“Extraordinary Mission Year” (2019 October 2020)
By Maduduza Zwane According to St. Luke the evangelist, Jesus appointed 72 others. This means these 72 were in addition to the 12 apostles that had been sent by Jesus to the whole world to spread the God News. Jesus always called people and sent them to preach by word of mouth and through good example. As Catholics we are baptised, this means are with Jesus and have a relationship with the Lord. Once baptised we must bring light on earth. Jesus was the first apostle. We are also his apostles because we are his followers. As his followers we are sent. We are sent to share the Word of God. We are sent to be exemplary in our families, communities and the church.
The “Extraordinary Missionary Year” team has prepared a video reminding us of our commitment to pray for vocations particularly during this month of November. Hope you find very familiar faces. Enjoy! (Please note that it is a 24 Mb video.)
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.
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.
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.
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.