MASS SCHEDULE – WEEK XXII.13 TRINITY (October 27, 2013)
28, St. Simon & St. Jude, Apostles
29, Martyrs of Uganda
01, All Saints Day
+ Among the new nations of Africa, Uganda is the most predominantly Christian. Mission work began there in the 1870’s with the favor of King Mutesa, who died in 1884. However, his son and successor, King Mwanga, opposed all foreign presence, including the missions. James Hannington, born 1847, was sent out from England in 1884 by the Anglican Church as missionary Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa. As he was travelling toward Uganda, he was apprehended by emissaries of King Mwanga. He and his companions were brutally treated and, a week later, 29 October 1885, most of them were put to death. Hannington’s last words were: “Go tell your master that I have purchased the road to Uganda with my blood.”
The first native martyr was the Roman Catholic Joseph Mkasa Balikuddembe, who was beheaded after having rebuked the king for his debauchery and for the murder of Bishop Hannington. On 3 June 1886, a group of 32 men and boys, 22 Roman Catholic and 10 Anglican, were burned at the stake. Most of them were young pages in Mwanga’s household, from their head-man, Charles Lwanga, to the thirteen-year-old Kizito, who went to his death “laughing and chattering.” These and many other Ugandan Christians suffered for their faith then and in the next few years. In 1977, the Anglican Archbishop Janani Luwum and many other Christians suffered death for their faith under the tyrant Idi Amin. Thanks largely to their common heritage of suffering for Christ and his Kingdom, Christians of various communions in Uganda have always been on excellent terms.
+ WEDNESDAY SCHOOL AND AGAPE THIS WEEK! Our next class is this Wednesday, October 23 at 5:45 p.m. Classes begin at 6:30 and run till 7:15 p.m. Fr. Larry is taking a break from teaching the Book of Hebrews and will pick back up with that study in January. Between now and Christmas break we will have topical classes each week that have been chosen by the congregation. We will have classes for all age groups and our schedule will be published next Sunday. Please call Jackie Jamison if you are interested in volunteering with the children’s classes since classroom assistants are needed! The menu is: Lasagna (both regular and gluten free) Salad Garlic bread Cookies (regular and gluten free)! The full fall schedule is found under Ministries on our website.
+ All Saints’ Men’s Group will meet Tuesday October 29, 7:00 a.m. in the undercroft.
+ Monday Morning Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. in the undercroft and classes will run through Monday, November 18. The first few weeks will be a general overview of the Bible using the survey “How The Bible Fits Together.” This is a no-homework study and all biblical probing will be done together in class. The book costs $12.98 when ordered online from www.precepts.org. For further information about the Fall term please contact Priscilla King, 540-456-6458 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Daily Mass is celebrated at 12:15 p.m. You and your family members are all remembered by name at the Altar of God every week. Please take an All Saints parish prayer list home with you & remember your fellow parishioners in your prayers!
+ All Saints parishioner may obtain a Mass card from the Church office. A Mass card is a greeting card given to someone to inform him or her that a deceased loved one or friend was remembered and prayed for at a weekly Mass. It is a specifically Christian way to express one’s love. Call Julie McDermott at the Church office (434-979-2842) and she will help you fill out the form. The celebrant will sign the card and we will mail it from the Church to the family of the loved one.