Greetings from Rusape/Mutare to all on Knocklyon!
Fr Paul Horan has just attached some photos of the blessing of the Church in Nzvimbe. I’m availing of the opportunity to send a message of thanks to all the people who have supported this project and especially the parishioners in Knocklyon.
The building was well advanced when I had to leave Rusape hurriedly in June 2008 during the violent election campaign. After returning in September 2009, it took some time to settle in and pick up where I had left off. The floor, ramp and toilets were completed in due course. Saturday, May 8th, was blessing day.
Two open trucks and two pick up trucks left Rusape at 9.00 am with about one hundred people from St. Simon’s and St Joseph’s on board. Conditions were ideal. Clear clue sky with temperature about 20C. The 80km journey took about two hours as we navigated the uneven dirt roads.Parishioners from a local outstation, St. Anthony of Padua, arrived either by foot or the elders on a pickup truck.
The ceremony began at midday with all the people assembled outside, facing the church entrance. Bishop Muchabaiwa led the prayers, followed by the blessing of the outside of the church, then the interior when the entire congregation entered.
The church, 25x15meters, was full with the combined choirs in great voice. A beautiful celebration of the Eucharist. I offered Mass for all who had contributed in any way to the construction and completion of this sturdy building over the past five to six years.
The locals provided food,sadza(ground maize) and mashona chicken, for the entire congregation.
We were on the journey back to Rusape by 3.30pm with grateful hearts for all that has been achieved.
May the Good Shepherd reward all who are good to us.
Love and best wishes.
Bob Kelly O.Carm.