Christmas message from Msgr Francis Xavier Mpanga

Christmas message from Msgr Francis Xavier Mpanga

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM MSGR FRANCIS XAVIER MPANGA, ADMINISTRATOR KASANA-LUWEERO DIOCESE

Dear people of God especially those in our diocese of Kasana-Luweero, I greet you with the joy Christmas brings us, the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ!Joy to the World, the Savior has come! This is a time to celebrate our faith in a special way. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”We thank the Lord for the four weeks of Advent during which we have been preparing for this event.As we come to the climax of the season, we need to meditate on the merciful kindness of God. Christmas comes at a time when the end of the year is near.As we celebrate Christmas, we know that the year has been a long one and so much has happened in our diocese, good and bad!Many of you are achievers! Some have completed studies, wedded, produced children, celebrated anniversaries among many others. I would like to congratulate you upon all your achievements! And may the good Lord continue lighting your ways.

SILVER JUBILEE

Our diocese is one of the achievers, you remember very well that on Sunday, March 6, 2022, we celebrated our silver jubilee. I thank you all for what you did towards the celebrations!

BAAFU

I take this opportunity to thank you for the support, in all possible ways, towards the building of our faith. You have been helpful to our Parishes and when it came to the Diocesan annual fundraising to support the Bishop’s work, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Fund [BAAFU] which was climaxed on Sunday, November 6, 2022, you again did very well despite the times when most businesses were just picking up following the protracted lockdown that saw even some collapsing. I am so grateful, may the good Lord reward those giving hands of yours more abundantly.And on the other side, many have experienced sorrow, hardships here and there. You have lost loved ones, you have sick relatives with some being hospitalized. We pray to the Lord to comfort you in the trying times.

SECURITY

And still on the sad note, in our diocese this year, we have had cases of insecurity that have left many worried and anxious. For instance we have been reading about cases of armed attacks which started at Kiwumpa in Luweero town council along the Kampala-Gulu highway where security personnel manning a traffic road block were killed and guns taken. Later in Busiika still in Luweero, a police station was attacked and officers killed and guns taken, then later we heard about a case in Kapeeka, Nakaseke district, where a related attack took place. Then recently, a security guard at a Micro Finance in Wobulenzi Town Council was attacked and shot dead after the assailant made away with his gun. All these have happened in our diocese which covers three districts Luweero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola.As we celebrate Christmas, I would like to ask the concerned authorities to address the issue of insecurity. Security is a backbone for the success of all activities we do for a living. When there is no security, things don’t move and development be it morally, social, economic, political among others is retarded.

CELEBRATIONS

As we celebrate Christmas, the end of year (2022) and the welcoming of a new one (2023), please the business community, be considerate on the prices of essentials, we know that after the two-year lockdown, many sources of income were affected, some businesses completely collapsed. Many are still picking up, but as they do, we need to be empathetic and create an environment where everyone can enjoy Christmas.

BISHOP

We are celebrating Christmas without a Bishop, we only have an Administrator. We have a prayer which is in two languages, English & Luganda, please recite the prayer whenever you have an opportunity, so that the Pope gives us a Bishop, we need a Shepherd.

CARITAS WEEK

As we enter 2023, we (Kasana-Luweero Diocese) were chosen to host both the 13th National Caritas Week and the celebrations for the Caritas Golden Jubilee from Tuesday, March 28 to Palm Sunday on April 2, 2023 under the theme: “He who does not work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Please support all the planned activities to make this event a successful one. We need to enhance Unity within the Caritas fraternity in Uganda.

I wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Msgr Francis Xavier Mpanga

Administrator

Kasana-Luweero Diocese