Covid-19 has forced ‘Normal’ to go on a compulsory leave!

by Fr F. Onyango IMC

Many people the world over seem to speak the same language especially when it comes to lockdown. Suddenly people have all the time in their hands that they no longer know what to do with time. Staying at home has now brought boredom, frustrations, fear, anger and uncertainty to many people. Some families are already experiencing tension and violence even as some marriages collapse as people struggle with the challenges brought about by the Corona virus. Nobody knows with certainty what will happen next. There is a myriad of questions brought about by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic; questions whose answers are as uncertain as the future itself. Questions like, when will the church be open? Will life get back to normal? How safe are we outside there? How long will the lockdown last? What will happen to our studies? What about the exams and what of our graduations? Will we still get our jobs back?
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June 2020: Compassion for the world

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Pope’s prayer Intention: We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.

Many people suffer due to the great difficulties they endure. We can help them by accompanying them along an itinerary full of compassion which transforms people’s lives. It brings them closer to the Heart of Christ, which welcomes all of us into the revolution of tenderness.

I picked up a scrap of paper that was placed under the statue of the Sacred Heart in the church. Someone had written a one line prayer that was invested with a gem-like faith. It read: O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fill the hearts of the new First Communion children with your presence of love always. This is a prayer of wonder and mystery. It is in keeping with the prayer intention of this month that people, including children may “find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.” Continue reading “June 2020: Compassion for the world”

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ – Year A

by Fr F. Onyango IMC

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Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
John 6:51-58

Theme: The Lord who feeds us!

Today we are called to a deeper appreciation of the Holy Eucharist which is the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. In the first reading we see how God fed his people in the wilderness with manna from heaven. St Paul poses a question to us in the second reading: ‘the cup of blessing which we bless is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?’ Jesus tells us today that he is the living bread which came down from heaven and that whoever eats this bread will live forever.
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There is more happiness in giving than receiving

By Maduduza Gabriel Zwane

(From left: Richard Mavimbela – Good Shepard chapter Coordinator, Makhosi Simelane – Deputy Secretary of the Sodality, Bishop José Luis Ponce de León IMC, Sithembiso Sibiya – Deputy President of the Sodality).

St. Joseph Sodality in the Diocese of Manzini donates food items for the hungry as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the 27th May 2020, the St. Joseph Sodality donated food items ranging from maize meal, beans, cooking oil and more. This was in response of “Covid 19 Campaign” pioneered by the Bishop of the Diocese of Manzini, José Luis Ponce de León IMC.

The delegation of the St. Joseph Sodality led by the Deputy President Sthembiso Sibiya from Our Lady of Sorrows presented donations to the Bishop representing the Diocese of Manzini. In his remarks the Deputy President thanked the Bishop to have given guidance to his followers as to what interventions they would like to support those who have challenges brought to them by the pandemic.

The Sodality did not waste time convened conferences through Zoom and WhatsApp. Out of the five Appeals proposed by the Bishop, in these conferences the Sodality chose appeal 2: Hunger Alleviation. Each chapter of the Sodality would contribute according to its own capacity any or all the three food items namely maize meal, beans, cooking oil and any other that a Chapter would be comfortable to donate with. Hence on that day the delegation brought the items. Continue reading “There is more happiness in giving than receiving”