Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Science fair inspires students, parents
As national student numbers dwindle, one remote Bangladesh school is bucking a trendHoly Cross bishop Ponen Paul Kubi of Mymensingh diocese opens the 3rd science fair at Ranikhong High School in Netrokona
- Sumon Nongmin, Netrokona
- January 31, 2011
Ranikhong High School in northeastern Netrokona district near the Indian border held its third science fair yesterday.
Students and teachers from three neighboring schools also attended the event.
Holy Cross bishop Ponen Paul Kubi of Mymensingh diocese¬†opened the 22-stall daylong fair.
‚ÄúThis science fair is an important way of inspiring and encouraging students. It can also develop their way of thinking and behavior, enable them to contribute to the family, society and country with their knowledge in the future,‚ÄĚ the prelate told ucanews.com.
Associates of Mary Queen of Apostles (SMRA) Sister Mary Leoba, the school headmistress, says the fair is fulfilling its purpose as the number of science students is increasing at her school.
She said the number of students taking up science around the country is falling, but at her school it has risen from just two to 22 in just three years.
‚ÄúMany students and parents think science is difficult and expensive. We‚Äôre proving it is not,‚ÄĚ she said.
Parents and students said the fair has opened their eyes.
‚ÄúStudents in remote areas don‚Äôt have the facilities that city school students have. Besides formal education they can now learn more from such fairs and have more complete learning,‚ÄĚ said one parent Abdur Razzak.
He added that students from other schools have lot to learn from missionary schools.
Nurjahan, 14, a 9th grade science student at the school has no regrets taking up the subject.
‚ÄúThe fair encourages me to take science up. Sometimes, theoretical studies seem difficult but practical experiences help me to understand things easily,‚ÄĚ she told ucanews.com.
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