Youth Day Celebrations in the Eastern Deanery of Queenstown Diocese

WIN_20150614_140956The Eastern Deanery had a very great celebration this year. It took three days as it started with supper on Sunday the 14th till the 16th. Regardless of the bad time of exams for our youth but some managed to come. Expected was about 70 but only 40 made it to the celebrations. It took shape at Butterworth-Good Shepherd parish. It was more of a weekend celebration as the youth had three days together to give them a fair time to know one another. On the first day they has something called ‘Zazise‘ where they introduced themselves, names, their parishes, nickname, clan names and all that. There was also some sort of a talent show straight away.

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The second day started with a presentation by Sr. V. Kwinana which took the whole morning session. She talked of the importance of prayer to our lives as Christians. She mentioned to the youth that prayer is a relationship between us and God, it is a direct communication we all have with God. It is not about our feeling she says but persistence. She also mentioned the importance of the Our Father. It became more interesting when the youth asked valid and serious questions about Mass and why do we have repetitive prayers (rosary) as Catholics.

There were sports after lunch which much helped the youth to get to know each other at all levels. This was followed by praise and worship, remember the famous saying of St. Augustine “he who sings prays twice” they joined in this kind of prayer. There was Mass on the 16th by Fr. Thembalethu the diocesan chaplain for the youth and the reflection by Bro. Andisiwe Samente on the theme “Bringing the change in the world through love”. He focused more on the Gospel of the day to love our enemies and those who persecute us. He also mentioned that it is in small things that we can bring change to the world.

There are so many small things that we can do friends and family that can change the world. We can pray for the success of one another which shows how caring we can be. There is a saying by Antonio Porchia that goes, “Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good.” I think really in forgiving as Christians we give and so receive life.

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So much thanks to Rev. Fr. T. Matywatywa for your special care for the youth in our diocese. We thank all those who took not just part but active participation in all activities as the youth also cleaned the yard to show how useful they can be. Let us pray for one another and more especially for many youth to join the consecrated life.

HAPPY YOUTH MONTH!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!! GOD’S BLESSINGS UPON YOU ALL!!

Fr. Thembela

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June-Youth Month in the Central Deanery!!!

IMG_1811 Our youth from the central deanery had a great celebration for the youth month on the 13th June 2015 at Whittlesea. It was the deanery priest’s dream coming true as they saw a great need for this to take place. The attendance was good as well as the spirit among the youth. Mass on this day was celebrated by Fr. Thulani Gubula from Carthcart who challenged almost the whole group. So much thanks to him for such a dedication to the youth and they click with him I guess its because of the age gap. There was an interesting debate by the youth on the Consecrated Life in our times which was so much lively and gave one how the young stars understand this kind of life.

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There was  also the talent show which was very much entertaining. It really tells us that our church is very much rich though we need to take an initiative as the church to help these souls to grow spiritually and otherwise. The total number of the youth was about 68 which is a very good number indeed. we thank all the youth for their active participation and dedication. Together we can do more good people, let us encourage our youth to do their best in church activities and so be responsible in their respective homes.

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Fr. Thembela

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CATECHISM OUR LIFE AND JOURNEY BACK TO GOD

20150619_113758Sr. Peter Snaigo CMDA the Diocesan Catechetical coordinator was up and about very early in the morning on Saturday the 13th June 2015 going to our Holy Spirit Parish-Kentane for the training of sowers in that parish. She reminded the team of their responsibilities as teachers of faith that theirs is to proclaim, live and celebrate their faith. All three activities go together. In proclaiming they communicate the content of the Good News. In living they respond to the Good News in one’s own behavior and then in celebrating they join with the other members of the Christian Community in remembering and affirming the gifts of faith of life that God has given. This celebration takes shape within the parish community as well as in parishioners homes.

A message was sent through that all parishes should elect the committee and the coordinator to support the priest in charge in doing this work as the Chief Catechist in the parish. Sowers  (Abahlwayeli) should re-visit the way they teach and also use their experience of life within the lesson. They must prepare the lesson before they deliver. As a matter of fact, it is very important that we all time and again go back to our catechisms refresh as to be critically aware of the realities of the Gospel Life and open our hearts to the demands of God’s Spirit.

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Friends and family we all need to be catechized I must say. We need to take the catechism very serious from our houses to churches. It is the foundation of our faith that needs to be checked every time and again. It will help us always to realize the importance of the Golden Rule “Do to others as you would have them do to you” Mt 7:12. It will make rich in the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, namely, Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord. We encourage all the parishioners to take part in this task of enriching our lives and faith.

“God looked at everything that He had made, and He found it very good” Gen 1:31, you were wonderfully made by God and you are very good but without God in your life you cannot be good. Have a wonderful weekend.

By Fr. Thembela

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BE SAFE FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, SECURE YOUR SPACE AND SEEK THE LAWYER!!!!!

As I was meditating on today’s Gospel (Mark 12:18-27) and looked at my life story, I came to understand deeply that indeed God isn’t for the dead but the living! This tells me that each one of us should try their best to be holy and blameless before God of the living. He has always been, is and will forever be there for us. He loves us like a parent loves their children. He calls us sons and daughters, meaning it from His heart. This tells us that we need to be vigilant and also be ready for the Kingdom. If we were to talk basing ourselves on our day to day life, I would suggest we check our accounts with our lawyers, are we up to date on our premiums? If not, I would suggest we rectify those. but in our case, we have our lawyer who have powers to stand in for us in this world and also in the heavenly kingdom, are we in good relations with Him?

When we are summoned by the judge or rather involved in legal proceedings we always think first of our lawyers to defend us, as legal wise advert says, “don’t talk to me, talk to my lawyer”. But now I want to draw your attention friends to our lawyer, all He needs is a good relationship. He needs us to be in good terms with Him. Id say, we need to know him and allow Him to know us as well! He is around us, He will defend us from the snares of Satan. He will also defend us from our own selves and our sins. It doesn’t matter how many sins have u committed, if you call on His name, He will listen and welcome you back.

He is always there when you fall. Ask Him for help in this regard and encounter Him in the sacrament of Penance. Meditate a bit on the meaning of Jesus’ Sacred Heart, a heart full of love and mercy. Ask of Him to transform your heart to   be like His. Just think of the instances when Jesus freed you from evil and sin. Ask yourself how can you continue to enjoy that freedom in your life today. I am sure there is nothing you can or rather should do except for being in a healthy relationship with your Creator. Even your conscience will be at peace, why therefore, allowing ourselves to be slaves of the devil? let us pick up our remaining pieces, seek our lawyer who is Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, secure our spaces and be safe for the Kingdom of God that is at hand!!!

He is there, as He was and will forever be! I have seen and still seeing Him and His in me and my life story. I can write a book that no one can hold of His mercies towards me. Let us come back to Him forgetting our own selves. As Isaiah puts it, ‘O God, you will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You’ Is. 26:3. Let us therefore, put our trust and thoughts to Him, He will rearrange us!!!

By Fr. Thembela

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YOU ARE SAFE AND SECURE IN GOD’S PRESENCE

“Yahweh will give strength to his people, Yahweh will bless His people with peace” Psalm 29:11

This morning I want to remind you that you are safe and secure in God’s presence. As human beings we always forget this fact but today remember that you are the most special thing God created. Totally independent of your feelings you are on your way to heaven, nothing can prevent you from reaching that destination. In heaven we will see God face to face, this then tells us that we need to do the will of God here on earth. The will of God is to love all He created, look at one’s eye as if you were looking to God Himself.

We need to be thankful to God for all the great things He has done. Remember, through faith in Christ we are placed in right-standing with God. By faith we are covered with His robe of righteousness. In other words, because we are trusting in Jesus Christ’s righteousness to cover us, God views us as right instead of wrong. His righteousness becomes a shield that protects us from satan/devil. We therefore, need to forget about what we want or like but do the will of Him who sent us to preach and live the gospel. As we know through the sacrament of baptism we were made priests, kings and prophets, Jesus gives us an assurance that he will always be with us, “And look, I am with you always, yes to the end of time” Matthew 28:20b

May the Holy Spirit we renewed our commitment to in a special way yesterday be always with us. Guide our thought and feel our hearts with the love God have for us. In all the difficulties you encounter in life just know that God is there and He will never forsake you. In Him you are more than a winner. Just remember that u are the chosen one of God, remember Jesus’ words towards the end of His ministry, “You did not call choose me, but i chose you and I commissioned you to go out to bear fruit, fruit that will last….” Jn 15:16b. By so being faithful to your calling Yahweh will bless you and give you peace, Psalm 29:11.

 By Fr Thembela

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