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Theme:  We are called, blessed and graced

So much of human life is spent in coming and going. Workers commute to and from their offices, factories and places of business. Teachers and students commute to and from school. Immigrants in search of work and greener pastures keep traveling, while the better off in such of tourism are on every traveling object. People seeking better opportunities for education and employment have made ours a mobile society in which one person in five changes residences annually.

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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 Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).

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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.

Theme: Decide now

 Luke’s account of the Passion of Jesus contains a number of emotional moments that show how what happens to Jesus forces others to make decisions. The majority of the disciples will pledge their loyalty at the Last Supper, then run away when the police converge on Jesus in the garden. Peter boasts of his steadfastness, then denies any association with Jesus when questioned. Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. Pilate seeks to avoid passing judgment on a man he thinks is innocent first by sending him to Herod who mocks and beats Jesus and sends him back; then by appealing to the crowd to choose him over Barabbas; finally by trying to pacify the Sanhedrin by having him flogged. Luke tries to exonerate the Romans of Jesus’ death as the early Church seeks an entry into the Mediterranean world. But in the end he can only show the pressure a cowardly Pilate was under as he gives in and hands Jesus over to be crucified, a form of capital punishment only Rome could inflict.

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.

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“Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.

Theme:  Watching and overcoming temptation

For the better part of my life, I have thought of Lent as a season of introspection, a time of taking personal inventory, a period of soul-searching and self-examination. These six weeks, set aside each year by the Church, have afforded me an annual opportunity for a sort of spiritual spring cleaning. I have looked at Lent as an invitation to recognize my failures and sinfulness, to seek forgiveness and to form a new resolve in order to grow deeper in faith, more fervent in love and firm in hope. Admittedly, this personal experience of Lent is necessary and important, however, if I look only within myself, my focus becomes too narrow, my horizons too limited, my ideals too personal. But there is another aspect of this season which merits consideration. Through the readings, signs and bywords which characterize the Lenten respite, the Church challenges each one of us to turn his/her gaze away from self in order to look at God.

 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.

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Sunday Masses

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

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About Our Church

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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