Uganda Pilgrimage to Deepen Ties with our Sister Parish
In mid-June, a delegation of 10 parishioners, including our associate pastor Fr. Yamid Blanco, will visit our sister parish, St. Paul the Apostle in Mukono, Uganda. Our first parish pilgrimage occurred in 2001. This trip will be the fourth.
The purpose of the pilgrimage is to deepen the spiritual, social and cultural ties between our two parishes, as well as to check on the progress of the works that we have supported, like St. Francis Borgia High School. And finally we are planning how to continue to work together with our sister parish for the foreseeable future.
Uganda is on the equator, but its high elevation keeps the temperatures very comfortable. The country is culturally, topographically, and spiritually rich, but economically poor. The culture is alive with music, art, small business, and a growing middle class. There is an abundance of good weather and rich earth. Christianity thrives in the Catholic and Anglican churches. But poverty prevents them from enjoying luxuries we take for granted, like schools, indoor plumbing, and paved roads.
Thank you to our parishioners for their generous outpouring of support, friendship, and prayers for the people of our sister parish. Since 2005, we have sent more than $285,000 to Uganda from collections, donations, and earnings to support the needs and ministries of St. Paul’s. Our twinning relationship has been a great blessing to our parish in Cedarburg, too. It has enriched us spiritually and culturally, and opened our eyes and arms to friends on the other side of the world.
This trip to Uganda requires a significant financial commitment. We would welcome any sponsorship you might like to offer. Providing financial support would be a way for those who are unable to travel to Uganda to become involved personally.
Thank you for your generosity and support of our sisters and brothers in Uganda. Pray for the safety of our pilgrims in their journey to Uganda.
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