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Easter message from Buseesa

Posted on: March 28, 2016 10:00 am
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Sr. Mary Paulynne Tubick emailed the following message to Sr. Mary Janet Stamm on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Sr. Mary Paulynne is the head teacher of St. Julie Primary School in Buseesa, Uganda. Sr. Mary Janet was in Buseesa from 1995-2013. 

Dear Sisters,

He is Risen! Alleluia!

May you experience the joy and blessings of this Easter season!  Jesus is alive and his love remains present forever!  I believe that each of us is offered this life eternal and to live as lights of God’s goodness and love in our world today.  So rejoice and let us always remember Jesus’ promise: “I am with you always.  Remain in my love.”  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Here is a recap and description of our Triduum happenings in Buseesa:

Holy Thursday dawned as a bright and sunny day.  The liturgy of the Last Supper began at 4:00 p.m. in our church with Notre Dame Academy, St. Julie and many local people in attendance. Needless to say, our little church was packed to the seams.  After the homily, a gentle rain began to fall, hardly noticeable and yet very refreshing for the temperature began to change. Perhaps God and the angels were weeping for the up and coming betrayal and arrest of Jesus, the Beloved One.  

Father Godfrey our pastor washed the feet of twelve people of the parish, which included Sr. Mary Judith Averbeck (science teacher at Notre Dame Senior Secondary Academy) and the head girls, or student body presidents, of Notre Dame Academy and St. Julie School.  After the liturgy concluded the students of NDA and the students of St. Julie P5-P7 classes remained at the Altar of Repose for 30 minutes.  The sacredness of the moment was reflected by the silence and prayerfulness of the students.  Each parish group was asked to pray at the Altar of Repose for an hour.  The Sisters of Notre Dame prayed from 10-11pm.  We prayed for each of you and your intentions.

On Good Friday, the living Stations of the Cross began at Akasalaba at 9:00 a.m.  The students from St. Julie’s classes of P5-P7 were in charge of Station One and Notre Dame Academy prayed the Second Station.  The Way of the Cross wound its way to the church where the Sisters of Notre Dame led the Thirteenth Station.  The Adoration of the Cross and the Communion Service took place at 3:00 p.m.  Again, all was very reverent, reflective and somber.  It was very touching to witness the little children kneeling before the crucifix and touching the crucified Jesus.  The weather seemed to match the somberness of the day.  The sky was filled with dark clouds, but then the sun broke through.  Only at night did it begin to rain as if to say: “It is finished.”

It is a tradition at St. Julie School for the children to dye and color Easter eggs on Holy Saturday.  They love to do this in preparation for the annual Egg Hunt on Easter afternoon. 

Easter Vigil and the lighting of the new fire will take place outside our dining hall at St. Julie School at 7:00 p.m. tonight. St. Julie students are in charge of the Mass songs and Notre Dame Academy girls will participate in the readings.  Everyone will receive a candle and enter the darkened auditorium.  It is quite a beautiful sight to behold when the Easter candle is brought into the dining hall and the candles are lit.  Truly the Light conquers the darkness! 

Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, the liturgy will begin at 11:00 a.m.  The entire parish will be attending for our little church cannot accommodate all of the people of this area.  In addition to the approximately 500 students of both of our schools, hundreds more of our parishioners are expected to attend the service.  Notre Dame Academy will be the Easter choir this year. The entrance doorways of our dining hall will be decorated with banana trees and flowers   And oh yes, there will be singing, clapping and dancing…..such a glorious celebration for the MOST significant and important day! 

So we hold you in prayer and loving thoughts as we begin this wonderful Easter season.  Thank you for your continual prayerful and loving support.  Happy Easter!  Alleluia!

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