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    by Bishop José Luis IMC Pope Francis’ has called the Church to celebrate an “extraordinary mission month” and revitalize our missionary spirit. The diocese of Manzini has chosen to extend it to the whole year October 2019 – October 2020 Below is my pastoral letter to the diocese. Download PDF: English – Siswati * * * * * “Jesus is at the door and knocks” Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Word became flesh! (John 1:14) In 2013, after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI the Cardinals being entrusted with the election of a new Pope came together in Rome to reflect on the life and mission of the Church in today’s world. It is said that Cardinal Bergoglio (who later became Pope Francis) shared a very short reflection with them. He spoke about the familiar passage in Revelation 3:20 where we read: “Look, I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share a meal at that person’s side.”

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    by Mr. David A Lugo, SJ Pope’s Prayer Intention: In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary spring in the Church. On the Feast of the Ascension, before he ascended to the right hand of God the Father, Jesus said to his disciples: “[Y]ou will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The end of Jesus’ public ministry and earthly life, therefore, is immediately followed by the descent of the Holy Spirit and the missionary work of the Church. Throughout the ages, Christian disciples have answered this call to witness to Christ by going throughout the world to preach the Gospel in foreign lands. This missionary zeal, however, has never been possible without the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Think of Peter, for example, and how the power of the Holy Spirit that he received at Pentecost transformed him from a humble fisherman to the bold preacher and evangelist of the early Church.

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    by Bp Jose Luis IMC The Diocesan team in charge of leading the “Extraordinary Missionary Year” has prepared a document with some of the initiatives being proposed. The text is constantly updated as this is an ongoing process THE “EXTRAORDINARY MISSION YEAR” (EMY) OCTOBER 2019 – OCTOBER 2020 The Extraordinary Mission Year will begin officially in all our parishes on Mission Sunday 20 October 2019. However, prior to Mission Sunday, a night vigil to be organized at the Cathedral (6pm – 6am) on Friday 18 October 2019 during which various themes will be addressed.

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    by the Bishop Earlier this year, the team organizing the “Extraordinary Mission Year” (EMY) proposed to have a diocesan launching with an all night vigil and a parish one on Mission Sunday. All our parishes came together to our Cathedral on Friday evening where they received the Diocesan EMY candle and committed themselves to “go out” sharing the joy of the Gospel we have received. Going out applies to the bishop too and having presided the diocesan Mass at the Cathedral there was no need for me to be there again on Sunday. During the week I agreed with Fr Mbongiseni Shabangu SDB about visiting one of the outstations of St John Bosco Parish where I have not yet been. As usual, he would not let the people know the bishop would be there.

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    by Fr Francis Onyango On Friday 18th October 2019, the Extraordinary Missionary Year October 2019 – October 2020 was officially launched in Manzini diocese by Bishop Jose Luis at a night vigil at the Cathedral. Every parish received a missionary candle from the bishop, and now it was the turn of the parishes to organise and launch the year at parish level. Sts Peter and Paul Parish launched the Extraordinary Missionary Year on Mission Sunday in a colourful celebration full of symbols. The celebration began in the usual way and after the gospel, the missionary candle was brought in procession with song and dance to the sanctuary where it was lit by a senior member of the community. Babe Solomon Mndzebele animated the process, explaining at every step what was being done and its symbolism. The missionary candle symbolises the presence of the light of Christ in our midst, the same light we received at baptism and the same light we are sent to take to the world.

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    by “Extraordinary Missionary Year” Team BAPTISED AND SENT Topic for November: Vocations Saint to contemplate: St. Therese of the Child Jesus (1873-1897) At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. Her last words were the story of her life: “My God, I love You!” She described her life as a “little way of spiritual childhood.” She lived each day with an unshakable confidence in God’s love. “What matters in life,” she wrote, “is not great deeds, but great love.” Therese lived and taught a spirituality of attending to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that just as a child becomes enamoured with what is before her, we should also have a childlike focus and totally attentive love. Therese’s spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love.

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