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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Show Mercy to our Common Home

United with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, and with the support of other Churches and Christian communities, the Catholic Church today marks the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”. This Day offers “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”


Theme: Contract or Covenant?

When he hosted high-ranking guests, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was fond of taking them on evening walks on the grounds of the White House. Inevitably, he would point skyward and recite, ‘that is the Spiral Galaxy of Andromeda. It is as large as our Milky Way. It is one of a hundred million galaxies. It is 2,500,000 light-years away. It consists of one hundred billion suns, many larger than our own sun’. Then, after a brief silence, Roosevelt would grin and say; ‘now I think we are small enough. Let’s go in’. Roosevelt, even though he was the President, he was aware that in order for people to work together effectively and for truth to prevail, they needed a certain perspective regarding their position in the grand scheme of things. He realized that self-importance or a lack of the truthfulness we call humility militates against personal growth and interpersonal exchanges. When Aurelius Augustinius better known as Augustine the bishop of Hippo was converted to Christ in 387 AD, he was happy to share his experience with others.


Theme: Living in Light

A young boy of 10 was excited as he told his mother about his interesting Sunday school and about all the new friends he had made. The boy was in class with Indians, Europeans and children from different African tribes, proud to have learned a few words in the languages of his friends. As his birthday was coming, the boy asked his parents if his friends from Sunday school could come to the party. When they objected, he became upset. Attempting to explain their decision, the mother said, ‘But those children are all so different; they’re not like us’. When the boy continued to argue, the father explained, ‘Well, it is fine to be together in Sunday school, but this is our home!’ As this little story affirms, even the best of us, the most loving and well-intentioned are continuously challenged to make our convictions portable, not just for an hour on Sunday or only for certain situations. The convictions that arise from faith in Jesus and in the Gospel must carry over into the rest of our lives in a practical, honest and realistic way. Otherwise we who profess to live in the light that has been brought into this world by God in Jesus will continue to live in the dark recesses of our own prejudice and fear. Today’s sacred texts call us to name those weaknesses for what they are and dare to live in the good light of truth, justice and unconditional inclusivity.

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Your Eminence Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala

My Brothers and Sisters, the Parishioners of Our Lady of Africa Mbuya Parish

The parish day  14th august  2016  - the assumption of our lady

Tubeere bakisa nga Kitaffe ow’omu ggulu bwali ow’ekisa

Be merciful as your heavenly father is merciful

In this Feast, we are celebrating Mary’s Assumption into heaven where she shares fully in the glory attained by Jesus her son. It was through Mary that Jesus came to birth among us. As she did at Cana in Galilee, Mary continues to intercede on our behalf. She helps us in our struggle to believe in our human and divine dignity and to live a life that befits that dignity. And with her help and the grace of God, we can hope to share in her glory and the glory of her son in heaven.

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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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