KM 345 /12/ 2016 September – December 2016
“Glorify the Lord with me; together, let us praise his name.” (Ps. 34:4)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Advent and Christmas: Seasons of Grace
Advent is a time of grace preceding Christmas. It is a time when we are called upon to be watchful, alert as we are preparing for the coming of the Lord. More importantly, it is a time to open our hearts for cleansing through the grace of repentance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.. Hopefully and undoubtedly, this time has helped us to worthily prepare interiorly for the coming of our Redeemer, Jesus, the Son of God.
Then follows Christmas – which at times is misunderstood or misinterpreted as a mere time of enjoyment or partying; rather as a time focusing on the Incarnation of Jesus, the Son of God reflecting on the role of the Holy Spirit , Mary and Joseph in this historical redemptive event.
Christmas is, therefore, a wonderful time. It recalls the greatest event in history, namely, the Incarnation, when God’s Son came down on earth to confer on us the dignity of the children of God. In this sense it is not correct that Christmas be merely seen as about children. It is about us all. We may consider ourselves very ordinary, but nobody is ordinary any longer ever since Christ came on earth.
The world of today is in danger of drowning in bad news: every day the media reports about killing, crimes, war, gender-based violence, poaching, pollution of Mother Earth and corruption, just to mention a few. In this context, the world continues crying out for good news. But the best news of all is the news brought by the angel to the shepherds: “Behold I bring you good news of a great joy for all the people. This day a Saviour is born to you. He is Christ the Lord.” We should, therefore, during this Christmastide open our hearts to receive the good news and share it with others around us.
As the New Year 2017 approaches, let us make the above-mentioned reflection part of our resolutions slot. May God accompany us with his love into the New Year.
Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year
to each one of us!
N E W S N E W S
- PRIESTLY ORDINATION
This year few young Seminarians and Scholastics are completing their studies and are discerning for the next step. Let us keep them in our prayers. I call upon all the Deanery Vocation Teams to work harder and aggressively in promoting vocations to both Priesthood and Religious Life.
- DIACONATE ORDINATION
I am happy to announce that I have ordained Rev. Deacon Thomas Tshiningayamwe and Rev. Deacon Felician Negongo, as permanent married Deacons at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish of Oshikuku on 17 September 2016. I have assigned them as mentioned below and are to work under the guidance of their respective Parish Priests.
- Dc Thomas: Omutaku Parish-Oshikuku Pastoral Region-Omusati Region
- Dc Felician: Oshakati Parish-Okatana Pastoral Region-Oshana Region
I wish them well in their new ministry of service.
- LECTORS AND ACOLYTES
I have installed as lectors and acolytes the three Seminarians: Paulus Tomanga, Martinus Nangwasha, Jeronimo Kateya at St. Charles Lwanga Seminary on 29 September 2016.
|Amutanga||105||St. Peter –Narraville||7|
|Oshakati||111||St. Mary’s Cathedral||56|
|Okatana||153||Corpus Christi –Wanaheda||39|
|St. Joseph’s Döbra||18||St. Augustine-Soweto||117|
|St. Boniface-Pionierspark||35||Maria Assumpta-Ojiwarongo||42|
Let us pray for these newly confirmed Catholics to be actively involved in the life of the Church. Congratulations!
- PROFESSION OF VOWS: TEMPORARY/FINAL
- Final Vows
- Holy Cross Sisters:
Sr. Juliana Naita Nandjaa HC made her perpetual consecration at
St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish on 11 September 2016. Congratulations!
- 2 First Vows
- Benedictine Sisters of Oshikuku: The following Novices have pronounced their first vows in St. Therese Parish, Oshikuku on 08 December 2016:
-Novice Genita Francisca Latenda Alberto OSB
-Novice Eunique Mwapumbwondunge Liileimo Altino OSB
-Novice Metodia Rosalina Lidinikeni Venacio OSB
- Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC)
The following Novices will pronounce their First Vows at St. Anthony Parish-Otjiwarongo on 04 January 2017:
-Novice Emiliana Ndahambelela MSC
-Novice Dominica Naapopye Moses MSC
Let us accompany them all with our prayers.
- CHURCH BLESSING /JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
6.1 Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) – celebrated the 200 years of their existence during this year 2016. The Oblates were founded by St. Eugene de Mazenod (1782-1861) in France in 1816. Their mission is to bring the Gospel to the poor and the most abandoned. To date the Oblates continue the missionary spirit-always at the disposal of the local church in 67 countries. We shall never forget all the departed missionaries who were instrumental to the work of Evangelization in Namibia. The festivities were concluded with the solemn Eucharistic celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral on 10 December 2016. Congratulations.
6.2 Golden Jubilee:
Sr. Veronika Kamati,OSB celebrated her Golden Jubilee of religious life at Petrus Canisius Parish, Anamulenge on 13August 2016.
May the Lord shower many more blessings upon you.
- TRANSFERS AND APPOINTMENTS
7.1 Fr. Leon Niyonkuru OMI has been transferred from St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish to Bunya Mission. Thanks Fr. Leon for your contribution.
7.2 The following Fathers have been recalled and re-assigned to new duties by their respective Congregations:
– Fr. Lukose Permumannikala, MSFS
– Fr. Oliver Inchody, CMI
– Fr. Cyriac Kannezhath CMI
7.3 Fr. Nicolaus Mokhatu –has been transferred from Swakopmund to Pionierspark Old Age Home of the Oblates.
- GENERAL INFORMATION
- Barbara Potchka retired officially after a long time of medical service in Nyangana and Oshikuku respectively on 04 November 2016. Definitely, she will be remembered for her selfless sacrifice in health sector not only within the Catholic Church but also by general public which has benefited immensely from her service. The farewell proceedings were attended by the Vicar General. Fr. Werner Afunde (Lt Col) in Oshikuku on behalf of the Archdiocese. Dr. Barbara, we are indeed grateful and thankful for your contribution and we shall keep you in our prayers.
- Closing of the Holy Door: it was conducted on 20 November 2016, to officially mark the end of the extra-ordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. I do hope that it has been a time of spiritual grace in experiencing God’s unconditional mercy. I would like to thank all the priests, Deacons, religious, and laity in the Archdiocese for your facilitation /co-ordination in making this fruitful to all of us.
- The Office of the Chancery of the Archdiocese will be closed on 09 December 2016, and reopen only on 01 January 2017. Thank you for your understanding.
- I will be on my annual retreat from 26 December to 31 December 2016. Please keep me in your prayers.
- Welcoming Event of our New Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter B. Wells
30 January 2017 – 18h00 Eucharistic Celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Windhoek
– 19h00 Short address by the Nuncio followed by Reception
Invited guests: Priests, Deacons, Religious, Seminarians and Religious Formandees, Catholic Parliamentarians, SMO-hospitals and matrons, Principals of our schools. In this way the delegation will be representative of the Archdiocese.
*Priests and Deacons: Please bring along your alb/chalb and green stole.
*Those who are married, feel free to bring along your spouses.
Please confirm your attendance with office of the NCBC- Secretary General Fr. Linus Ngenomesho OMI. Telephone 061-224798, cell no. 0813862137.
Thanks in advance for your positive response.
- Statistics and Reports
This is a reminder for all institutions to submit your statistics/reports to the Chancery by 31 January 2017. They should be duly completed and signed:
-Motor Vehicles: insurance
-Parish Pastoral Report: to be compiled by each parish priest.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for your work and contribution to the work of evangelization during the year 2016: Parish Priests, Priests, Deacons, Religious Superiors, Schools and Hostels Staff, Health facilities staff, all workers in our Catholic institutions and all laity in our parishes. On behalf of the Archdiocese-Myself and Vicar General would like to express our appreciation for your engagement in making our work a SUCCESS.
- PRAYER FOR THE SICK
Let us not stop to pray for our fellow brothers and sisters who are sick in the hospitals or recovering that the Lord may bestow his healing touch on them.
- IN MEMORIAM
We do remember and pray for our deceased brothers and sisters in the vineyard
of the Lord as well as our departed relatives.
- Linus Ngenomesho OMI, the NCBC Secretary-General has announced with sadness the death of his beloved father, Mr. Salom Sheelongo Ngenomesho (born, 1916). He died at the age of 100 years old on 01 September 2016, and was buried at his home Parish of Okatana on 07 December 2016. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Magdalena Jason and seven children.
- Benedikta Schmidt OSB passed on at Swakopmund on 26 August 2016, and was laid to rest on 30 August 2015. She was 88 years old.
- Leopoldine Shivolo OSB passed on suddenly at Mariabronn Mission (Grootfontein) on 01 December 2016, and was buried at RCM Oshikuku Cemetery on 10 December 2016.
- Brother Wilhelm Gerhard Dickmann OMI died in the R.C. Hospital on 09 August 2016, and the funeral was held in Dőbra on 16 August 2016. He was born in Bochólt, Germany on 25 January 1929. He arrived in Namibia in 1957.
May the souls of all our departed brothers and sisters rest in God’s eternal
One can define Christmastide as a feast of the heart, the Light of Christ, connecting with God and a time where one experiences the Incarnation as a mystery of Love. The mystery of the Incarnation is a central mystery within Christian faith. Why would God want to take on a human flesh? Why would an infinite power want to limit itself within the confines of history and a human body? It can be said in a nutshell that in the Incarnation, God took on human flesh – the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus walked the roads of Palestine. He could be seen, touched and heard. It constitutes the very heart of the Christian faith. It is a mystery of Love. No wonder Christmas is such an important feast. In Jesus we see our God made visible, and so are caught up in love of the God we cannot see.
With these few reflections, I wish you a Blessed Christmas
and a Prosperous New Year.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
+Most Rev. Archbishop Liborius N. Nashenda OMI
ARCHDIOCESE OF WINDHOEK