On Sunday, 19 February 2017, with the help of Brothers Dominic and Paul, two Salesians, and a religious Sister of Our Lady of Mission, twenty Vietnamese children and teenagers gathered together. This was the first time that we worked with them on behalf of the Salesian Province in Ireland. In imitation of Don Bosco, we began our day by reciting a Hail Mary in order to ask Our Lady for her help and intercession. Afterwards, we talked to the children about the timetable for the day.
The programme were divided into three parts, the first being to help the children with their mother language, Vietnamese, since some of them do not speak Vietnamese on a daily basis. Also, though some of the group can speak Vietnamese, they could not write it.
The second part took the form of sharing with them a short video about Lent. The children were then divided into groups to have a small competition and reflection on what they had seen in the video.
The third part of the day was to play soccer and enjoy some recreation in a playground. At the end of the programme, all the children were offered some refreshments by the parents. We thank God for giving us a great opportunity to work with young children and teenagers whom we are called to serve.