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Fervor, devotion, joy

Parish Mass illustrates some of Kenyans’ gifts

Editor’s Note: CNS International Editor Barb Fraze and Visual Media Manager Nancy Wiechec are in Kenya on a trip funded by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States.
By BARB FRAZE
Catholic News Service

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- Mass was approaching the two-hour mark at St. Mary’s Church. Members of the choir were wiping the sweat from their brow under the heat of the corrugated tin roof. Some of the dancers were fanning themselves with the tri-fold papers that contained the Sunday readings.
Yet 50 minutes later, when the announcements were over and the concelebrants had processed out, the choir members -- accompanied by shiny red bongos, shakers and a Yamaha keyboard hooked up to an amplifier -- were still singing, moving, gesturing, ululating -- expressing their praise of God. The more than 50 choir members rehearse three times a week for one and a half hours each session. The choir boasts nearly the same number of men as women. When they sing, they don’t hold sheet music; they clap, raise their hands in praise, turn around, move their feet and arms.
The St. Mary’s choir illustrates what Bishop Anthony Muheria of Kitui describes as three of Kenyan Catholics’ greatest attributes: fervor, devotion and, especially, joy. Choir members also represent the Kenyan church in their youthfulness.
“I think our church in Kenya is visibly and organically young -- both in spirit and in average age,” Bishop Muheria told representatives of U.S. diocesan mission offices Feb. 12, the day before the Mass.
The joy, he said, is palpable and uplifting, and “the fervor and devotion of our Christians is admirable.”
“Whenever you meet them in a prayer place, in a prayer setting, our people teach us, and I’m speaking (of) us as shepherds,” he said.
The bishop said Kenyan Catholics are willing to give God their time. He said when he sits with them to talk, no one gets edgy or looks at a watch.
“On Sunday we come at 10 -- they are willing to stay there until 2 -- sometimes under the sun,” he said.
St. Mary’s, in the Nairobi slum known as Mukuru, has about 10,000 parishioners, and about 2,000 attended the 10 a.m. Mass Feb. 13.
The congregants sat on wooden benches in a church lit by natural light -- only the altar area had small fluorescent lights -- and the celebratory nature of the Mass was palpable.
Young teen dancers wearing blue T-shirts that read “Save the Lord with joy” led the entrance procession. The congregation sang enthusiastically during the four-minute opening song as the priests processed up the three steps to the altar, under a drop ceiling framed by a valance decorated with brightly colored streamers.
Throughout the Mass, the choir members in their brown or black skirts and pants and ivory blouses and shirts led the rest of the congregation in song. The congregants sang during the procession for the Book of the Gospels. They sang the responsorial psalm. They sang for five minutes after the homily, and each petition was greeted with a sung response. They sang during the collection and as the five collection boxes were carried in the offertory procession, with the chalice, hosts, baskets of vegetables, flour, rice, bread, toilet paper and other necessities to help the less-fortunate members of the parish -- all of whom live in Mukuru.
The choir, still accompanied by bongos, shakers and keyboard, sang during the handshake of peace, then went right into another song to accompany the liturgical dancers.
After Communion, the choir sang a six-minute song of welcome for their American visitors, who were on a trip sponsored by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States and Maryknoll. Two Maryknoll priests stood and joined the celebratory dance.
Msgr. John E. Kozar, national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, was met with applause, cheers and drums as he greeted the congregants on behalf of their brothers and sisters in the United States.
“I want to take you all back to America,” he said to cheers. “Do you know why? Because you can teach the people of America how to celebrate!”

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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