SECAM GOLDEN JUBILEE - PRESS RELEASE
On the 10th to 13th of January. All the Diocesan seminarians of Jinja Diocese gathered for their annual get-together in Buluba Hospital Parish. It has been the practice of the seminarians since time memorial to gather once in a year to advise and encourage each other, to compare notes and to strengthen the fraternal bond that must exist between them as future coworkers in the Lord’s vineyard. All seminarians gathered where 48 (one did not attend since he is out of the country for Theological Studies). Together with those were 16 aspirants to the major seminary.
As part of our annual package, in his talk on Friday morning, the Bishop, His Lordship Charles Martin Wamika encouraged us to strengthen our bonds with our families and learn to accept who they are and to help resolve any discrepancies that exist in the families. It does not solve anything to run away from our family problems but on the other hand, it means a lot to hail from good and respectable families. He reminded us about the family tree – a theme he well expounded to us with the assistance of Fr. Benedict Wakabi last year. Each of us has a history that either directly or indirectly affects us. Therefore, we need to pray for blessings for our family tree and pray against curses and misfortunes that may befall us because of our families. He gave an example of someone hailing from a family of thieves. People always look at them as thieves regardless of the good ones. Furthermore, he moved along with Fr. Godfrey Kibumba, the Diocesan Financial Administrator who reechoed to us the Bishop’s appeal in as far as financial administration in ecclesiastical institutions and personal finances are concerned. Financial discipline is very important in any institutional (ecclesiastical) administration. “The parish finances are not for priests in Church but for the people so we (they) must always account for them,” he said. He also noted with concern that many priests have challenges in the ministry because of finances. “We as seminarians should learn and practice financial records. Each of us must keep records of one’s incomes and expenditures”, he said. “One of the challenges some parish administrators face,” he retorted, “is because they record incomes but neglect expenditures.” The two go hand in hand. To aid us in that, he taught us the use of ledgers in accounts as the easiest means to record one’s finances. To make it a habit, he advised us to begin now with our finances so that it will be easier to account for parish finances in future. Accounting is part and parcel of the Church”, he said, “So whoever is against accounts in the Church is against the Church.” As priests in making, we must feel with the Church, we must strive to develop the institution and use the resources to attain our needs and develop the parishes.
We then had our picnic at Doctina Beach (Buluba) on Saturday 12th. A number of priests joined us. They further encouraged us to feel well founded and true to our calling and trust God. There was a good luncheon and a lot of fun. On Sunday 13th, we animated Mass at Buluba Parish (We sang at Mass, served and the deacon preached.) We used that opportunity also to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life given the fact that Buluba has just a handful of vocations and no major seminarian. Many came up and promised to join in the noble vocations, parents promised their support and the celebrant and the deacons blessed the aspirants. We gave them words of encouragement after Mass. May God continue watering his call in them. There was also a football encounter against the youth of Buluba Parish. It ended 4-4 and the seminarians visited the hospital and had very nice inspiring and hope giving chats with the sick at the hospital wards. We left many smiling faces on the sick, desperate and needy and learnt not to call lepers “bagenge” but “elders”.
We thank all who contributed generously towards the gathering: the Diocese, the parishes and the priest’s fraternity and all people of good will. May God bless you all.
Rev. Owori Silver Osuna
C/P, Gonzaga Gonza Group (GGG).
THEME: LET THEM BE ONE JOHN 17:1-11
The day was colored by a huge attendance by catechists and their wives and husbands from all over the diocese from different parishes in Busoga sub region.
Holy mass which began at 10:30 AM was presided over by the Vicar general of the diocese of Jinja, MSGR Stephen Mudoola with over 10 concelebrating priests present.
A total of seven (7) couples wedded on the occasion among whom were catechists answering one of the obligations of being a catechist: You need to be wedded in Church or receiving sacraments among other aspects.
The readings of the day were from: Ezekiel 2:1-9, Ephesians 5:21-6:4 and John 17:1-11.
The celebrants were given a direction of God’s call, faith, Love and Unity. God calls us with the intention of bringing together the weak and strong and forms us to what he wants us to be but does not consider our righteousness, this makes the beauty of the church. And in the journey to meet God faith is fundamental. And unity is strength so we presupposed for cooperation because success can only be achieved through working together. In lack of Unity we collapse. Some of the negativities that causes lack of unity, among others are the following: division, hatred, envy, jealousy, segregation, discrimination, lack of dialogue, rumor-mongering, plotting, etc.
Due to funny backgrounds of our calls we need prayer for ourselves always to be good servants. Unity doesn’t reflect being same but only calls for collective responsibility, cooperation, objectivity, direction and many other qualities.
God calls us to be light for others, as we light we wear out by burning and this attracts so many dirty things on us for example wax candle which in the process of burning attracts many insects which get stuck on it and it will not look good as before. This reminds us that in the apostolate we start strong like a candle but later we become weakened and even lose hope. This calls for serious prayer, insisting on personal prayer and later you join in congregation and church prayer. The Christians were reminded to Love one another.
The wedded couples were asked to respond to the two main issues: wives to submit to the husbands; Husbands to love their wives.
Among the achievements of the catechists are: training of catechists, the celebration of the day of catechists at diocesan level, improved relationship with priests and fellow catechists and then with Christians.
Also these have come along with lack of retreats and lack of pension for the retired catechists as challenges.
From correspondent Patrick Owori
Kyebando Parish was on fire from 12th to 14th October 2018, on the occasion of St Matia Mulumba. The Christians from around the diocese and from other places started arriving to attend the St Matia Mulumba pilgrimage day at Kyebando parish grounds, birth place of the saint.
St Matia Mulumba Kalemba's Statue that has gone round the diocese for the last 2 years now back to the home of Matia Mulumba Kalemba
Kyebando parish is situated in Bunha, in Mayuge in Eastern Uganda. The village is in Imanhiro sub-county, in Bunha county in Busoga.
Matia Mulumba Kalemba:
His father was Nandigobe. He was born in 1836, and was kidnapped from his Father’s at Kyebando and came as a slave to Buganda. He worked under different chiefs first in Bulemezi county and later in Mityana where he became a deputy chief of Ssingo. He was known for straight-forwardness and honesty. Due to which was given a special post Kirumba from which came the name Mulumba who had four  wives.
He was light in coloring and fairly large stature. He was immensely strong, quite fireless and endowed with a powerful voice and joyous disposition and a passionate love for the truth. Due to the fact that the Moslem faith came earlier in 1852 brought by the Arabs, he professed Islamic faith first. On 30th June 1877, he was attracted to the Christian Missionaries and began attending instructions. Before he made up his mind to ask for Baptism, the catholic Missionaries arrived in Buganda on 17th February 1879.
This year thousands flocked for pilgrimage to Kyebando from different faiths including Muslims, Christians of different denominations, non-believers of some none recognized faiths and people of all walks of life for prayers and others for business in case of those who took advantage of the mammoth crowd to sell all that they had ranging from food to religious articles and clothes and many other elements that could be marketed.
There was preaching by different preachers including Fr. Paul Musana who led that of the night 13th to 14th October the D-day.
There was a challenge of rain as usual but we were spared by the intercession of St Matthias Mulumba and it only poured at 5 am. May God be praised.
On the D-day the Christians flocking in their thousands as usual appeared enthusiastic for the pilgrimage. With all the wet of the ground, the pilgrimage went on as smooth as God wanted that day and by 12 pm the liturgical function was complete. That ended in speeches and several announcements that included the launch of the construction the new ch
urch building that would cost more than one Billion Ugandan shillings and to be footed by the Christians of the diocese and anyone who would volunteer to assist the progress of the catholic faith in this arrangement. The estimates were made by Engineers courtesy of the Parish priest of Kyebando parish. On top of this, the bishop appealed to people to support the increase of numbers in the minor seminaries that were soon conducting interviews both in Jinja and Iganga minor seminaries. UMMS 30th November 2018 there will be interviews for S.5 and St. Gonzaga Gonza Minor Seminary Iganga for S.1.
Uganda tourism board sponsored the tents and Busoga Development agency too supported the occasion.
On the occasion, the bishop resounded the efforts being done about the new Namirali parish and presented some of the possible activities and features that were to be done on the ground: for instance; the Cross that would be corresponding to the statue of Our Mother Mary and below would be the fourteen stations of the cross under-looking the big cross as a possible reflection center at Namirali. The construction is already in the hands of the Engineers. He appealed for further support in materials and financials on this cause.
Fr Waiswa Joseph Balikudembe Katerimire
The dean of Iganga deanery also thanked the deanery parishes like Iganga on pro cultu and offertory and then Buluba for the decorations, Buswale on the Tents for the efforts with the support of the Uganda tourism board and Busoga development agency, Busowa and Buluguyi on feeding the priests and religious, Kyebando on the security and public address system and clearance of the place.
Different chairpersons like from Iganga parish represented by the secretary parish council due to the loss of the brother of the chairperson of the Laity and Iganga parish council: Mr. Kaggwa Joseph, the chairpersons of Nankoma, Kamuli, Kyebando and other members.
PASTORS WITH FRESH NEW APPOINTMENTS
Fr Caesar Joseph Walusimbi – Buluguyi Parish
The new parish priest of Our Lady of Consolata Buluguyi Parish, the newly created parish as of 30th September 2018. A parish found close to 5 kilometers to the junction to Busia and Tororo, that is Busitema revenue checkpoint. This parish is found at Muwayo trading center. The parish was curved from Busowa parish and begins from Na
masere where Busowa parish ends to the end of Bugiri district boundaries that is surrounded by hill boundaries between Busia and Bugiri districts in the Eastern side of the diocese. Its the last parish now in diocese of Jinja to the East. The parish is predominantly Samya land. And the most common language there is Samya followed by Lusoga, Luganda and Kiswahili and the business language because of nearness to Kenya. You are most welcome Fr Walusimbi.
Fr Stephen Mudoola – Itanda Parish
The new parish priest of Itanda parish, previously headed (Itanda) by Fr Anatoli Balikoowa, who has gone to be parish priest of Irundu Parish. Itanda parish is along the road to Kaliro, there are many roads to Itanda parish but most commonly with better road is Namungalwe on the left as you come from Iganga town. Another direction is along the same way to Kaliro but at Nambaale that joins with that of Namungaalwe before you proceed to Itanda parish headquarters. The other one is that at Nabitende banada where there is Timber business, this one leads to the parish direct. Welcome Fr. Mudoola Stephen, (Vicar General- diocese of Jinja).
Fr Anatoli Balikoowa – Irundu Parish
The new parish priest of Irundu Parish is Fr Balikoowa Anatoli who is also the outgoing parish priest of Itanda parish. Irundu parish is situated in the north of the diocese in Buyende and Kaliro districts. Its bordered in the north by Lake Kyoga and a series of streams that lead to the lake. The famous Kagulu Rock is found in and near Irundu parish about 6 kilometers from then parish headquarters. With land of about one square kilometer at the parish headquarters. There are several roads to the parish depending on where you are from but most clear roads are the one from Kamuli town through Bugaya, one through Nawaikoke from Kaliro and then the one from Namwendwa that emerges at Irundu town, its also a quite big parish. Welcome Fr Balikoowa to Irundu on your return to where you have already been before.
Fr Lukubye Paul – Budini Parish
Fr Lukubye has been appointed at Budini, which is found just off Kaliro town its 32 Kilometers from Iganga town. As you leave Kaliro town, you bypass the road to Irundu or Nawaikoke on your left and proceed to Budini village at the headquarters of Budini Parish. Fr Lukubye had been at Buswale parish. Most welcome Fr Paul to Budini to join the two Richards Fr Okau and Gwotanakuza, on top of Fr Ssekyanzi the chaplain of Budini SS.
Fr John Mary Dumbulu – Vocations Director
Fr John Mary Dumbulu is currently serving at St Gonzaga Gonza Minor Seminary Iganga just behind Iganga parish headquarters but on the same land actually. The other neighbor is Iganda Technical school at Walugogo. The other immediate neighbor is a swamp on the eastern side of the seminary, St Francis girls secondary school Kigulu, and St Patrick close-by.
The outgoing vocations director has been Fr Waiswa Joseph Balikudembe Katerimire, the current parish priest of Busowa parish.
You are all most welcome to these new appointments.
The long awaited Buluguyi Parish in the Catholic diocese of Jinja. Buluguyi parish formally St. Francis Xavier is now Our of Consolata following the handover of the new parish to the Consolata Fathers. The visitors were welcomed at Namasere where the new parish starts by the Christians and Fr Waiswa the parent parish priest of Busowa. The band welcomed the visitors and soon the processions began for the mass. The mass started at 10:30 AM. The mass was led by the Bishop of Jinja, Rt. Rev. Charles Martin Wamika with many concelebrants from around the diocese, including many from Lugazi that is Bweyogere parish including a good representation of the Christians from Bweyogerere parish. The ceremony was so well attended by the local Christians as well as others including of other denominations who were also thrilled with the entertainments that were performed by the organized groups.
The mass was led by a choir from Busowa parish as well as the largest number from the new parish who looked so enthusiastic in their praises of the Lord for the new parish. Towards the close of the mass, Honorable Justine Lumumba Kasule,
the secretary general of the ruling party in Uganda was handed the microphone to lead as one of the Christians of this are of Bugiri district and she performed a wonderful