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St. Kizito Parish

It is difficult to tell when it is exactly that the Church started in the town of Victoria Falls. We have used the documents found in our archives and this is the information we have put together:  The oldest (first) document we found is dated 8th August 1964 and this is a letter written by Fr. Alfred O.F.M. Cap from Livingstone, to our Bishop Ignatius Prieto asking him to send a Catechist to live among the people then.
On 21st July 1972, Gardini and Sons sent a letter with a quotation for the building of the New Roman Catholic Church in Chinotimba – an African Township for $10,250-00, specifying that this quote excluded the bell and Altar.
There wasn’t enough money as stated in the letter from the Bishop to Fr. Arnandos, I quote, “I am glad to hear that Gardini and Sons accepted to build for $6 000 that we have and the rest to be paid when we get it…” The first payment of $3,000-00 was made in January 1973
It also seems that they had some problems with the sliding doors.
Fr. Angels used to write down details indicating a list of donors and amounts given by the Christians then. Most of these are no longer with us, but herewith some of their names found in the files:
Mr & Mrs J. Munsaka     $3-00
S. Mlauzi              $1-00
O. Makamure    $3.20
Lackson Ncube  $2-00
The total amount donated came to $70, so it’s obvious some of the donors were not recorded then.
The blessing of the church took place in 1973, as a small building.
A letter of appointment for Fr. Thomas del Barrio to be Parish Priest in Victoria Falls was written by Bp. Ignatius Prieto, dated 21st March 1975 and his appointment was effective 01 April the same year. Fr. Thomas served both Our Lady of Peace and St. Kizito Parishes since then till he retired in February 2008 (33 good years).
1987 saw the first contact with the Architects but due to the death of Fr. Thomas’s Father, things remained at stand still for some time. By end of 1987, he started giving the plans to several contractors who refused to build it as they were afraid of the roof which was in the plan.
However, Muchenje Construction Company, led by Sailous Muchenje, finally started planning on the building of our Church. By November 1988, the contract to the amount of $74,158-69 was signed and they started digging the foundation. The contract said that MCS would finish within five months. Unfortunately and due to many circumstances through which the whole country was going through, the building was only completed a bit more than a year and of course that caused extra expenses.
The final amount paid to MCS was $97,570-23. The total cost of the alterations was in the region of $115,000-00 as the alterations in the roof were paid for directly to the Sullivan Engineers.
The installation of the electricity was done by a different contractor, so were the rest of the other expenses.
It is only right to thank the donors, with the main ones being:
Missio Germany
The Church in Need also in Germany
Marist Brothers
Victoria Falls Town Council
We also want to thank many others who have helped in the building and also Mr. Muchenje and MCS for the courage in accepting the biggest contract he had ever taken in those days.
A big thank you also goes to all who contributed towards the benches .
A note written by one of the long serving Catechists, Johannes Munsaka, gave the brief history on The Creation of Victoria Falls Parish (I believe it is the Our Lady of Peace Parish) as follows:
Local names used for this place were – Syungwe / Mosi oa Tunya / Chinotimba / Victoria Falls
Pre-evangelization process was for the migrating Rhodesia Railway cottage community working in Victoria Falls Hotel.
 Provisional Vicariate – Livingstone, Zambia
Bishop was Timothy Phelem O’shla, a Capuchin Father
Priests were Fr. Salvator, Fr. Arthuiz, Fr. Alfred/ Fr. Hugh/ Fr. Bernard/ Fr. Maloochy and Fr. Albert
Chapel – Victoria Falls Hotel only for the low density white community
Community Centre – Chinotimba Clinic veranda for the Railway society
Social Welfare – centre was located at the now Chinotimba Beerhall

Catechists
Jowane Walusika Sikufele, born in 1927 at Mkhuni Village in Zambia. Was working at the Victoria Falls Hotel and was a part time Catechist.
Catechumenate (zinc shelter) was being held in these premises under tree and he then remained in Zambia after he was retrenched from work.

1957    Gertrude Tanya (husband was Sylvester) house number 1332, joined the apostolate work of motivation and catechesis under the trees, including Sunday Service, with the main language being Lozi.
1965    Johannes M. Munsaka who started working as an untrained Catechist from 1962 to 1963 at Sacred Heart Mission under Sr. Matirian Torego for one year and was recommended for Catechetical training by Fr. Philipi Long. This training took place 1963 to December 1964. Mr. Munsaka served as a Catechist his whole life until his death in Victoria Falls a few years ago. May the good Lord grant him eternal rest.

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