Dear Christians of St. Catherine of Siena Parish Kitisuru-Nairobi and all who worship with us, we wish to continue celebrating the Sunday Mass with you. However, because of the precautions given by the government and supported by the bishops for our good, we cannot meet in our church for the time being. As a result, we shall be streaming mass live on all Sundays that these measures are in place beginning tomorrow Sunday 29th March, 2020 at 9 am from our chapel. We request you to follow through the following link. This will help us pray together despite the physical distance. May God bless and protect you all.
Fr. Mulu, OP.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish
Announcements for Sunday 24th January, 2021
Today is the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time and the Sunday ‘For the Word of God’.
1. We thank St. Vincent de Paul and Youth who were on duty today. Next Sunday, 31st January, 2021 will be the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Couples for Christ will be on duty at 8 am Mass and CWA at 10 am Mass respectively.
2. Catechism classes for Adults is every Saturday at 3.00pm and Children every Saturday and Sunday at 12.00pm. Registration is going at Parish office or with the Catechist.
3. Infant baptism class will begin soon. Parents of the Infant are requested to register at the Parish office or with the catechist. Baptism will be on Saturday 13th February 2021.
4. All lectors are hereby notified that there will be a day’s long retreat this Saturday, 30th January 2021 at the Dominican Friars in Karen interested members into the ministry are also warmly invited. You may contact any Lector for further guidance.
5. Those Christians who received 1st Holy Communion last year will resume their Confirmation classes next Sunday, 31st January 2021 at Noon.
6. Due to Lady Hope main fundraiser walk scheduled for this Saturday 30th January 2021 there will be no catechism classes for children and Adult. Also there will be no Bible study class.
7. Fundraising Committee:
Our first Mini Harambee towards finishing our church will be held on 28th February 2021, the Guests of Honour shall be members of the Fund Raising Committee. Kindly note that we shall resume regular Mini Harambees in the coming months and parishioners shall be advised accordingly by their Small Christian Communities (SCC). Those who do not belong to any SCC are encouraged to support our Mini Harambees through our long standing tradition of "sindikisharing" our Guests of Honour.
8. Lady Hope to St Catherine Parishioners:
Receive warm Greetings from Lady Hope team. We wish to thank every Parishioner who has supporter our work with our needy cancer patients over the years. Special thanks to those who have created time to pray with the group, or visit the patients during support group meetings and at our nearby accommodation facility.Because of your love and support, the group has continued to grow strong in faith and in numbers with a renewed hope of better days ahead.
The main fundraiser for this project is an Annual Charity Walk held here every last Saturday of January. Plans for our 7th Walk, scheduled for this Saturday 30th January 2021 at 8.am, are underway and we appeal for your participation on the walk day, by buying T.shirts and Cups sold at our parish office.
9. The Family of Carolynn Nairuti, our Parish Administrative Assistant, wish to express our sincere and deepest gratitude to the Fr. In-Charge, PPC Members and Christians of St. Catherine of Siena Parish for your support through prayers, condolences, moral and financial support during the demise of our loving Mum. God bless you all abundantly.
10. SAINTS OF THE WEEK
Monday – 25th January, 2021 St. Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
Tuesday – 26th January, 2021 Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops
Wednesday -27th January, 2021 St. Angela Merici, Virgin
Thursday – 28th January, 2021 St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the church
Friday – 29th January, 2021 Sts. Papia and Maurinus
Saturday – 30th January, 2021 St. Martina
11. The Fr. In-Charge, and the PPC take this opportunity to officially welcome all those who are worshiping with us for the 1st time and the New Members to our Parish.
Find these Announcements on our Parish Notice Board & Website:-
THANK YOU FOR WORSHIPPING WITH US AND FOR SUPPORTING OUR CHURCH.
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK!
St. Catherine of Siena Parish
Ordination Banns Announcements
26th July 2020
1. “Dominican brother, deacon, Gilbert Andama OP, son of Cadriga Aleti Primo and Draleru Terezita a native of Arivu – Mary Mother of the Church. And “Dominican brother, deacon, Sharbel Privatus Jamhuri Sullusi OP, son of Godfrey Tilulindwa Sullusi and Epiphania Sittini Mapipi from Kanisa Kuu la Mama Mwenye Huruma Shinyanga-Tanzania, are to receive the Sacred Order of Priesthood at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Kitisuru/Spring Valley (Nairobi) by Most Rev. Philip Anyolo, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kisumu on 22nd August, 2020.
2. “Dominican brother, Benedict Musaasizi OP, son of Maria-Roza Korukiiko and the late Emmanuel Munubi of Our Lady of Assumption Parish Rwera (Nyakika Centre, Nyakika Hika). And “Dominican brother, Dennis Malanga Wataka OP son of Bonventure Nalyanya Wataka and Florence Mukhwana Nato, are to receive the Sacred Order of Diaconate at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Kitisuru/Spring Valley (Nairobi) by Most Rev. Philip Anyolo, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kisumu on 22nd August, 2020.
If anyone knows of any canonical Impediments that would prevent or invalidate them from being Ordained, he/she should make it known to the Father in Charge of St Catherine of Siena Parish on or before 27th July2020 at CDB.
Banns Announcement Dates
1. 12th July 2020
2. 19th July 2020
3. 26th July 2020
Approved and Authorized
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Mulu, OP
Father in Charge
St. Catherine of Siena Parish
Marriage Banns Announcements
26th July 2020
1. Marriage Banns: We announce marriage between Duncan Osindi Nyakundi and Mercy Nyaboke Nyabuti. Duncan is son to Roberts Nyakundi and Elizabeth Nyakundi. Mercy is daughter to Richard Nyabuti and Mary Nyabuti. The wedding will take place here at St. Catherine of Siena Parish on 14th August 2020.
Should there be any reason that the above should not wed, do not hesitate to consult the Father in Charge of St Catherine of Siena Parish on or before 10th August 2020 at CDB.
Banns Announcement Dates
1. 26th July 2020
2. 2nd August 2020
3. 9th August 2020
Approved and Authorized
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Mulu, OP
Father in Charge
Good Shepherd Sunday
(4th Sunday in Easter, May 3rd, 2020)
Good morning all!
Today is St. Catherine of Siena Day which we were supposed to celebrate together on 29th April but happened to be a week day. She is Dominican who was known for her holiness, asceticism, and spiritual visions. She was born in 1347 and died in 1380 when she was 33 years old like Jesus Christ. At the time of her birth, there was a plague in Siena, Italy. Being the patron Saint of our parish, let us ask for her intercession that God may heal us from Covid 19 and other illnesses.
It is also a new month, May. It is the month when God’s people express a particular intensity in love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family and so we encourage all of you to pray the rosary daily.
Today is the Good Shepherd Sunday. It is also the 57th Annual World Day of prayer for Vocations. On this day, we are invited to promote vocations to priestly, religious and holy matrimony and to offer special prayers for those nurturing such desires. This annual event was first introduced in 1963 by Pope St. Paul VI.
In view of this year’s observance, Pope Francis published a message on March 8th or 9th, 2020 where he invited the Church to reflect on four key vocational words-pain, gratitude, encouragement and praise. He had also used these four words in his Letter to Priests in August last year.
Vocation is a painful journey and those who assume it is smooth are mistaken. It has a lot of challenges including confusion especially when discerning ones vocation. Even after discerning, the devil is always around to threaten the seed of vocation in us.
It is a gift from God which we ought to always appreciate and that is why the pope singles the word gratitude. Anyone who claims to own his/her vocation as its originator is a liar. Vocation which is itself a call-vocare ‘to call’ is from God. We should embrace it with hearts full of gratitude and hold it as such. We ought to encourage each other especially those who are despairing because of the challenges involved. It is a call to praise the Lord, initiator of this call but not praising ourselves.
The Lord’s call makes us bearers of a promise and at the same time, asks of us the courage to take a risk, with him and for him. The Pope reflects on the call of Simon, Andrew, James and John (Luke 5:1-11 and its equivalent in Gospels of Matthew and Mark) who had a mixed fortune in their catch of fish saying ‘much of life is like that’. Sometimes we enjoy a good catch, sometimes we need the courage to keep our boat from being tossed by the waves and at times we are frustrated with empty nets. It is at this moment that Jesus approaches the fisher men, breaks through the ‘paralysis of routine’ and promises to make them fishers of men.
We too were surprised of the promise of a joy that is capable of bringing fulfilment to our lives, when we met the person to marry or when we felt the call to consecrated life. For this matter, more than ever before, that we require each other to nurture the vocation.
And in today’s readings Jesus presents himself as the Good Shepherd.
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter demonstrates to the world that Christ has been accepted by people of different cultures and that this acceptance will continue because Jesus is the Lord. He is the one who has risen from the dead and so many received him. The number that was baptized increased by 3000 people. The Word of God moved these people to their conversion. This means that the Word of God should disturb us from our comfort zones and form our near normal lives. It should compel us to make a decision for Him who has saved us. Once we meet Christ we cannot be the same again! If we do not accept the Word to disturb us, then the word becomes a story book or a fiction novel which may not transform us.
In the second reading from the first letter of Peter, is an encouragement to completely trust in God even in suffering following the example of Christ who although he had no sin, he suffered humiliation, beating, crucifixion like a robber and was killed…innocently. Suffering therefore should not wear out our trust in God but rather help us cling more unto him.
Peter discourages the attempt to fix conflicts in our society through conflicts warning that this would breed more conflicts in the society. Conflicts can only be resolved in a peaceful manner, a different way from that which caused the conflict.
In the gospel, Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He is different from those who came before him as he says, "I tell you most solemnly, I am the gate of the sheepfold. All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of them. I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full."
He is not looking for his own selfish interest. He is not seeking to mislead the flock but to feed the sheep in better or greener pastures. Actually the greenest pastures.
This good shepherd is the door to the sheepfold that assures the sheep of protection and life in abundance.
And why the door?
In the time of prophet Nehemiah (Nehemiah 3: 1-32), there was a door named Sheep Gate in the temple. This gate led to the Holy of Holies (this is where the Jews believed God dwelt) and was the door though which the sheep and all animals meant for sacrifice would enter the temple. By claiming to be the Sheep Gate, Jesus is presenting himself as the door to God. For us to be with God, we have to pass through Jesus Christ. I am the way (John 6:44). And for one to come to Jesus, the Father has to call him/her (John 6:44). He came to open this door for our relationship with God.
We are called to listen to him because we are the sheep of his flock (Psalm 100:3).
I wish to reflect on one quality of this good shepherd, Jesus Christ which we are called to imitate.
This quality is deep listening
The good shepherd calls the sheep and the sheep listens. He commands respect and that is why the sheep listen. For them to listen and follow, the shepherd communicates to them with love and care. He is reassuring.
During this time of Covid-19, we find ourselves at home almost 24 hours per day throughout the week. This is the time to be closer to each other and practice this quality of a good shepherd. Many people consider this continual time together a punishment and rightly it may be so because many other aspects of life seem to have come to a halt. However, we can take advantage of this time to listen deeply to each other.
As we nurture our different vocations, we can listen to each other, understand each other and forgive each other. Deep listening can be referred to as compassionate listening because it aims at helping the other suffer less. It helps to go deep to the meaning of what one says and feels. Jesus is this kind of shepherd who does not judge us when we come to him (John 8:1-11). He calls us to come to him with our sins and that he will forgive us. It is through deep listening that we are able to forgive others. On the contrary, a bad shepherd is judgmental, misleads and may bring death to the sheep. As parents, we are shepherd to our children. What sort of shepherds are we? Do we listen without judging? Are we open to listen to the frustrations, fears and the pain of others?
In one of the audio books of Buddhism (The Art of Communicating-an audio online book-Thich, Nhat, Hahn), a story is given of a young soldier who went for war leaving his wife with a baby boy of about two years old. The young soldier stayed in war for quite long until the boy forgot him. When he came back, the boy was about five years old but could not address him as his father. One day, the wife went to market leaving the boy with his father. The father wanted to know why the boy does not call him father. The boy told him “you are not my father. My father comes at night and talks to my mother’ at these words, the father became furious thinking that the mother has been cheating on him. When the mother came for the market, he found a changed husband. He was angry and not talking. He started frequenting the village liquor dens and always came home late very moody. The wife tried asking but the husband did not reveal the reason why he changed. As a result, the wife became depressed and not long after, she committed suicide by throwing herself into a river.
After the burial, one night in a dimly lit bedroom, the son saw the shadow of his dad and told him ‘this is my father. This is the one my mother always talked to’. The mother had been telling him that his dad is the shadow because she lacked words of explain to him where the dad was. This made the man to think deeply and come to conclusion that he was wrong to judge his wife when he thought that she was adulterous. But it was too late…she was dead. Had he had a mindful compassion he would have listened to the wife. He would have talked to the wife to establish the truth. She suffered and died because the husband could not to listen to her. The husband was not a good shepherd. This is what many people are going through. To mitigate this, we have to drop our pride and bitterness and listen to each other.
Turning to addictions like alcohol is not a solution. Avoidance is not a solution. We ought to face each other with compassion. This compassionate listening has to follow four very important elements.
May God give us the grace to follow the Good Shepherd and courage to imitate Him…Amen.
By Fr. Emmanuel Mulu, OP
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