17th April 2019 was chrism mass for the diocese Jinja. It is an event that is central to the catholic faith. It is a day of oils and therefore refreshment of sacraments of the sick, baptism, confirmation and holy orders in terms of the priesthood. Its more so a day of the priesthood and the institution of the sacrament of the Eucharist. When the priests of the diocese of Jinja renewed their promises to the bishop of the diocese of Jinja.
On this very day, the day of the priests, the laity gave gifts to all priests around and absent to show their appreciation to their priests as they serve them in their lovely catholic faith. Later on they were hosted to a luncheon at the cathedral parish hall, they were joined by the Christians for the meal.
On this occasion, a Lusoga missal was launch was launched and those behind its formation, headed by the liturgical commission, translation committee and the cultural research center. Among the main characters on this noble duty was Fr Fred Kyuka (translator), Fr Richard Kayaga(chief editor and translator), Fr Sofronius Sajabbi (in-charge of corrections-omwiruuzi), Fr Mbiro, Msgr. Christopher Isiko, Fr Joseph Mpala Ngulu, Sr Rose Agnes Dhabikoba, Fr Emmanuel Kawanguzi and a host of lay people that happened to be absent that is Chris Kunya, Mr Wansolo and others.
Due to sleeping sickness in bukaleba it was delayed till 1999. Deans and liturgical commission also did a big part in the final proofreading of the missale in lusoga. This was presented to the bishop by Fr Mukwaya JB.
Among the most amazing things of the inauguration speech of Fr Richard Kayaga was the first version of the Lusoga translation for 1894 by church missionary society and by 1899, the gospel of John. Things stalled then only to relaunch and the next new testament was launched in 1999 in May, and then the full bible was launched. In 1955, a few Basoga launched the Lusoga newsletter called “KODHEEYO” to uplift the Lusoga language and didn’t take long either. Later in 1997 “NDIMUGEZI” was launched to enhance the Lusoga language too. 1966 a committee was instituted to develop the Lusoga language.
Bishop launched using Lusoga to launch the missal but warned this is being used on trial to try and fulfil the details of Rome on liturgical books with time. He congratulated the Christians on stopping to use the leaflets. So it will be used on trial level (okugeseza). He thus authorized the use of the missal as the await the final approved missal by Rome.
Bishop Charles Martin Wamika also read the deanery that was to organize the next year’s chrism mass which will be schools in Iganga deanery. He also notified that he had signed the letters for the deacons to be ordained priests at Namirali parish that is to be opened on 18th May 2019.
Mr Paul Baliraine thanked the Bishop for the stewardship of the diocese, the new parishes already opened and yet to be opened (Namirali) and as a laity of the diocese, gave gifts to all the priests present and absent for the good work as a sacrament to them, just as a sign of appreciation to them for the work they always do for the Christians of the diocese of Jinja. The deaneries that prepared different items and the liturgy by the children of some schools from Namunyumya that sung at the occasion.
Fr Paul Okello Wandera, the chairperson of the priests in the diocese of Jinja thanked the bishop for the good work and acceptance and support for the priests of the diocese of Jinja. And called for prayer for all priests and religious in what he called an age of anonymous letters that try to threaten others in service. He called for renewal and reconciliation during this Easter season and wished all a nice Easter.
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.
Bugonza day dawned again this year with a retreat from 28th June 2018, organized by the parish priest of Budini Richard Kizito Fr. Okau with his priest Fr Richard Gwotanakuza, who on the eve gave the pilgrims confessions in preparation for the pilgrimage. A good number of pilgrims from near and far participated as some who had walked from different parishes had already arrived to refresh before hand.
A group of leaders from the Siloam community Kyebando, Kakira, cathedral, Budini, Iganga and others from different parishes took on the intercession, teaching, praise and worship, healing and deliverance ministries as need be.
This was followed by the eve prayers popularly known as overnight prayers. The main celebrant was Fr Paul Musana. The theme of the seminar was TRUE FAITH what bolstered St Gonzaga Gonza and all martyrs to fight to the end of the tunnel devoid of that, we wouldn’t be coming on pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage was attended by people of all walks of life including other religions like protestant pilgrims, Moslems, Pentecostals and all others on top of the Catholic owners of the even. The protestant side was among others the relatives of St. Gonzaga who stay a stone throw just close to the pilgrimage site, and that is the birth place of St Gonzaga Gonza. The pilgrimage was also occasioned by people of all walks of life
The Srs, Brs, Priests and Bishop, the main celebrant were the official leaders of our faith to grace the occasion.
The mass of the day was officiated by Bishop Charles Martin Wamika, the Bishop of the diocese of Jinja. Among the issues he introduced at the end of the occasion was the Cross monument that is to be constructed at Namilari and a basket was introduced for that matter and a tune of 0.8 M was contributed by the pilgrims of the day as an initial contribution to launch its construction to remember the Christians who were attacked and one killed at the site of the place where the faith in the diocese was first planted and the parish headquarters before being transferred to Iganga at Walugogo area, the current location. At Namirali, “Matia Bateganya was killed by the attackers ” who claimed to be Moslems as some are known and some people were cut using machetes including a pregnant woman and others who survived. It has been declared
a parish on its own from Iganga and other surrounding parishes which have contributed centres to make the new Namirali parish.
The parish priest Kizito Richard Fr. Okau, called on the support of the entire diocese, as well as the pledge of the state to honor their pledge of developing pilgrimage or religious sites to bolster tourism, as the Christians also benefit from the promise with having a decent place of prayer. This would help save the current situation where things are not right at the school on the site in terms of cleanliness, the places of convenience are always left in a mess after the day of pilgrimage. This led to the parish priest intervening
deanery were the organizers and Budini parish contributed the choir that sung so well. Kiyunga parish (decoration), Itanda parish offertory, Namunyumya (feeding the official pilgrims), Kalamira (public address system). Institutions in Budini parish, schools, individuals and different sub-centres contributed heavily to the success.
On the Occasion was the chairperson of the Laity diocese of Jinja, Mr Baliraine Paul who is also the chairperson of Iganga parish council, and his council and the occasion was blessed by the presence of Chairperson laity in Tororo archdiocese Mr Ssalongo Robert Kamiza