Sept. 24 Children’s Mission Day to feature VOL student’s T-shirt design

Visitation of Our Lady seventh grader Haley Tran said she was inspired by the Missionary Childhood Association’s simple yet beautiful motto of “Children Helping Children” when she sat down to design her winning logo for the upcoming celebration of Children’s Mission Day.

“I wanted to show people around the world holding hands to support each other,” said Haley, whose design of hands shaking across a globe will grace the blue T-shirts worn at the archdiocese’s 25th anniversary celebration of Children’s Mission Day, set for Sept. 24 at St. Mary’s Dominican High.

“I didn’t want to make the design too complicated or put too many ideas together,” said Haley, admitting that the hands were the most difficult part of her winning composition. “I tried to keep it simple but large enough so people could get what the drawing was about.”


There is still time to register children in grades three through seven for the Saturday program of talks, music, dance and other activities focusing on Catholics’ shared baptismal calling to spread God’s message of love both at home and throughout the world.

Children’s Mission Day will begin at 10 a.m. with an opening prayer and music from Gary Ault of The Dameans.

The program will feature two guest speakers: Missionary of Jesus Father Michael Montoya will give a morning talk on Filipino culture and ministry; and Marianite Sister Judy Gomila will explore “The Missionary Childhood Association in the Modern World” after lunch.

Members of the local Filipino community, including Dr. Adlai DePano of the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Filipino Apostolate, will present the Sinulog Dance, honoring the Child Jesus.

The day will conclude with a 2:30 p.m. Mass with Archbishop Gregory Aymond, principal celebrant; and concelebrants Father Montoya and Father James Jeanfreau Jr., archdiocesan director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (office sponsor of the event).

The cost for the day is $15. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, lunch and drink. For information, call Tanya Cenac at 527-5773.

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