Sunday, the 8th of January 2012, the feast of Epiphany when the Church celebrates Christ as being the Light of the world, turned for the congregation of St. Theresa’s Mission in Queenstown into an event, worthy to be written down into the chronicles of the diocese.
In occasion of his first pastoral visit to the Mission, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Dabula Anthony Mpako, new Ordinary of the diocese of Queenstown, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation to 27 members of the congregation.
In a church, packed to full capacity, the bishop spoke about the importance of that sacrament and explained that every confirmed member has to be a true asset to the Church by making use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which turns them into “shining examples” in a world, so often deprived from grace, joy, happiness and peace. Every confirmed member has to be in his or her way precisely that what the star of Bethlehem meant for the three wise men coming from the East, in search for the “King of Kings”, the Messiah…
Assisted by Fr Edward Tratsaert SAC, the Priest in Charge of the Mission and Fr Leopold Scherer, the Priest in Charge of Centane, who still recovers from the chock of a brutal attack upon him at his mission station, Bishop Dabula could enjoy the splendid liturgy in the sacred atmosphere of the church, and afterwards the friendliness and sympathy of the faithful he met during a finger lunch.
Once it was all over, the church showed its grandeur in the silence of God’s presence. The eternal light in front of the tabernacle inviting us to bow head and knees in adoration and the star above the Christmas Crib told us that God came to us indeed and that He will be with us till to the end of this world.
Fr Edward Tratsaert SAC