Journeying together during the coronavirus

By Fr Francis Onyango IMC

For many of us church has been like our second home, a place where we visit for solace when times are hard, a place where we feel free and comfortable to spend time and interact with fellow Christians and sometimes even after service we enjoy to hang around bonding with each other as we nurture our family spirit.

Sunday for many years has been our day of obligation, a day set apart for the worship of God and we naturally wake up geared for church. Then Corona virus came along and our church services were suspended; government placed restriction on gatherings and travels and God’s people were left unsure of what to do. Breaking a long held tradition isn’t always easy and this was one such tradition; waking up on a Sunday morning without a clue of what to do or where to go or how to spend the day was the most boring thing to happen on a Sunday.

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Holy Mass on our social media

As we go through the coronavirus pandemic, the diocese of Manzini will be offering different digital services in order to help everyone spiritually.

One of them is the Sunday celebration of Mass. On this fourth Sunday of Lent, Bishop José Luis IMC presided Mass at Little Flower chapel. Members of the sodality of St Cecilia joined him and led the hymns.

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Sunday of the Word of God

by Fr Dumisani Vilakati

Taken from: imbisaweb.com

On the 26th January 2020, being the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, occurs the first celebrations of the Sunday of the Word of God as decreed by Pope Francis on the 30th September 2019, the liturgical memorial of St. Jerome and the 1600th anniversary of his death.

In the Apostolic Letter Aperuit Illis in which the Holy Father declared this Sunday as such, mention is made of two matters that need to be in the minds of all Christians as we ponder on the Word of God:

  1. Giving ourselves a moment to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that dialogue between the Lord and his people as contained in Sacred Scripture.
  2. Allowing the Lord to once again open for us the treasury of his Word and enable us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.

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Epiphany of the Lord

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by Fr Dumisani Mazibuko OSM

This Sunday we celebrate the Revelation of Jesus to ALL Nations of the world as their King. It is a Sunday as St Paul says, ‘the mystery has now been revealed’. Today’s Feast therefore is a cause for great joy for all peoples including ourselves in this part of the world. This is our Feast too. It is our Feast because the new born King is not just for the Jews or a select few but for All God’s people. And so we begin our celebration with hearts full of joy and thanksgiving to God our loving Father. Continue reading “Epiphany of the Lord”