Scout News 2019-2


Mwapoleni bane konse uko muli. Tulesubila muli umutende. Bane, icilye ca ba National Knesset calipingula no kusuminisha pali iyi milandu:

1. Ubwalwa
Ubunwenshi bwa bwalwa mukwai Yusufu onse tali no kunwa ubwalwa pa cintubwingi (all public places) neci e cikalenga ukumufunga nangula ukumutamfya.

NOTE: Takuli ukwinigila mu cikulwa ca bwalwa (muli Bar) mu uniform ya ba Yusufu. Nga twakusanga ni instant dismissal!

2. Ukupela Amafumo:

Mwe balumendo ala ukupela amafumo te funde lisuma ku bena Kristu bonse, Cawamishapo waupa elyo mwakwata abana no mwina mobe. Kanshi Yusufu nga wapela ifumo uli no kwiminina mu cilonganino mpaka mwawamya umulandu obe no kubwelela ku nsaklamenta ninshi nomba naiwe waba Yusufu nakabili.

We mulumendo Yusufu nga wapela umukashana wa cikatolika ifumo, ala muli no kufungwa capamo mpaka mwawamya imilandu; ukubatisha umwana no kubwelela ku lukalistia capamo.

3. Abamayanda:

Umucinshi kuli imwe bonse ba Yusufu mwe baupa. Kanshi na ifwe tuli munuma yenu mu kumikoselesha ukuti mufwile ukuwamya icupo cenu e kutila ukupoka icupo mu nghanda ya kwa Lesa (Church). Katolika mwine mwine uwaupa asanga insansa ukupitila mu nsaklamenta ya cupo. Kanshi twamulomba bonse ukucincila muli ici epo icilye tacilamifunga. These decisions were made and will be implemented as of today.

Reg. Fees
1. Abalipile Registration Fee:
St. Andrew’s
St. Monica
St. Joseph
EPELA. Tulemikokomesha ukupwisha bwangu mwe bashala bonse.re.

2. Membership Fees
Twalipoka membership ukufuma:
St. Andrew’s: 9 Yusufu
Chinsali: 10 Yusufu
Single Memberships received:
Chipasha Tresford, Mateo, Sichilima Mwansa, Emiton Silunguta (Chibaye) Charles Malama na Evans Muchemwa.

In the last issue we forgot to mention that our
Assistant National Scoutmaster is Mwansa Sichilima from Chinsali. Our apologies.

LENT – Kwaleshima

The prayer of Ash Wednesday gives as the program for Lent:
“Apo twatampa ino nshita ya Kwaleshima, tuletasha Lesa Shifwe pa kutupela ino nshita ya luse. Natumulombe ukuwamya imitima yesu no kutukosha mu citemwiko cakwa Mweo Mutakatifu: We Mfumu utwafweko ubushiku bwa lelo apo twatampa ubulwi bwesu ubwa bukristani pakuti mu kulwisha shetani tumone ukuipangasha ne canso ca kuikanya. Twakulomba ku maka ya kwa Yesu Kristu Imfumu yesu. Amen
The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism. Preparation for Baptism and for renewing baptismal commitment lies at the heart of the season. Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has reemphasized the baptismal character of Lent, especially through the restoration of the Catechumenate and its Lenten rituals. Our challenge today is to renew our understanding of this important season of the Church year and to see how we can integrate our personal practices into this renewed perspective.Prayer, fasting and almsgiving
The three pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The key to renewed incorporation of these practices is to see their link to baptismal renewal.
Prayer: More time given to prayer during Lent will draw us closer to the Lord. We pray especially for the grace to live out our baptismal promises more fully. We should pray for the candidates who will be baptized at Easter and support their conversion journey by our prayer. We should pray for all those who will go to confession (including ourselves) during Lent that they will be truly renewed in their baptismal commitment. Prayer means also that we start reading the bible again. 15 minutes a day should be possible for all of us. We should also take part in communal prayer like the “Station of the Cross” on Fridays. Praying daily the rosary is another idea in Lent, or the rosary of liberation. The idea in all the prayers is that we renew our commitment to Jesus our Master again.
Fasting: Fasting is one of the most ancient practices linked to Lent. In fact, the paschal fast predates Lent as we know it. The early Church fasted intensely for two days before the celebration of the Easter Vigil. This fast was later extended and became a 40-day period of fasting leading up to Easter. Vatican II called us to renew the observance of the ancient paschal fast: “…let the paschal fast be kept sacred. Let it be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible, prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the Resurrection may be attained with uplifted and clear mind” (Liturgy, # 110).
Fasting is more than a means of developing self-control. It is an aid to prayer, as the pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God. The first reading on the Friday after Ash Wednesday points out another important dimension of fasting. The prophet Isaiah insists that fasting without changing our behavior is not pleasing to God. “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own” (Is 58:6-7).
Fasting should be linked to our concern for those who are forced to fast by their poverty, those who suffer from the
injustices of our economic and political structures, those who are in need for any reason. Thus fasting, too, is linked to living out our baptismal promises. By our Baptism, we are charged with the responsibility of showing Christ’s love to the world, especially to those in need. Fasting can help us realize the suffering that so many people in our world experience every day, and it should lead us to greater efforts to alleviate that suffering.
Abstaining from meat (abstinence) also links us to the poor, who seldom have meat for their meals. It can do the same today if we remember the purpose of abstinence and embrace it as a spiritual link to those whose diets are sparse and simple. That should be the goal we set for ourselves: a sparse and simple meal. On Ash Wednesday and on Holy Friday we are asked to just have on meal in the evening. That is real fasting. The catholics in Ethiopia are fastening from sunrise to sun set that is from morning to evening and they only eat in the evening. For all the 40 days! They give us an example.
Almsgiving: It should be obvious at this point that almsgiving, the third traditional pillar, is linked to our baptismal commitment in the same way. It is a sign of our care for those in need and an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given to us. Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life we began when we were baptized.
Why 40 days of Lent?
The number 40 has many references:

  • Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai with God (Exodus 24:18)
  • Elijah spent 40 days and nights walking to Mount Horeb(1 Kings 19:8)
  • God sent 40 days and nights of rain in the great flood of Noah (Genesis 7:4)
  • The Hebrew people wandered 40 years in the desert while traveling to the Promised Land (Numbers 14:33)
  • Jonah’s prophecy of judgment gave 40 days to the city of Nineveh in which to repent or be destroyed (Jonah 3:4).
  • Jesus retreated into the wilderness, where He fasted for 40 days, and was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1–2, Mark 1:12–13, Luke 4:1–2). He overcame all three of Satan’s temptations at which point the devil left him, angels ministered to Jesus, and He began His ministry. Jesus further said that His disciples should fast “when the bridegroom shall be taken from them” (Matthew 9:15), a reference to his Passion and since then we also fast and prepare for Easter for 40 days.

Other News:
– Nathan Mulenga, born 1986, died in Chilonga Hospital on 18 March 2019, We buried him on 20 March in Mpika. R.I.P.

– The visit of the German Scouts in July has been canceled. They will not come.
– The diocesan men’s pilgrimage to Nabwalya has been confirmed. We are tasked to prepare it. More when details are out.