Dear young people may each one of you be a jar of perfume that will be broken and spill over the love of Christ to the world”Bishop Maurice Muhatia -Palm Sunday 2018
The Diocese of Nakuru dedicates the Palm Sunday mass to the youth.For this year the palm Sunday youth mass was animated by Njoro Deanery. The theme Being “Do not be afraid Mary,For you have found favour in God”Lk 1:30.
The mass was led by Rt Rev Maurice Muhatia Bishop of Nakuru assisted by Fr David Ngige( Youth Chaplain )and Fr Douglas (Vocation Director).in his homily the Bishop referred to the Gospel of the day from Mark informing the youth not to forget the setting of that gospel which was in the house of Simon the leper.He explained that lepers were known for their stench and hopeless situation.However our Lord associated himself with the lowly. Referring to the woman in the gospel who broke her jar to anoint Christ the Bishop said”Dear young people of CDN go out and allow yourself to be broken and spill over the perfume of Christs love.The jar of the perfume was broken because God is wasteful with his love he gives in abundance and the love overflows to the world”
The cross was also handed over to East pokot Deanery who will lead next years youth mass.The outgoing officials were also recognized for their noble service to the youth.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent season different parishes have mass on this day whereby ashes are applied on the forehead.Bishop Maurice Muhatia celebrating mass at the Cathedral church of Christ the King Said”We are starting the Lenten season in great sadness due to the loss of Fr Simon wambugu may God grant him eternal rest in his glory for the good work he did.Fr Simon was from upper Subukia Parish ,a priest for six years and 36 years of Age”
in his homily the Bishop has said that the Death of Fr Simon has a occurs at a season when we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return.The journey of death is for all of us, we are ambassadors of Christ let us show that in Lenten our ambassadorship is seen in prayer,alms-giving and fasting.our goal should be to please God.This year we have to weigh between valentine and Ash Wednesday.However Ash Wednesday takes a greater part in assuring and reminding us of the great love of God that surpasses human love.
Launch of semester and blessing of Cassocks
Presided by Rt Rev Dominic Kimengich -Bishop of Lowdar,st Mary’s seminary molo celebrated the launch of second semester of spiritual formation and blessing of cassocks.The Bishop attended the occassion on behalf of KCCB. Currently the seminary has 5 formators and 77 seminarians from seventeen diocese in kenya.
The Bishop encouraged the seminarians in their spiritual formation reminding them of the importance of prayer.He also told them to keep chaste celibacy.He reminded them of two important points “My dear seminarians be Christ centered,make christ your everything”.Showing his rosary and giving his personal experiences the Bishop told the seminarians “be marian centered,be close to mother Mary and she will always intercede for you”
Also present were CWA members from st Marys Parish -Molo. The Rector thanked them for their continuous support to the seminary.The CWA members donated cups and plates for the seminarians.
On 8th December there was a ground breaking ceremony of Mater Dei Conference Centre and Mater Dei Nakuru Hospitality College at St Mary’s Pastoral Center. The ground breaking occurred on a day that coincided with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.Our Mother Mary has been honored as the patron of the Diocese through the many institutions named after her.Mater Dei means Mother of God.We thank God for the many blessings and also our mother Mary for her continuous intercession for our diocese. Especially now as we near the Golden Jubilee celebration.
The late Bishop korir was buried in Eldoret on the 11th November 2017.This occasion was attended by thousands of people from all walks of life including the president and other dignitaries.The mass was held at the Eldoret sports club and later burial at the cathedral church of the sacred heart
Bishop Korir was consecrated on 2nd June 1990.His motto was “work for the food that endures for eternal life”(John 6:27)Based on this motto ,he embarked on the mission of evangelization and promotion of integral human development in the diocese of Eldoret and beyond.
Bishop Korir will be remembered as an ambassador of peace.As written in his eulogy Bishop korir fostered peace within the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret during the tribal clashes of 1992, 1997, 2002 and in 2007/2008.He also offered refuge to thousands of IDPS in the cathedral.
20th ANNIVERSARY AND BRANCH OPENING IN NAKURU
Located at the CDN Secretariat is the new branch of Waumini insurance brokers. The office was opened and blessed by Rt.Rev Wainaina –Bishop of Muranga who is also the Chair of the Board. This was done after a luncheon party at the same venue.
The Managing Director Madam Nancy Kawira thanked all the stakeholders for the effort they have done for the last 20 years. She also thanked the stakeholders who have supported them all those years. In her speech she thanked the Bishop of Nakuru who was represented by Fr Murimi for the cooperation and support to waumini. Madam Kawira hoped that now that the office is in Nakuru more customers will be able to receive the services.
The Catholic Bishops in Kenya had mass at the Cathedral church of Christ the King. This is after their plenary meeting at St. Mary’s Pastoral centre –Nakuru. The mass attended by hundreds of Christians was celebrated by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue. The homily was by Bishop Rotich who emphasized on love and unity.
After mass the Bishops gave a press release on the state of the Nation. The theme of was -A new heart and a new spirit(Ezekiel 36:26) .The Bishop warned people to stop hate speech and incitement. They also called for National Dialogue to ensure stability and lasting peace.
CHRISTIANS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PRAY FOR THE DEAD.
The mass for the faithful departed Priests,Religious sisters was held on 6/11/2017 at St Augustine Bahati Parish.After the mass there was a procession to the Diocesan Cemetery which is in the church compound and also to LSOSF Cemetery.in this mass the Rt.Rev Maurice Muhatia -Bishop of Nakuru remembered to pray for the Late Bishop Korir who was once a priest in the Diocese of Nakuru.
In his homily the bishop said”God created us in his likeness so that we may be like him but due to sin we failed ;even in sin he saved us and cleanse us with the precious blood of Christ. We were redeemed by the death of Christ on the cross’.He continued to say that If a Christian dies it is not the end of their relationship the living are called to pray for them so that their souls may be cleansed and be redeemed from purgatory to heaven.
The bishop reminded the Christians to live a holy life and desire to die in a state of grace. he said ‘May the priests Religious sisters and Bishop Korir who we are praying for today be cleansed ‘.
The Bishop also told the Christians that all people have a limit for their life and that God knows the right time for each one to die. He therefore encouraged all present to live a life pleasing to God.
“We have lost a brave ,truthful and just Bishop on behalf of myself and the Diocese of Nakuru we condole with the priests and christians of Eldoret Diocese”.Those are the words of Bishop Maurice Muhatia in his condolence message.Bishop korir served as a priest in the Diocese of Nakuru before kericho was separated.In his meaage bishop Muhatia also added “we the Christians of Nakuru join with the Christians of Eldoret as they mourn their shepherd.we pray that he may rest in peace. Bishop korir has been involved in issues of peace and justice.we will miss his role as the chair of Catholic Peace and Justice(CJPC) at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishop (KCCB)
According to Fr Sospeter Kangogo from Eldoret the death of their Bishop has come as a great shock.he extends his sympathy to the priests,religious and laity of Eldoret Diocese.Asked about what he could say of the Bishop he said “We will miss him greatly because he loved and united people he was an ambassador of peace”.