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Bishop’s Word

A son has been given to us… this is the name he has been given: ‘Prince-of-Peace’” (Is.9:5)
“Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today… a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Lk 2:10-11)
Dear brothers and sisters,
This message is for us today. Message of hope in a time filled with challenges and problems “like poverty and disease, ignorance, political instability and incessant economic and social malaise as well as cultural practices that degrade humanity” (Diocesan Synod: Message, 2). We live in a time of doubt, crisis, anxiety. Our world, our communities, each one of us, are in need of salvation. We need to be healed of greed, pride and selfishness, which are some of the root causes of the mentioned evils. The message of Christmas encourages and strengthens us: “Do not be afraid! A Saviour has been born to you”.
It is in him, in Jesus, God made man, Emmanuel, that we find the healing hand, the forgiveness of our sins, the light and the way to a truly human life.
If we are “convinced that the first and most specific contribution of the Church to the people of our Diocese is to proclaim the Gospel of Christ” (Diocesan Synod: Message, 1), then let us open wide our minds and hearts to him and his message so that, identified and fused together with him, we become ourselves “gospel”, “good news” for others, especially for the poor, the suffering and those our society rejects.
The year is coming to an end. It has been a year of grace for us. May God reward every good work you have done.
During the coming year 2015, at the invitation of Pope Francis, we will join our religious Priests, Brothers and Sisters in thanksgiving to God for the great gift of their Consecrated Life. We will pray with them and for them. We will be inspired by their different charisms and their total self-giving to Christ in the Church, and in generous service to all.
May the grace of Christmas fill us with the joy of being in the world “instruments of reconciliation, justice and peace… messengers of repentance, conversion, forgiveness, life, hope and love” (Synod Prayer).
I wish you all a blessed joyful Christmas and New Year, accompanied by the prayers and motherly care of Mary.

+ Albert Serrano

MESSAGE OF THE SYNOD
DIOCESE OF HWANGE
FIRST DIOCESAN SYNOD
17th   NOVEMBER - 7th DECEMBER 2014

“IN THE LIGHT OF THE RISEN LORD TOGETHER WE WALK”
‘Go therefore and make disciples…’ (Mt 28:19)
Preamble

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, on the 1st of May 2011, our Bishop Albert Serrano, convoked the Diocesan Synod. None of us knew exactly how this first synod would evolve. Needless to say, the synod would not have been possible without the leadership of the priests, religious and the various focus groups in the parishes and missions. Today would not have been possible if sharing of ideas and feelings about the Church we cherish was not done in love and commitment.
We the synod members, gathered with and under the authority of our Bishop on the theme, “In The Light Of The Risen Lord Together we Walk” are very pleased to present to you a synopsis of deliberations on the issues affecting the ministry of the Church in the Diocese, which hopefully, will evolve into our Diocesan Pastoral Plan/Directory.
All the themes and issues dealt with at the Synod were already discussed at grassroots level in groups across the Diocese through the questionnaires. The results of these discussions were compiled into the Working Document that served as the basis for the deliberations at the Synod sessions. We used two types of sessions; namely, small groups by languages and plenary sessions. The aim of the small group sessions was to look at the reflections on the Working Document presented in the Synod and elaborate concrete propositions. On the plenary sessions propositions were further discussed and voted.
With love and gratitude we issue this message to you while awaiting the final document from our Bishop Albert Serrano.
 Evangelization
1.         The Church exists to evangelize. This is her mission and essence. We are convinced that the first and most specific contribution of the Church to the people of our Diocese is to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Our commitment comes from a change of heart, and a change of heart comes from conversion to the Gospel. In this light, we accept our responsibility as “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5:20). We remember the words of St Paul “woe to me, if I don’t preach the gospel” (1 Cor 9:16). In this regard, we recognize and encourage all members of the diocese, clergy, religious and lay faithful to coordinate our work with that of the Local Bishop in order to become joyful messengers of the good news.
The Synod emphasizes the need for Small Christian Communities as a way of being church and a means of evangelization.
The new era of evangelization with its challenges and opportunities promotes small Christian Communities, with the model of Church-as-Family. It perceives a need for re-evangelization of all Catholics by fostering an encounter with Jesus. It also saw the need for greater outreach to lapsed Catholics and to those who do not belong to any church. Our dream is for the entire Church to be an evangelizing Church; that all members, Clergy, religious and laity, see themselves as sharing in the evangelizing mission of Christ.

2.         Our Synod of the Diocese takes place at a time our country is confronted with recurrent challenges like poverty and disease, ignorance, political instability and incessant economic and social malaise as well as cultural practices that degrade humanity. We therefore should not be afraid, less still, be discouraged by, the enormity of the problems of our Diocese. We encourage you to remain steadfast.          
3.         The Synod assembly addresses first the Priests, who are the necessary and closest collaborators of the bishop as agents of evangelization, to continue taking good care of the flock of God. We encourage them to re-embark on that primary duty of proclaiming Christ which they assumed at their ordination with fresh impetus, up-dating and renewing themselves with knowledge both religious and secular.
4.         Next, we address you the religious. The Diocese appreciates your tremendous contributions in the areas of education, health and to be more involved in parish pastoral work. This Synod further calls on all to continue to recognize and support you.
5.         We also address you, the lay faithful of the Diocese. Your effective witness in all the areas of human endeavor in which you live and work is apparent. Your great contributions in the Church as catechists, church leaders, and your active role in associations and movements are also there for all to see. The Synod asks you to renew your commitment to Christ in the church.
6.         In a very particular way, we address you, the youth in our communities. You are not just the future of the Church with us you are the Church. You should be in the forefront of positive social change and instruments of peace. We feel the need to pay particular attention to you. You are often neglected, left adrift as targets for all kinds of ideologies and sects. You are the ones most often recruited and used for violence. We urge all of us in the Diocese to consider the apostolate to the youth a priority.

7.         The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Let the little children come to me. To such belongs the kingdom of God” (Mt 19:14). The Synod has not forgotten you our dear little children. You are always the object of our care and attention. But we also acknowledge and are anxious to positively use your enthusiasm and effectiveness as active agents of evangelization, especially among your peers. You shall be given adequate space, facilities and direction to organize by setting effective methods of catechesis adapted to your age. We are grateful to all who dedicate themselves to the apostolate of children in the diocese. You are our hope for a better future of the diocese and we urge you to remain close to Christ and the Church.
8.         We encourage you all – priests, religious and lay faithful – agents of evangelization, never to turn back from the course you are already taking, but above all seek new ways of even greater efficiency. Therefore, the advocacy for pastoral care directed to persons and groups not traditionally emphasized, is very pertinent and timely.  This is not to say that those traditional structures of evangelization such as, parishes, pastoral centers, schools, health centers, religious movements and associations no longer retain their validity. On the contrary, they are the established pillars on which the new ones stand and are sustained.
9.         The Pastoral Centers facilitate the training and on-going formation of pastoral agents. We encourage ourselves in the Diocese to actively participate in programs that help our growth in faith and commitment in life as salt and light to the earth. We want to support them fully to take care of this task.
10.       Lay movements and associations in the Diocese have achieved much as agents of evangelization. They are very vital for evangelization and Christian formation. We encourage them to embark on diligent information of the lay faithful on their aims and objectives so that they not appear to be competing with one another and dividing rather than uniting the Body of Christ. We urge that the translation of the literature of these lay movements and associations be available to accelerate familiarization to our people with their content and style. Priests are admonished to intensify efforts at accompanying and nourishing the lay faithful in their efforts for spiritual growth.
11.       We acknowledge the contribution of the Diocese to education. Our schools are among the best. Authentic education must be integral and well- rounded embracing both academics and an appreciation of the core values of the Gospel. We encourage all Christians to be involved in this noble venture. Families must not discard the responsibility to educate their children.
12.       We restate that Catholic health centers in the Diocese are not only places to provide medical care but also avenues to evangelize. For this reason, every patient should be treated with dignity and loving attention. We earnestly acknowledge and appreciate the dedication of all the health workers in the Diocese and urge them on. We urge the Christian faithful to pay regular visits to the sick within their vicinities. Priests of the diocese should also remain committed to their ministry to the sick.
13.       We all must not forget, however, that the Church evangelizes primarily through proclamation of the Word of God and sustains that proclamation through witness of life. We, therefore must be people properly rooted in the Word of God. The twelfth ordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops focused on the Word of God in the Life of the Church and the Second Vatican Council has given an important teaching Dei verbum on Divine Revelation. We highly encourage Christians to learn more about Holy Scriptures and to use the bible at personal and group level. Meanwhile, we praise the Diocese for the existing Bible in Nambya, and encourage its use.
14.       We recommend the Diocese to make policies on catechetical issues and make use of the RCIA. We encourage that the translations of the catechetical and liturgical material be made available in Dombe.
Ongoing Formation for Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful
15.       Since education is a life-long process within and beyond the school halls or classrooms, the Synod resolves its commitment to promoting ongoing formation in view of the pressing challenges to evangelization. The synod strongly recommends on-going formation for priests, religious and the laity in specific fields of competence.
Conclusion
16        We thank the Lord for the work done at the Synod. May He protect us and help us to grow in holiness and sanctity through his grace.
May He pour out His Holy Spirit anew on all so as to be renewed in our commitment to the service of evangelization in our various ministries.
Through this synod may the Lord teach us to listen to Him and may He be our source of strength and guide for a more effective evangelization in our diocese.
Lastly, we entrust ourselves anew to the maternal care of our Lady, the Immaculate Conception. May her unfailing love never cease.
May God bless you.
Delivered at St Ignatius Cathedral Hwange 7th December 2014

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

SYNOD OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: AN INSIDER’S VIEW

 

LETTER FROM CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLS OF THE SYNOD IN  ROME

 My brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,
Today I would like to tell you a little about the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held in Rome on the theme of the pastoral challenges facing the family in the context of evangelization. I was privileged to take part in this two week meeting. I found it a rich and moving experience.

You may have heard or read that this Synod has been about changing the teaching of the Church on marriage, family life or sexual morality. This is not true. It was about the pastoral care that we try to offer each other, the 'motherly love of the Church', especially when facing difficult moments and experiences in family life.

You may have heard that the Synod represented a 'defeat for Pope Francis' or that he was disappointed at its outcome. This is not true. At the end of our meeting Pope Francis spoke at length about his joy and satisfaction at its work. He told us to look deeply into our hearts to see how God had touched us during the Synod, and to see how we may have been tempted away from the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Synod, he insisted, has been a spiritual journey, not a debating chamber.

In fact, the very word 'synod' means making a walk or a journey together. That's what we did. Our journey was an exploration of all the problems facing the family today, from the effects of war, immigration, domestic violence, polygamy, inter-religious marriages, to cohabitation, the breakdown of marriage, divorce and the situation of those who have ended a valid marriage and entered another union, another marriage. The vastness of the picture and the suffering it represented was, at times, overwhelming.

We also looked at the great joy of family life and the importance of marriage at its heart. We listened to husbands and wives speaking of the difficulties they had overcome, the struggles they face and the deep joy they experience in their mature marriages and family lives. They were moving moments. A lovely description of the family was offered: the family as 'a sanctuary of holiness' with emphasis always on the sharing of prayer at the heart of family life.

Pope Francis set the tone. He asked us to look reality in the eye; to speak openly from the heart; to listen humbly and respectfully to each other. This is what we did. There was no rancor, no contestation. There were disagreements, of course. But he told us to live through the experience with tranquillity and trust. And we did. It was a marvellous experience of the Church as a family and of the Church, at this level, hard at work, trying to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and express them in carefully chosen words.

During the Synod we worked on various documents which were trying to catch the views and desires of all the participants. By the end I believe we got there. So the Synod ended with a 'Synod Report' on which we voted, paragraph by paragraph. The votes indicated, quite simply, where agreement was more or less total and where it was not. This Report now forms the starting point for the next Synod on the family, to take place in a year's time. The theme of this next Synod, in October 2015, takes us on from where we left off: 'The Vocation and Mission of the Family Today'.

Central to the work of the Synod that has just ended was the desire to strengthen and reinvigorate the pastoral practice of the Church. A central principle for this pastoral care emerged clearly: that in trying to walk alongside people in difficult or exceptional situations, it is important to see clearly and with humility all the good aspects of their lives. That is what comes first. From this point, we learn to move together towards conversion and towards the goodness of life that God has for us and that Jesus opens for us all. This positive approach flows right through the 'Synod Report' and I hope will increasingly shape our attitude towards each other.

This is especially true with regard to individuals who, for example, have decided to live together without marriage or for Catholics in second marriages. These realities are part of their journey in life and while not in keeping with the pattern the Lord asks of us, their lives are often marked by real goodness. This is the basis for our care of them, for our approach to them, our invitation to them, to come closer to the Church and deepen their faith and attend carefully to its call. We say this confidently because it is within the call of our faith, the call of Jesus to each one of us, expressed in the truth of the Gospel and treasured in the Church, that our deepest happiness is to be found.

There has been much talk about how the Synod reflected on the situation of people of a same sex attraction. There was no suggestion that the teaching of the Church might somehow give approval to the notion of 'same-sex marriage' or that its teaching on sexual morality is to change. However two things were very clear. The first is that we should never identify people by their sexual orientation. Every person is endowed with unique dignity, both as an individual and as a Christian. This dignity is always, always to be respected. Secondly, it is the teaching of the Church that they are not only to be respected but also always accepted, with compassion and with sensitivity (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2358). This teaching has to be translated into loving care, in our daily life in the Church, in our parishes, and indeed in society.

But Pope Francis went a little further. He spoke of 'the Church composed of sinners.....that has doors wide open to receive the needy, the penitent and not only the just.' He spoke about the duty of pastors always to welcome into the Church those in difficult situations or in trouble. Then he corrected himself saying that we, as pastors, were not simply to welcome them but to go out and find them, just as the Good Shepherd did for those who had drifted away.

At the end of the Synod, in his closing address, Pope Francis said this: 'Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront; to give answers to the many discouragements that surround and suffocate families......May the Lord accompany us and guide us in this journey for the glory of His Name.'

So that is what we must do. I hope, in a while, I will be able to put before you ways in which your prayer and reflection on these themes can be a contribution to this ongoing work of renewal in the life of the Church, in response to the unfailing love of Jesus, under the leadership of Pope Francis and always in union with him.
 Yours devotedly

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster

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PASTORAL CENTRES

Tusimpe Pastoral Centre
Short report on the catechist course conducted at Tusimpe Pastoral centre from 2012-2014
For some years, we had been conducting short courses for voluntary catechists. Lasting two or three weeks during the year, that is one week or less each term. However following the example of other centers like Shingai in Gokwe or Dingindlela in Jotsholo we saw the convenience of having longer courses for these catechists who are helping so much everywhere, but who very often lack a good knowledge of our faith as well as the teaching method and practice.
The idea was brought up to the Zonal Pastoral Council (ZPC) of Binga zone in 2011, to find out the responses from the different parishes. We had in mind to follow Jotsholo’s Mission pattern, that is, three weeks each term for three years. Though the idea was widely accepted,  but they thought that in the first term of the year few people would attend as it was a time to be in the fields  hence we followed the pattern of Gokwe Mission,  that of two full months for three years. +like that we started in June 2011, followed by October 2012. Even the month of October was hard for all, trainers and trainees, because Binga is a very hot place, and again, towards the end of the month many want to be already preparing the fields or even planting. Therefore in 2013 as well as 2014 we changed to September .
One of the concerns and fears from the beginning was the number of people who would be attending throughout the three years. Hence we tried to encourage all to persevere, though some still dropped out. Initially Kariangwe Mission had 16 catechists, nine from Binga, and five from Kamativi Mission. During the first year four dropped out, in the second year we saw six drop out while in the last year only one left. 19 trainees completed and received their diplomas. Binga had the biggest number of grandaunts, eight, followed by Kariangwe with seven, Lusulu had three, and Kamativi one.
We tried to give them a good introduction to the bible, both the Old and New Testament as a good explanation of our faith (the Creed) , the Sacraments, Ten Commandments, prayer life , Social Doctrine of the Church, Enculturation ( including a good introduction to the Tonga culture and religion), Small Christian Communities, Teaching Methods and Practice. Other activities included: to visit some of our out centres,  to have an experience of the SCC in Binga centre,  as well as to pray alone and as a group.
It has been a very challenging and enriching experience. As the program ended participants became more united and proposed a continuation of the same course in the form of a refresher course every year.
 At the end of the course it is time to give thanks to God who has accompanied and guided us in so many ways, to those who have been the facilitators to all those topics mentioned above, both priests and lay people, and of course to those who have attended and have tried very hard to follow all the lessons and things done, though for some of them it has been very hard, as they lacked a good school background. Thanks are also due to the different centre who have contributed with their money to pay something at Tusimpe Pastoral Center for the meals, though this course has been partially subsidized. Only Time and people will say whether this type of course will be repeated again
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Dingindlela Pastoral Centre
Thirty five catechists graduated after completing a 3 year course at Dingindlela Pastoral Centre, St Martin de Porres Mission in Jotsholo on the 10th October 2014.
The graduation comes hard on the heels of another graduation that took place at All Souls Mission in Binga in September this year.
Holy Mass was presided over by Bishop. Albert Serrano. The 35 candidates were awarded Diploma certificates outside the church by the bishop who also officiated at the ceremony.
Those who graduated included 26 candidates from the Diocese of Hwange and 9 the Archdiocese of Bulawayo. The graduating group was dominated by the women who were by far the majority comprising 29 women and six men
The graduation is the first of its kind at Dingindlela Pastoral Centre.
The main topics that the candidates covered included : Holy Scripture, Catholic Doctrine, Liturgy and Singing, Social Doctrine of the Church, History of the Church(General, and in Zimbabwe), the two African Synods, Teaching methods (theory and practice) Faith and Witchcraft and Homiletics.

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COMMISSIONS

CARITAS
Background
Caritas implemented and commissioned the Lubu Clean solar powered water scheme in Binga district with funding support from CAFOD. The solar powered water scheme was completed in year 2012 and has been running supplying water to 200 households. The project was commissioned and handed over to Binga Rural District Council by Bishop A. Serrano in July this year. The Commissioning ceremony was also attended by the CARITAS Ex Officio Fr Johannes Alarcia, Fr Nkatazo Nyoni, Fr Philani Ncube , All CARITAS staff, representatives from Dioceses of Masvingo, Mutare and Bulawayo, CAFOD Officials, representatives from NGOs, Government Officials, Chief Binga, Local leaders and the community members.
The scheme was constructed through support from the community members in Lubu ward, Njobola village. They supplied labour and locally available materials.
The situation before CARITAS intervention.
Clean water area had only one source of water. The area is known as clean water because of the water that comes from the spring. The water is very palatable. Ninety nine % of the users of the spring reside up the mountain whilst the mouth of the spring is down the mountain. People and mostly women and girls had to labour to collect water.
The nearest home from the spring is about 600 metres away.  Women were forced to carry 20 litres of buckets at least 3 times a day and this made life very difficult for them. A substantial amount of time and energy were being spent on collecting water and this increased the workload on the already overburdened
women and girls. As women climbed up the mountain carrying buckets of water, they would fall and at times seriously injuring themselves. The area is very rocky.
What CARITAS did.
A spring box was constructed to collect water from the spring before it is channelled to the sump tank. The system uses force of gravity. When the water reaches the sump tank, it is then pumped up the hill using a solar powered system into a 40 000 litre storage tank uphill.
There are two communal taps installed for use when collecting water at the tank and one at the sump tank. At the sump tank, an overflow pipe was installed and this channels water to the nearby nutrition garden established in the same programme. A PS1200 Laurentz solar pump powered by 12x 80W polycrystalline solar cell panels was fitted to this system.
What is the position now.
Women no longer walk down the mountain to collect water. The distance travelled and the workload have both been reduced. The amount of water being used at household level has increased because it is no longer labour intensive. Because of the reliability of water, the size of the garden has been increased and more members have joined.

CATHOLIC COMMISSION FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE

National Peace and Reconciliation Processes
Section 252 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act 2013 provides for the establishment of a National Peace and Reconciliation Commission [NPRC] whose functions among others would be to;
Ensure post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation;
Develop and implement programs to promote National Healing, unity and cohesion;  Bring about national reconciliation.
This, therefore, is the Church’s opportunity to suggest ways and means on how people want his process to be carried out. Your responses to the questions below will help the Church in engaging the NPRC.
How far back should the process go, beginning with:
Colonial period?
Liberation war?
Gukurahundi?  2000?  2008?
Who should be involved in this process:
Politicians/Political Parties?
The Church?
International Organizations?
NGO’s/Civic Society Groups?
Submissions and correspondences are welcome through your priests
 or: Email: ccjphwg@gmail.com

 

APOSTOLIC ASSOCIATIONS

Men of ST JOSEPH
Close to 200 men of St Joseph association from parishes around the Diocese of Hwange gathered at St Martin de Porres, Jotsholo Mission, for their annual diocesan congress. The congress was held under the theme, ”Our Faith, Our Families”, in view of the  Synod of Bishops in Rome on ‘ The Family’ as well as His Holiness, Pope Francis’ call to look into the families, reflect upon them and see how they could be strengthened.
Various lessons were conducted. They included:

  • THE ROLE OF MEN OF ST JOSEPH IN THE DIOCESAN SYNOD (EVANGELISATION, WITNESSING TO CHRIST AND ECCLESIAL COMMUNION)  by FR Philani Ncube
  • THE CATHOLIC FAMILY IN THE MODERN TIMES OF TECHNOLOGY, EQUAL RIGHTS AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS- by SR. Julieth Nyathi
  •  THE CATHOLIC MAN IN THE CURRENT SOCIO-ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF SEPERATION OF FAMILIES CORRUPTION AND UNEMPLOYMENT- by David Mthombeni

REPORTS
The Chairman’s reportMr. Brian Dube, highlighted the following issues;
•           All zones now have active committees led by Sebastian Shoko(Hwange), Isaac Nkomo (Binga)and Luka Moyo (Lupane)
•          The diocesan membership register is being compiled
•          The raising of affiliations to $6.00 to cater for the zones
•          The new Bishop President of the Laity, is Bishop Xavier Munyongani
•          The pending national council elections
Reactions from the house were:
•          There is need for more activities like retreats and recollections at zonal level
•          Formalizing of the zones in the constitution
•          Taking the annual congress to remote places like Jambezi and Dhandanda
•           encouraging the young men in good standing with the church to join the association otherwise St Joseph Association will die in the Diocese
•           Making use of the green satches for the aspiring members of St Joseph guild, so that they don’t feel like outsiders
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CATHOLIC WOMEN OF ST. ANNE
Diocesan congress
The women of St Anne in the diocese held their DiocesanCongress on 21-24 August 2014 at Marist Brothers Secondary School.the theme of the Congress this year was: My Family and I will Worship God (Joshua 24:15). The lessons during the congress comprised

  • The Hwange Diocesan Synod.  To support the process the following were discussed.

(a)  Evangelization (b)Witnessing to Christ(c)Ecclesial Communion(d)Worship/Liturgy

  • My Family and I will Worship God
  • St. Anne Association Constitution
  • Married but Divorced/Single Parent
  • Health : The lesson on health covered on the following
  • Self Supporting/Self Reliant Church

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The Legion of Mary association successfully held their congress at StMary’s Mission on 22-24 August 2014.
CONGRESS REPORT
Attendance: One hundred and eighty eight(188) members
LESSONS/TALKS
1. The Spirit of the Legion: Fr Tim John Peacock
2. How do we share the Gospel: Fr Nicholas Nkamba
3. Encouraging Christian Marriage: Fr Mgcini Moyo
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YOUTHS
A kudo is in order for the way the youths in the diocese handled themselves at the Zimbabwe Catholic National Youth Congress held in our diocese at Marist Brothers Secondary School, Dete.
Three thousand and fifteen (3 015) officially registered youths from the eight dioceses in Zimbabwe attended the congress. Two bishops graced the event. Namely Bishop Xavier Munyongani of Gweru Diocese and Bishop Albert J Serrano the Local Ordinary of Hwange diocese. There were several priests from the within and without the diocese Priests, Religious Brothers and Sisters of different congregations.
The congress was held under the theme “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God” (Mt 5:3), 
Challenges faced
Late payments for the event contributed to the delays of purchasing congress items
Ineffective communication and poor co-ordination between the dioceses and the National Youth Council.
Alcohol abuse by some youths
Advisors did not execute their duties.
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CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL (CCR)

The Prayer group in the Diocese of Hwange is inviting all the Christians for a National prayer and fasting for the struggling mining company in Hwange. The challenges facing the mining giant have negatively affected many Christians in the diocese in terms of the financial position and stability.
The Prayer group appealsto the National Service Team to conduct or hold life in the Spirit Seminars for Hwange Diocesan Priests and Nuns.This is meant to help them understand and support the CCR. It has been noted that there are still some pending Life in the Spirit seminars, as Christians are not being commissioned after the seminars.
Life in the Spirit Seminar is a program set aside to educate, form members to evangelize. It is the duty of the priests to commission the members after completing the program.
Priests are urged to work closely with the prayer group in their parishes. This would help solve problems that arise within the group at parish level and some such problems include: apostasy, the problem of high voltage spirituality, lack of catechetical instruction especially Christians who joined the Catholic Church from other churches. Lessons are needed at parish level to help the payer group in on-going formation.
The problem of Pentecostalism. Priests should help their Christians to be well acquainted with the Catholic Charismatic way of praying. This is in particular reference to Pentecostal Songs that have crept into our Liturgy. Therefore we urge all groups to come up and compose songs with a Catholic touch.
We urge priests and sisters to join the Renewal as it is a prayer group open to all.
The CCR in the diocese is looking forward to have a Diocesan Exorcist and this is a matter of urgency.
CONCLUSION
We thank the bishop and all those priests for their great support. Together we walk in the light of the risen Lord.
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SEMINARY

 

The seminary report  ( OUR SEMINARIANS)
NAME                                                  Parish/Mission                                          Level


Fitzgerald Chipangura

Our Lady of Peace Parish

Pastoral work

Major Seminary


Mbusobani Moyo

Jotsholo Mission

Theology IV

Newman Ndlovu

Jotsholo Mission

Theology IV

Oscar Bitu

Dete Parish

Theology II

Vincent Lumano

St Ignatius Cathedral

Theology II

Simelinkosi Masango

Jotsholo Mission

Theology II

Lashiwe Muzamba

St Johns Mission Makwa

Theology II

Ian Muaenda

Holy Family Parish

Theology  I

Polite Ncube

Ss Peter and Paul Parish

Theology I

Asani Nyendwa

St Joseph’s  Parish

Philosophy III

Moment Mwinde

All Souls Mission

Philosophy I

Pritchard Shoko

Sacred Heart Mission

Philosophy I

Crispen Machino

St Mary’s Mission

Philosophy I

Bonesya Mwembe

St Ignatius cathedral

Philosophy I

Bryan Ngwenya

St Monica Parish

Philosophy I

Noel Luphahla

St John the Baptist Mission

Human and Spiritual Formation

Maurice Nyoni

St Joseph ‘s Parish

Human and Spiritual Formation

Brian Dube

St Joseph’s Parish

Human and Spiritual Formation

Minor Seminary


Praise Muunga

St Teresa Parish  Empumalanga

Form IV

Proud Muunga

St Teresa Parish  Empumalanga

Form IV

Lungisani Mhlanga

Jotsholo Mission

Form IV

Nothanda Sibanda

St Mary’s Mission

FormIV

Randy Tshabalala

St Josephine Bhakita Parish

Form III

Emmanuel Nyoni

St Mary’s Mission

Form III

Steven Zulu

St Josephine Bhakita Parish

Form III

Edwin  Mudimba

St Therese of the Child Jesus

Form III

Blessing Chuma

St Therese of the Child Jesus

Form III

Euphony Sibanda

Sacrad Heart Mission

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DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF THE LAITY

Hwange Diocese has made history, by becoming the first diocese in the country to establish the council of the Laity. With the help and advice of his Lordship, Bishop Albert Serrano, the council held its inaugural meeting on the November 2013 at the diocesan Cathedral.
The meeting was attended by leaders of various associations in the diocese, the parish pastoral councils and the zonal pastoral councils.
The council, is affiliated to the Zimbabwe Catholic Council of the Laity (ZCCL), it was formed to enable the laity in the diocese to discuss issues pertaining to them.
At the meeting the issues discussed included  the rights, duties and responsibilities of the laity according to the cannon law. The main topic was the constitution of the ZCCL focusing on the aims and objectives which are:
 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Provide a forum for the exchange and coordination of views of the laity on the divine mission of the Catholic Church throughout Zimbabwe (AA19);
To advise and consult with the Church Hierarchy in Zimbabwe (AA 24) and to act as a forum for promoting dialogue and strengthening relationships among and between the laity, clergy and religious;
To act as a forum for gathering and communicating information on matters affecting the laity an disseminate that information to all stakeholders such that the laity are an informed community;
To coordinate, formulate, consolidate and make known Catholic lay opinion in all matters of public concern (AA 11, AA 14, AA 19). It is the responsibility of the Commission to encourage the growth of structures through which lay people can become involved in building of the Catholic Community and the spread of the Church’s mission;
To obtain reports on the activities of the organisations represented on the Commission with an element of direct contact and to formally report at least once a year on the overall Council and stakeholders’ activities to the Bishops’ Conference.
To provide relevant, qualitative and informed advise to individual Bishops and to the ZCBC on matters of national policy regarding laity perceptions, needs and suggestions;
To be the voice of the laity in consultation with the Bishop President representing the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference;
To have liaison and promote dialogue with the Catholic laity internationally and regionally (neighbouring states), providing a link for collaboration with similar national and international lay organisations as well as cooperating with Christian and non-Christian (ecumenism) bodies on matters of mutual concern;
To co-ordinate Catholic lay and Apostolic movements / organisations at the national level and assist in the development and growth of the movements that correspond to religious, professional, social and secular needs (AA 27);
To assist the lay people and organisations in their spiritual and human growth in order to promote change for the better through social, human and material development whilst paying particular attention to matters of justice and social concerns (AA 20).
During that meeting, the Bishop appointed Mr David Mthombeni to coordinate the activities of the council of the Laity in the diocese until such time when they could hold elections to fill in the different positions.

NEWS IN BRIEF

  • We welcome back Fr Eusebius Nyathi who is back into the country after completing his Studies in the Canary Islands. We also wish him well as he joins the teaching stuff at Chishawasha Major Seminary
  • Welcome to Fr Pontiano Mulenga and Fr Bruno of the Society of John Bosco. Fr Mulenga is still learning the Nambya Laguage.
  • Don Bosco Technical College

The college has began offering boarding facilities to male students doing various courses at the college. However the college is only offering 54 vacancies. The college authorities are making every effort possible to avail more room for accommodationin the near future

  • Appointments
    Fr Joseph  Lazaro  to Dandada
    Fr Eusebius Nyathi will be going to Chishawasha  to teach Dogmatic Theology

 

  • The women of St Anne visited the diocesan shrine at Pandamatenga North West of Botswana on the line between Botswana and Zimbabwe. several lay people in company of Bishop Albert Serrano and five priest braved the sweltering heat to celebrate the Eucharist at the shrine.

 

  • Mrs Miriam Mangadi is the new National chairperson for the women of St Anne.

 

  • 2015 Year of Consecrated life The Holy Father made the announcement during the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals. Responding to questions from the Holy See Press Office the Pope said that a radical approach is required of all Christians, but religious persons are called upon to follow the Lord in a special way: They are men and woman who can awaken the world.  “Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to 'domesticate' them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord.”     In his final remarks the Holy Father thanked the superior Generals       “Thank you for what you do and for your spirit of faith and your service,” he said. “Thank you for your witness and also for the humiliations through which you have had to pass.”

 

  • First Profession   05- 01– 2015:Christine  Munsaka, Sisasenkosi  Ndimande, Indra Munkuli
               Pelagia Manunure,  Sethukile  Ncube, Buhlebenkonsi Ndlovu
  •  Final Profession 06-01– 2015
                Mary Mudenda -Milumbe Munkombwe   - Senzeni Muzamba
  • Silver Jubilee: Monica Muyambo and  Christina Makuyana

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