Moving on

For almost two years now, the world has been experiencing lot of trauma wrought by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Wave after wave, the worst virus ever to affect all the corners of the world without discrimination, Corona Virus and its variants and strains has been devouring lives and causing lot of suffering to both the infected and the affected. It is evident that globalization is not only economical and technological but also catastrophic. Just the way mobile communication has reached to the remotest corners of the world like here in Simanjiro, Corona virus also has not skipped any corner of the globe.

During the year 2020 when the virus was still new and confusing both health experts and government, many things came to a halt. Economies were badly affected and many programs including learning and worship places weresuspended. However, as the world started coming out of denial and started fighting back, many things started opeing up. The vaccination program has even accelerated more the opening up of things.

As a missionary Church too, we know that we need more shepherds of the people of God now more than ever before. Our Seminaries resumed its programs and last Saturday 21 August 2021, five young men were ordained to Church ministries. Two of them were ordained to Priestly ministry and three became decons.

The ceremony was held at Divine Word Parish in Kayole Nairobi, with strict observation of Covid-19 protocols laid down by the Kenya MOH. His Lordship David Kamau the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi presided over the ordinations. Many Confreres and lay faithful graced the blessed occasion. We thank God for the gift of these new labourers in his vinyard

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

Growing in Faith

A Sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible grace of God. It is a sign established by Jesus himself to confer or to increase grace in the lives of his disciples. The Sacrament of Confirmation confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord) upon the recipient, who must be a baptized person at least seven years old. Someone who is to be confirmed needs to undergo catechetical instructions to make he or she understand fully the tenets of faith and be able to defend himself or herself when faced with challenges tagetting his or her faith. The efficasy of any the Sacrament depends on the faith and adherance to the promises or convenant pertaining to the Sacrament received.

Here in Simanjiro mission, we prepare children for a period not less than one year. They have to demonstrate that they have understood what is required of them before receiving the Sacraments. This year 188 young people received the Sacrament of confirmation in a colourful celebration led by His Grace Prosper Lyimo, the auxilliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Arusha.

The Children arrived on Saturday 07.08.2021 for a seminar in preparation for the occasion. That evening they all received the Sacrament of reconciliation

The Confirmation ceremony was attended by faithful from all the outstations. Later they the children and all the faithful had lunch before going home.

we were also blessed with the weddings of two catechists during the same celebration. We thank God for these young people who we pray that they will be the new salt in our parish.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

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