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ZABABDEH – In recent weeks, the parishes of Zababdeh and Jenin have lived a time of grace and spiritual, cultural and social growth. On Friday, May 12, both parishes celebrated the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. On Thursday, May 18, the seniors were honored during a festive graduation ceremony at the parish school.

First Communion and Confirmation

One hundred and ten boys and girls from the parishes of Zababdeh and Jenin received the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation at a common ceremony, celebrated in Zababdeh, where there is the largest concentration of Christians in Jenin.

The two parish priests of Zababdeh, Father Ibrahim Nino, assisted by his vicar Father Remon Haddad, the Rosary Sisters, and Jenin parish priest Father Labib Deibes, worked together on the preparations for the event and making sure catechism was taught to the children for more than nine months. Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Israel, presided at the celebration in the Church of the Visitation. A dozen diocesan directors of the Italian Caritas were also present, delighted to be able to experience a celebration in the Holy Land.

Graduation at the Latin Patriarchate School

In Zababdeh, a parish and a school have been working hand in hand since 1875, when the first priest came to the village accompanied by a teacher. The future saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine came to serve in the village in 1879.  She worked with dedication to educate girls throughout the parish and the school. Today, the school is prosperous with more than a thousand students and some sixty teachers.

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, about  fifty students graduated at a ceremony organized by the school director, Father Ibrahim Nino and the staff.  Numerous personalities attended the graduation ceremony:  Bishop  Marcuzzo, Fr. Iyad Twal, Director General of the Latin Patriarchate Schools in Palestine and Israel and Director of the Christian Schools Secretariat in Palestine, Mr. Kamal Abu al- Rub, deputy governor of Jenin, Wafa Abdallah, deputy mayor of Zababdeh, and Marwan Deibes, new elected mayor of Zababdeh.  Many parish priests, Rosary Sisters and the entire teaching team were also present at the ceremony, highlighted by speeches, songs and skits. Diplomas were handed to the graduates and gifts were presented to the best of the students.  It was a time of joy, gratitude to the Lord and gratitude for this school, which plays a significant role in the growth and development of the village and the parish.

From our correspondent in Zababdeh.

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