Report by Master Amani Cirikisuva
Leader - St Michael 5A Community
Mangrove (dogo) replanting: Our response to Pope Francis’s Call to celebrate the Season of Creation from 1 September – 4 October, 2018
Theme: Walking together
On a very sunny morning of Saturday, 6/10/18 at 9.00am, the Community of St Michael (5A) located in Vatuwaqa, Suva heeded the Holy Father’s call to walk together to show that we are on a journey towards better care of our common home.
Through his blessing and the intercession of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology we took time off from our usual chores to travel to Corpus Christi Teachers College (CCTC) beach. The purpose was to put into action the call of the Holy Father. St Michael is part of St Pius X Parish in Raiwaqa. Prior consultations were conducted with the Ministry of Forestry which then supplied 2000 seedlings and provided technical support as well. The community made up of the young and old was assisted by students from Corpus Christi Teachers College led by their Matron, Sister Maria (SOLN) and Forestry officials. We were very fortunate indeed!
The day began with a prayer seeking God’s blessings in the task ahead of us.
Immediately after, the group descended on to the beach to begin the replanting.
Amidst the laughter and singing the task was completed within one hour. There was no more seedlings left. Most said that more should be provided next time so that we could cover a wider area!
After this, we assembled at the refreshment area for some qulaqula, cookies and juice. Later we gathered at the Cirikisuva’s residence for a thanksgiving prayer and grog.
Our sincere gratitude and thanks goes to our acting Parish Priest, Fr Euikyun Carlo Jung (SSC) for raising awareness at Mass, Sr Maria and students of CCTC and families of St Michael Community.
To the forestry officials led by Vatiseva Lesubua, Poasa Tuimaba, Arieta and Ulita Nailumu thank you for the technical support.
To Michael Giborees who donated a cartoon of soft drinks, vinaka vakalevu.
This exercise has once again reminded us to fulfill our roles as stewards of God’s creation through constant prayer and action.
It is with this conviction that our community has pledged to carry out this task on an annual basis.
Vinaka vakalevu & God bless
St Michael Community Leader
6 October, 2018