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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.

Pope Francis yesterday addressed diplomats and leading figures from Uganda society and encouraged them to “ensure good and transparent governance, integral human development and a wide and just distribution” of Africa’s goods. Referring to Uganda’s famous martyrs, the Pope said they were a reminder of “the importance that faith, moral rectitude and commitment to the common good have played and continue to play” in the life of the nation. In his address, Pope Francis praised Uganda’s “outstanding concern” for welcoming refugees and said how we deal with them “is a test of our humanity.”

Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ remarks to diplomats and the Ugandan authorities delivered at the State House of Entebbe:

Pope Francis on Friday met catechists and teachers at the Munyonyo shrine situated some 40 kilometres south of the Uganda capital, Kampala. In his brief address to the gathering, he encouraged them to persevere in their “rewarding” but “not easy” work and be not just teachers but also "a witness" through their example.

Please find below an English translation of the Pope’s prepared remarks to the catechists and teachers:

Pope Francis has just celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the National Sanctuary of the Ugandan Martyrs at Namugongo. The Shrine commemorates the martyrdom of 22 young Catholic converts during an anti-Christian persecution that took place under Mwanga II, the king of Buganda.

Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis’ prepared homily for the Holy Mass at the Sanctuary of the Ugandan Martyrs at Namugongo:

At the beginning of the Holy Mass at the Shrine of the Uganda, Pope Francis was greeted by the Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprien Kizito Lwanga.

Below please find the full text of Archbishop Lwanga’s remarks:

Your Holiness we welcome you with joy and gratitude to Uganda, to Africa and to Namugongo Martyrs shrine.

In the first place, I thank God for your blessed presence here with us. I greet you on behalf of all the pilgrims present here today on this historical occasion when we crown the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs which took place on 18th October 1964.

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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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