Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
►Readings retrieved from http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant forever.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in
At the general audience, the Pope speaks of the need for a true catechumenate, for “we play all our lives with love yet love can’t be played with” “We cannot talk of “preparation for marriage” with three or four parish classes”. The Pope said so at the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square: what is needed is true catechumenate, for “we play all our lives with love yet love can’t be played with”.“The call to married life thus requires a careful discernment of the quality of the relationship and a time of engagement to verify it. To enter the sacrament of marriage, engaged couples must mature the certainty that in their bond there is the hand of God, which precedes and accompanies them, and will allow them to say: “With the grace of Christ I promise to be faithful to you always”, the Argentine Pontiff said.
“They cannot promise fidelity “in joy and pain, in health and in sickness”, and to love and honour each other every day of their lives, only on the basis of goodwill or of the hope that “things will work out”. They need to be based on the solid ground of God’s faithful Love. “The … Read More
”Christmas is a period of restoration of
mankind to the state of Grace which
facilitates the spiritual and physiological
wellbeing which suggests a holistic
wellbeing of a human being”
Christmas is usually preceded by a season of anticipation of Christ’s birth; the Advent season. It is only in the shadow of Advent that the miracle of Christmas can be fully understood and appreciated, and it is only in the light of Christmas that the Christian life makes any sense. The first two Sundays during Advent (through December 16th) usually look forward to Christ’s second coming, which means that we are preparing to share the glory of God in the life eternal.
The last two Sundays (December 17th – 24th) look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. It reminds us that when Jesus was born, God became man/woman and dwelt among the human family. This season serves as a time that we embrace Jesus Christ in our lives and families. A time that Christ continues to enlighten the world and perfect our relationships with God and with one another. We use this period to ask for God’s total guidance of our lives so that we can always live a meaningful and … Read More
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
Lit on the first Sunday of Advent; Signifies virtues of … Read More
Central Deanery Family Day Celebrations 2018 update
The Archdiocese of Nairobi, Central Deanery, will be celebrating its annual Family day on 24th November 2018, at Shrine of Mary Help of Christians Don Bosco Upper Hill Parish Nairobi. The main celebrant will be His Lordship Bishop David Kamau and once again couples from the twelve parishes will solemnize their marriages. This is the time families come together to connect and spend time with each other. The Holy Family Basilica is happy to have hosted the Inaugural Family Day that was held on Saturday 25 November 2017. 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 watch and listen to the whole celebration … Read More
One of the 2017 successes was registered when HFMB Council members participated in the Central Deanery Recollection held at Resurrection Garden on 10th June 2017. This event was organized by PPC Executive of HFMB and KNH Chaplaincy.
The main facilitator was Fr. Lukwata
Recollection Notes & Personal reflections
By: Rev. Prof. John Lukwata
INTRODUCTION: Word on Christian Leadership
Word of appreciation to all members of the Central Deanery on the day of recollection (PPC) and for your leadership roles in the Deanery: To Paul Kasimu and Judith Gondi for the invitation to share with you. I have had a chance to interact with some of you at Holy Family Basilica and St. Paul’s Chapel. I am sharing some reflection on Leadership in the Church and something on the Boy Child.
To be a leader is a noble duty in the Church.
Leaders would emulate the example of Jesus Christ Our Lord: who came not to be served but to serve and to give up his life as a ransom for many (Mk.9:42-45).Bishops and Clergy exercise leadership in the framework of service. Lay leaders exist to build the Body of Christ in diverse roles: in SCCs, Parish Council, with the… Read More
By Susan Nduta Gitau►
The writer is the Vice Secretary of St. Dominic Small Christian Community►
There are some things that follow people when they get married. Such are the issues that unknowingly tend to ruin marital relationships. It is important for everyone desirous of getting married to know the common causes of problems in marriage, and to appropriately work on them before they ruin the marriage. It is good to discover the benefit of enhancing a sound marriage rather than letting the relationship become terminally ill and in need of a miracle cure. You must watch out for the following if you want a good marriage:
Failure to adjust
Getting married is a transition from one stage of life into another. You can therefore not afford to live just like you did while you were single. You thought and planned things alone, but after you get married, you ought to adjust to include your spouse.
There are people whose social skills are not developed enough to handle certain issues. Some partners would therefore nag at mere telephone calls from an individual of the opposite sex – worse still their contacts in the spouse’s phone. Marriage demands social … Read More
By: Communication Team◊◊◊
Sow and cultivate peace as Christians
◊◊◊Dear reader, peace has brought us this far, and we pray that it continues to prevail in our Churches, in our families, and in our hearts. But how really can this peace be promoted and enhanced at the family level, if not at all levels? We attempt to sow seeds of love nurturing in the family, we must overcome the forces that compete with peace and disrupt all the good intentions we mean for our families. The world needs peace, the family needs peace.
As Christians, our weapon is the inspired word of God. A random search for peace is unending, but we pick the lines below to guide and remind us that it is indeed God’s purpose that every family be centered on love and peace; two valuable gifts that we highlight as the theme that drives our stories and features in this edition.
To sow these seeds of peace and love, we are reminded to:
- Develop a positive view of each other.
Philippians: 2: 3-4, advises:
“Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior.”
Give our undivided attention.
Titus 3:1-2 reminds us … Read More
By: Communication Team ◊ ◊ ◊
- Don’t complicate life. We won’t be here forever. Once this day is over, it’s gone forever. Your time is too valuable to waste on nonsense.
- No matter what knocks you down in life, get up and keep going. NEVER GIVE UP. Great blessings come as a result of great perseverance.
- Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.
- Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don’t give up.
- Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
- Disappointments were not meant to destroy you. They were meant to strengthen you and give you the fortitude to accomplish your God-given destiny.
- We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but by appreciating what we do have.
- Your child will follow your example, not your advice.
- One day, you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
- Associate yourself with people of good quality. For it is better to be
By: HFB Communications Team
◊◊Put simply, the Oxford dictionary defines love as a strong feeling of deep affection for something or somebody, especially a member of your family or a friend (Hornby, 2015). This article will adopt for a working definition of love as an intense feeling of affection for family members, friend and everyone alike. I refer to love rooted in God and expressed in our daily interactions with neighbors. Love, it is said, conquers all! Love in our families surpasses the rest. Jesus called it the new commandment, saying: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).
Love is our ‘identity’ “By this shall everyone know that you are my disciples if you have the love for one another (Jn. 13:35). Finally, Jesus described the love of God and neighbor as the two greatest commandments (Mt. 22: 37-39). These and similar texts in the scripture underscore the importance of love in the life of the believer. We should nourish the love in our families and home. A happy and loving family is indeed a wonderful thing. Suffice to ask at … Read More