On Saturday 3 October , all the faithful from the Diocese of Kokstad had their annual pilgrimage in Maria Telgte. The celebration was presided over by Rt Rev Bishop Stanislaw Jan Dziuba of Umzimkulu Diocese. The theme for this year’s pilgrimage was: ” Mary Mother of our families teach us to consecrate our lives totally to God”.The program was scheduled as follows:
-Welcoming by Mrs N. Macoba
-Penitential rite by deacon V. Ebo
-Benediction by Fr N. Khumalo Ofm
-English Mass by Bishop S. Dziuba OSPPE
-Spiritual dancing by children from the Holy Spirit Parish in Flagstaf
-Healing service by Fr T. Letsohla
-Playing reflecting on family and consecrated life by the youth from the immaculate conception parish in  Hardenberg
-Talk on consecreted life by Srs Callista Natshele FCSCJ and Patricia Ndongeni CPS
IsiXhosa/Sisotho Mass by Fr Sihle Mbhele


The celebration started around 17h.00 pm during which the Bishop also blessed the new executive members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council.



The Bishop is blessing the Diocesan Pastoral Council Executive Committee



Crowd is praying the rosary at the grotto



Crowd of the faithful




Bishop Stanislaw Dziuba presiding over the Holy mass



Bishop S. Dziuba is delivering the Homily

During his Homily the Bishop displayed the nowadays’s situation of our communities which seem not pleasant because of too much evil that is taking place day by day. ” In such situation the children learn all evil from other evil people in their communities and become killers, robbers not having respect for value of human life”. the Bishop therefore called all the Christians to come together and renew their commitments to live as true followers of Jesus Christ and to bring his love and new life into families to renew them, to bring reconciliation and care to our communities. ” this is now the time of new evangelization-renewing of love for God and for his Church. As the Church- we cannot be closed in-but go to others around us to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and help other to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord” the Bishop said. Like Mary, like St Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa, Abbot Francis Pfanner, Blessed Benedict Daswa, we are called as Pope Francis is asking to become “missionary disciples” in our communities, especially during the coming Year of Mercy, to become “Missionaries of Mercy”…


Bishop with priests




Priests on the altar at Mass



Priests and the Bishop on the altar



Young children performing a spiritual dance before the beginning of the healing service

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