Help The Students of St. Matia Mulumba
November 12 is our next fundraising campaign to purchase desks for 6 of the schools in the outlying sub-parishes of St. Matia where resources and funding are scarce. The cost of one desk is $31.00.
Donated Advent calendars will be available to those who want. Please pick one up and sponsor a desk or two! Donation envelopes will be distributed on Nov. 5th. For a tax deductible donation, please make all checks payable to Mother Teresa Mission with a notation of “St. Matia Desk Campaign” in the memo line or make your donation on-line below.
For more information or to help with our fundraisers please email Michelle Yeh »
Sponsored by the Support St. Matia Mulumba Committee and the Children’s Liturgy Ministry.
Support St. Matia Mulumba Mission Statement
Mother Teresa Catholic Mission assists the community of St. Matia Mulumba in the Diocese of Kiyinda-Mityana, Uganda by helping to provide their community with the basic necessities of everyday life: including clean water, energy, transportation, education, and pastoral care. This is accomplished through prayer and giving with the support of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry and The Support St. Matia Mulumba Board and Committee. Specifically, our stewardship supports the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in this poor rural village.
We educate our own community, including our children on Catholic social teaching practices. We actively use our talents and gifts to assist our brothers and sisters in need at St. Matia Mulumba in confirmation of our Christian values and the teachings of Our Lord.
Our Relationship with St. Matia Mulumba Parish
Fr. Charles Lugenda joined the pastoral staff at St. Michael the Archangel from May, 2007 to July, 2008 while on sabbatical leave from St. Matia Mulumba. Through this relationship, we saw a beautiful opportunity to share our blessings with his faithful Christian community in need of many basic necessities. In November of 2008, with the approval of Msgr. Tim O’Connor, we held our first campaign for St. Matia Mulumba to assist the children with tuition and school supplies.
St. Matia Mulumba was a Mission of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Mubende since 1925. It became a parish with the building of the current church in 1966. From 1925-1984 it was evangelized by the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers). The diocesan priests took over the administration of the parish in 1984.
Fr. Charles Lugenda has been the pastor of St. Matia Mulumba since 2008. He is their sixth pastor. St. Matia Mulumba is named after one of the Uganda Martrys. The parish is 45 miles west of the capital city of Kampala and is in the rural district of Mubende. According to the 2016 statistics the parish has a population of 37,846. Out of these 21,735 are Roman Catholics and live in 32 sub-parishes.
Four priests travel to the rural villages to say Mass and provide pastoral care to the people, seeing them once every three months. The farthest sub-parish is twenty-five miles from the Main Church of St. Matia Mulumba. It takes about two and a half hours by car due to the rugged rural roads. Parishioners are mostly subsistence farmers. The average weekly collection of St. Matia Mulumba and the sub-parishes is an equivalent of $114.00, however some families do offer foodstuffs instead of cash.
The main church campus consists of the church, offices, rectory, Our Lady’s Chapel, a grade school and high school, a fellowship hall, a health center, teachers’ and nurses’ quarters and a convent. The convent houses 5 nuns (two for the grade school, one for the high school and two for the health center. The parish has 12 grade schools which were founded by the catholic church. Total number of pupils 3440. The high school has 500 students.
St. Matia Mulumba utilizes 2 water tanks along with sporadic piped running water from our local town of Kiganda. Water is harvested during the rainy seasons and stored for use. It must be boiled in order to consume it. The health center has a borehole.
Solar energy and hydroelectric power are sources of energy. The majority of people in rural Uganda walk and do not own cars. Only 12 of the 21,500 parishioners own a car and on average there are 15 bicycle owners in each of the sub-parishes. Their list of basic needs is extensive.
The ongoing relationship with Fr. Charles Lugenda and the St. Michael community is blessed with occasional visits from Fr. Charles, at the invitation of the Diocese of Raleigh, and through our bi-annual campaigns to assist his community.