KENEMA DEANERY OBSERVES SECOND CATHEDRATICUM
In a chemistry of Faith and support to the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese, the Kenema Deanery has this Saturday 26th March, 2022 observed the 2nd Cathedraticum at the Holy Trinity Parish in Kenema under the auspices of the Bishop of the Diocese.
The Cathedraticum Celebration is a mark of honour and sign of subjection to the Cathedral Church, where its name is derived and an annual financial and material support to the Bishop.
The Mass which attracted many Parishioners from the seven Parishes of the Deanery was graced by Priests and Religious working in the Deanery.
Giving his welcome address, the Dean of the Deanery who doubles as Parish Priest of the Host Parish Rev. Fr. Celestin Koundouno CSSp expressed his delight in hosting this year's celebration. He welcomed all Priests, Religious and the lay faithful for their presence. He recounted the many challenges faced by Parishes during this period but nonetheless reaffirms their commitment to the Bishop in his Pastoral strides. He mentioned that last year's Cathedraticum was for the pavement of the Cathedral, which is the Episcopal Seat of the Bishop and was successful as a result of Parishioners' unflinching support. "This year's Cathedraticum is targeting the payment of fees for the Seminarians." He noted.
In his gratifying homily, the Bishop of the Diocese of Kenema Most Rev. Dr. Henry Aruna catechized Parishioners about the structural development of the Catholic Church and how the Church galvanizes funds for its continual growth. He said that the lay faithful are the most important members of the Church and their contributions towards the Church have been amazing. "You're never too poor to give nor too rich to receive, therefore, self-reliance is now a must". He emphasized. The Bishop expressed his gratitude to Priests, Religious and the lay faithful for their support to his administration. He concluded by reflecting on the Gospel reading which centers around the Widow's Mite and encouraged all to contribute generously towards the growth of the Church.
The celebration was climaxed by joyous presentation of cheques and physical Cash by Parishes to their smiling Bishop. The sum of Eighty-three million Leones(le83,000,000) was raised as follows:
• St. Paul's Cathedral- Le 20,000,000
• Holy Trinity Parish- Le15,000,000
• Holy Spirit Parish- Le15,000,000
•Immaculate Conception Church- Le15,000,000
• Holy Rosary Parish Blama- Le9,000,000
• St. Francis of Assisi- Boajibu- Le4,000,000
• St. Kizito's Parish Panguma- Le4,000,000
• Holy Childhood Association- Le450,000
• Extra collection- Le500,000
The Vote of thanks was delivered by the host Chairman Asp. Peter Ensah whose powerful and inspiring speech triggered an overwhelming applause from the congregation.