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IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPETENCY BASED CURRICULUM IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI CATHOLIC PRIVATE SCHOOLS

The Education Office in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, in compliance with the government’s curriculum reforms policy, trained over 150 teachers from the Catholic Private Schools on the Competency Based Curriculum (C.B.C) at Clergy Home –Ruaraka.

Fr. Francis Kiarie, the Education Secretary, while highlighting the aim of the training, stated, “we are not sparing any efforts in ensuring our teachers are empowered so that they are fully equipped to implement competency based curriculum in our schools.”

Madam Salome Wanyaa, one of the facilitators and the director of audit assurance and standards in the Ministry of Education noted positivity from the participants during the training. She highlighted that there is need for teachers to be trained on this curriculum to have better attitudes in implementing C.B.C in their various schools.

This training is among other empowerment trainings held by the office annually for the Catholic private schools. Among the issues identified was the need for the office to train teachers on how best to help the children with special needs. This would enable the children to receive professional input so they can reach their full potential.

The three-day training ended with celebration of Mass in which teachers were called upon to be agents of God’s love at their works of service by implementing what they had learnt in the three days with love.

Competency Based Curriculum (C.B.C) is a new system of education designed by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (K.I.C.D). It was launched by the ministry of education in 2017 with a focus on the ability of the learners to apply the skills, attitudes and the knowledge gained.






“YOU ARE MATURE IN FAITH, LIVE BY THE GRACE OF CONFIRMATION,” BISHOP KAMAU URGES CHRISTIANS

The Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Bishop David Kamau, has called on Christians who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation to live according to the grace given by the anointing of Chrism oil.

Bishop Kamau said this during a colorful Eucharistic celebration in which he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 147 catechumens of St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Parish- Waithaka.

In his homily, his Lordship told the catechumens, “the sacrament you will receive is a mark you will bear from the Holy Spirit that sets you apart as God’s witnesses of truth to the world.”

He further called on them to be witnesses of Christ in their actions in the society by emulating their patron saint, St. Charles Lwanga a Uganda Martyr who died for his faith. “You have now matured in faith, may the Holy Spirit guide you in all your endeavors” he invited.






“FORMULATE SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES DURING THIS PANDEMIC,” BISHOP KAMAU EXHORTS CARITAS SELF-HELP PROGRAMME LEADERS’

Leaders from Caritas Self Help Programme have been urged to go back to the drawing board and formulate new strategies that will aid in sustainable economic development during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. This call was made by Bishop David Kamau during the 29th Leaders Annual General Meeting (LAGM) held at the Holy Family Basilica Hall.

Addressing the leaders, Bishop Kamau who is the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi said, “We need to reflect on our current situation due to Covid- 19 Pandemic and think on strategies that can help us build sustainable economic empowerment activities for an inclusive development for all.”

In his speech, he acknowledged the hard times the country continues to face, which have affected the country’s economy. He mentioned there was a need to rethink the future, calling the leaders to put God first and their efforts together, to help one another. “We cannot afford to live from hand to mouth, hence there is need to think of the future.” he added.

The meeting which was attended by the leaders within the deaneries in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, commenced with a colorful celebration of Mass led by Fr. Simon Nganga. The LAGM met to take stock of their achievements in the last one year in an effort to monitor their progress in light of the Caritas Nairobi self-help programme strategic plan of 2019-2023.

In attendance was His Eminence, John Cardinal Njue who encouraged the leaders to be resilient in the continuity of the programme especially in recent times. He told them, to keep working hard, noting that, the programme’s benefits would be reaped in the future.

Amongst the guests was the C.E.O of Caritas Microfinance Bank Mr. David Mukalu who urged the leaders to support Caritas Microfinance Bank through the opening of accounts and consistent saving. This he said, would help the bank grow to the competitive state of other banks in the country.

Self Help Programme is a project that aims at promoting Social and Economic Empowerment within the Archdiocese of Nairobi. It was founded at Kiriko Parish in Mangu deanery by the Servant of God, the late Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga in the year 1981. Currently, the Programme has over 130,000 registered members.








“REPRESENT CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH TO THE WORLD,” BISHOP DAVID KAMAU EXHORTS THE CLERGY

The Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Bishop David Kamau has prompted the priests to continue living their identity as priests who represent Christ and His Church in the world.

Bishop Kamau said this during the celebration of Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday held at the Holy Family Basilica. The Mass was attended by fourteen Deans, a representation of the 14 deaneries of the Archdiocese of Nairobi.

“I would like to remind you of your identity as Priests who represent Christ and His Church in the world. I recognize with immense gratitude of the service you render to Christians. Without you there wouldn’t be preaching of the word and administering of sacraments especially that of the Holy Eucharist.  It is sad today when Christians cannot join us in Mass and they cannot partake in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist,” he said.

The empty pews of the cathedral were a sign of adherence to the restrictions put in place by the government, among them, closure of Churches, in order to regulate the transmissions of the Covid-19 virus in the ongoing pandemic.

His Eminence who was the main celebrant, blessed the Holy oils used in the Church among them, oil of catechumens, oil of anointing of the sick and the Holy Chrism oil.

Chrism Mass manifests the unity of Catholic faith in the sacraments and in charity. It is also a remembrance to the priests of the promises made during their ordination as they are called to renew their vows and promises  

Bishop Kamau urged the priests to be available to Christians in their parishes and institutions and be faithful to their prayer life and in the inception of sacraments. “Spend time in adoration and commit yourselves to live the solemn promise of celibacy and obedience as you made on the day of your ordination. You shall find joy in ministry when united with Jesus in faith and love for He has consecrated you and sent you to bear fruits,” he concluded.






“EMULATE ST. JOSEPH IN YOUR DAILY LIFE,” BISHOP KAMAU CALLS UPON MEN

The Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi Bishop David Kamau has urged all men to emulate the humble nature of Joseph in the responsibilities given to them by God in their day-to-day lives.

“My fellow men, each one of you has been given something to do by God. Let us take a personal reflection on what God wants us to do as he counts on us on many great things in which we should not let him down,” he invigorated.

About 2,000 CMA members attended the colourful event. This was a restricted number due to the Covid-19 restrictions issued by the government.

The event, which marked the launch of the year of St. Joseph for the CMA, began with a procession from St. Benedict Parish to Queen of Apostles Seminary grounds in Ruaraka, a distance of about 5km.

This celebration also marked as the first mobilization of funds towards the construction of St Joseph Technical Institute in Kamulu. The sh.300 million-project is an initiative of the Archdiocese of Nairobi CMA group.

The CMA Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Stephen Mbugua in his speech, expressed his appreciation to the members for their unwavering commitment in seeing the project move forward despite the Covid-19 situation.

Reiterating the chaplain’s remarks, Mr Joshua Njoroge the Archdiocesan Men Coordinator reminded the men that the greatest legacy comes as a result of an ultimate sacrifice. He further alluded that the ongoing project is a bold step in empowering the youths and generations to come. He further added this achievement could only come when they heed to the noble invitation of following in the footsteps of their Patron St. Joseph.






2021 LENTEN CAMPAIGN LAUNCH IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI

The Archdiocese of Nairobi under the office of Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has launched the Lenten Campaign 2021 under the theme: “Rebuilding our Nation through Inclusive and Accountable Governance…Come Let Us Rebuild Our Nation (Nehemiah 2:17-18)”. The event was held at Our Lady of Victories Lioki Parish.

The event begun with a colorful Mass, celebrated by the Apostolic Administrator Bishop David Kamau and concelebrated by Fr. Emmanuel Ngugi, the CJPC Director in the Archdiocese of Nairobi among other priests.

In his homily, Bishop David Kamau invited Christians to reflect on the 40 days Christ was in the wilderness which marks the beginning of Lent Season, a period of prayer, fasting, repentance and alms giving. “It is the responsibility of every Christian to take advantage of the Lenten season, don’t waste a single day in the forty days”. We all have a mission in this world and it is our responsibility to find out our purpose and be part of the continuity in spreading the word of God and in the building of the nation’ he said.

The CJPC Program Coordinator, Mr. Simon Muiruri in his speech during the jubilant occasion attended by over 1200 men and women from the 14 deaneries of the Archdiocese represented, expressed his gratitude to the CJPC commissioners and all-in attendance for their availability.

He further urged Christians to reflect on the three cardinal principles of lent: prayer, fasting and alms giving mentioning on the importance of coming up with Social Justice activities that will help in rebuilding and reconstructing of the society as called forth by the classical encyclical of Pope Pius XI “Quadragesimo Anno.”

 

“EXAMINE YOUR CONSCIENCE AND STRENGTHEN YOUR UNION WITH GOD”: JOHN CARDINAL NJUE URGES CHRISTIANS.

Archbishop Emeritus John Cardinal Njue has called on Christians to remember the greatest sacrifice of Christ by involving themselves in prayer, fasting and alms giving. This he said during the celebration of Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent season.

In his homily, he highlighted on the importance of self-reflection on how Christians carry on with life and compelled them to align themselves to God’s wishes. “This is the time when we are asked to spend our time in prayer, repentance and thinking of those in need. May this period be one where we examine our conscience and strengthen our union with God so as to be happy in this transit of life,” he continued.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. In Pope Francis’s message to Christians during this lent season, he calls on all to renew their faith, draw from the living waters of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God. His Eminence reiterated this call by reminding unmarried couples to reunite with God in the right ways of the church. To Christians, he reminded them to live as per their faith calls through their existential movements (sacramental life) with God.

Ash Wednesday opens to Lent, a season of fasting and prayer which focuses the Christian’s hearts on repentance and prayer through their personal and communal confession. The practice includes application of ashes on the fore head which symbolize the dust from which God made us.

Genesis 3:19 “For you are dust and to dust you shall return”

A UNIQUE CELEBRATION OF PMC ANNUAL MASS

This year’s Archdiocese of Nairobi annual PMC Mass was marked uniquely albeit without the usual thousands in attendance, however, this did not dampen the mood of the young Christians.

Unlike the other years whose attendance has grown from 10,000 to over 50, 000 in 2020, this year’s attendance was limited to only 2000 children due to the stringent Covid-19 regulations.

The celebration held at St Francis of Assisi Parish, Ruiru, was led by his Eminence John Cardinal Njue and attended by scores of priests including PMS Director Fr. Moses Kago and his assistant Fr. Ignatius Njue.

In his homily, the Cardinal urged the young ones to let their actions as Christian children be in line with the personality of Christ so that they can be witnesses of His goodness in the society and in the family.

Sr. Rose who is the PMC Coordinator in the Archdiocese, gave the children a take home reminder to all those involved in their development; “Tell me and I will forget, involve me and I will learn, teach me and I will remember…” She further urged them to contemplate on vocational life as they continue with their studies should there be any interest in them to join the religious way of life.

The celebration which also marked the launching of the year of St. Joseph in the PMC group, launched the theme “Be my witness in the Model of St Joseph”.

 






SPREAD THE LIGHT OF CHRIST, BISHOP KAMAU URGES CATECHISTS

The Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi has called on all catechists to spread the light of Christ to Christians during these challenging times. Presiding over Mass at Our Lady of Visitation Makadara Parish (OLV) during the catechists’ annual Mass, Bishop David Kamau has encouraged them to form a collaborative team with Priests and Bishops for ease of serving the people of God. 

“You are chosen as Catechists, to go out and present the light of Christ and that source of salvation,” he said. “Today people still need that light and salvation and that is why you as catechists, have been appointed and selected to go out and spread that light,” he added.

The annual Mass that brings all the Catechists working in the 114 parishes of  the Archdiocese of Nairobi to commune together was attended by over 500 Catechists. The prelate insisted that they should be the roots of the church by first experiencing the light of Christ themselves before they can spread it to Christians.

The Archdiocese Catechists’ coordinator, Sr. Lydia Mahihu thanked the catechists for their availability amidst covid-19 fears all over the world. Reiterating the Bishop’s call of spreading the light of Christ, Fr. David Kimani, the Catechists’ Chaplain urged the catechists  to continue following in the footsteps of the heart of St. Joseph in their catechism classes with Christians.

Catechists Archdiocese of Nairobi

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI CELEBRATES WORLD DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE

The Emeritus Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, his Eminence John Cardinal Njue has urged all the religious men and women to remain united in God. This he said during the Eucharistic celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated life held at the Holy Family Basilica on 6th February 2021.

“My dear friends, I am happy when we meet like this, when we come together to pray, we don’t come just like anybody else, we come following that identity given to us as consecrated people. Let a day like this be of renewal and thanksgiving. We are in a journey that has ups and downs and for us to be able to maneuver through it, let us remain united with the one who has called us.”

In the colorful Mass attended by approximately 700 religious men and women serving in the Archdiocese, in his homily Bishop David Kamau who is the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi called to all the religious men and women to draw their love and strength in God through prayer in order to be able to help others, quoting St Augustine “you cannot give what you do not have.”

Sr. Joan Mukhwana the KCCB-National Executive Secretary in the Commission for Clergy and Religious Liaison Committee, thanked his Eminence John Cardinal Njue and Bishop David Kamau for their coordination of religious men and women working in the Archdiocese. She further reiterated the Cardinals call for unity by urging the religious to come together for a mutual collaboration between the clergy, religious and the local Ordinary.

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