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Advent season

December 5th, 2017

Advent season

Advent candles

By: Rev. Fr. Peter Kamomoe

The word “Advent” has been derived from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming,”. It is a period of celebration and anticipation of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; a period of preparation to commemorate the dawn of our salvation through the Nativity of our Saviour.  The first two Sundays during Advent (through December 16th) usually look forward to Christ’s second coming, and then the last two Sundays (December 17th – 24th) look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. The Catholic liturgical year begins at the beginning of Advent.

What we learn from the Advent Wreath

Evergreen leaves – symbolize life and freshness

Let us remain fresh with the grace of God

The prickly leaves – Remind us of the thorns of Christ-His deep love shown in the pain he suffered

The circle of the Wreath

It shows the infinity of God. No beginning and no end. Alpha and Omega. First and the last of everything we do.

what we learn from the advent candles

1st week of Advent

Prophecy candle or Candle of Hope-Purple colour

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His Eminence John Cardinal Njue leads Christians in celebrating Archdiocese of Nairobi;Central Deanery Family Day

November 27th, 2017

Central Deanery Family Day Celebrations 2017Mass wedding

The Central Deanery Inaugural Family Day was held on Saturday 25 November 2017 here at Holy Family Basilica and was officiated by His Eminence, John Cardinal Njue. Key among the activities that took place was the solemnization of marriages for forty couples from the twelve parishes of the Central Deanery and blessing of couples who were commemorating 50 years or more in Holy Matrimony. The celebration was attended by thousands of jubilant Christians from the Central Deanery. The twelve parishes represented were;

  • Holy Family Basilica
  • Peter’s Clavers
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace-South B
  • Francis Xavier-Parklands
  • Shrine of Mary Help of Christians-Don Bosco
  • Consolata Shrine
  • Catherine of Alexandria-South C
  • Catherine of Sienna
  • Pauls University Chapel
  • Holy Trinity Parish-Kileleshwa
  • Austin’s Catholic Church

Click the link below to listen to the full homily from the main celebrant-His Eminence John Cardinal Njue

His Eminence John Cardinal Njue Homily

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Purpose of the Holy Mass

November 10th, 2017

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - 2015/10/18: Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass for the canonization of four new saints in St. Peter's Square in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrates the canonization of four new saints: Vincenzo Grossi, Mary of the  Immaculate Conception and Louis Martin and his wife Zélie Guérin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the first-ever married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. (Photo by Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN – 2015/10/18: Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass for the canonization of four new saints in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrates the canonization of four new saints: Vincenzo Grossi, Mary of the Immaculate Conception and Louis Martin and his wife Zélie Guérin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the first-ever married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. (Photo by Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) 


To praise and worship God

God is infinite, eternal, and all-powerful and His greatness and goodness ought to fill us with amazement and enthusiasm. We should always praise and worship Him before, during and after the Holy Mass. Praising and worshiping God unites us with Him. Always pay special attention to the Gloria and the Sanctus.

Thanksgiving

God is infinitely good with all the good things we have coming from Him: life, family, sanctifying grace, faith, the sacraments, and the gift of his Mother… And so many other natural and supernatural gifts. It is therefore good to give thanks. Unite yourself to our Lord in the Mass, giving thanks, and you will see how you also become more optimistic as a result, because … Read More


Today’s readings

October 23rd, 2017

Friday 15, December 2017

Advent Weekday

To access daily readings for Ordinary Time year A click: Daily Catholic Mass Readings


Roman missalFirst Reading 

 Isaiah 48:17-19

17Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. 18O that you had hearkened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; 19your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me.”

Responsorial Psalm

 Psalms 1:1-4, 6

1Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4The wicked are not so,
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October the month of the Rosary

October 19th, 2017

Adapted from; Messenger of Mary Immaculate magazine-September-October 2017  issue

OctOur lady of the Rosaryober is traditionally known as the month of the Holy Rosary. This is the month when we beseech our Mother to bring us closer to Jesus through praying the Rosary more. This tradition has no clear origin. However, it is connected to the October 13th of the 1917 when the last of the monthly Marian apparitions took place in Fatima, Portugal. These apparitions for Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta had started in May 13th of the same year. Other sources connect October with the feast of our lady of the Rosary which falls on October 7th.

Initially, the feast was known as of that of our Lady of Victory. This was as a result of a Christian military victory in the battle of Lepanto of 1571. It is until 1573 that Pope Gregory XIII named it as Our Lady of the Rosary. Subsequently, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was celebrated as a feast of the universal Church for the first time in 1716. In the recent times, we have witnessed the feast of Saint John Paul II (October 22) who is a celebrated devotee … Read More


Fostering Christian growth through Psychological well-being

October 17th, 2017

Various-basilica-activities-004How Psychological wellbeing leads to a happy life

Psychological well-being is the ability of an individual to realize one’s potential and how to cope up with normal stresses of life and work productively and fruitfully and contribute to the community. Simply speaking, Psychological well-being is a person’s subjective assessment of the general presence of pleasure and absence of pain, which is sometimes referred to as happiness.

Spiritual wellness

Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose. Spirituality can be represented in many ways, for example, through relaxation or religion. But being spiritually well means knowing which resources to use to cope with issues that come up in everyday life

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness relates to understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress. It is important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources so you can learn and grow from experiences

Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This realm encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment. … Read More


Novena to the Holy Spirit 26th May – 3rd June 2017

May 26th, 2017

Day 1 – Friday, May 26, 2017

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

Let us pray

O, God, who has taught the hearts of your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of same Holy Spirit we may always be truly wise and ever rejoice His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen           

O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler! I adore you as my True God.
I offer You my whole heart, and I render You heartfelt thanks for all the benefits You have bestowed upon the world.

You are the author of all supernatural gifts and enriched the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, with all favors, I ask you to visit me by Your grace and Your love.

Amen.

Day 2 – Saturday, May 27, 2017

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

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Holy Week 2017

April 6th, 2017

Join us as we gather in REMEMBRANCE of Christ’s Last Supper and our call to serve our brothers and sisters. MOURN as we reflect on Christ’s painful death and crucifixion, and as we CELEBRATE the central act of our faith and of our salvation. COME and worship with us during The Holy Week as we celebrate the central mystery of the church year.

PALM SUNDAY

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Luke 19:38 – “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Palm Sunday pics

HFMB Christians at a past Palm Sunday event

Mass schedule with some adjustments

07:00 a.m – Swahili Mass
08:15 a.m – English Mass
10:00 a.m – Swahili Mass
11:50 a.m – English Mass
06:00 p.m – English Mass

Palm Sunday is when Christians recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But it is also  known as the Sunday of the Passion, for the joy of the triumphal entry soon dies away as the heartbreak of Jesus’ suffering and death begins to unfold.

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter; thus marking the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of lent. The … Read More


Ash Wednesday Schedule

March 1st, 2017

1st March 2017 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Holy Family Minor Basilica will have celebrations of the Holy Eucharist, with the imposition of ashes at

 
 Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
6:00 a.m Swahili Mass
7:00 a.m English Mass
8:30 a.m English Mass
11:00 a.m English Mass
1:00 p.m English Mass
3:00 p.m English Mass
5:00 p.m English Mass
6:00 p.m English Mass
7:00 p.m English Mass

Please note that there will be no distribution of ashes outside the mass. Do observe the timings to avoid inconveniences.

 
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World Marriage Day

February 12th, 2017

Family life board message for Sunday 12th Feb 2017

Today, 12th February 2017 is world marriage day.   World Marriage day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of February every year to honour husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of the society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily marriage life.

Nelly & Francis Njuguna presenting host and wine during mass cebrating World Marriage Day

Nelly & Francis Njuguna presenting host and wine during mass cebrating World Marriage Day

It’s celebration started in Louisiana, New Orleans, USA in 1981 as “we believe in marriage day”. It was later adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s National leadership. In 1983, the name was changed to World Marriage Day (WMD) and in 1993, St John Paul II, the then Pope, imparted his Apostolic Blessing on word marriage day.

The theme for WMD has been permanently adopted as “Love One Another”. This phrase is the commandment given to us by Jesus in John 15:12. It speaks to us in a simple but challenging way of how our Father wishes us to live daily. Our Lord Jesus Christ defined love as “On one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” (John … Read More