual involved the active participation of elderly members, alongside youth and children, underscoring the significance of the elderly within the parish community.

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Commencing with a prayer, the program featured a variety of activities for the elderly, including games, poetry, singing, jokes, and humorous speeches. Attendees were also provided with refreshments, tea, and soup to enhance their overall experience.

Fr. Ashar Iftikhar, serving as the guest of honor, actively engaged with the elderly, expressing admiration for their dedication and hard work. He attentively listened to their experiences, fostering a sense of connection and appreciation.

In his closing remarks, Fr. Asif Saleem extended gratitude to the elderly participants, acknowledging their valuable contributions. He also expressed thanks to the pastoral team and administration for their support. As a concluding gesture, all participants received food, and the elderly were honored with certificates as souvenirs and tokens of encouragement. Fr. Asif Saleem concluded the program by offering his final blessings.

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