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21st May, 2023
THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (Seventh Sunday of Easter)
First Reading: Acts 1: 1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 47: 2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 17-23
Alleluia: Matthew 28: 19a, 20b
Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20
God has gone up with shouts of joy. The Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Gospel Acclamation:
Alleluia Alleluia !
Go and make disciples of all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, to the close of the age.
Alleluia Alleluia !
  • 07:00 Fr. Isaac Fernandes
  • 08:15 Fr. Bernard Zulu
  • 10:00 Fr. Godfrey Dlamini
  • 11:30 Fr. Paul Sakala (Novena)
  • 17:00 Fr. Paul Sakala (Novena)
  • 17:30 Fr. Paul Sakala (Novena) (Saturday)
is available before all Sunday Masses and on request at the Parish Office.

Nickson Jere & Ruth Kapungwe, 

- Philip Zulu & Mazizi N. Mbao, 

- Nicholas Vorster & Yolanda Camille, 

- James Phiri & Lweendo Elizabeth, 

- Choongo Erick & Prudence Miti, 

- Micheal Mulenga & Mutinta Chinganya, 

- Mumbi Chibesakunda & Bwalya Mutapa.

If you have information why any of these couples should not marry, please inform the Parish Priest. You are asked to pray for them and are reminded of the 3 months notice. The Pre Marriage Class meet at 08:30, at Laity Centre.
CCJP is meeting after 10:00 hrs Mass in Kalemba Hall. 
New members are available.
73rd FETE 2023
1. The Fete planning and logistics committee is seeking volunteers from the parish community to join their team. If you are interested in participating.
Please contact Mr. Mwalula Chris Chileshe on 0977782948.

2. The Fete committee is currently seeking volunteers with electrical and plumbing
experience to assist with the event. Additionally, they are in need of items such as deep
freezers, fridges, Tents and transportation especially light trucks. If you are interested
in volunteering or able to lend any of these items for the event. 
Please contact the Parish Office on 0975469984.

3. The next meeting for Fete stall holders, both old and new, will be held on 24th May, 2023 at 17:30 hrs, Kalemba Hall. Please let us all attend.

4. Come and grab your Fete raffle tickets! They are available for purchase outside
before and after every mass, and at the parish office. You can buy a single ticket for just
K25,or go for a whole booklet for K500. Let's show our support.
All male leaders of our four Choirs ( the 10:00 hrs choir, 11:30 hrs choir, 08:15 hrs choir and the Loyola youth choir) have been invited for a meeting by Fr. Andrew Simpasa today 21st May, 2023 at 14:00 hrs in the Parish Conference room. Please attend without fail.
Will be animating the Novena to the Holy Spirit Mass on Friday 26th May, 2023. This group is made up of all Catholic Women of the Parish. Therefore, all women are encouraged to attend. 
Dress code is praying hands Chitenge, white top and a white head wrapper.
The Catholic Men's Organization will be animating the 12:30 and 17:30hrs Day 5 of the Novena to the Holy Spirit Mass, 28th of May 2023.
Parishioners are encouraged to attend. 
To join, contact Mr Kapaya on 0972472734
Saturday Classes have started. 
We are appealing to parents and guardians to take a keen interest in what the children are learning at Saturday classes. Parents/ guardians should insure they attend regularly and on time. 
Remember they only have 1 hour of class time once a week.
Parishioners are being informed that the Novena to the Holy Spirit (Pentecost Novena) has started for nine days , from Saturday 20th May to Sunday 28th May 2023 at 13: 00 hrs and 17: 30 hrs. On Sundays at 11:30 hrs and 17:00 hrs. 
The Director is Fr. Paul Sakala.
If you have any relative who is sick at home or in hospital, please inform the Parish Priest or the Parish Assistant Priest.
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SECURITY ALERT: Don't be an easy target, you can prevent a crime of opportunity. Never leave valuables such a laptops, money, mobile phones, bags, purses etc in you vehicles.
St Elizabeth SCC is on duty for the month of May 2023. This community is mainly made up of residents around our Parish : Omelo Mumba Rd, South of Great East Rd and those who live in Lusaka. 
To join, contact the chairperson Dr G. Khonje on 0955301149
Parishioners are informed that the Mid-Day lunch time mass is every Wednesday at 13:00hrs - 13:30hrs. We are all encouraged to attend.
If you need your kettle, stove, fan, blender, iron or toaster to be repaired, 
you can contact Mr Michael Miti on 0979692849 or 0776457719

Donation of books, magazines, novels and text books for the fete can be brought to the parish office.

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement is conducting registration for Life in the Spirit Seminars which will commence on Saturday 10th June ,2023 at 15:00hrs in Kalemba Hall Room 5.
COVID ALERT: Help mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands when entering and leaving the church Observe social distance and marked out in Church. No handshakes for sign of peace, Holy communion to be received on the palm of the hand.
The 2017 edited hymn book is now available at the Parish Office at K60 per copy.
(Except on the first Friday of the month when we have Benediction before Mass)
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Your-self at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partially influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may Journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of Father and the son, forever and ever. Amen.
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. He of the Father. We will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the death and life of the world to come. Amen.
1. We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.
2. When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.
3. Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.
"Finding God in all things is at the core of Ignatian Spirituality and is rooted in our growing awareness that God can be found in every one, in every place and in everything. When we learn to pay more attention to God, we become more thankful and reverent, and through this, we become more devoted to God.” 
~ Saint Ignatius Of Loyola
The Ascension of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, marks the end of Jesus’ human life on earth, but not His involvement in the lives of mankind. He now guides us through the Holy Spirit and the Church. Thereafter, Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, “from where He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” This great Feast also marks the end of an era and the beginning of another: the governance of the Church by human beings in conjunction with the Holy Spirit.

In the First Reading, Luke describes the last forty days of the Risen Christ on earth, teaching and preparing the apostles for His departure. In addition to the event of the Ascension itself, the promise of the Holy Spirit is something we should focus on because on Pentecost the Holy Spirit was given to all the baptized. It is through the Holy Spirit that God’s Plan of Salvation will continue until the end of time.

The Responsorial Psalm is a song that the angels and saints in heaven might have sung upon welcoming the risen and glorified Christ back into heaven after fulfilling His mission on earth. We also will be welcomed in the same way if we complete our mission, our role in God’s Plan of Salvation.

In the Second Reading Paul lists the spiritual accomplishments along with the honour and glory that Jesus so richly earned by fulfilling His, the salvation of mankind and the Glory of the Father.

The Gospel Reading talks about transferring of Jesus’ mission to the apostles and to all mankind as part of our baptismal commitment. It is very clear that Jesus intended that all mankind was to be included in His Church and eventually in heaven; but we cannot presume that salvation is automatic. Faith in Christ and obedience to His teachings and the Church remain the prime criteria.

We encourage you to spend time in meditating on the Ascension of Christ Jesus. God wants to be accepted based on faith, not on visual appearance, and as He tells the apostles in the Gospel of John, “It is better for you that I go back to the Father in heaven. If I fail to go, the Holy Spirit will not come to you.” Does the love of God reign in your heart? If not, pray to the Holy Spirit to help you find this love, joy and peace that He promises. Something to reflect on during your Prayer week.