ABOUT ST.BALIKUDDEMBE MENGO-KISENYI PARISH
St.Joseph Balikuddembe, the patron saint of Mengo-Kisenyi parish, is better known for St. Balikuddembe market, the biggest and most diverse market in Uganda, for whom it was named. Indeed the very spot of his martyrdom is located right within the market.
Established in 1969 having been part of Rubaga Parish, Mengo-Kisenyi is located in Christ the King Deanery, Kampala Archdiocese and politically it is in Kampala central division.
The current parish priest is Rev. Fr. Expedito Walakira and is deputized by Fr. Godfrey Kato Semmogerere.
The parish has a vibrant education ministry that includes St. Athanasius primary school and St. Jean Marie Vocational Institute.
In terms of health care services there is the Good Shepherd health centre run by the Missionaries of the Poor.
According to Fr. Godfrey Kato, who is also the Youth Chaplain, youths are involved in a range of income-generating activities including Vaseline production, functional and events management entailing outside catering services and decorations.
Other lay movements include the men’s guild, women’s guild, charismatic renewal and various choirs.
Religious congregations in the parish are Missionaries of the Poor (Brothers) and Consecrated and Lay Missionaries in Union of the Holy Spirit.
Fr. Colonnelius Ssekitto, of the Apostles of Jesus, currently serving in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and sister Sylvia Nassozi, a Carmelite sister, who has been transferred to Congo from Rwanda, hail from Mengo-Kisenyi parish.
On 15th November the Patron Saints’ and Parish Day are celebrated.
World Family, Board, Staff and Volunteers of Radio Maria Uganda with Deep Sorrows Announce the Death of Rev. Fr. John Scalabrini who was the Pioneer-founder Director of Radio Maria Uganda whom the lord called in the morning of Tuesday 4th October, 2016.
Fr John, as he is popularly known Passed on Tuesday morning of 4th October, 2016 at St Francis Hospital, Nsambya in Kampala, where he was admitted on Thursday 29th Sept, 2016. He had been battling cancer of the bone for the last three years.
Fr.John will be fondly remembered for founding kindergartens, schools and colleges, including Bishop Cipriano Kihangire Primary School and Bishop Cipriano S.S.S in Kampala. He was also a benefactor to thousands of needy children, especially orphans.
Fr. John Scalabrini, also worked very hard with the Association of Radio Maria Uganda, which saw the inception of the Head quarters of Radio Maria Uganda in 1998 after which live broadcast started on 01st May 2002 in Biina Mutungo Luzira.
Fr John, born in 1934, was an Italian Missionary from Limido Comasco, Italy.
He had lived in Uganda since 1964, as a Combon Missionary Priest spending nearly 30 of those years among the Acholi in Northern Uganda where he built schools, and installed flour mills.
In 1969 Fr John became a Priest. Upon the urgings of Bishop Ciprian Kihangire of Gulu, he built Bishop Cipriano Kihangire Primary School in Kitintale and Bishop Cipriano S.S.S. in Luzira, a Kampala city suburb in whose Memory.
He also founded the non-profit Emmaus foundation Uganda to cater for the needs in education and Heath, among other needs.
The body stayed at his home in Biina till thursday afternoon, then taken to Bishop Kihangire school and lastly to St. James Parish Catholic Church-Biina for a virgil and he was laid to rest on friday 07th October 2016 at 4pm.
Many will surely miss the love and support from Fr.John Scalabrini.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. AMEN
It’s Official: ‘Saint’ Mother Teresa
During Canonization Mass, Pope Francis Suggests to Some 120,000 Faithful to Carry Her Smile in Their Hearts.
“I think, perhaps, we may have some difficulty in calling her “Saint Teresa”: her holiness is so near to us, so tender and so fruitful that we continual to spontaneously call her ‘Mother Teresa.'”
Pope Francis deviated from his prepared text to say this during his homily at the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa, held in St. Peter’s Square this morning.
In his homily, Francis prayed, “May this tireless worker of mercy help us increasingly to understand that our only criterion for action is gratuitous love, free from every ideology and all obligations, offered freely to everyone without distinction of language, culture, race or religion.”
Mother Teresa loved to say, he recalled: ‘Perhaps I don’t speak their language, but I can smile.’
“Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer. In this way, we will open up opportunities of joy and hope for our many brothers and sisters who are discouraged and who stand in need of understanding and tenderness.”
God’s Will in Our Lives
The Holy Father also had the some 120,000 gathered for the canonization think about their own lives: “Our task is to perceive the call of God and then to do his will. But in order to do his will, we must ask ourselves, “What is God’s will in my life?”
He reminded them that, in order to ascertain the call of God, we must ask ourselves and understand what pleases God.
“God is pleased by every act of mercy,” he said, “because in the brother or sister that we assist, we recognize the face of God which no one can see (cf. Jn 1:18). Each time we bend down to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we give Jesus something to eat and drink; we clothe, we help, and we visit the Son of God (cf. Mt 25:40).”
Given this, the Jesuit Pontiff urged all faithful to translate that which they invoke in prayer and profess in faith into concrete acts.
No Alternative to Charity
“There is no alternative to charity: those who put themselves at the service of others, even when they don’t know it, are those who love God (cf. 1 Jn 3:16-18;Jas 2:14-18).”
However, he warned, the Christian life “is not merely extending a hand in times of need.” If it is just this, Francis warned, it can certainly still be “a lovely expression of human solidarity which offers immediate benefits, but it is sterile because it lacks roots.”
On the contrary, the Pope underscored, the task which the Lord gives us is the ‘vocation to charity.’
“Following Jesus is a serious task, and, at the same time, one is filled with joy; it takes a certain daring and courage to recognize the divine Master in the poorest of the poor and to give oneself in their service,” he said, adding: “In order to do so, volunteers, who out of love of Jesus serve the poor and the needy, do not expect any thanks or recompense; rather they renounce all this because they have discovered true love.”
Dispenser of Divine Mercy
“Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life,” the Holy Father reflected, “was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded.”
“She was committed to defending life, ceaselessly proclaiming that “the unborn are the weakest, the smallest, the most vulnerable.”
Continuing to applaud the little sister, Francis noted, “She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”
Mercy Was Her ‘Salt’ and ‘Light’
For Mother Teresa, Francis explained, mercy was the “salt” which gave flavor to her work, it was the “light” which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering.
“Her mission to the urban and existential peripheries remains for us today an eloquent witness to God’s closeness to the poorest of the poor,” he said.
Today, the Pontiff prayed, “I pass on this emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life to the whole world of volunteers: may she be your model of holiness!”
Teresa’s Journey to Sainthood
In a private meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the Vatican months ago, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa, known as Mother Teresa around the world.
Born Aug. 26, 1910, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu would go on to found the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity and the Missionaries of Charity. The order, which started in Calcutta and spread to more than 130 countries, ran hospices for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. Known for her charitable works with the poor and sick, the soon to be canonized saint, died on Sept. 5, 1997.
Immediately following her death in 1997, the Catholic Church began her process of beatification. She was beatified by St. John Paul II in 2002, following the recognition of the miraculous healing of an Indian woman suffering from a tumor in her abdomen. Yesterday, Pope Francis signed off on the second miracle needed, which, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, L’Avvenire, regarded a man in Brazil in 2008 who had multiple brain abscesses, and who, within a day of being in a coma, was cured.
THE NEW BOARD, THE OLD BOARD, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS OF RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
INTERNATIONAL WORLD YOUTH DAY CELEBRATIONS TOOK PLACE IN KRAKOW POLAND FROM 25TH - 31ST JULY 2016.
RADIO MARIA UGANDA MARIATHON
FUNDRAISING DINNER 14TH JULY 2016
Above top are the New Board of Directors and the old Board of Directors with the guest of Honour His Eminence Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala and below that, the staff and volunteers during the Mariathon fundraising dinner 14th July 2016 at International Resource Centre National Water and Sewerage Corporations in Wankoko.