On Sunday, July 17, 2016, Kasana-Luweero Diocese will host the Uganda Martyrs Provincial Pilgrimage. All Dioceses under Kampala Ecclesiastical Province, including: Kampala Archdiocese itself, Kiyinda-Mityana, Lugazi, Masaka and Kasana-Luweero, will convene at Waluleeta in Nandere Parish, Luweero District, the birth place of the youngest of all Uganda Martyrs, St. Kizito, for their annual pilgrimage.
Last year, the above Dioceses convened in Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese.
We would like to request everybody in Kasana-Luweero, to prepare for this year’s pilgrimage.
Last month during the night of May 7, 2016, we got some disturbing news that a group of people had raided Kankoole-Kiwamirembe prayer place which was dedicated to Our Mother Mary, in Kikyusa parish, and vandalized our property. We need to ask the good Lord to help such people refrain from those provocative habits. Read more about this incident in this very publication. Every story appears in two languages: Luganda and English.
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Thugs Raid Kankoole
By Bernard Bakalu
During the night of May 7, 2016 there was a group of people who raided Kiwamirembe prayer place at Kankoole hill in Kikyusa Parish in Luweero district. They vandalized property.
Kiwamirembe prayer place on Kankoole hill is a sacred place named after Mary Mother where Christians pay homage as they seek her intervention through prayer to counter challenges in life.
Catechist Ludoviiko Walusimbi an eye witness recounted to “Kasana”that “It was at around 3.am when we were holding prayers inside this prayer place, when the raid occurred. We were 8 people inside. We heard people knocking on our door as they demanded that we open for them but we declined because we smelt a rat,” he said adding “They started threatening us as they threw firewood they were picking from the fire place which had been outside as if they wanted to burn us from inside. They were throwing it threw the iron bars. Moments later, they forced the main entrance open to gain entry and in a blink of an eye we ran out for safety.”
Walusimbi also said that “When they entered, they broke part of Mary Mother’s portrait. They also made away with batteries for the Solar panel and some of the gadgets used on the public address system. After that they moved to our residential house but when they failed to gain entry, they climbed on the roof top to cut the iron sheets.”
Walusimbi added that “When they tried to run away their Car engine failed to start compelling them to abandon it there. The following day, they came back with a small vehicle but still it failed to start prompting them to abandon it too,” he said.
The LC chairperson Mr. Kizuula John said that the thieves came back on the following day this time riding on a motorcycle to rescue their two vehicles. Unfortunately, when they sighted people meters away, they were forced to abandon the motorcycle there and took to the heels for fear that they would be rounded up.
Both vehicles and the motorcycle were towed to Kikyusa police station.
Bishop Paul Ssemogerere was shocked at the News. Without hesitation, he visited Luweero police station to follow up on the issue.
“There are many versions we are getting, with some indicating that the attackers might be traditional healers. I would like to ask police to expeditiously investigate this problem to establish the actual truth,” he said.
Luweero CIID Officer Raymond Jjaggwe told “Kasana” that 5 people had been arrested to help the force in its investigations. They included; Mike Sennono, Ibrahim Mwanje, Sam Seggirinya, Fred Gadaffi and Phionah Nagawa.
Supreme Mufti S.K. Ndirangwa Visits Bishop Ssemogerere
By Bernard Bakalu
It was a memorable day on Friday, April 29, 2016 when Bishop Paul Ssemogerere hosted the Supreme Mufti of the Kibuli based Muslim faction, Sheikh Saliman Kasule Ndirangwa.
Supreme Mufti S. K. Ndirangwa arrived and was received by Bishop P. Ssemogerere at around 10.am. He [Mufti] was accompanied by more than 50 Muslim leaders from Kampala and Luweero.
While meeting in Our Lady of Fatima Sharing Hall, Bp. P. Ssemogerere said that the visit was a memorable one, adding that he was surprised when he received a call from the Supreme Mufti saying that he wanted to pay him [the Bishop] a courtesy visit.
“This is very great, it’s going to help us work together for the unity of our people,” he said.
Bishop P. Ssemogerere reported to Supreme Mufti S. K. Ndirangwa that in Luweero, the Youth are selling off their land to buy bodaboda motorcycles because they think they will make quick money.
The Supreme Mufti S. K. Ndirangwa vowed to ensure that unity prevails among the two religious denominations for development.
“Please our Youth, you need to understand that land is so precious, you should not just sell it off like that,” Supreme Mufti S. K. Ndirangwa said.
Reject Sex Education Curriculum
Bp.P. Ssemogerere – Catholic Schools
By Bernard Bakalu
The Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese, Rt. Rev. Paul Ssemogerere, has asked all schools across the Diocese to reject a computer based comprehensive sexual education curriculum.
He argues that investigations show that the promoters of that curriculum are harboring a hidden agenda, aiming at spreading homosexuality, which is against nature and the teaching of the Catholic faith.
On Saturday, May 7, 2016 on (page 1) and (pages 4-5) The Daily Monitor Newspaper reported that about 100 schools had been duped by School Net, a Non-Governmental Organization which supplies computers to schools for training in sex education but it was “disguised homosexuality” according to investigations.
According to the report, the curriculum which targets secondary school students and their teachers, praises homosexuality and masturbation as fulfilling sexual attributes among people who have consented.
Delivering his homily during the holy mass, marking Kasana Cathedral Parish day, on May 13, 2016 at the Cathedral, Bishop P. Ssemogerere warned that those behind the curriculum are against moral values for example advocating for same-sex marriages yet the Church denounces them.
The Prelate argued that sex education detailing conjugal union is not supposed to be taught in schools but it should be a responsibility taken by parents.
“That program is teaching our children homosexuality / lesbianism. When those people come to our schools, reject it,” he advised, adding that “It is totally inhuman and immoral for a man to get married to a fellow man likewise for the women. Let us pray to the Lord so that we maintain our morals,” he said.
Brother Anthony Musisi, the Diocesan Education Secretary told ‘Kasana’ in an exclusive interview that “Some of the schools which had started ‘falling prey’ are those in which computer science had been introduced some years back. But I can assure you we have started counter-acting the challenge by meeting all School heads to guard against them.”
During Mass, the Prelate administered First Holy Communion to 116 children, the Sacrament of Confirmation to106 children and also blessed the marriage of 4 couples.
Mentors of Prospective Married Couples, Trained
By Bernard Bakalu
Building-up of genuine and strong marriages in Kasana-Luweero Diocese has started with the training of people who are going to prepare prospective married couples.
The training was conducted from May 6 to May 8, 2016 at Pope John Paul II Pastoral Centre.
According to Mr. Mwesigye George William, the Executive Secretary in the Family Office at the Diocesan Headquarters, ‘Kasana’came to learn that 30 married people have been trained.
“At first we have trained these 30 people. We have equipped them with basics to go and look out for people who want to get married and help them so that they enter the Marriage Institution well knowing what they should expect and how they are supposed to behave,” he said, adding that “they are going to be doing this work in all the Deaneries of Kasana, Mulajje, Nakasongola and Nakaseke.”
The workshop was opened by Bishop Paul Ssemogerere.
The Prelate told ‘Kasana’ in a separate interview that every person willing to get married will have to present a certificate certifying that he/she has gone through the training by these people dispatched across the Diocese.
“There have been some weaknesses with people starting marriage and in maintaining it. There has been poor parenting, but with this on-going formation, we want to solve all these challenges,” he said.
Stop indecent dressing -Bp Ssemogerere tells the Youth
By Bernard Bakalu
The Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese, Rt. Rev. Paul Ssemogerere, urged the Youth especially girls to stop dressing indecently.
He made the call while delivering a homily in the Mass he celebrated for the Youth Leaders from across the Diocese on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral Kasana-Luweero.
“Sometimes you dress indecently. When you dress in that way, you not only beshame our Diocese, but Christ as well. Please respect yourselves and put on decently,” he urged.
Bishop P. Ssemogerere appealed to the Youth not to oppress others, saying since no one wants to be oppressed, then why oppress the others.
After Mass, the Prelate met the Youth Leaders at Pope John Paul II Pastoral Centre where they presented reports revealing the challenges they meet while serving.
Mr. Matthias Ssewannyana, the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, reported to the Bishop that the biggest challenge among Youth across the Diocese is unemployment, prompting the Prelate to ask the Youth to embrace vocational training, for the reason that it can help one start own opportunities.
The Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Joseph Balikuddembe, asked the Youth to stop laziness.
“You need to work hard, for development,” he urged.