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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, November 17, 2017

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Patroness of the Third Order (Feast)

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


Roman missal

Readings from the Franciscan Lectionary

First Reading

Sirach 26:1-3, 15-18, 24

 
1Happy is the husband of a good wife; the number of his days will be doubled. 2A loyal wife rejoices her husband, and he will complete his years in peace. 3A good wife is a great blessing; she will be granted among the blessings of the man who fears the Lord. 15A modest wife adds charm to charm, and no balance can weigh the value of a chaste soul. 16Like the sun rising in the heights of the Lord, so is the beauty of a good wife in her well-ordered home. 17Like the shining lamp on the holy lampstand, so is a beautiful face on a stately figure. 18Like pillars of gold on a base of silver, so are beautiful feet with a steadfast heart.

 

Responsorial Psalm

Psalms 31:4-5, 8-9, 20, 24-25

 
3Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress; for thy name’s sake lead me and guide me, 4take me out
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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


Season Of Advent

December 1st, 2016

The term advent is derived from Latin “adventus” which means “coming”.  The pagans used the word to mean the coming of their god.  The term also meant the visit of a king to a city or the coronation day of the sovereign.

Early Christians (around 600 AD) purified this understanding and advent became a period of intense preparation for Christmas.  It therefore originated in the early church as a short period of intense preparation for celebration of the nativity/ birth of our lord Jesus Christ. It slowly came to be structured into the four weeks of advent we have today.

 Advent has twofold character and therefore divided into two.

  1. From 1st Sunday to 16th In this period the focus of the liturgy, i.e. readings, prayers are on the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
  1. From 17th December to 24th December when the focus is on Christmas. This time Christians are invited to observe a Novena, intensify their prayers; prepare their hearts through repentance to receive Christ in their hearts during Christmas.

At times we concentrate on what to slaughter, dress code, sites to visit etc. at the expense of interior preparations.

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Harvest Announcements

June 30th, 2016

We wish to thank Parishioners for the excellent support in the successful conclusion of the following projects handled in the Parish in the recent past:

  • Cardinal Otunga Plaza
  • Painting of the Church – internal and external
  • New Toilet Facilities
  • Shifting of Parish Office
  • Support to Our Lady of Fatima – Kiriko (twin Parish)

The above projects have cost a total of Kenya Shillings 180 million. Thank you one and all for the tremendous effort.

The Parish now wishes to embark on the next phase of development and to take on a dear project of expanding the capacity of our Adoration Chapel alongside obligations to the Archdiocese for which we are appealing for your support

Prayer is at the heart of our Christian life and it is important we improve on the facilities that we use for this by enhancing the environment to support deeper prayer life. We also need to continue to support the evangelical work done by the Archdiocese in preparing Clergy and Religious, assisting in setting up new Parishes, Charity Work and Education and Health Services

The two obligations will need Kes. 40 Million Kes. 35 Million for the expansion of Adoration Chapel and Kes. 5 Million for … Read More