Christ the King of Kenya

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The feast of Christ the King was celebrated with dignity at Holy Cross Priory in Kenya, with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament followed by all the faithful in the priory gardens. Everyone gave of his heart and of his time for the beauty of the ceremony. A very big thank you to the sisters for the beauty of the altars, to the altar boys for the beauty of the liturgy, to the choir and to all the faithful for the beauty of the hymns in English, Latin and Swahili.

18 October 2015: Mission Sunday

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Dear Friends,
Children's prayer at the Grotto after Catechism
As the Mission Sunday 18th October 2015 is coming soon, the missionary Priests, Brother and Sisters of Kenya are happy to address you this letter in order to ask for your prayers and donations for the mission, the convent and the school in Kenya.
Holy Cross Priory was founded in 2003 in Nairobi and has today 2 priests, 1 brother and about 200 faithful who come to Mass every Sunday. The priory is located beside the slum of Kawangware, which offers to many children from poor background the opportunity to come and pray at the church. Our Saturday activities are fully consecrated to them: they come to attend Mass in the morning, then they are offered a lunch, and in the afternoon the priests, sisters and catechists teach them catechism and help them with their school homework and with various activities of Christian life. 
This year 2015, we have achieved some work to beautify, re-paint and enlighten the chapel that is now so nice for the Glory of God Who lives in it and for the peace of the souls who come to pray there. All this has been made possible thanks to your many donations and to the devotion of a certain German faithful who spent six months in Kenya to realise this work. A great thank you to all those who have contributed.
Help us to finish this school building!
The Noviciate of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary was founded in 2010 by Bishop Fellay. Today they are around twenty profess, novice and postulant Sisters, who prepare themselves for their future missionary apostolate of teaching and medical work. They are impatient to complete their formation and to start these various charitable works. Unfortunately, to obtain the necessary qualification demands time and money… which we do not have yet!
The kindergarten and primary school Holy Cross Academy was founded in 2012 and has now around 50 pupils. This number should increase when we’ll start the new school year in January 2016. We only have 3 classrooms for 8 education levels. The school is too small. In May 2014, we have started the construction of a larger building. But the lack of funds forced us to interrupt the work at the end of the year 2014.
Our project is therefore to review the size of the building and to adjust it with a lower budget. An architect and an engineer are already working on it. With this new project, we shall have 4 or 5 additional classrooms, and also a fully equipped flat where the Sisters can stay and devote themselves on site for the children’s education. The cost of this new project is roughly 200 000 $.
This is how, on the same plot, we shall have the Catholic priory, chapel and school, with the permanent presence of the priests, brother and sisters. This project is an extraordinary chance for the Nairobian children. They are taught the Catholic catechism. They can attend the Traditional Mass every day. They receive an adequate preparation for sacraments. And all this teaching will be provided by religious Nuns and Catholic teachers.
All this will be possible through your generosity. Thank you very much in advance for your donations and prayers on this Mission Sunday. Every day, the community of the Priests, Brother and Sisters prays the Holy Rosary for all your intentions; and every Wednesday, the children of the school attend the Holy Mass celebrated for their benefactors!
May Our Lady of Africa bless you abundantly!
Fr. Nicolas Bély

Marriage at Holy Cross Church

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This 7th October 2015, John and Caroline MUNGA united to each other in the Sacrament of Matrimony at Holy Cross Church. A new family of the Parish has been blessed by God in this sacrament of which St Paul says: "This is a great Sacrament in Christ and in the Church" (Ep 5:32).

What a wonderful testimony while, in Rome, the Synod on the family has just started! Let us pray for the Pope and the Bishops of the Catholic Church, especially for Cardinal John NJUE, Archbishop of Nairobi, who is amongst the African Prelates who stand strong to defend the Catholic Doctrine about Marriage.

Prayer of St Therese of the Child Jesus for Missionaries

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Divine Jesus, hear the prayer I offer you for your Missionaries. Keep them safe amid the dangers of the world. Make them feel increasingly the nothingness and vanity of passing things and the happiness of being able to despise them for your love. May they carry out their sublime apostolate on those around them. May they be apostles worthy of your Sacred Heart.

O Mary! gentle Queen of Carmel, it is to you that I entrust the souls of the Missionaries. Teach them even now how lovingly you handled the Divine Child Jesus and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, so that they may worthily go up to the Holy Altar and carry in their hands the King of Heaven.

I ask you also to keep them safe beneath the shadow of your virginal mantle until the happy day when they leave this valley of tears and can contemplate your splendor and enjoy for all eternity the fruits of their glorious apostolate.