Today’s topics: Ugandan Catholics in Boston and Uganda
Summary of today’s show: The community of native Ugandans living in the Boston area is said to be the third largest after Uganda and London and most of them are living in and around Waltham. Scot Landry and Fr. Mark O’Connell welcome Fr. Michael Nolan, Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Waltham and Bishop Charles Wamika of Jinja, Uganda, to talk about the Catholic faith in Uganda, which grew from the martyrdom of St. Charles Lwanga and companions; and the life of faith of Ugandans at St. Mary’s. Bishop Wamika came to Waltham to celebrate the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and companions with the community on June 3.
Listen to the show:
Today’s host(s): Scot Landry and Fr. Mark O’Connell
Today’s guest(s): Bishop Charles Wamika of Jinja, Uganda, and Fr. Michael Nolan, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Waltham
Links from today’s show:
- St. Mary Parish, Waltham
- Wikipedia page on Diocese of Jinja
- “The Uganda Martyrs Celebration 2013-Boston edition”, Ugandan Diaspora News
- “Lessons of Missionaries Live on in Boston”, Propagation of the Faith Boston, 6/13/13
- The Story of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions
- WYD Rio/Boston Facebook page
Gospel for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 30, 2013 (Luke 9:51-62):
When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.
As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”