The Catholic Diocese of Kitui celebrated the Chrism mass at a colorful ceremony at Our Lady of Africa Cathedral, Kitui on 31/03/2021. The ceremony was presided over by the Rt. Rev. Joseph Mwongela, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui. In this liturgy, priests and people gather with the bishop for the blessing of the holy oils that will be used in parishes in the coming year – the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumens and the oil of Chrism, from which the Mass receives its name.
In his homily, the bishop urged the priests to be prayerful so that they may gain more strength to soldier on with the work of evangelization. He also reminded them that in order to bring and proclaim good news to all the people they must respect the sacraments, the Holy oils and the priestly ministry. “Let the people whom you are serving experience the presence of God and be close to Him,” He added
The bishop also emphasized on the importance of having hope and joy especially during this time of Covid.
In his speech, the bishop requested for a good collaboration between the clergy, religious and laity in a bid to fulfil the mission of Christ as well as the mission and vision of the diocese of Kitui. He cautioned all the people to follow the Covid 19 set guidelines by the Ministry of health and avoid endangering the lives of others.
Speaking during the same occasion, Rev. Fr. Mark Musyoka who spoke on behalf of KEDPA chairman, urged the priests to value the solid being of priesthood. He challenged all the priests to protect and love the identity of priesthood. “My dear brothers, don’t lose the sense of priesthood, protect the identity and love it,” he said.
Rev. Fr. Jefferson Mutinda who is the pastoral coordinator, applauded the bishop for his support in priestly ministry and on behalf of all the priests promised to be obedient and serve the God’s flock tirelessly.
During this mass, the priests renewed the vows they made during their ordination.
The bishop announced to the faithful that Rev. Frs. John Munyoki and Nicholas Ngulutu are back to the Ministry after being out for some time.