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Theme: Stand in prayer and the Lord will bless you

We are what we think. A glance at today’s scripture, both Moses and the widow provide us with vivid illustrations of the quality of prayer which believers are to cultivate. From Second Timothy, there is another theme at work: ‘all Scripture is inspired of God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, correction and training in holiness’. In the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, Vatican II agreed that the books of Scripture are inspired and normative in that they teach firmly, faithfully and without error that truth which God communicated through the Sacred Word for the sake of our salvation.

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Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016: it invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to "go out" as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love. She “is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12) and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young or old.

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Theme: Wealth, an opportunity for justice

What is the meaning of running after wealth for the majority of people in the world today? We may assume that people’s reasons for seeking wealth are universal, yet it turns out that there are some regional variations regarding wealth and the freedom it enables. Some of the wealthy people concur that their monetary status allows them to buy the best products and that wealth is a deserved reward for hard work. With wealth, some are able to earn respect, to be charitable, to be happy and to walk on the road to success. With these findings in mind, we turn to the ancient Near Eastern world, the home of Amos, Jesus and St Paul in his 1st letter to Timothy.

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Theme: Have faith!

There comes a time in everyone’s life when one plays a game of cards against faith. It is the oldest of all games: You and Faith sit across the green table of Earth facing one another. The rule is that you go first. You sit and stare across the table at the backs of her cards. But you have a strong hand; you hold the uncertain cruelties of nature, the sinfulness of humankind, the sad facts of addiction, insanity and disease and the misery of the unemployed. As you play card after card, hoping to weaken and eventually breach her defenses, faith, nevertheless remains unperturbed. Faith holds in her hand certain cards you will never beat. She is a seasoned and skillful player. Be careful to keep your temper throughout the game, and remember that you play not for money but for love. While this may be an unusual way of speaking about faith, this description rings true in its insistence that faith can be our constant partner in life’s entire occurrences. We, for our part, are to be willing to accept her companionship, her guidance and her strength.

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Theme: Faith cleanses

To prevent prejudice, people who use politically correct language have attempted to eradicate potentially offensive terms, with mixed results regarding the value and application of these terms. With a little imagination, we can even envisage some of these notions of political correctness into the ancient Middle East world to see how the persons featured in today’s readings might have been regarded. Most of the peoples of Israel and Judah would have regarded Naaman, who was a Syrian, as outside the pale of God’s concern. Not only was he a foreigner; he also suffered from leprosy. His disease signified physical and moral imperfection to those who interpreted suffering as a consequence of sin. Considering these factors, the Israelites would not have found it politically correct for Elisha the wonders of God’s favor to a foreigner. By the same token, as is revealed in the rest of Naaman’s story, he initially regarded having to wash in the Jordan rather than in the rivers of Syria Tigris/Abana and the Euphrates/Pharphar as quite politically offensive and incorrect. Nevertheless, God, who is not bound by any human convention decided to include a foreigner, a soldier, a leper in the divine scheme of salvation. Elisha’s behavior, at God’s direction, anticipated that of Jesus, who seemed determined to ignore the artificial barriers that separated people.

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Father John Scalabrini of Biina Parish passed away this Tuesday morning at St Francis Hospital, Nsambya in Kampala, where he was admitted last week on Thursday.

He had been battling with cancer of the bones for about four to five years and had just returned from Italy two months ago where he normally went for treatment.

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Theme: Forgiveness

Is there forgiveness for Adolf Hitler, who led the Nazi regime in the systematic extermination of millions of innocent people? Is there forgiveness for the butchering that took place between the Tutsi and the Hutu in Rwanda a few years ago? Is there forgiveness for those who operated the killing fields of Luwero in Uganda, where regime after regime piled the thousands of bodies of those suspected of being invisible enemies? Is there any chance for forgiving Saddam Hussein, who ordered the torture and slaughter of untold numbers of men, women and children? Is there forgiveness for those who look away and do nothing to help all the victims of injustice, violence and hatred? Can there be forgiveness for the horrors resulting from the bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki? If anything in this long litany of questions has evoked a negative response from us, then the powerful message of today’s sacred texts has yet to take hold of us and find a home in our hearts and minds. If we had absorbed the message, we would have no doubt that it is essential to the very character of God to be forgiving. God forgives all who seek this gift of divine healing, regardless of the sin, however grave or however unconscionable.

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Theme: Stewardship

Too often, the rich and even the not-so-rich are too attentive to their possessions to hear, to care and to act. Therefore, it is good for us to be here once again in the company of the sacred texts, whose living words are asking us: will you be stewards of your own wealth, or stewards of one another? Will wealth be the source of blessing for both givers and receivers, or will wealth and our use of this world’s possessions deafen us to the needs of others? If our wealth is our greatest treasure here and now, it may also be our deepest regret for all of eternity. These words may appear harsh, but they are not unique.

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Last Sunday, Christians that prayed the 11 O'clock mass at our Lady of Africa Mbuya where touched by a testimony from the family of Mr. and Mrs. Deus Banturakia who were given chance by Fr. Paulino Mondo to share with the entire church as they celebrated the mass in thanksgiving to God for saving their daughter's life after a very fatal accident.

Rhina Nankunda a pupil of St. kizito Primary School Bugolobi was knocked by a taxi at kitintale and then hospitalized for 3 months at International Hospital Kampala.

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Theme: The truth in the cost of discipleship

The cost of discipleship is set of truth before us as the praying assembly every time we gather around the word of God. This truth, told through many generations and in various accents, has been shaped and colored by a multiplicity of different experiences and motivations. Because the truth is often hard to hear, quite difficult to assimilate and challenging to translate into words and deeds, it is sometimes rejected, is regularly ignored and even more frequently is relegated to a sort of waiting room of our lives until such time as that truth might become more convenient or less disturbing. But despite our every attempt to avoid it, the truth continues to speak. Like the proverbial 2,000 Kilograms elephant in the room that we would rather talk around, the truth remains. The decision to listen and to heed that truth is the daily challenge of every would-be disciple of God, of Jesus.

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Sunday Masses

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

Crowd possible, please don't be late! May God bless you!

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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