September 2013

Mpika-Diocese – P.O. Box 450 007 – Mpika – Tel: 0214 / 370 438 – Fax: 0214 / 370 112 – email: contact@diompika.org
September 2013

A newsletter from Mpika Diocese

Important Dates
21 Confirmation at Lwitikila Girls’
22 Confirmations at St. Monica’s Parish

18 blessing of the new Theatre & Laboratory at Our
Lady’s Hospital, Chilonga.
25-28 Pastoral visit & confirmations at Nabwalya

Zambian Church loses its Cardinal
His Eminence, Medardo Joseph Cardinal
Mazombwe, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lusaka,
passed away on 29 August 2013 at the University
Teaching Hospital (UTH). Burial took place at the
Cathedral of the Child Jesus grounds – Pope Square
in Lusaka on 3 September 2013
Our condolences go to the Zambia Episcopal
Conference, Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka and the
Good Shepherd Sisters of Chipata Diocese

OSB, Katibunga
The following second year Benedictine novices will
make their first profession at Katibunga, St. Theresa
of the Child Jesus Monastery on 24 October 2013:
Theodore Tembo, Gabriel Chitambala and John
Vianney Spaita
Congratulations and prayerful good wishes to them

Appointments and Transfers
 Fr. Ronald Kalasani has been appointed Diocesan
Youth Coordinator. He takes over from Fr. Brian
Bwalya who has gone to Rome for studies.
 Fr. Patrick Chibuye moved from St. Andrew’s to
Mulanga Mission
 Fr. Shula Chileshe from Mulanga has been
transferred to Mulilansolo Mission
 Sr. Prisca Banda SCJ moved from Kayambi to
Chengelo in Mpika. Sister is working in the
Accounts office of the ICL

Home Based Care
The Diocese of Mpika has integrated a malaria
campaign into the Home Based Care Program. In
view of this, 100 caregivers were trained in malaria
issues earlier this year from 12 sites of the diocese
namely: Lukulu, Mpumba, Chilonga, Chiundaponde,
Muwele, Kopa, Chalabesa. Chambeshi, Tazara, St.
Joseph’s, St. Andrew’s and Katibunga. Caregivers
were empowered with skills to conduct a malaria
rapid test and to do case management in their
communities to help to decongest Rural Health
Centers. In addition, caregivers are expected to
conduct malaria sensitization campaigns in their
communities with emphasis on indoor residual
spraying, cleanliness and utilization of mosquito nets
as the safest way of combating malaria. Recently 96
caregivers were provided with bicycles and bags for
their work during a colourful ceremony.

Training of animators took place in Ilondola from 5-10 August. About 65 animators participated from all
parishes in Chinsali deanery. The deanery elected
deanery leaders. Each parish is represented in this
executive team. They are to hold their first meeting in
Mulilansolo from 4-6 October 2013.

Nabwalya Parish trained 15 animators from different

Missionary Childhood Rally for Mpika deanery was
held in Chalabesa on 7 September 2013. About 500
children attended from St. Joseph’s Cathedral, St.
Monica’s, St. Andrew’s, Katibunga, Kopa, Chilonga
and Chalabesa parishes. This gathering started with
Holy Mass where the first reading was taken by
Chalabesa and the Second reading by St. Joseph’s
After lunch break, the children went into different
activities like: – Bible quiz, poems, cultural dances
and memory verses.
Congratulations to Katibunga Parish for sending 165
children to the rally.

St. Mary, Mother of God Parish
From 26 August to 1 September 2013, 75 Choir
members of Nakonde; St. Mary Mother of God
Parish drawn from different Centres gathered for a
Seminar for the whole week. This is in line with the
goal of the Year of Faith to renew our faith
commitment. The singers had the opportunity to learn
new songs, new changes in Liturgy and doctrinal
matters. Bravo Choir members!

Mulilansolo Parish
The priests and Christians of Mulilansolo parish are
thankful to Archbishop Chama for administering the
sacrament of confirmation in that parish.
The Christians welcomed the Archbishop on 24
August and then on Sunday 25 August 2013 he
celebrated Mass which was concelebrated by Fr.
Anthony Kapembwa. 39 people were confirmed
during mass. Thus 25 August was a joyous and
memorable day in the history of the parish.
At the end of the Mass the Christians greeted the
Archbishop with various gifts. In his speech the
Archbishop encouraged them to cooperate with their
priests and to pray to God so that HE can give Mpika
Diocese a bishop soon.

St. Monica Parish
There was joy and rejoicing at St. Monica’s Catholic
Church in TAZARA Township, as our Apostolic
Administrator, Archbishop Ignatius Chama bestowed
the Sacrament of Confirmation to over 90 candidates.
The Confirmation ceremony that was held on
Sunday, 22 September 2013 was witnessed by a big
number of faithful.

Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Kashimoto
Fr. Kashimoto writes:
“I celebrated my 23 rd
priestly anniversary in the
theatre, partly on the operation table and in the
recovery room, that is between 0930 and 1300 hrs, on
25 August 2013. I thank God for this. It gave me an
opportunity for some deeper personal reflection on
life and God’s mystery.
I would like to thank all the people that have been
praying and offering novena prayers for me and
trying to uplift me during this trying moment. Sincere
gratitude to all who visited me while at Fairview and
Zambia-Italian Orthopedic Hospitals and all those
who have continued to visit me at ZAF- Lusaka,
where I am still recuperating at my friend’s and
brother priest place, Lieutenant Colonel Fr. Nyambe.
Let me not forget to thank the Medical
Superintendent of Cardinal Adam Memorial
Hospital, Dr Agatha Lloyd, and her dedicated staff
for taking great care of me while at the Hospital. May
God bless you all!”

Sr. Sylvia Kagulura celebrates 25 years:
Sr. Sylvia Kagulura and Sr. Beatrice Mumba LSMI
celebrated 25 yrs of their religious life on 28
September 2013 at Lwitikila. Holy Mass was
presided by Fr. Justine Chomba and concelebrated by
the School’s chaplain Fr. Francis Kasolo in the
presence of many sisters, dignitaries from the
departments of Education, members of staff, pupils
and Lwitikila former members of staff. The liturgy
was lively with the “Babuomba” and the school choir
taking turns in singing while the Stella girls and the
sisters were taking turns in the liturgical dances.
Thereafter, the invited guests, members of staff and
pupils went to Chisonkolo falls for the reception,
being entertained by the Babuomba, Majorette and
the cultural troop from Lwitikila girls’.
Congratulations to the two sisters!

Condolences to
 Fr. Waldemar Potrapeluk whose father passed
away in Poland.
 The Bishop, priests, religious and laity of the
Diocese of Monze on the death of Fr. Smart
Chinyanwa who passed away on 10 September
 Chitalu Bwali who lost his father on 13
September 2013 in Chilonga Mission Hospital
 Theresa Lamya (Bana Esther) whose mother died
on 25 September 2013 in Mpika.
We pray that God will comfort and strengthen the
families in their sorrow and grant eternal rest to
their departed loved ones.

Please note:
October is the Rosary month and so focus should be
on the presence of Mary in the Church. Kindly
make sure that the holy rosary is recited in families,
SCC, Lay Apostolic Movements and at Parish Main