Christians of the St. Charles Lwanga Parish in Wokoko Buea have today June 2, 2019 celebrated the feast day of their Patron Saint, St. Charles Lwanga. The celebrations began with a mass presided over by His Lordship Immanuel Balanjo Bushu, Bishop of the Diocese of Buea. He was assisted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Ernest Neba and three other priests.
In his 26 minutes sermon, His Lordship Immanuel Bushu urged the Christians to follow the footsteps of their patron saint who exhibited the attitude of a true follower of Christ during his short stay of 26 years on planet earth. Despite an order by the King of Buganda in Uganda for Christians to abandon their faith in God, St. Charles was resolute to serve God and do the works of God until his last breath. He was killed in 1886 because of his refusal to denounce Christianity.
The mass was also an occasion for some over 100 Christians to receive the sacrament of confirmation; a sacrament that the Bishop described as the holy spirit itself.
The event also saw the unveiling and blessing of a generator worth over 7 million FCFA, bought by the Christians to ensure unperturbed electricity supply in the parish and a 1 million FCFA Statue of St. Charles Lwanga donated by a Christian family.
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The glorious voices of the St. Charles Lwanga Parish Choir, the hymns, the processions and the scent of incense made the mass a memorable one.
The second part of the event was at the parish hall were special awards were given to deserving Christians, notably to the Catholic Women Association who came first in a Bible quiz (over 70%) organized on Saturday June 1, 2019 to mark the event. They were closely followed by the St. Charles Choir and The St. Stephen’s guild (altar servants) during the quiz.
The Rev. Sisters in the parish stole the show with their wonderful and amazing dance steps, dancing to an Igbo medley.
As it is tradition during feasts in Africa, food was left out of the celebrations; there were dishes of all sorts for the Christians to choose from.
The St. Charles Lwanga Parish was created in June 2012. It began as a mission station in the 1970s and a permanent structure was built in the early 1980s. Before becoming a parish, St. Charles Lwanga Mission Station exhibited signs of maturity; hosting the university of Buea community until the creation of the SS. Peter and Paul University Parish. It remained a mission station under the St. Anthony of Padua Parish Buea Town until it was made a parish in 2012. Since then, the Parish has had 4 priests, 1,294 Christians have been baptized, 696 confirmed and 201 marriages celebrated.
St. Charles Lwanga has been described as the pride of the Buea Diocese due to its outstanding behavior towards spiritual, humanitarian and social activities in the Diocese. The Christians of the Parish have expressed their desire to have a curate who will aid the Parish Priest in better administering spiritual nourishment to the Christians and a befitting learning structure for the pupils of the St. Charles Primary school.