By Gideon Peter Ssebulime

26th June 2024

Hundreds of Christians have paid pilgrimage to St. John Baptist Mapeera-Nabulagala Parish to celebrate the 145th anniversary of the first Holy Sacrifice of Mass in Uganda.

The mass was led by the Archbishop of Kampala, Paul Ssemogerere who in his homily warned Christians against the violation of the Holy Eucharist.

His Grace Ssemogerere who was bitter on the matter of violation of the Holy Eucharist, said that besides people who are not fit to receive the sacrament, there is also a problem of fake priests especially in Kampala.

He emphasized that whoever wants mass to be celebrated in their family, must follow the right procedures by seeking permission from their Parish Priest and this will be helpful in combating fake priests and the violation of the sacrament.

The Archbishop was joined by Bishop Edward Barnes of the Diocese of Dallas, Texas in the United States of America and a number of priests from various parts of Uganda and abroad.

This year’s celebration was under the theme; “The Eucharist, the Strength of the Martyrs”.

At the same occasion, in reflection of the Holy Eucharist, 338 children received their first Holy Communion.

It should be recalled that the first celebration of the Holy Eucharist by missionaries was led by Msgr. Leo Livinhac on 25th of June 1879 at the ancestral home of the Catholic Church in Uganda which is now under Nakulabye Deanery.

Among the 22 Catholic Uganda Martyrs, four of them received their first Holy Communion at Nabulagala and these are; Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe, Andrew Kaggwa, Matia Mulumba and Lukka Baana-bakintu.

Wednesday 26th June 2024 07:19:58 PM