To the Clergy, Religious men and women and all people of good will in the Archdiocese of Nairobi
To the Clergy, Religious men and women and all people of good will in the Archdiocese of Nairobi
The Count me in the Beyond Project is set to begin in the next few months following the blessing of the 3D model and the gound by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue.
The project that was unveiled during a Eucharistic celebration led by His Eminence aims to tackle the challenges of congestion, lack of church halls, meeting/conference rooms, proper parking spaces within the church compound, beefing up security through a perimeter wall and putting cabro paving blocks to counteract the flooding Church compound.
The ten-storey facility that will be built in phases will be built within the compound of the church and the first phase is estimated to cost Ksh. 13 million.
In the Homily Fr. Richard Mwaniki implored the Christians of St. Dominic to run to the Eucharist when faced with life’s problems especially in living out their Christian lives. “The journey we take as Christians is not easy therefore we are called to be filled through the Eucharist. Christ gives us strength and if we do not reach out to Him we cannot go far,” he preached. He further added that as the human body requires food to obtain strength so does the spirit to remain nourished and have everlasting life.
Cardinal Njue who also officiated the fundraiser encouraged the Christians to own the projects so as to leave a legacy for those to come after them. “We are the ones who are here today so let us do what we need to do to make sure that we become self-sustaining,” he said.
Echoing the words of His Eminence, Fr. Victor Mbuthia who is the Father In-Charge, implored the Christians to support this project wholly as they have always done in the other projects. “This project is yours. It will benefit the parish and help in our ambition to become a self-sustaining parish.”
Despite the hard economic times faced in the country, the parishioners of St. Dominic Savio Parish Mwiki showed their determination as they pledged to support the project to completion.
Over 600 men and women were commissioned as members of Saints Joachim and Ann group in the Archdiocese of Nairobi in a ceremony led by the Apostolic Administrator Bishop David kamau.
During the celebration, the Archdiocese launched the grandparents and elderly day following the declaration by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, that every fourth Sunday of July be a time to celebrate the elderly members of the society.
During the Eucharistic celebration, his Lordship urged all Christians to remember their old parents and help them in their old age.
As individuals we all have a role to play in the growth of the society. Bishop Kamau called upon all Christians to encourage the elders in the society to continue holding on to Christ while according them the respect they deserve, “our parents provide joy and comfort in our lives,” he stated.
Speaking in the same function, Fr. Simon Warari who is the Archdiocesan Saints Joachim and Ann ecclesial group, encouraged the members to stay firm in faith as the grandparents of Jesus did. He called upon the new members to maintain the unity of the group for future posterity.
Saints Joachim and Anne devotional group was started in 1964 at Riara parish with the first 18 members being commissioned.
Equity Bank through the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has donated over 7,000 trees as the Archdiocese marked the World Environmental Day 2021.
The event that was attended by parish CJPC representatives from the Archdiocese was held at the Holy Family Utawala parish. The celebrations began with the Holy Eucharist led by the CJPC Archdiocesan Coordinator, Fr. Emmanuel Ngugi among other priests.
In the homily, Fr. Ngugi encouraged the leaders to respect what God has created and take care of Mother Earth to their best ability. “We are the light of the World, let us make this place better than we found it for our future generations”, he said.
Equity group has been donating tree seedlings through their tree planting and maintenance campaign for the nationwide cause to conserve the environment. Other stakeholders among them the Kenya Forest Services, Nairobi Metropolitan Services and the Kenya National Human Rights Commission also promised to donate more tree seedlings to be distributed in the parishes for planting.
The CJPC members were challenged to sensitize the Christians in their parishes to plant more trees and help take care of mother earth.
His Lordship Bishop David Kamau, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi has called on all seminarians to live a life of prayer and unity so as to become a blessing to the people of God.
This he said during the annual seminarians meeting held at the Clergy Home in Ruaraka which was attended by all the seminarians from the Archdiocese.
Bishop Kamau further reminded the seminarians that priests have only one mission and that mission is to build the kingdom of God. Therefore, prayer is the call to priesthood, without prayer there is no purpose to priesthood, he added.
Addressing the seminarians, Fr. Joseph Kariuki, who was the facilitator of the day encouraged them to foster unity together with the priests and the bishops, as the priest in the Archdiocese are known to be united. Fr. Kariuki also shared his experience as a priest with them in a bid to encourage them complete their journey of formation successfully.
The Vocations Director, Fr. Paul Ngoe was glad that the seminarians availed themselves for the meeting and called on them to be people of outstanding character in parishes and in the seminary as that will directly translate to the priests they will become in the near future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.