Mothers honoured for service

2015-06-03 06:00
HERE are the members of the St Monica’s Mother’s Day organising committee with some of the mothers acknowledged at the Mothers’ Day function. From the left are Nthati Khoboli, Maphunye Qocha, Nthabiseng Mofolo, Ernest Tlhaba, Cecelia Nketoane, Alina

HERE are the members of the St Monica’s Mother’s Day organising committee with some of the mothers acknowledged at the Mothers’ Day function. From the left are Nthati Khoboli, Maphunye Qocha, Nthabiseng Mofolo, Ernest Tlhaba, Cecelia Nketoane, Alina

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IN honour of the grace of motherhood, the St Monica’s cluster of the Roman Catholic Church acknowledged a group of women, aged 60 and older, at its Mother’s Day function on the weekend of 24 May.

The special function was initiated by the youth and supported by women of the St Monica’s cluster. It saw 50 women treated to lunch and presented with blankets.

“This is a token of appreciation of the role that mothers play. We want to honour them as pillars of strength in families and praise them for their good work in raising children to be responsible adults,” said Maphunye Qocha, spokesperson of the St Monica’s organising committee.

“We celebrate good motherhood as the generation that followed. The message we are sending to them as mothers is that you did your job well and we appreciate your work, contributions and roles.”

Qocha said it was encouraging that the youth, led by Nthabiseng Mofolo, took the lead in organising the function. The event was supported by different Lesedi youth, the Lesedi Church and Dinonyana Sarafina group.

Dr Ramane Matabane-Tshabalala, who acted as guest speaker, inspired mothers and honoured them by saying they should not lose hope at their age. Instead, they should continue to be the light and hope.

“As mothers, you are like salt giving taste to food in that you give guidance to us, your children, spouses and families. We should build bridges instead of burning bridges.

“We should build bridges with the knowledge that one day we are going to cross that same bridge to go to the next destination,” said Matabane-Tshabalala.

“It is God’s purpose that you as mothers should teach your children about the significance of the four seasons of the year X winter, summer, autumn and spring. We should teach them that life is like the four seasons of the year and, as human-beings, we also go through the very same stages of nature, ending in death at some point.

“Your role is to teach and make the future generation understand the importance of always striving for the golden rule X do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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