“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” (Psalm 127: 3-4)

The Kalyan Eparchy Pro-Life Movement in collaboration with Catechism Department of Kalyan Diocese, organized “Life Display Competition” on 28th November, 2017, at Animation and Renewal Centre (ARC), Panvel. Just one day away from the most eagerly awaited event “EVA-Global Symposium on Life”, the Kalyan Eparchy Pro-Life Movement conducted this competition in order to bring the awareness of the importance of life even in children. A display area of black cloth background size 3.5 by 5 feet was provided to each Catechism unit at the venue of the Symposium on Life to display their project, which had the theme “Human Life: A Precious Gift of God.”

Fr. Biju Mannamcheril, director of the Catechism department, Kalyan Diocese, remarked that “Life is a precious gift of God. Man gradually shifts away from this core identity of human life. It is great to see the sincere and genuine reflections of younger hearts on the value of human life.”  Leenet Edward, a catechism student from Little Flower Church, Nerul, who participated in the competition emphasized that “While doing this we learned life is truly a gift of God. He created each one of us with his own hands. We as a team learned the value of life while making our own little creation.”

This competition aimed at reaching the message of “Dignity and Divinity of Human Life” to the younger hearts. Every parish under Kalyan Diocese had sent a representation of 5 people with minimum 3 catechism students who fixed up the display between 9 am to 6 pm in the area allocated to each parish. Content, creativity, presentation were the main winning criteria for the competition and the display would be judged during the days of the symposium and will also include the vote of the registered delegates participating in the Symposium. The winning entries would be given trophies along with cash prizes, 1st prize will be Rs. 7000 and Trophy, 2nd prize will be Rs. 5000 and Trophy and 3rd prize will be Rs. 3000 and Trophy.