Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of December 10, 2007
Nazareno squirettes, squires sing at hospital
By RENE ABADA
Special to the WCR
With freezing temperatures and the signs of the Christmas season all around, the K of C Nazareno Council 12904 Squires and Squirettes warmed the hearts of staff and residents of the Edmonton General Hospital with songs and other musical entertainment.
As part of their many projects for the 2007-08 Columbian Year, the boys and girls of the council start the first of their volunteer entertainment sessions at the hospital that will take them to the middle of next year.
Led by chief squirette counsellor and musical director, Mary Ann Sosa, the group performed a 15-minute song and instrumental program including some violin solo performances.
They performed and entertained during lunch and tea service at the units of the hospital. They also performed in some of the residents' rooms who were unable to be moved due to their medical conditions.
The Squires and Squirettes have already done their share of their planned community work related activities. Last month, they collected over 17 boxes of non-perishable items earmarked for donation to the Edmonton Food Bank. Along with the other donations collected by the council, they have targeted Christmas Eve to deliver all their collected donations.
It is this kind of community service programs in which the Nazareno Council 12904 has envisioned and would like to instill in the youth of this council. It is their belief to expose these youth to the importance of giving and sharing at the early stages of their lives so they may carry on this positive nature in their adult life.
During the upcoming Christmas season, the group has plans for Christmas caroling. The youth are now fitting practice times into their schedule.
They will also participate at the council's nine Christmas Novena Masses; a Filipino Church tradition, to be held at St. Theresa's Catholic Church starting on Dec. 15 until Dec. 23. The youth will act as altar servers.