The opening and the blessing of the new Chapel in Baringa on September 6th, 2020 by Mgr Joseph Mokobe, Bishop of Basankusu, has marked a new dawn for the parish, and is a sign of hope.
Yet, the occasion raised mixed feelings. On the one hand there was sadness as people could watch or stand on the ground where their now defunct mini-Cathedral was built about 70 years ago.
On the other hand there was joy. The faithful and their priest used the same bricks to build a new Chapel. And the Bishop praised their achievement. He called on other parishes to learn from the motivation of the faithful of Sacred Heart Parish, Baringa. He encouraged all to continue working together for the good of the Church.
All along I have been reflecting. No doubt, the (Mill Hill) missionaries walked in the footsteps of Jesus Christ who offered to people the best of Himself and the hospitality of His presence. Surely the missionaries handed on what was precious to them: Faith in God who called them to join Jesus in giving new life and hope to the people of the equatorial rainforest. They have shown how one could use one’s abilities, resources, and time for the good of humanity…
On the whole the celebration was in fact a success. I understand that the missionary heritage has begun to mature in some aspects. The spirit of self-denial is developing. The desire to work for the interest of the Church is building up. The willingness to contribute (however little, due to striking poverty) is growing. The joy of coming together and celebrating is motivating. That is the reason why people could not hesitate to walk for 40kms or more to join in the celebration.
I am glad to believe that everyone of us, as St. Paul says, is a unique member of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27). Let us continue to encourage each other for the good of the Church.
Stan Bondoko mhm