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Picture of A cross section of participants during the meeting
Pastoral Commission Holds Review Meeting

By Moses Raymond Kamanga

Two heads are better than one is an old adage but its relevance is ever new. Believing in this adage, the Pastoral Commission of the Diocese of Karonga has brought together all its key players in the Commission to review some of the activities it carries out for better continuity.

Picture of A cross section of participants during the meeting
A cross section of participants during the meeting

Opening the meeting at Viphya Lodges in Chilumba, Father Joseph Sikwese, Head of Pastoral Section and the Bishop’s Secretary, mentioned that the meeting is necessary because it gives a better chance for interfacing, bringing ideas together, sharing challenges and together moving forward as a unit as “two heads are better than one”.

“The meeting is important because it brings all players in the Pastoral Commission together. We have Parish Priests from all the parishes in the Diocese, Chaplains, Catechetical Methodology Advisors and other stakeholders including the diocesan radio (Tuntufye FM Radio)” said Fr Sikwese.  Also in attendance is Monsignor Denis Chitete, who is the Vicar General, Chairperson of the Diocesan Pastoral Commission and Administrator of St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral.

The meeting scheduled for two days (27th and 28th of February) is aimed at among others receiving reports from departments under the Pastoral Commission and reviewing the Sunday School Project activities and ironing out challenges for effective pastoral ministry.

In an exclusive interview with the Chairperson of the Pastoral Commission, Monsignor Denis Chitete, stressed that the review meetings of this kind are very beneficial for they help to look back and check where things have gone well to be upheld and those that have posed challenges to be done in a better way.

“In general terms, I would say the Pastoral Commission has been on a good pace and the reports are encouraging. From the time we launched and started using our new catechism, we have made a lot progress,” said Monsignor Chitete.

First Eucharistic Celebration at St Teresa of Calcutta Prayer Centre

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