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 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
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
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
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.