Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese is gearing up to mark its 60th anniversary in 2024. The diocese, established in 1964 after being separated from the Kampala Archdiocese, covers the districts of Mubende, Mityana, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, and Gomba.
During the Parish Day Mass held on October 15, the congregation was addressed by Fr. Michael Mukasa, who emphasized the significance of giving.
One of the primary plans for the anniversary celebration, according to Parish priest Fr. Stephen Lusiba, is to commercialize the parish gardens. The intention is to upgrade these gardens to meet modern standards, making them suitable for hosting major events like weddings, introductions, and political gatherings.
Fr. Lusiba further elaborated on the project, which includes the installation of a well-standardized gate with accommodations for the gatekeeper, a two-bedroom self-contained building, a changing house, a properly constructed parking area with paving, and suitable lighting.
The funds generated from the garden’s commercial activities will be used to support church-related activities, as stated by Fr. Lusiba during the parish day celebrations at Kiyinda-Mityana Diocesan Cathedral, also known as St. Noa Mawagali Cathedral.
The event was honored by Uganda’s Minister of Lands, Judith Nabakooba, who served as the chief guest. In her address, she expressed gratitude to the congregation for their unwavering support over the past 59 years, ensuring the smooth functioning of church activities. Minister Nabakooba commended the church for its commercial initiatives, recognizing their potential to uplift local communities.
Minister Nabakooba also reiterated the importance of safeguarding land rights and discouraging land fragmentation, especially in the aftermath of the passing of family leaders. She encouraged peaceful conflict resolution as a means to address property disputes.
The Parish Day Mass, conducted by Fr. Michael Mukasa, highlighted the significance of giving to others, emphasizing that those who give from the heart will receive blessings in return.
Additionally, the occasion saw more than 600 children receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, signifying the spiritual aspect of the celebration.