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“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.

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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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PROF. (Fr.) LAWRENCE NJOROGE EULOGIZING THE LATE FR. GEORGE GATHONGO. (Excerpts of the article in the daily nation Thursday, December 17,2020)

Fr. Gathongo was a man of many gifts: teacher, musician, linguist, communicator, author and liturgist. He understood himself first and foremost as a priest. His CV reads in its concluding paragraph: ”As I am writing this, I wish to stress the point that I have always been attached to a Parish, whether here or abroad… keeping in mind that “the harvest is plentiful and the labourers few”.

Talented with a rich baritone, Fr. Gathongo loved singing the old Latin Gregorian Chant. But he was equally at home with modern liturgical music innovations.
He was an engaging personality who owned a genuine, infectious laugh. Yet he spoke his mind without fear, sometimes to the discomfiture of authoritarian personages. Those who know him vouch for his deep love for the Church.

Sense of humor

Fr. George, as his friends fondly called him, had a sense of humour. When Fr. Dr. Boniface Kariuki, who is Chaplain at KU, visited him recently at the retirement Clergy Home in Ruaraka, the veteran priest remarked regarding the imposing building: ”This place is beautiful. It’s heaven on earth. The only better place one can go to is Paradise”, he concluded with his signature laugh.

A few days later, he passed on aged 87 years.  

Fare thee well Fr. George Gathongo, in the dew of the heavens.

Prof. (Fr) Lawrence Njoroge is Vice Postulator of the Cause of Servant of God Maurice Cardinal Otunga and Chair of Council (Designate) Tangaza University College
A GREAT MILESTONE FOR ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC PARISH-RIRONI –GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CHURCH

The Construction of a new Church for St. Andrew Catholic Parish, Rironi, is set to begin following a ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday, 15th November 2020.

The occasion, led by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, who was hosted by the Christians under the leadership of the Fr. In-charge, Fr. Peter N. Kiarie and the assistant, Fr. Peterken Njonge was a great milestone to the development of the parish.

The church to be constructed will be a 1,200 seater, with other ammenities including a meeting hall. This will replace the current Church, which is small for the growing population.

St. Andrew Rironi was an outstation for 42 years under different parishes until 23rd July 2016 when it was inaugurated as a parish. The parish has two outstations; St. Peter-Mithiga and St. Maximilian Kolbe-Gatimu.

In his Homily, His Eminence commended the parishioners for the project saying that time has come and everyone must be present today as yesterday is gone. He said the era where parishioners leave during projects and come after completion to claim ownership is gone. “Everyone must participate. The project is existential and thus all must be of good will and claim ownership,” he said.

“The question to everyone should be what legacy will each leave behind? What is the heritage that we will leave for the children?” He reiterated that everyone present was there as the family of God and everything we do should be for the greater glory of God.

The parish is home to the late Fr. Paul Njoroge, one among the first Kenyan Catholic priests. His parents and a friend in the late 1950s donated ¼ acre of land each, for the construction of a church. The first Holy Mass was celebrated in August 1956 by Fr. Meade under the fig tree that still stands to date next to the Church compound.

By Felista – PCA Rironi parish 




LEVERAGING ON THE CLERGY TO EMPOWER OUR YOUTH, LEAP

His Lordship Bishop David Kamau yesterday launched LEAP (learning, Engaging, Awareness, Practical) program targeting all priests working with young people in the Archdiocese of Nairobi.

LEAP, a program initiated by the Youth office, is a program meant to empower the youth on different capacities including financial management. The program, held at St. Paul’s Chaplaincy, was attended by 36 priests from different parishes. The program seeks to promote the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, in a manner suitable for our current times.

Speaking at the launch, His Lordship Bishop Kamau noted that the initiative whose timing is very relevant is highly welcome. “The program seeks to Learn, through Engaging with others, increasing Awareness, and calling to Practical action”, he added.

Fr. Edwin Hunja, who is the Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain, was keen to note that this is a program the office has been thinking of and the collaboration between the youth office and the LEAP initiative couldn’t come at a better time. He also encouraged the priests present to keep inspiring the youth, as they are the church of tomorrow.

The priests were trained on several topics including personal developments, self-awareness, mitigating negative social influences, addiction to substance and drug abuse and sexuality and reproduction.

This was the first training in a long series running up to next year where the youth office in collaboration with the LEAP initiative target to train youths in every parish of the archdiocese of Nairobi.

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