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Theme: Be Purified And Be Reconciled To God

My brothers and sisters in Christ, today we are entering a new season, one of penance and mortification. Together, we have gathered here to celebrate “Ash Wednesday,” the first of forty days of the Lenten Season that precedes Easter. On this special occasion, we are called to be reconciled to God. Through the sacramental of ashes that is symbolic of penance, we are reminded that we as sinners are but dust and ashes cf. Genesis 18:27

Today, in preparation for the joy of Easter that approaches, we need to call upon the mercy of the Lord Jesus, asking Him for His blessings and forgiveness for the Heavenly Father does not want us to die but to live with the risen Christ who reigns forever and ever. As such, through the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we ought to prepare ourselves to celebrate the death and glorious Resurrection of Christ our Saviour by being cleansed from our sins through a renewal of spirit.

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The penitential season of Lent is the period of forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday.  It is a season of the Church year which commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his public ministry of preaching for repentance.  Six Sundays are within the season, the last, Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Thursday begins the Triduum “three days” before Easter day, which includes Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

To fast is to do without food.  Its purpose is to experience the effects of not eating.  It also serves to be a penance or a sacrifice - for the purpose of strengthening us.  When we don't eat, for even a little while, we get hungry.  When we get hungry, we have a heightened sense of awareness.  If, when we eat too much, we have a sluggish feeling, when we fast, we have a feeling of alertness.  Fasting is a wonderful exercise whenever we want to sincerely ask for an important grace from God.  It is not that our fasting "earns" God's attention, but by fasting, we clarify our thinking and our feeling.  It is purifying and prepares us to pray more deeply.

Theme: Be purified and be reconciled with God

My brothers and sisters in Christ, today we are entering a new season, one of penance and mortification. Together, we have gathered here to celebrate Ash Wednesday, the first of forty days of the Lenten Season that precedes Easter. On this special occasion, we are called to be reconciled to God. Through the sacramental of ashes that is symbolic of penance, we are reminded that we as sinners are but dust and ashes cf. Genesis 18:27

Today, in preparation for the joy of Easter that approaches, we need to call upon the mercy of the Lord Jesus, asking Him for His blessings and forgiveness for the Heavenly Father does not want us to die but to live with the risen Christ who reigns forever and ever. As such, through the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we ought to prepare ourselves to celebrate the death and glorious Resurrection of Christ our Saviour by being cleansed from our sins through a renewal of spirit.

 Theme: Be aware of the seeds of evil

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Few among us will dispute the fact that the world in which we live is fraught with evil. Any newspaper, periodical, radio or television broadcast will offer adequate proof of its presence. The fighting in South Sudan, victims of ethnic and sectarian hatred in Central Africa Republic, individuals being denied their basic human rights in several African countries, the homeless families on any streets of African towns and all those whose lives are scarred by the abuse or indifference of others. All these voices speak of pervasive evil in human society. But while its existence goes unquestioned, the origin of evil and the tragedies it produces has been the subject of debate for centuries. Contemporary analysts of society attribute the ills which plague it to conflicting ideologies, economic imbalances and shifting demographics. A more simplistic understanding of evil’s roots can be found in the literatures of our ancient ancestors. Hesiod, the Greek poet, attributed the various and sundry manifestations of evil in the world to Pandora. According to Hesiod, Zeus commissioned Hephaestus to fashion a woman out of earth; on this first woman, the gods showered their choicest gifts, among which was a box containing all manner of misery and evil. Although she had been forbidden to do so, Pandora opened the box and as a result, evil was irretrievably unleashed on the earth. Among the ancient Baganda, evil was attributed to Walumbe, the brother of Nambi the author of death, lies and darkness who accompanied his sister to the earth when Nambi had been told never to return to her dad on Mt Elegon after she had been given to Kintu in Marriage. She forcefully returned on the Mountain because she had forgotten some seeds of Millet she wanted to plant on arriving at Kintu’s home on earth. Dualisms such as this were prevalent, influencing most of the belief systems of the Greco-Roman and African world thus persisting into the Christian era where they formed the bases of gnostic philosophy and manichaeism.

 The five precepts of the church (church laws) are set in the context of a moral life bound to and nourished by liturgical life. The obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor. In other words they help us to maintain a very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and growth in the love of God and Neighbour.

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Luganda: 7:30 am.  English: 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5;00 pm.

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Welcome to Our Lady of Africa Parish Mbuya. We are located near Bugolobi Township in Nakawa Division. It is about 5 kms from the City Centre of Kampala. Mbuya Catholic Parish is a vibrant and diverse community made up of people from different parts of Uganda. We welcome you warmly and joyfully.

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