March 2004


A Newsletter from Mpika Diocese

March 2004

Important Dates

8 April Chrism Mass St. Josephs
26 April Administrative Board meetings H/Q
27-28 April DPC ICL
29 April Sisters in Charge meeting Chilonga
30 April Diocesan health Board Chilonga
1 May Opening of St. Josephs church Cathedral
3-5 May ZEC Executive Lusaka


Bishop Mpundu and twenty-two priests attended the meeting of the
Presbyterium at ICL from 9 to 12 March. The theme of the meeting was 10
years after the African Synod comes home: Self-sustainability of the local
Church. The facilitators were Fr. Marc Nsanzurwimo, M.Afr. and Fr. Thomas
Matthaei the Treasurer General.

Mpika Deanery meeting

Mpika deanery meeting was held on 2 March 2004. All the communities of the
clergy were represented. In attendance were also representatives of the
religious communities of Chalabesa, Chilonga, H/Q and Chengelo. A
well-prepared reflection and mass focused on the care of children in line
with this years Lenten message. There was active participation in the
deliberations by all present and it was hoped that this spirit and good
attendance would be maintained in future.

Chinsali Deanery meeting

Chinsali deanery meeting was held on 9 March 2004 at St. John the Baptist
Parish in Chinsali. The Popes Lenten theme, which calls for special
attention to the little ones was discussed in depth and the meeting resolved
to bring this message to SCC, lay movements and CCJP groups. Fr. Telesphore
Tafuna was elected as the new Dean replacing Fr. Albert Chanda who is
MPAZACDC representative to the DPC.

Welcome to

  • A warm welcome and best wishes for a fruitful apostolate in Mpika Diocese
    to Sr Susan Lukonde SCJ who joins Ilondola community.

Farewell and Gods blessings to

  • Sr. Elizabeth Kaoma SCJ who has moved from Chengelo community and Sr. Patricia Mwalula LSMI from Chalabesa to Kasisi Orphanage.
  • Sr. Deodata Mwewa who joins Chengelo SCJ Community from Ndola Diocese.

Get well soon

The condition of Fr. Patrick Chibuye has improved and his leg is showing
signs of healing even though it is a slow process. After being discharged
from the Italian Hospital he spent some weeks at St. Dominics and Mpima
Seminaries to rest. He still has to go back to the specialists for periodic
review. God be praised for answering our prayers. We are also grateful to
the staff and students of both seminaries for the hospitality and care
accorded to Fr. Chibuye and his guardian angel Fr. Ndawa. We wish Fr.
Chibuye complete recovery.

CAYA – BCP (Youth Office)

  1. Four CAYA BCP facilitators of Mpika diocese went to Mumbwa at the
    invitation of Peoples Action Forum (PAF), an NGO based in Lusaka. While in
    Mumbwa, they conducted BCP, Life skills and value workshops to 150 youth for
    one week and 70 of these were from Mumbwa Parish. Mr. Clement Mumbo who had
    been in Mumbwa for 10 weeks was joined by the four youth facilitators
    namely: – Chansa Chiluba, Mercy Kasoma, Humphrey Mwamba and Edina Zulu.
  2. The CAYA BCP facilitators are planning to visit the following Parishes
    to conduct Initial BCP and training workshops so as to prepare youths for
    Home Based Care Programmes/services: – Nakonde, Isoka, Chalabesa, Mulanga,
    Serenje and Ilondola (16-29 March 2004). This is to be supported by CRS in
    the office of HBC.
  3. CAYA HBC facilitators 2004 has seen over 50 of the CAYA facilitators
    into various colleges especially teaching colleges. This is an investment
    for the diocese.

Diocesan Liturgical Committee

Again this year has organised a seminar for choir leaders from parishes. The
requirements have already been communicated. DATES: – 3-9 May 2004. VENUE: –
St John the Baptist, Chinsali. PARTICIPANTS: – 10 choir leaders per parish
drawn from choir (ingomba), Abaomba, Bamushika nyimbo inclusive. WHAT TO
BRING. – Check the report from Chinsali deanery Mushika Nyimbo (composers)
seminar, Isoka. The conditions of last years seminar apply to this years
as well. We are asking you, the parish teams to help us communicate this to
your parish choir leadership.


Rejoices to announce the increase in population by two of the CTC in
February. Our congratulations go to Mr/Mrs. Richard Kabaghe and Mr/Mrs. Paul
Mulenga for the new baby girls. Both couples from Isoka are familiar with
SNFP methods and we hope they will be fully qualified as facilitators by the
end of their course.


The Parish Priests should bring their holy oils vessels in time for the Mass
of the Holy Oils on Maundy Thursday, 8 April 2004 at St. Josephs Cathedral
at 09:30 hrs. Priests, Religious and laity are welcome to attend this

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He will be put to death, but on the third day he will rise again HE HAS RISEN, AS HE SAID. ALLELUIA!

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