Bishop of Kokstad – Zolile Petros Mpambani

The Holy Father Francis, appointed Fr ZOLILE PETROS MPAMBANI SCJ on 6th of May 2013 as Bishop of Kokstad. Fr Zolile before his appointment was the parish priest of St Francis in Aliwal North, the provincial superior of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ) and the member of the College of Consultors for the diocese of Aliwal. Born on 20 February 1957 in Umlali, he made his profession on 28 January 1982 and was ordained a priest on 25 April 1987.  He has worked in various parishes in the diocese of Aliwal and served in various positions of responsibility in his congregation especially in formation and leadership. The Catholic Church of Kokstad Diocese with joyful hearts announces to all that we have celebrated the ORDINATION to EPISCOPATE of our new BISHOP on 3rd of August 2013 at 10:00 at Kokstad College Grounds. He has had the INGRESS to Cathedral of St Patrick in Kokstad on 4th of August 2013.Bishop Zolile Petros Mpambani of Kokstad Diocese

Hope and Joy programme – study day

The priests from Kokstad and Umzimkulu Diocese have attended the study days on the Issues of Vatican II on its 50 anniversary  and on the “Hope and Joy” network at Coolock House on 17-18 April 2012 that was facilitated  Fr Peter Knox SJ.

 

 

 

Transfers of Priests

Dear People of God of Kokstad Diocese:

Greetings to All of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have been blessed with the arrival of five new priests to the diocese. In a short while they will be ready for appointment to any of the parishes of the diocese after having been learning Xhosa at Mthatha. We thank the Precious Blood Sisters for having accommodated them at Glen Avent Convent.

Other priests who have been serving the diocese for many years will be leaving the diocese, according to a plan already programmed quite a few months back.

All these things considered, we have no choice but to make some changes and to move some priests around the different parishes of the diocese. We ask you, People of God, to be understanding with all the changes, and to welcome the new priests into your Parish Communities.

In short, this is how the changes will affect different parishes:

Three Divine Word Missionaries will be appointed to Bizana parish. As a result, Frs. Gabriel Thabang and Patrick Kofu will be shifted. Fr. Gabriel will take up Mount Ayliff and Tabankulu and Fr. Patrick will be posted at Bhongweni.

The two Comboni priests now working in Mount Ayliff and Tabankulu – Frs. Melese and Paul, will take up new assignments with the Comboni missionaries outside the diocese.

Two other Divine Word Missionaries will be stationed at Cedarville parish, in which case Fr, Major Zanemvula will move to take care of Mount Frere parish. Fr. Mariano and Brother Hermann will also move outside the diocese to their new appointments. The transfers are expected to take place around 15 of April of this year and concerning Cedarville and Mount Frere will be at the end of June when one of the priests return from his leave overseas.

We are so much grateful to the Comboni Priests and Brother for their generous service to people of Kokstad Diocese and wish them plenitude of God’s blessings in their new appointments.

Dear People of God, we did not want to make too many changes because we had been promised that soon we would be given a new bishop for our diocese. Since this has not happened and the new priests are ready to start working, we have been left without any choice. As we said before, please welcome your priests wholeheartedly and support them as much as you can.

Let us also thank the Lord because during the course of this year, one of our local seminarians, Br. Fidel Muhase, will be ordained to the deaconate; he will also be working in one of the parishes of the diocese once he is ordained a priest. Keep on praying for local vocations to the Church and support them financially.

We are in the time of Lent; let us all pray for a true change of heart and mind in order to turn our lives back to God.

United in Jesus and Mary,

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+ Stanislaw Dziuba, OSPPE

Apostolic Administrator
Diocese of Kokstad                                            

Kokstad, on 27th of February 2012

Administrator’s Address: PO Box 332, Harding 4680. Phone: 039 4331421, Cell: 083 7062146
Fax: 086 5136280. E-mail: stanley.dziuba@gmail.com

Bishop Stanislaw’s Letter on Finances

Pastoral Letter to the Church of Kokstad Diocese


Theme: “May the Word of Christ dwell in you abundantly” (Col 3.16).

 

This theme will lead us on our journey of re-discovering of our identity as the Members of the Catholic Church and the members of the local parish communities, as we desire that the Word of God would enlighten us in our daily life.

The book of the Acts of the Apostles tells us about a man called Barnabas. He was not one of the twelve but the Church remembers him as an apostle. “He owned a piece of land he sold it and brought the money and presented it to the apostles” (Acts 4, 36). We might be surprised about this but the sharing of what each one had seems to have been common at the beginning of the Church. In fact we read: “The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, as everything they owned was held in common… None of their members was ever in want as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from the sale of them to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any who might be in need” (Acts 4:32.34).

No one was obliged to do it. In his second letter to the Corinthians Pauls says: “Each one should give as much as he has decided on his own initiative, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9, 7).

This sharing would provide for each other’s need, especially those of the poorest among them and for the needs of the Church. Paul writes to the Corinthians regarding the churches of Macedonia saying: “I can testify that it was of their own accord that they made their gift, which was not merely as far as their resources would allow, but well beyond their resources; and they had kept imploring us most insistently for the privilege of a share in the fellowship of service to God’s holy people…” (2 Cor 8, 5).

They were deeply generous and had great joy supporting financially each other and the apostles.

 

Already a year has passed when our beloved Father – Archbishop William Slattery was called to lead the Church of Pretoria and we wait for the new Shepherd to come to our diocese. We remember and are grateful for all the care and support the people of Kokstad Diocese have received from the generous hands of Archbishop Slattery – how he used all his connections, friends, family and organisations to support financially the poor, education of the young people, different training in skills, and the work of the Church in our Diocese – so that no one was thinking about the local contribution from Catholics from our parishes to the expenses of the diocese and parishes.

But now, he is gone and also all the resources for the support of the priests, buying and maintaining of the vehicles, payment of the insurance for the vehicles and buildings in the parishes, building of new churches, priests’ houses, education of our 12 seminarians, support for the pastoral work and formation of catechists, families, prison pastoral care, administration and so on.

So now it is time to renew of the spirit of the first Christians, whom we mentioned in the beginning of the letter, among the Christians of the Kokstad Diocese to live fully the Spirit of Jesus Christ who although was God, he humbled himself and became one of us in order to bring us salvation. This is the call for all Catholics of our Diocese of Kokstad to open wide your hearts to accept others and their needs as St Paul in the letter to Philippians said: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2. 4). It is the time to stand on our feet and walk without crutches making our parish communities and diocese self-supportive, not always begging for the money from the funders abroad. The Bishops of Southern Africa in the letter wrote: “Our parishes and dioceses in Southern Africa have to become financially self-supporting. This means we have to raise enough money in our own parishes and dioceses to keep the fire of God’s message and love burning in our midst. We need to raise enough money to allow the work of God to continue in our parishes and dioceses” (No 2).

How to do this? You can do this by making your gift of money an act of holy worship of God. How? When we give money for the parish car, buying food for the priests, for the education of seminarians or other needs of the diocese – we can make it a gift of thanksgiving to God. God has given us so many gifts, such as life and health; brothers and sisters, work and pension; Jesus and the Holy Spirit; Mary and the Saints; the Church, priests, Sisters, faith and joy in God – and many more.

Therefore, when we give money to the Church, we can pray: “Lord, you have given me everything. Take this money as a sign of gratitude and love for you”. In this way you make your money contributions an act of gratitude and holy worship, praising and thanking God for all the good things which he has given to you.

Your financial contributions to the needs and work of the Church of Kokstad Diocese could become your prayer and expression of your faith as it was for the first Christians who beside giving themselves to Lord gave also all they possessed trusting in God’s providence as it was also with the widow whom Jesus praised in the Gospel.

So I ask that:

v  all parishes should establish working Parish Finance Committees with members who have expertise in financial matters and fundraising to look for the financial support for the parish and the diocese as well to manage the funds according to proper accounting practices. The financial committees should also send to the diocese every three months the financial report from the parish according to supplied forms. The parishes should send to the diocese 10% of their total income for the payment of the expenses of the insurance of parish churches and buildings, purchase of cars, priests’ stipends and formation, education of 12 seminarians, support of difference pastoral commissions, administration as well support for the bishop for whom we eagerly wait to come.

v  It is essential that we commit ourselves faithfully with our pledges. You know that most of the Christian churches would ask for 10% of your income. Is your contribution at least 2% of your income? I ask you to remember Paul’s words: “Each one should give as much as he has decided on his own initiative, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”. Commit yourself to your Church and do it with joy. Pledges should be renewed annually so as to keep up with inflation and make it a gift of thanksgiving to God.

v  My special appeal is for a yearly once off contribution for the education of our 12 Seminarians who are the future priests of our Kokstad Dioceses. The funding from Franciscan Order overseas has finishes with the leaving of Archbishop Slattery and now there are no funds to pay for their education and formation in the seminary. The cost of education for one seminarian for one year is R55 000.00 and we have 13 of them. It makes R715 000.00 per year. There are no funds to pay for this year. If we will not get your support – the seminarians will have to come back home and wait until the Church of Kokstad will find funding for their education. So their future is in your hands!!!

I ask that every adult Catholic as well youth according to their possibilities give a gift of R100.00 for the education of our 12 Seminarians, although it is not restricted to this amount – we cannot limit the generosity of your heart. We need only 7150 committed Catholics from our Diocese to achieve this goal!

I would also invite each one of you to put your personal gifts at the service of the Church. It is quite common to see teachers teaching catechism. Could we apply this to other gifts we have received? There should not be any need in employing someone to fix our churches, the priests’ cars, cut the grass, visit the sick, look after orphans, clean the church… We have so many Catholics with such expertise that should be used for the building up of our Catholic Church. Would you…?

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this is a very important time for our Diocese that is waiting for the new Bishop to come. What a welcome gift will you give? Would not be it your generous and loving of the Church heart that shares the responsibility of the supporting our own Catholic Church?  I invite you all also to be grateful to God for his constant blessing upon us, to pray and reflect the Biblical texts I quoted above and to grow in love and support for our Church. May God’s Word dwell in us all abundantly.

 

Fraternally yours in Christ and Mary,

 

Kokstad, on 20th of February 2012

 

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+ Stanislaw Dziuba, OSPPE

Apostolic Administrator
Diocese of Kokstad                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrator’s Address: PO Box 332, Harding 4680. Phone: 039 4331421, Cell: 083 7062146
Fax: 086 5136280. E-mail: stanley.dziuba@gmail.com

Porta Fidei

APOSTOLIC LETTER  PORTA FIDEI           OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF   BENEDICT XVI

FOR THE INDICTION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH

 The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return.

Africae Munus

AFRICAE MUNUS

In Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace

 

POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION AFRICAE MUNUS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON THE CHURCH IN AFRICA IN SERVICE TO RECONCILIATION, JUSTICE AND PEACE

“You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world”
(Mt. 5: 13-14)