Twinning (St. Patrick's Uganda)

Family Connections

Beginning in Advent of 2019, we will launch a new program focused on connecting families at St. Max with families at St. Patrick’s. There are 156 Catechists at  St. Patrick’s that help serve the 30,000 parishioners in a 30 mile radius. Thirty miles does not seem like much for us. In Uganda 30 miles is accomplished mostly on foot or in some few cases by bike. It is really hard for us to imagine.  These catechists are the poorest of the poor in the parish since they serve the people and have less time to give to earning money.  Our hope is to connect St. Max families to each of the catechist families.  We will introduce this program at the weekend Masses on November 2&3 and 9&10. Families at St. Max will be able to choose a catechist family via a picture and their family names. St. Max families will then be encouraged to begin a “pen-pal” relationship with the St. Patrick families.  This will be wonderful opportunity for our parishes to get to know each other on an even more personal level.

Announcements

Thank you to those that were able to join us for our Celebrating and Getting to Know One Another event. The celebration was a culmination of many successes including the construction and completion of the Girls Dorm in November, 2018 and the Boys Dorm this September.  We had a great turnout, some technical difficulty early in the program but ended with 45 minutes of live discussion and singing together.  

We introduced our ministry in March, 2019 and your prayers and generosity are building this relationship into what God seeks from us every day.  The children of St. Patrick’s are surviving because they feel hope from our prayer, love and partnership.  They can now focus on their education rather than traveling miles every day in difficult and unsafe conditions.

Twinning (St. Patricks Uganda)

Welcome to the new St. Max Twinning Ministry. It is a ministry in which our parish joins with the parish of St. Patrick’s Madera, Soroti, Uganda in this active and on-going faith commitment.

The purpose of this ministry is to bind our parishes together spiritually, culturally and in a mutual sharing of available resources, in Jesus’ name.  It involves each of us crossing over into the other cultural, economic, political, linguistic and religious environments.

 Why Twin? “Love your neighbor as yourself.” St. Pope John Paul II has written, “Sacred Scripture continually speaks to us of active commitment to our neighbor and demands of us a shared responsibility for all of humanity. This duty is not limited to one’s own family, nation, state, but extends progressively to all… (Centesimus Annus CA, no.51)

Each of us are universal church members of God’s family. We will grow and share our faith journeys together with Our Lord by learning from each others spiritualties, service and worship styles and economic and cultural differences. We will develop unity and solidarity with the people of St. Patrick’s Church Madera, Soroti, Uganda parish.

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