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Masaka Diocese Kicks Off Preparations for Martyrs Day Celebrations

Bishop Serverus Jjumba on Sunday led thousands of the Catholic faithfuls for pilgrimage at Ssanje deanery Parish in Kakuuto sub-county, Kyotera district; the area of origin for John Mary Kiwanuka Muzeeyi, one of the Catholic martyrs from Masaka diocese.
Masaka Bishop Severous Jjumba also launched planting campain in the diocese ahead of the Uganda Martyrs Day celebratios they will lead in Namugongo

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Masaka Catholic Diocese has commenced preparations for this years’ Uganda Martyrs’ day celebrations in Namugongo.  The Diocese was selected by the Uganda Episcopal Conference to head the celebration, which climaxes on June 3. 

Bishop Serverus Jjumba on Sunday led thousands of the Catholic faithfuls for pilgrimage at Ssanje deanery Parish in Kakuuto sub-county, Kyotera district; the area of origin for John Mary Kiwanuka Muzeeyi, one of the Catholic martyrs from Masaka diocese. 

John Mary Kiwanuka Muzeeyi also referred to as Yowaana Maria Muzeeyi in Church literature, was born between 1852 and 1857 at Kisomberwa; a village located near the Ugandan border with Tanzania at Minziiro post. He was raised from Kakuuto trading centre.  

While leading the pilgrim mass at Kakuuto Memorial Sub-Parish Church, Bishop Jjumba asked the congregation to individually reflect on their spiritual and physical lives, in honour of the opportunity bestowed unto their Diocese to lead this year’s celebrations. 

He expressed concern over the huge number of Christians that is sliding from the doctrines of their faith into embracing wicked beliefs that ruin both their health and spiritual lives. 

//Cue in; (Luganda) “mu Ssaza lino… 

Cue out…teemumantaala.”//      

He noted that besides making financial contributions towards having a worthwhile Martyrs day celebration, the Church also demands of the parishioners to remain healthy, work harder and shun all practices that lead to environmental degradation. 

//Cue in; (Luganda) “ate ekyo ng’okijjeeko… 

Cue out…fenna kyatusaba.”//   

Meanwhile Regina Nalubega Kitaka, the Chairperson of the council of the laity in Masaka Diocese officially launched a fundraising campaign to a tune of 950 million Shillings required to organize the Martyrs’ day festivities. 

She says they anticipate to raise funding through contributions by different groups of people, departments within the diocese and generous persons in the country. Nalubega explains that they put in place a number of coordination committees that have been assigned various responsibilities towards having colourful celebrations.      

//Cue in; (Luganda) “obukiiko obw’enjawulo…  

Cue out…. Centers ez’enjawulo.’’//