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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: Here I am Lord, send me

This week, we are invited to consider the spiritual astonishment of three of the great ones within our Judaeo-Christian tradition, Isaiah, Paul and Peter. Each of the readings details the special call of these three men as a life-changing event. While considering the vocational experiences of these, our ancestors in the faith, we are also challenged to examine our own personal calls to conversion and discipleship. Although the circumstances of each vocation are unique, there are some discernable characteristics which seem to be common to all vocations. Because these characteristics are so rudimentary, perhaps they could be referred to as ‘the three Rs’, which are, realization, repentance and readiness. When a divine proposal is initially recognized, the person to whom it has been proffered enters into a process of realization whereby he/she becomes aware of God as all holy, all good, all loving and all giving. By the same token and as a result of realizing who God is; one also becomes aware of self before God as a person fully undeserving and yet totally in need of all that God is. This self realization issues forth in a spirit of repentance that looks to God for a healing that will bring both holiness and wholeness to the believer. The third characteristic of the vocational experience flows quite naturally from the first two. In full realization of God and of self and in full recognition that his/her need for repentance can always be met and answered, the believer stands in readinessto be and to do all that his/her vocation will require.

“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13).

The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee

1. Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized

In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God and encouraging the initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”, I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word, especially his prophetic word. The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand. For this reason, during the season of Lent I will send out Missionaries of Mercy as a concrete sign to everyone of God’s closeness and forgiveness.

A press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office on January 2016  to present the Holy Father's Message for Lent 2016. The panel was composed of Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, archbishop of Agrigento, Italy and member of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum"; Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso and Msgr. Segundo Tejado Munoz, respectively secretary and under-secretary of the same dicastery.

Cardinal Montenegro explained that the Message is divided into three parts, focusing on mercy in the light of the Word of God, insistence on the works of mercy and the relationship between Lent and the Jubilee itinerary.

Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

The mystery of the cross

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Through an understanding of the story behind Christ's Holy Cross, as presented by Holy Tradition, God comes into our lives, and we develop a personal relationship with Him which changes the way we see the world around us. Moreover, the blessed message behind this story not only has a direct, positive, transformative impact on us; but also infuences on our  faith, vocations, relationships, families and efforts to behave as one family of God.

The mystery of the Cross ought to occupy our Christian life.  Throughout the history of the Church, the Saints focused on the profound reality of the mystery of the Cross.

A few days ago, good size Cross has been unveiled at Mbuya in the compound of Our Lady of Africa Parish Church which is one of the places frequented by a good number of Catholics in and around Kampala. This Cross which stands at 35 feet above the ground and 15 feet under the soil; with a well sculptured image of the Crucified Jesus that weighs approximately two tones, has been built to commemorate two important events in the life of Mbuya Parish in particular and Uganda in general. The first baptism in Mbuya took place on 11th July 1964 which should be counting fifty year by now. The second reason is to honor our Holy Martyrs of Uganda who were canonized on 18th October 1964. The Golden Jubilee of these two invents was the drive behind this common but meaningful visible sign in a form of the Cross. The Cross and Jesus are inseparable.

Theme:  Love is essential

In today’s readings we are presented with rich theological fare, where dedicated lives of Jeremiah and Jesus are wrapped around Paul’s celebration of the virtue of love. Paul’s address to the Corinthians is quite beautiful and poetical he lifts us to the heights of idealism and takes our imaginations to that perfect place where love endures to conquer all with its grace. Jeremiah and Jesus illustrate most expressively through their lives that love not only sings and celebrates; love also answers God’s call, despite the difficulty that will entail. This is how love answer God’s will. It is faithful despite the temptation to stray. Love is ready to forgive and makes valiant efforts at forgetting the hurtful aspects of life together. Love holds out even when nest eggs are forced to hatch too soon. Love survives when old age claims looks and memory and fervor.

Theme: Powered by the Word

When Mother Teresa she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she said in her acceptance speech, ‘with this prize I am going to make a home for any who have no home … if we can create a home for the poor, love will spread and we will be able through this understanding love to bring peace, to be good news to the poor’. Before her death in 1997, this tiny woman’s words had inspired the establishment of more than 200 homes for the poor in 30 world’s poorest countries. Powerful and effective words are also at the heart of today’s liturgy. In the first reading, Ezra read the words of the Law to the gathered assembly so that those words would become the source of their life, the cause of their union and the bond that would forever unite them with God. Paul, in today’s second reading, uses graphic words to drive home the importance of mutual respect for the differences that make community a true reflection of the God in whose image each of us is made. Jesus, in today’s Gospel, took the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and combined two texts to deliver the words that would outline his agenda. Through Jesus’ words and works, the Good News was heard by the poor, captives were liberated, the blind began to see and the oppressed went free. Today, as these words are proclaimed in our hearing, their power challenges us to act upon them.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

Odongo is UNEB new Executive Secretary

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We come again in thanksgiving to God for his graces as we celebrate and congratulate one of our Parishioners, Daniel Nokrach Odongo upon being selected as the new executive secretary of the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) following the examinations boards governing body announcement yesterday.

Odongo( R-in picture) is an actively involved member of our parish who  has served as the Patron of St. Paul Choir Mbuya that animates the 11 O’clock mass every Sunday for over 7 years, before handing over to Rachel Ssebudde (L- in picture) early this year. He has also served on the board of Our School St. Kizito Senior Secondary School Bugolobi.

Theme:  Hearing the right voice

In the Didache which is also called the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles written around the year 100 A.D, there are instructions concerning the rite of initiation into Christ written like this ‘Baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, in living water. But if you have not living water, baptize in other water. If you cannot baptize in cold, then in warm … pour water three times on the head.’  Unchanged through the centuries, the sacramental rite of baptism always involves water, whether it is from a small font, a full-size immersion bath or even a fresh water river or lake. For the most part, the water is clear, clean and an appropriate symbol for expressing the baptismal cleansing by which sins are forgiven and the newly initiated are incorporated into Christ and the Church. Today’s feast, with its focus on Jesus’ baptism, invites each of us to remember the grace and blessing of our own baptism.

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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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