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Uganda Martyrs’ Day Celebration 2011, PRESS RELEASE

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Posted June 4, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 4,386 views

     


Dear brothers and sisters, On behalf of the organizing committee of the 2011 Ugandan Martyrs’ Day celebration, I wish to greet you all. Many of you have had an opportunity to participate in the celebration that marks the ROOTS OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH in Uganda; the feast of the Ugandan Martyrs here in the United States.

This celebration has a wonderful history. As early as the eighties, Ugandans living in the greater Boston area used to meet at St. Katharine Drexel Church in Dorchester MA to celebrate the Ugandan Martyrs’ feast on every June 3, the official liturgical calendar date for the celebration.

In 2003, the celebration gained its current grand festive mode, which was initiated by the Ugandan Martyrs’ Choir together with other Ugandans who were mainly residents of Waltham. Back then, Catholics in this area came together and decided to bring Namugongo to St Joseph’s Parish in Waltham. The years that followed were marked by increasing numbers of Ugandans and members of other communities in and around USA seizing the opportunity to spread the good news of the heroes of our faith. Eventually, the organization of the

Ugandan Martyrs’ feast was taken over by the Ugandan Catholic Community in the Archdiocese of Boston (UCCAB) upon its being launched in 2006. The then Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Bishop Mathias Ssekamaanya, traveled all the way from Uganda to inaugurate the UCCAB on behalf of the Uganda Episcopal Conference. Today, the Uganda Martyrs’ Day attracts over 1000 pilgrims every year.

Since 2004, UCCAB has almost always celebrated the feast of the Ugandan Martyrs with bishops from Uganda. The only exception was the June 2005 celebration that was presided over by His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston. The bishops who have come from Uganda include; His Lordship Edward Baharagate, Bishop Emeritus of the diocese of Hoima in 2004. His Lordship Matthias Ssekamaanya, Bishop of Lugazi diocese came in 2006. In 2007, we hosted His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala Archbishop Emeritus of Kampala Archdiocese. His Grace Paul Bakyenga the Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese presided over the celebrations in 2008. In 2009, it was his Lordship Bishop Paul Ssemwogerere of Kasana Luweero. Last year, on June 15, His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese presided over the Uganda Martyrs feast.

This year, on June 12, Ugandans from across North America, Canada, Europe, and Uganda will flock to St. Mary Parish, 133 School St Waltham MA 02451, to celebrate the Ugandan Martyrs’ Day. The 2011 Uganda Martyr’s Day celebration will be presided over by the Bishop of Kabale Diocese His Lordship Callistus Rubaramira. Born on 8th February 1950 in Rubira village, Rushoroza Parish, Callistus was ordained a priest on Pentecost Sunday May 18, 1975 at Rushoroza Parish of Kabale Catholic Diocese.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Rubaramira was appointed Bishop of Kabale Diocese by Pope John Paul II on March 18, 2003. He was installed on the Pentecost Sunday June 8, 2003 at Rushoroza. He is the fourth appointed Shepherd in the diocese after Bishops Gervazio Nkalanga, Barnabas Halem’Imana and Robert Mary Gay of the Missionaries of Africa.

This year’s Ugandan Martyrs Day will be celebrated in the same grand spirit as in the recent past. The main event of the celebration is the Eucharistic liturgy that will begin at 2:00pm at St. Mary’s Church in Waltham. The Uganda Martyrs’ Choir, the Boston Archdiocese Black Catholic Choir, and the St. Paul de Salle choir from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will lead the liturgical hymns that will manifest the diversity in unity of the Catholic Church.

A reception will follow the Mass at the Boston Marriot Hotel; 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton MA 02406. While the Mass is open for all, this reception is reserved for ticket holders only. Tickets are available for a donation of a minimum of $50 for adults and $35 for children below 12 years. That amount is the basic fee that is charged by the hotel per every individual. However, there are many more overhead costs for organizing this function. That is why we had to fundraise and request everyone to try to donate more than the basic fee to defray these costs.

The same spirit of generosity and charity has enabled UCCAB to meet the financial needs required to meet the expenses for hosting this occasion in the past. We therefore humbly appeal to all Ugandans and friends for financial assistance. Please send your donations to The Uganda Catholic Community, St Mary Parish, 133 School St, Waltham MA 02451.

Please visit our website at www.uccab.org for more information or contact us by calling one of the following:

Chairman: Mr. Henry Ndawula 781-266-8793
Secretary: Mr. Barnabas Nkore 781-484-6896
Publicity: Mr. Robert Kalugo 978-869-2873
Treasurer: Ms Josephine Kyazike 781-266-7547
Treasurer: Ms. Immaculate Nalubega 781-475-6894

You may choose to support us through advertising in our program magazine for the day. The magazine is a fully colored, fifty pages 11 by 8 inches publication. The size of advertisements in the program book will be determined by donations in the ranges of: $150 to $249.99 for a quarter page, $250 to $499.99 for a half page and $500 and above for a full page. A booth at the function cost $300.

Preferably, e-mail your electronic advertisement to kalugo@yahoo.com by May 30, 2011. Please write checks in the name of UCCAB.

Either way, your donation and support will be very much appreciated. Thank you and God bless you.


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Ugandan Diaspora News Team

Ugandan Diaspora News Online is an independent, non political news portal primarily aimed at serving Ugandans who work and reside outside Uganda. Our aim is to be a one stop shop for everything Ugandan and the celebration of our Ugandan heritage.

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