The second edition of the Value Tag has been held at St. James Catholic Church, Osu on Saturday October 9, 2021. The program which was under the theme “Restore us oh Lord” is an initiative of the old summer campers of the Accra Archdiocese bringing together campers from different year groups, priests and their teachers.
The first part of the program consisted of spiritual activities such as praying of the rosary, confession, song ministrations and sharing of testimonies.
Rev Fr. Donatus Pallu the guest speaker for the day spoke on the theme “Restore us oh Lord” focusing on Lamentations 5:12. He said young boys and girls are being abused sexually but do not have the courage to speak up or confide in anyone. As difficult as it may seem he encouraged them not to lose faith but speak up and get the needed help as soon as possible. He charged the campers to adopt the habit of praying when they wake up from bed rather than checking their phones for notifications.
He went further to advise them to cultivate the habit of carrying their Bibles with them when attending any spiritual gathering. Living in this world he said might be difficult but all should avail themselves and be a blessing to people around them.
On faith, he encouraged them to hold on to it and never be carried away even in difficult times. “Don’t sell your dignity, learn hard and pass your exams. God in His own time will reward you when need be”, he added. He concluded by urging them to become a fountain of blessing to their family and those around them and that God did not bring anyone into this world to suffer, He has plans for every one of His Children.
The second part of the program was the celebration of Holy Mass presided over by Rev Fr. Emmanuel Mary Ofori Srem and con celebrated by Rev Fr. Januarius Akpabli, Rev Fr. Donatus Apallu and Rev Fr. Prince Adjei Marfo, the chaplain for the old summer campers.
In his homily Fr. Januarius admonished them to observe the word of God in order to be happy at all times. He again advised them to eschew stealing, fornication and any other bad habits. He charged them to put into practice the word of God and that they should not only be listeners.
The Archbishop Palmer Buckle summer camp vacation school began in 2012 purposely designed for high school students who were home for a long break. The last edition was held in 2017 and since then the old summer campers have embarked on charity activities such as donations to orphanages and many more.
Source: DEPSOCOM, Accra/E.S.D