As we come close to Christmas, the biblical texts become more closely related to the birth of Jesus. First a prophetic testimony that Matthew will quote for both the location of Jesus’ birth and the belief that Jesus is ‘God with us. The second reading also suggests the union of human body and divine nature of Christ. Luke brings Mary to our attention, at the point when she is bearing Jesus within her body, but before his birth in Bethlehem. Continue reading Scripture notes – 4th Sunday of Advent, C – 23rd December 2018
The mass opens with ‘Rejoice’ and rose vestments indicate a break with the purple of preparation. Joy pervades the rest of the liturgy, and indeed it is a joyful time of year for many. But not all the time, nor for all. It is worth remembering that the prophets’ calls to rejoice were not usually addressed to people who were already happy, but instead were oppressed, discouraged and doubting. The joy promised by scripture is not the natural emotion when things are going well, but a deep awareness that no matter what suffering and difficulties we have, there is a loving God who will bring us a deeper joy in God’s own time and mercy. Continue reading Scripture notes – 3rd Sunday of Advent, C – Gaudete – 16th December 2018
SHORT INFORMATION OF SAO MIGUEL PARISH AND NUTRITION CENTRE JOSÉ ALLAMANO
Dear Lesley and all parishioners of St. Peter-in-Chains, a lot of greetings from Fr. William Kiowi.
I come through this means to say thank you very much for your contribution of £505 for our Nutrition Centre of Joseph Allamano (Centro Nutricional-José Allamano).
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF SAO MIGUEL PARISH AND NUTRITION CENTRE JOSÉ ALLAMANO
The parish of São Miguel, since its foundation, is characterized by its dedication of integral evangelization: annunciation of the gospel and various initiatives of human promotion and service to all kind of people, such as education and health.
The parish of São Miguel and the Nutrition Centre-José Allamano belong to the district of Cuamba. Cuamba district is situated at the southern part of Niassa province, about 295Km of Lichinga. In the north, Cuamba district borders with the district of Metarica and Mandimba. In the south it borders with the district of Mecanhelas and Gurue of Zambezia province. In the east, Cuamba borders with the districts of Lalaua and Malema of Nampula province, and in the west, Cuamba district borders with the district of Mecanhelas.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE PARISH
The parish of São Miguel is structured in 13 areas and 116 communities. The distance between these areas is from 30Km to 50Km. In these areas we have 350 catechists; these catechists help us in the celebration of the liturgy of the word and the distribution of the Eucharist. They also form other catechists and teach other Christians the way of living the sacraments for example visiting the sick and reconciliation. For a year we baptize 1500 (one thousand and five hundred) children and catechumens, 1000 (one thousand) confirmations, and 320 (three hundred and twenty) marriages.
Following the census of 2007, Cuamba district has got the population of 187,458 and also the district is estimated to have the population density of 30.1 per Km2.
The relation potential economic dependence is of 1:1.2 that is, for each 10 children or old age exist 12 persons of active age.
The population is young, 45% are below 15 years of age, the majority are feminine and agricultural rural habited.
In its married majority, they marry after 12 years of age; they have got a very strong religious belief, dominated by catholic religion. 80% of the population are peasants and depend on agriculture. They cultivate maize and beans for their staple food, tobacco and cotton for cash crops.
NUTRITION CENTRE OF JOSEPH ALLAMANO (CENTRO NUTRICIONAL JOSÉ ALLAMANO)
Our Nutrition Centre of Joseph-Allamano began in 1990 by Consolata Fathers. The intention of the centre was to help orphans and malnutrition children. I, Fr. William, parish priest (Consolata Father) and my two confreres, as well as giving our service to the parish of São Miguel, we also help the running of the Nutrition Centre.
This Nutrition Centre has a lot of economical challenges of its running: First of all our Nutrition Centre depends on the help of donors (benefactors) for its running. Secondly this year the number malnutrition children have been increased from 50 to 85 children.
Looking at the children in need and the increased number of children, I opted to knock the door at St. Peter-in-Chains through our sister Lesley Pippet so that you could help the children in need. Thanks be to God that our sister Lesley in collaboration with the parish members of St. Peter-in-Chains managed to raise £505, we are very grateful for that, God bless all of you. We ask you to continue with this spirit. Let it not be the end instead let it be the beginning. Whatever you have for us it is welcome, even if how little it is, for us it will make the difference for our malnutrition children.
WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR FUND RAISING?
We use it to buy milk: Lactogen 1, Lactogen 2, Cowbell, (Multimistura) the mixture of different products of maize, beans, groundnuts, sorghum, sunflower etc.
Every Saturday the parents in charge of these children come to the centre with their children to collect milk, mixed product and to weigh their children in order to know if there is improvement to their weight or not. Our lady Margarida, the one on the photo dressed white cloth like a nurse, has been working at our centre since 1990 in collaboration with some religious sisters, she weighs children in order to know if there is children’s improvement or not. On week days, Margarida visits the homes of these children who receive the product from our centre in order to know their progress. Our centre always collaborates with the district rural hospital of Cuamba. For example the child before receiving the product from our centre, our lady Margarida refers her/him to the district rural hospital first, to see if a child has got malaria or other sickness. After that the district rural hospital refers a child to our Nutrition centre.
Love and greetings to all parishioners Of St. Peter-in-Chains
In the three-year cycle of Gospels read at Mass, Year B is Mark, the shortest of the four gospels. After reading the introductions in the dozen commentaries at hand with all their differences, I did not feel like writing even a ‘brief ‘one. Yet some background is useful for those who come to the book fresh, or have forgotten details from the last Year B. What Mark seems to call for is – just read Mark. The whole Gospel can be gone through in one sitting, and that is something I recommend doing sometime during this liturgical year. Get your sense of what Mark set out to do, what picture he paints of Jesus. Continue reading A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark
Our parish SEEDs community has now become part of the international family of Faith and Light. These photos by Kayte Brimacombe show us with some of their members who travelled from many different parts of the UK to be with us earlier this month.
It was a very memorable and happy afternoon and there was a wonderful spirit of being at one with each other.
SEEDs meets at St Peter in Chains Infant school hall every first Saturday of the month, 2-4pm – everyone welcome! We are particularly grateful to all the volunteers who help, including the parish Confirmation Group.
In Year A of the liturgical season, the gospel readings at mass highlight Matthew, the first book in the New Testament as we find it now. Since the liturgy can present only short selections, an overview of the book itself and what is found in current scholarship about its background, the author and the meaning, can be helpful for a fuller understanding. Some of this will be taken up in the weekly notes I make available, but here is an overview. Continue reading A brief Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew
Fr Sean used these descriptions of grief from author Edgar Jackson in his holily at our annual Mass of Commemoration for those who have died in the past year on November 18th 2016:
Grief is a young widow trying to raise her three children, alone.
Grief is the man so filled with shocked uncertainty and confusion that he strikes out at the nearest person.
Grief is a mother walking daily to a nearby cemetery to stand quietly and alone a few minutes before going about the tasks of the day. She knows that part of her is in the cemetery, just as part of her is in her daily work.
Grief is the silent, knife-like terror and sadness that comes a hundred times a day, when you start to speak to someone who is no longer there.
Grief is the emptiness that comes when you eat alone after eating with another for many years.
Grief is teaching yourself to go to bed without saying good night to the one who had died.
Grief is the helpless wishing that things were different when you know they are not and never will be again.
I also found this thought while I was seaching for an image to accompany this post:
There is no expiry date on grief.