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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.

Theme: Today a Saviour has been born to you

Christmas is finally here. All four weeks of Advent we have been waiting and praying for the coming blessings of Christmas. And now Christmas is here. Today the angels are bringing us the good news of great joy for all the people, for to us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. This good news of great joy is for all the people of God. As people of God we have a claim to the joy and the peace that the birth of Christ brings to the world. But how do I personally enter into this ‘great joy’ of Christmas? Christmas rings out ‘joy to the world’, yes, but how do I make this joy my own? This is an important question, for, even though God has declared joy to the whole world, there are still many among us who do not flow in this joy, many among us who do not know how to claim this joy and make it their own personally.

Theme: He is the light of Day

A few years ago, a couple from Spain on a visit to Kampala stood on the shores of Lake Victoria at Luzira landing site marveling at its vast expanse and admiring the industriousness of the fishermen who, for generations, had made a living from its bounty. Located about 7 Kilometers from Kampala  City at a height of about  900 feet above sea level, Lake Victoria is bordered by three cone-shaped hills that add to the majestic view. As the couple watched and wondered, a woman approached them. Obviously quite pregnant and smiling pleasantly as she winced against the pain that accompanies imminent birth, she showed them the package she was carrying and, through signs and gestures, asked if they’d like to see its contents.  When the woman shyly unwrapped the parcel, she brought forth a beautifully hand-woven, bright and multi-colored palm leaves mat, the size of an average dinning table. ‘Did you make this?’ the couple asked. Her answering gestures signaled ‘yes’, while her face beamed with pride when they praised her artistry.  Eager to sell her work but also eager to leave the lakeshore, the lovely, soon-to-be mother shifted from one foot to another trying to mask her growing discomfort.  As the exchange was being made, so also were introductions and the couple learned that they were speaking to Namutebi, who was about to ‘to give a child to the light.’ So you are dar a luz. A Spanish term ‘dar a lu’ which literally means ‘to give to the light,’ is virtually pregnant with significance, particularly today, when Christians world over celebrate another mother and the Son to whom she gave birth. Through Jesus Christ, God has come to dwell among us; by virtue of God’s presence, all darkness that had previously threatened to overwhelm humankind is now on notice.  Light has come to birth, the stranglehold of night has been broken.

Dear Friends Christmas is here. Christmas means the coming of God’s light into the darkness of our world. His light was not lit once in Bethlehem and then extinguished. It continues to shine for all who believe in him. It is a persistent and defiant light that no darkness can over power. May the coming of God’s son scatter the darkness of the world, and make it radiant with his light. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Is 9:2

Theme: We are a people in a continuous expectation

Here we go again! Another liturgical year has ebbed away; a new one is upon us. . . like it or not, time, like an ever-rolling stream is carrying us forward. Having come full circle to a new beginning, things nevertheless look quite familiar. When we read the ancient scriptural selections for yet another Advent, we wonder if there is anything new under the sun. We have heard the texts before; we know the hymns by heart. We have met all the protagonists of this season and can anticipate what John the Baptist, Paul, Luke, Jeremiah, Isaiah and the other prophets are going to say even before their words are proclaimed in our midst.

As we make our way from the Church to the marketplace, to work and to play, we quickly realize that we have become veterans of this season. We will make the lists and do the shopping; we will wrap the presents and decorate the tree. We will write the cards and bake the cakes. We will attend the pageants and parties and when the Christmas story is read, we will mouth the words that have become so indelibly engraved upon our memories “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we have seen his glory: the glory of an only Son coming from the Father, filled with enduring love” John 1:14. In that moment and by God’s grace the words we have spoken and heard for decades will challenge us to shake off what may have become rote and routine and awaken to the ever startling and fresh newness of God, present and alive among us! From the moment the incarnate word became flesh and blood, the course of human history was forever altered. God’s gift of Jesus has communicated new meaning and new direction to every individual human story. History, because of God’s word to us in Jesus, is no longer a cyclic repetition of similar events but a linear movement with a beginning, a purpose and a goal, all of which originate and are subsumed in God.

Theme: God is at work among us

When a president is scheduled to make a public appearance, his staff prepares weeks and even months in advance to make certain that the proper protocol will be observed and the leaders’ security will be assured. They procure detailed maps of the area to be visited and designate various routes and search out venues. Guards are posted in selective spots. Every eventuality, both good and bad, is anticipated, all in an effort to make the event as uneventful as possible.

Similarly detailed preparations precede the appearance of religious leaders like the Roman Catholic pontiff and political figureheads like the Queen of England. Programs are scheduled, choral presentations are practiced, gifts are bought and special persons are chosen to present them in the most gracious manner possible so that the honored one is duly recognized and appreciated. On a smaller scale, each of us can probably relate to the task of preparing ourselves, our family and our home in order to welcome and offer hospitality to a boss, to in-laws, to relatives or to anyone with whom we would like to make a good impression.

Theme: Rejoice

A Native African Patriarch who wished to provide for the happy futures of his grandchildren often shared with them the stories of their ancestors. Each story was a tale within a tale; each held not only an entertaining piece of their shared heritage, but also a life lesson intended to cultivate wisdom. On one occasion, this grandpa told his eager young listeners that every person has two wolves inside of them who are engaged in an ongoing struggle. One is the wolf of justice, peace and loving kindness; the other is the wolf of hatred, fear and greed. Which wolf will win? asked one grandson. To that the grandpa replied, ‘whichever one we feed’. During the season of Advent, those who affirm their desire to continue welcoming Christ into their lives are invited to face the wolves that dwell within and vie for the precious food of our energies and attention. Identifying these wolves and calling them by name is a good first step. Deciding which to feed will set the agenda for a lifelong struggle.

Theme: Blessed are those who believe

For those without the gift of faith, the rich scriptural traditions that surround the season of Advent and the feast of Christmas look like simply time-worn stories that have little impact on real life. For the unbelieving, Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem may be no more meaningful than the stories of Frosty the Snowman. His birth at Bethlehem would be of little consequence. It was just a little village about nine miles from Jerusalem where pilgrims could buy animals to offer as sacrifices in the temple. Bethlehem was a place where shepherds could make a decent living. Aside from that, Jesus’ hometown had little else to earn it a place on the map. For those led by doubts, Elizabeth was no more than an older lady whose unexpected maternity surprised and shocked her husband and relatives. Mary’s visit to Elizabeth was simply a matter of a younger woman reaching out to care for an older relative. The leaping of Elizabeth’s child would have little significance for those without faith.

Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Vincent KIRABO, Professor at St. Mary’s Major Seminary in Ggaba, as the new Bishop of Hoima.

The appointment comes in just a day after the Holy father left Uganda for the Central African republic in his five day Visit of Africa.

Bishop-elect Kirabo was born on October 1st, 1955. After primary school in Kahunde and secondary school at St. John Bosco Minor Seminary, Hoima, he began philosophical studies at the Uganda Martyrs’ National Major Seminary Aloculum in Gulu. After having completed theological studies at St. Mary’s National Seminary in Ggaba, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Hoima on 9th September 1979.

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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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