The Saint Anna Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Mangochi on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28 officially launched a yearlong Golden Jubilee celebration with a High Mass presided by Rt. Rev Bishop Montfort Stima.

During a Eucharistic Celebration attended by hundreds of parishioners from across the 20 outchurches, Bishop Stima called upon the faithful to seize an opportunity to holistically revolutionise for the better during the jubilee year.

“Learn from your past and get set for a focused future in all spheres of life as a local church and as individuals. Be guided by the special theme opted for the yearlong golden jubilee – you are the salt’ Lk.2.6. Be salt yourselves to those that seek to understand that the Lord is risen. However, you can be salt by seasoning other lives with your witness to the gospel of his resurrection through your styles of life. As learnt from the Book of Acts, look up to first faith communities for inspiration. They lived in unity and loved each other as a family. By this, they were salt. You too, live to be witnesses of the gospel of resurrection”. Bishop Stima said.

At this, Bishop presented Srs. Crementina Mkandira, Rita Mbalule and Evarista Sinoya of the Congregation of St. Teresa as a Golden Jubilee gift to the local faithful community.

In his words, pastor of Kapire Parish, Fr. Charles Kaponya appreciated the services the community of sisters is already rendering to the community. However, he asked the reverend sisters to laboriously collaboration with everyone else.

‘Let us work. A leader should believe in his/her dreams and be able to share those dreams with fellow leaders. This is what I believe in,” Kaponya said.

Teresan sisters replace the Poverelle Sistsers who closed their house in the parish. He then commissioned them to serve all people to the best of their ability regardless of any conditions

Fr. Kaponya also indicated that the celebration aims to promote a deeper and meaningful understanding of faith as the parish celebrates its 50th year anniversary of being canonically erected. For this reason, the parish year-long event has lined up a host of events and activities in a bid to help the parishioners assess spiritual support and grow emotionally. Such activities include apostolate missions for the poor, a pilgrimages to native shrines, skills and motivational trainings, catechism and lectures for the youth on faith based topics etc.

“I have appointed a team of 12 lay skilled faithful Catholics to assist in the organisation of all that surrounds the activities through the year and the Golden Jubilee Day. They are the Parish Events Team which is being led by Fr. Kingsley Tebulo.

All Golden Jubilee activities and events will culminate of the feast of St. Anna in 2021

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