The annual Bishop Zwane Memorial Lecture

By: Bp José Luis IMC (Bishop of Manzini)

“The Catholic Diocese of Manzini, through the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Eswatini (CCJP), celebrates the life and work of Bishop Aloysius Zwane who was one of the most progressive priests of his time. In fact, ahead of his time, we remember him as a uniquely fearless opponent of social and economic injustices and a man of great honor and principle”

With these words, the CCJP announces the coming lecture to be held on Saturday 22 May 2021 at the Cathedral.

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Sts Peter and Paul Parish Honours the Memory of the Departed Parishioners

By: Sibongile Hlatshwayo (Sts Peter and Paul Parish, Kwaluseni)

The Covid-19 Pandemic took away a number of our beloved family members and during the lockdown the church could not celebrate Mass for any of them because of the strict restrictions by the government. Gatherings of any sort were not allowed and so were the night vigils; the body of the deceased could be collected from the morgue straight to the burial site something that was very unusual to us since the tradition has always been that a Requiem Mass be celebrated for the deceased something that did not happen during lockdown.

It is because of this that Sts Peter and Paul Parish decided to set a day for a joint celebration in honour of all those who died during the lockdown. This was a moment for the families and the church community to come together and honour in a more descent way our departed parishioners. According to the Parish Death Register, a total of twenty two parishioners were recorded to have died between January 2020 to the time when the celebration was conducted on Saturday the 8th of May, 2021. All the families of the deceased were notified of the event and were requested to submit portraits of the deceased. The news was received with great joy by family members even as some mentioned how much they cursed the pandemic for robbing them of the possibility to accord their departed ones a proper and a descent sendoff.

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Launching the Year of St Joseph

By Bishop José Luis IMC

On May 1, the Diocese launched the “Year of St Joseph”
and the “Year of the Family” at St Joseph Parish (Mzimpofu)
Below is what I shared during the homily

It was last December when Pope Francis asked the Church all over the world to celebrate a Year of St Joseph (08 December 2020 – 08 December 2021). He later asked also to celebrate a Year of the Family (19 March 2021 – June 2022).

We had planned to do our diocesan launching on 19 March 2021 but due to the COVID19 restrictions we decided to wait until today.

How should we celebrate the year of St Joseph? How can we – reading on Joseph in the Gospels – celebrate his life, his faith, his intercession for each one of us and for the Church? Continue reading “Launching the Year of St Joseph”

Launch of the Year of St. Joseph

By: Hamilton Khoza 

Click here for the photo album of the launch

The day began in earnest very early in the morning with Parishioners and Guests from other Parishes streaming in towards St. Joseph from all directions as early as 0600hrs.
The working teams were busy tying the loose ends and pitching up additional tents, ensuring that since the weather was threatening with an early morning cold front, all guests would be comfortable as much as possible.

The tempo changed at about 09:15hrs when the Fathers began to arrive in their vehicles; some in pairs and others in three some in the vehicles. One could tell that a big event was about to take place at St. Joseph. Joseph the Father of Jesus Christ, St. Joseph the Worker… St. Joseph the Patron of our Faith was at work already! It was his Feast!
Holy Mass began at 10:20hrs and all the expected guests in attendance; social distancing was fully observed under the watchful eyes of the Catholic Nurses Guild.

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