Reflection on the Third Sunday of Easter

By Fr. Rocco Marra, IMC

Acts 3:13-15.17-19

During this Easter Season: from Easter day up to Pentecost, we are reading from the book of the Acts of the Apostles. The first reading, relates the story of Peter and John’s meeting with a man crippled from birth who asked them for alms. Peter said he had neither gold nor silver, but he would give him something better and proceeded to heal him. The Apostles preached, first of all, about the event of our salvation: that is the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church, continuing the mission of Jesus, encourages humanity to conversion: that is to open their hearts to the merciful God and to believe in the Good News. Continue reading “Reflection on the Third Sunday of Easter”

Hospitality: CWL for St. Vincent

by Xolile Mkhwanazi

CWL 9 o clock group as Part of their adhering to their motto “charity, work and loyalty” decided to take upon themselves, from their own pockets to prepare a well balanced meal for the beneficiaries of St Vincent every month when they come to receive their small groceries first Sunday of the month. This is to ensure that they have a proper decent meal at least once a month and that they have something to eat as most of them come from very far.

May the Good Lord bless their charitable hearts, along with all the parish contributions, organisers, participants.

‘Rejoice and be glad’ by Pope Francis

On April 9, which this year marked the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Vatican released the latest Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis: Gaudete et exsultate: On the call to holiness in today’s world.

Helping people to be holy is one of the Church’s main tasks, in every era. At this time, being holy can be distorted by misleading or mythical ideas about holiness. So Pope Francis “exhorts” his followers to engage in a journey that takes place in the concrete here and now of our daily lives, in small gestures and little things, in which we are led more and more by God’s grace.

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Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

by Bishop Jose

The Diocese of Manzini has, at present, 16 parishes. We know each one of them by the name of their patron saint: St Mary’s, St Peter & Paul, St Phillip’s… There was, though, one exception: the one we used to call “Florence Mission” or “St Florence”.

There has never been a St Florence in our diocese. Florence is the name of the area, the name of the Clinic and the name of the school. The parish is called: “Santissima Anunziata” as it is link to the Shrine of the same name in … Florence (Italy!).

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