CELEBRATION OF CONSACRETED LIFE IN KOKSTAD DIOCE

On Saturday 31 October 2015, the Catholic Diocese of Kokstad celebrated the Year of Consacreted life. Priests and religious including the invitees attended the event in Kokstad. The procession to the tent started at 8h.00. As the procession left the Sacristy, it was welcomed outside by the magnificent sound of drum Majorettes from the deanery of Matatiele. At the same time there were shouts of joy from the faithful, rejoicing and thanking God for blessing them with so wonderful gift of priests and religious in the Diocese. As soon as all priests reached the sanctuary they venerated the altar and each one regained his seat and a moment of silence was observed after which Fr Luis Matthew invited everybody to pray the lauds. When the Morning Prayer was over, the Bishop immediately begun the Holy Mass starting with the introductory rites.

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Fr Hugh Lagan delivered the Homily during which he elucidated how it is important for priests and religious to tell the story of their vocations. He also mentioned that everyone has a vocation and we are all gifts from God. He went on to remind young people that they should not hesitated or harden their hearts once they are being called by God to serve him as priests or religious into His vineyard. He also added that once God calls us we should not say that we are not worthy or there are so many people out there who are better than us. We are to respond to His call as soon as we hear his voice and leave the rest to Him who has called us. Good number of things might be portrayed as failure for us to respond positively to God’s call among which brokenness can be mentioned. However, we are invited to know that “it is in our brokenness that God meet us and that is where God keep on working with us.” He said.

Before the Episcopal blessing, the bishop thanked every body who was present and invited all the priests and religious from the diocese to come forward and each one of them received a token of appreciation.

 

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A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP ZOLILE ON THE YEAR OF CONSACRATED LIFE

And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail ( Isaiah 58:11).

For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end (Psalm.48:14)

 

To all the consecrated people of God

And to all the people of God who support us in prayer,

Heartfelt greetings for the celebration of the Year of Consecrated life. The promulgation of the Year of consecrated life could not have at an opportune time than this one when the vocations to consecrated life, in many parts of the world have slowed down considerably, a phenomenon that calls for more thanksgiving, prayer and hope for a better future.

The Lord has called all of us in our weakness and poverty, as he did in former times to his prophets and apostles: “ I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do(Luke 10:21)”, and has sent us to preach his message to the world; but we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us(2 Corinthians 4:7)

In our fears and doubts whether we would fulfil the work of God faithfully, he promised to be with us as he did long ago to his prophets: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 4:5).

The Lord has indeed been with his consecrated people as he called them and chose them carefully. Yes, we are here today because he has been with us. We owe him our vocation, our sincerest gratitude as we do to those who were and have been before us, living and dead. They have been leaving examples to us, a true inspiration, humanly and spiritually.

The baton is now on our hands to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ, and to preach the good news that God promised long ago through his prophets in the scriptures, by word and by deed, to live the present with passion, with joy and happiness, and be true to our vocation, exemplary and become idols to the young ones coming after us. Christ has called us to live call personally and in community joyfully and in unity with brothers and sisters, manifesting love, forgiveness and healing, often impossible without humility, taking after the example of Jesus Christ as he has instructed us in the Gospel of John: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (13:34): “ that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me’ (17:21)

May the good Lord grant his blessing, in abundance, to each and every one who has left everything behind to follow him and serve him in his people “And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life( Matthew 19:29).

I thank everyone, without mentioning names, who has, in many form, contributed in making this celebration of the Year of Consecrated life in the Diocese a Success. May the good Lord reward each and every one of you abundantly. A special thanks to all who responded and participated in this celebration by prayer or by their presence, in particular all the vocations from the diocese of Kokstad. May the almighty Father, through the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, St Patrick, our patron saint, bless, keep and accompany you always in the life you have consecrated to him.

Blessing upon you all.

+ ZOLILE PETROS MPAMBANI

(Bishop of Kokstad)

 

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE IN MARIA TELGTE

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.

 

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The Bishop is blessing the Diocesan Pastoral Council Executive Committee

 

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Crowd is praying the rosary at the grotto

 

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Crowd of the faithful

 

 

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Bishop Stanislaw Dziuba presiding over the Holy mass

 

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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”…

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Bishop with priests

 

 

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Priests on the altar at Mass

 

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Priests and the Bishop on the altar

 

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

YOUTH ON HERITAGE DAY IN THE DIOCESE OF KOKSTAD

On the date of 24 September, the youth of Kokstad Diocese gathered together in Kokstad to celebrate the Heritage Day. Priests and Sisters also attended the celebrations which took place at St Patrick’s Hall. It was a very exciting day. Youth were encouraged to be proclaimers of the Word and educators of faith. They were invited to take the message of Jesus in their hearts, to obey God’s commandments and bringing Jesus to the people. They were also invited to be men and women of prayer and to lead by example since the future of the Church, the country and the family in particular depend on them. ” Youth of today are the family of tomorrow”, added one of the facilitators.
After all the speeches were made, attendees shared meals together then each parish’s youth, performed few activities which they had prepared for the day,  after which the national anthem was sung followed by the final blessing by Fr Dominic M. Jakuja.
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ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – GOGELA

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St Joseph’s Catholic Church Gogela is found in the rural areas of Kokstad diocese. It is one of the out stations of the Uganda Martyrs’ Catholic Parish – Bhongweni. It is located in the deep rural areas of the former Transkei homeland, Mount Ayliff municipality.

The faithful in this area are busy building the church so that they also have a good place for worshiping their Creator and pray.

What you see above is the stage of that building at the moment. We would like to thank all those who have helped us to reach this stage. May God reward you abundantly. We still need your help and assistance to finish this project as soon as possible.

We are appealing again, to all the people of good will and a generous heart to help us finish the building of this House of God. We thank you in advance for your help. Please note that God is giving you yet another chance to take part in building Him a suitable house in this rural area.

The donations could be deposited on the following account:

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church – Gogela.
Standard Bank;
Account No:30 025 979 4.
KOKSTAD 050122.

The contact person: Fr. Vincent Bwete.
Cell. 082 457 1666.
e-mail: vincentbwete@gmail.com

Diocesan Annual Pilgrimage – Maria Telgte

From 29 September to 1st October, there was a Diocesan Annual Pilgrimage in Maria Telgte. Thousands of pilgrims came from different corner of the diocese to pray. Number of activities took in place in Maria Telgte including the healing service that was led by Fr Gabriel Letsohla. The Bishop eventually led the Eucharistic celebration in the morning after which, he handed over candles of the Year of the Family to different parishes.

The Ordination of the Bishop of Kokstad-Bishop Zolile Petros Mpambani

Photos of Bishop Zolile Petros Mpambani’s Ordination:

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.