Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba blesses the school’s borehole and grounds
by Sisters Rose Nyambura Githuka and Agnes Njoki Njeru
“Siku njema huonekana asubuhi,” the Kiswahili saying translates as: “A good day starts in the morning.” August 2nd, 2019 was one of the most beautiful days we had in the last few months here in Molo. At last the long-awaited day had dawned. Bishop Ndingi Primary School was a beehive of activities that morning as we waited for the arrival of Rt. Rev. Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru to preside over the Eucharistic celebration.
Upon arrival, the Bishop signed the visitors’ book and proceeded to receive a warm welcome from the pupils. A special welcome note, accompanied by a bouquet of red and white roses, was presented to the Bishop by Pricilla Wamaitha, a Grade One pupil. The students sang a special, school-composed welcome song and senior-grade students danced as a part of the welcome.
At exactly 10:00 a.m., a colorful liturgical procession marked the beginning of our Eucharistic celebration. The school choir animated the Solemn Mass with appropriately chosen hymns, and their angelic voices were well coordinated. Worth noting, the Bishop had an interesting interaction with the learners on the topic of Trinity. He was amazed to hear of their conviction of the Trinity as one God and not as three gods during his challenging address.
Upon surveying the school, he was impressed with the various ethnic communities and different religions represented. About this, he emphasized that the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word had continued to be Gospels of Love to all without discrimination. Before the final blessing, the Bishop expressed his amazement at how our pupils had exceptionally participated in the Liturgy. Thanks to our generous school liturgical committee and all the staff who worked hard to assist in making the liturgy colorful.
After the Eucharistic celebration, we had two presentations from Grade One and Grade Four. Each grade presented the life history of their patron saints. Grade One presented St. Aloysius Gonzaga, while Grade Four presented St. Dominic Savio. Every grade in our school has a patron saint that the pupils learn of their life history, share it with others, and emulate their values. Doing so helps them to continue to deepen their Christian faith. Later, there was a procession and blessing of the upper block classrooms of the Primary School, where the Secondary School intends to start in January 2020. After that, our new borehole received a blessing as we proceeded to the blessing of the grounds.
As we came to the closure of this significant event, the Bishop led us in planting some trees to mark the beginning of a new life. When all the trees were planted, we enjoyed the hospitality of Sr. Maurine Chemnung Pangale at Ukarimu Centre, where we enjoyed a festive meal prepared for us. Our gratitude goes to all who participated in various ways and capacities to make this day a success. Long live the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word! Long live the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word schools! PRAISED BE THE INCARNATE WORD… FOREVER!
Top Left: Students serve as liturgical dancers during Mass. Top Right: Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba blesses the school’s upper classrooms that will be used by the first Secondary School class in 2020. Bottom Left: Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba and Priscilla Wamaitha during Mass. The Bishop expressed his amazement at Priscilla’s eloquence during the welcoming ceremony. Bottom Right: Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba is presented with flowers from Pricilla Wamaitha, a grade one pupil of the school.