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Monday, 18 December 2017 11:21

Catholic outstations donate motorbike to catechist

Written by  Anjoya Mwanza
Christians admiring the bike after the donation Christians admiring the bike after the donation

Nkhotakota, December 18: Hundreds of Catholic Christians on Sunday gathered at St Mary’s Matiki Outstation Church of Nkhotakota Parish to celebrate mass and witness the handover ceremony of a motorbike seven outstations (Matiki Centre) procured for their catechist.

Almost every Christian present cheered and ululated when one of the Christians rode the new CRF motorbike registration number PE 2604 into the church, symbolizing the inauguration of the long awaited gift for the servant of God.

Publicity Secretary for the Centre’s Fundraising Committee, Lusubilo Chakaniza said the church was glad the long term dream had finally become a reality through members’ contributions.

She explained that the motorbike worth Mk920 000 will ease the job of the catechist who visits a lot of Christians from seven outstations, including hard to reach areas.

Having bought the motor bicycle, Chakaniza said her committee was now looking into ways of sustaining the motorbike in terms of maintenance and fuel.

“Our catechist is supposed to travel throughout Matiki Centre but he was limited due to topography of the catchment area as he was using a bicycle for transportation. The motorbike will help the catechist to serve many Christians within a short period of time,” said the publicity secretary.

Sharing the homily, Nkhotakota Parish Priest, Father Joseph Cherwisks encouraged the spirit of giving among Christians, saying that gifts portray Jesus Christ’s love for His followers and everyone.

He told the congregation they were in the third week of advent which is the time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the genesis of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming.

“The sacrament of penance or reconciliation is also important during advent. Let us witness the significance of the birth of Christ through our ways of life by giving and sharing the few resources we have with those in our communities,” said the father.

He added it was appropriate time for Christians to prepare both the body and soul for the birth of Christ.

Catechist Moses Phiri who received the bike said he was very happy the Christians realized the importance of a motorbike to his job and that the members contributed positively to the procurement of the bike.

“I go as far as part of Mzimba District to encourage Christians and also help in leading the prayers as we do not have enough priests in our parish, this motorbike will therefore enable me to reach out to more members of the church than the past,” he said.

Some of the outstations that contributed to the procurement of the motorbike are Nkhunga, Matiki, Chankhalamo and Ukasi.

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