Uganda Martyrs Parish - Mbarara

Uganda Martyrs Parish - Mbarara

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Brothers and Sisters omuri Bikira maria omugabe'kazi w'eneema zoona mukama n'abakunda? Nimbashaba munyaambe munsindikire eshaara z'eihe. Ahabwokuba Tessera yangye ekamburaho ntakazikwasire mu mutwe. Or send those prayers on my mtn 0772353144. Nasigara ndi Javira. Nju ya zaabu sanga presidium. Mukama abakume.
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Good morning my fellow Catholics.Luke 1:37 en Jeremiah 29:11.
Good morning brethren. Nimukagire obusingye!
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Hello, I am coming to Mbarara soon and would like to know what time your Sunday mass is, please. Thank you. I am looking forward to praying with you.
Members of Uganda martyrs I need your help ninyeda Ku hinduka kuringa omu ba Protestants to Catholic one nanibuza niba ninyetanga omu Zaire wabatismu naza kutebwaho
You are highly invited for the conference at Uganda Martyrs primary School from today 17-20 May 2018 come and be filled with the Holy Spirit
help mi tel mi the tym ov 2mrwz mass
Long Live Our Priests. Rev Fr Kasapuri En Others
Gd Bless You All.
i thank Rv fr kasapuri and fr steven for big work which they done at uganda martyrs parish God blesses u

Uganda Martyr Parish, Mbarara is the catholic Parish of Mbarara town. The parish is committed to the spiritual nourishment of the residents of Mbarara town

This page brings together parishioners and friends of Uganda Martyrs parish. We acknowledge that as a family we need to stay together irrespective of where we are and would love to achieve this through interaction on this page. May the good lord keep and bless all his faithfuls.

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[05/03/20]   Happy Good Shepherd Sunday! May the good Shepherd, who knows you, continue to watch over you!

[04/30/20]   *THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020*

*THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER YEAR A*

*Saint Pius V, Pope*

*Saint Marie of the Incarnation Guyart Religious*

*Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo, Priest*

*Saint Quirinus of Rome, Soldier and Martyr*

*Saint Lawrence of Novara, Priest and Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_“See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptised? ”_

*A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40*

In those days: An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert road. And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless some one guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this: “As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth.” And the eunuch said to Philip, “Please, about whom does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptised?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptised him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesarea.

_The word of the Lord._

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 66:8-9.16-17.20*

_R/. *Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.*_

O peoples, bless our God;
let the voice of his praise resound, of the God who gave life to our souls and kept our feet from stumbling.

_R/. *Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.*_

Come and hear, all who fear God; I will tell what he did for my soul. To him I cried aloud, with exaltation ready on my tongue.

_R/. *Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.*_

Blest be God, who did not reject my prayer, nor withhold from me his merciful love.

_R/. *Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.*_

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia.*_
I am the living bread which came down from heaven, says the Lord; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever.
_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia.*_

*GOSPEL*

_“I am the living bread which came down from heaven.”_

*A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 6:44-51*

At that time: Jesus said to the crowds, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Every one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

_The Gospel of the Lord._

*REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORD OF GOD*

_Theme: *He who believes has eternal life.*_

This Scripture passage reveals to us a wonderful spiritual principle we need to understand and live if we are to grow close to God. It is the principle of being drawn to Jesus by the Father.

First of all, it is important to understand the first part of what Jesus says: “No one can come to me unless…” This tells us that coming to Jesus in faith, growing in that faith, and growing in our love of God is not something we can do on our own. Coming to faith is a response to God’s action in our life. This is important to understand if we wish to establish an authentic relationship with Christ because it reveals to us the fact that we have to let God take the first step in that relationship. When we let Him do this, it is our responsibility to then respond.
Of course this does not mean we just sit back in a passive way waiting for God to reach out. God is constantly reaching out, constantly speaking and constantly drawing us to Himself. So our first responsibility is to tune into His gentle “wooing.” This comes in the form of gentle promptings of grace inviting us to turn more completely to Him and to surrender more fully each and every day.

In our busy world it is so very easy to let ourselves become distracted by the many competing voices. It is easy to hear the pulling, and even pushing, of the world and all its enticements. The world has become quite good at penetrating our
short attention spans and offering quick satisfactions that ultimately leave us empty. But God’s voice and His invitation are quite different. They are found in interior silence. However, we need not be in a monastery in order to achieve this interior silence. Rather, it is achieved by faithful periods of prayer each day, and a formed habit of turning to God in all things. It is achieved when we respond to God’s calling, and then do it again, and again, and so forth. This builds a habit of being drawn, hearing, responding and being drawn in even closer so as to respond again.

Reflect, today, upon how well you listen to God. Try to find at least a few minutes (or more) of silence today. Close your eyes and listen. Listen to God speaking to you. When He draws you, respond to Him with much generosity. This is the best choice you can make each day!

_Lord, please draw me in, draw me close and help me to recognize Your voice. As I hear You calling, help me to respond to You with much generosity. My life is Yours, dear Lord. Help me to desire You all the time.

*THURSDAY BLESSINGS*

[04/29/20]   *WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020*

*WEDNESDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER SEASON*

*MEMORIAL OF SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA, VIRGIN AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH*

*Saint Peter Verona, Priest and Martyr*

*Saint Severus of Naples, Bishop*

*Saint Daniel of Gerona, Hermit and Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_“They went about preaching the word.”_

*A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 8:1b-8*

On that day a great persecution arose against the Church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him. But Saul laid waste the Church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to a city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the multitudes with one accord gave heed to what was said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he did. For unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice; and many who were paralysed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city.

_The word of the Lord._

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Psalm 66:1-3a.4-5.6-7a*

_R/. *Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.*_

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise. Say to God, “How awesome your deeds!”

_R/. *Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.*_

“Before you all the earth shall bow down, shall sing to you, sing to your name!”
Come and see the works of God: awesome his deeds among the children of men.

_R/. *Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.*_

He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. Let our joy, then, be in him; he rules forever by his might.

_R/. *Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.*_

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia.*_
Every one who believes in the Son has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day, says the Lord.
_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia.*_

*GOSPEL*

“ _This is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son should have eternal life.”_

*A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 6:35-40*

At that time: Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

_The Gospel of the Lord._

*REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORD OF GOD*

_Theme: *“I will not reject anyone who comes to me.”*_

One of the simplest moral stories that all of us have heard is that of the thirsty crow. One hot day, a thirsty crow flew all over, looking for water. For a long time, he could not find any. He felt weak, and lost all hope. Suddenly, he saw a water jug below the tree. He flew straight down, and was delighted to see some water inside it! Sadly, he found that the neck of the jug was too narrow and it was impossible for him to access the water. He tried to push the jug to tilt, for the water to flow out but the jug was too heavy. The crow thought hard for a while. Then looking around it, he saw some pebbles and an idea struck him. He started picking up the pebbles one by one, dropping each into the jug. As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level kept rising. Soon it was high enough for the crow to drink. His plan had worked. His thirst had been quenched! The moral of this story is to _"Think and work hard, you may find solution to any problem"._

But when we consider this story from another perspective, we notice that it also shows the deep craving inside every creature, to satisfy one's thirst. One is restless till this thirst is fulfilled. One is impatient till this craving is satisfied. This agitated thirst is also innate in every human being a thirst for the Divine, for the Transcendental. And this thirst, compels humans to search, to seek for the source of satisfaction, for the fountain of fulfilment.

But how wonderful it would be to be knowing and to be convinced that this "thirst" can find its fulfilment only in God. And how wonderful it would be, if all human beings could be properly guided and correctly directed on this path of finding true contentment.

The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus promising this fulfilment and contentment to all those who come to Him and believe in Him - the Bread of Life. Jesus declares, "I am the Bread of Life; He who comes to me shall not hunger and he who believes in me shall never thirst" (Jn 6: 35). The crowds who had been fed by Jesus, by the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, came in search of Jesus probably expecting more. They wanted still more and they express this to Jesus, "Sir, give us this bread always" (Jn 6:34).

In John Chapter 4, we read the story of the Samaritan woman, by the well of Jacob, who had also expressed a similar desire. She said to Jesus "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water" (Jn 4: 15).

This desire to receive bread or water, so that one may not hunger again or be thirsty again, is the innate desire and longing within each human being. Each of us, deep within, are thirsty and hungry wanting to drink water and eat food that will quench the longing, forever.

It is this search that makes people to go out and seek the various sources of satisfaction. Some feel to have found this fulfilment through worldly pleasures and bad habits like smoking, drinking, obsession with sex, power, drugs etc, which only lead to momentary external satisfaction and short-lived bursts of thrill.

Some feel to have found this fulfilment in the various philosophies, new-age patterns of life and naturalistic means of spirituality etc, which may have traces of truth, but fail to provide authentic and fullness of life. But Jesus, today, boldly and unambiguously declares that its only in HIM that true and complete fulfilment of life can be found: "He who comes to me shall not hunger and he who believes in me shall never thirst" (Jn 6: 35). Are we convinced of this fact, that its only in Jesus, that I can achieve true and complete happiness?

Like the Prodigal Son (Lk. 15:11-32), we may have strayed away from this path of truth, to seek our own means and ways to find happiness and satisfaction.
But the Lord, today, calls us back to Him, to His Heart, to His Church, to His Eucharist to experience Him fully.

To those who have strayed, the call of the Gospel, is to come back to the paths of truth. To those who are holding on to Him, the call of the Gospel, is to deepen the conviction, that in Him alone, can the hunger of my soul and the thirst of my heart be fulfilled. To those who have strayed, the Lord invites to build the virtues of humility, docility and openness to the Spirit. To those who are holding on to Him, the Lord invites to build the virtues of patience, firm trust and a passionate longing.

May Jesus, the Bread of Life, always be the source and summit of our Christian living.

_Lord, I want to come to You in my sufferings and rejection. I know You are the Divine Healer and will bring comfort to my soul. Help me to trust You and to let You love me._

*HAPPY FEASTDAY TO ALL OUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS CALLED CATHERINE/ KATARINA/ CATHY.

*WEDNESDAY BLESSINGS*

[04/28/20]   *TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020*

*TUESDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER YEAR A*

*Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr*

*Saint Louis Grignion of Montfort, Priest*

*Gianna Beretta Molla, Physician*

*Saint Valeria of Milan, Martyr*

*Saint Maximus of Durostorum, Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”_

*A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 7:5 1-8:1a*

In those days: Stephen said to the people and the elders and the scribes, “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.” Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul was consenting to his death.

_The word of the Lord._

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 31:3bc-4.5 &7b-8a.17 & 21ab*

_R. *Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.*_

Be a rock of refuge for me,
a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name.

_R. *Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.*_

Into your hands I commend my spirit. You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.
As for me, I trust in the Lord.
Let me be glad and rejoice in your mercy.

_R/. *Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.*_

Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your merciful love. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, secure from human scheming.

_R/. *Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.*_

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia.*_
I am the bread of life, says the Lord; he who comes to me shall not hunger.
_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia.*_

*GOSPEL*

_It was not Moses, but my Father who gave you the bread from heaven._

*A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 6:30-35*

At that time: The people said to Jesus, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”’ Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”

_The Gospel of the Lord._

*REFLECTION ON THE WORD OF GOD*

_Theme: *“I am the bread of life.*_

In reply to Jesus’ implied claim that he was the Messiah and his declaration that He had been sent from Heaven to give Eternal Life to those who believed in him, the Jews demanded a sign from Heaven. Moses, they said, gave a Heavenly sign to their ancestors in the form of manna, rained down on them from Heaven. The Jewish rabbis taught that the promised Messiah would repeat the miracle of the manna as a Messianic sign, and that the prophet Jeremiah would reappear and show the Jews the Ark of the Covenant where the original manna was kept.
Jesus explained to the Jews that it was not Moses but God, his Heavenly Father, who had given them manna from Heaven. He then claimed that he was more than a provider of bread like Moses because he was himself the bread that the Father was providing. In other words, Jesus is the Heavenly manna whom the Father has sent to the world as the Bread of Life. Thus, Jesus clarifies that the manna given to Moses and the people was not the real bread from Heaven, but only a symbol of the Bread to come. Jesus also demands from them an absolute Faith in himself as the Son of God and Bread of Life if they do not want to hunger and thirst again. Jesus uses the metaphor of food and drink to show that He is the One Who really meets all man’s noblest aspirations

Jesus kept his promise, and he continues to feed us with his Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist. So, let us nourish our souls with this Heavenly manna.

Let us also remember that our duty is to carry this Jesus to our homes and workplaces, radiating his love, mercy and compassion all around us.

_Lord, I do long for You. I long to be satisfied. Help me to turn to You at all times and in all things. Help me to always remember that You are what I need and You alone satisfy._

*PRAYER OF POPE FRANCIS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC*

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. AMEN

*TUESDAY BLESSINGS*

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