KARONGA DIOCESE

First Eucharistic Celebration at St Teresa of Calcutta Prayer Centre

First Eucharistic Celebration at St Teresa of Calcutta Prayer Centre
The large Congregation that attended the Mass; the Church was filled to the entrance (door)

By Benjamin Msowoya

On Sunday, 18 February 2018, the Parish Priest of St Mary’s, Fr. Joseph Sikwese, presided over the first Eucharistic Celebration at the newly established sub-station of St Teresa of Calcutta in St Mary’s Parish.  This was done in order to allow the faithful of St. Teresa Calcutta Community to start using the new Church.

The large Congregation that attended the Mass; the Church was filled to the entrance (door)

Even though construction work has not yet finished, the lay faithful have started using the Church in order to reduce the distance they to travel to St Mary’s Parish Centre for liturgical celebrations.

On the first day, the church was filled to capacity. Many very elderly men and women who could not walk to St Mary’s Parish openly expressed their joy to have the Church near their houses and asked God to bless the benefactor and the Bishop Martin Mtumbuka who made construction of their Church possible.

The Parish Priest said that he was very encouraged by the good beginning as people had gathered for Mass in large numbers, and urged the community of St. Teresa of Calcutta to continue worshipping together at their new Church and in their small Christian communities. He also urged members of the St. Teresa Local Church Council to work together as a team.

St Teresa of Calcutta Church has been built with financial support from Joe Ellul Mattei, through Missio Malta. Mr. Mattei donated 17200 Euro for the construction of the Church, but due to fluctuation of the Malawi Kwacha which led to the rise in prices of construction materials, construction has not been completed.  The work which is yet to be done is: flooring, plastering, painting, fixing of windows and doors. This will cost the Diocese around 6,000 Euro (US$7,000).

First Mass in Pictures

Picture of The Parish Priest of St Mary’s Parish, Fr Joseph Sikwese, in front of the Church after the first Mass
The Parish Priest of St Mary’s Parish, Fr Joseph Sikwese, in front of the Church after the first Mass
Picture of Some of the elderly Christians who can now walk to the nearer prayer centre of St Teresa of Calcutta
Some of the elderly Christians who can now walk to the nearer prayer centre of St Teresa of Calcutta
Picture of Some of the elderly who will benefit from the church built nearer to them; We Shall Go To Them.
Some of the elderly who will benefit from the church built nearer to them; We Shall Go To Them.
Picture of Over 70 children below 14 years of age attended the first Mass at St Teresa of Calcutta Prayer Centre
Over 70 children below 14 years of age attended the first Mass at St Teresa of Calcutta Prayer Centre

 

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