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Making a Difference in Healthcare in Our Sister Parish
Written by OLSOS Parish   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:50

Challenges Faced By Our Sister Parish

In the Welcome Speech in honor of our first parishioner visit to our Sister Parish on November 28, 2010, Silver Kayabuki, chairman of the Sister Parish Committee at Mary, Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi Parish, shares:

We intend to embark on the following projects in the future:

  1. Construct a new and bigger church
  2. Renovate the presbytery
  3. Construct a maternity ward for our Health Centre

Construction of a new and bigger church is underway.  Our Sister Parish still has a long way to go, however.  They have reached the roof beams and are currently building trusses to support the roof.  The estimated cost of completion is about $45,000.  Funding is being mobilized by community efforts.  Donations, of course, would be appreciated as it will be some time before the community is able to reach its goal.

Progress of Nyakishenyi Parish Church construction (March 2014).

Through the creativity and generosity of Our Lady Star of the Sea parishioners last year, we raised over $5,000 for our Sister Parish at our first Dessert Auction and Silent Auction.  Fr. Reuben Mubangizi, the pastor of Mary, Mother of the Church, will be utilizing these funds to make some much-needed renovations to the Rectory.  “Charity begins at home,” he says.

Rectory – Parish Offices and Kajumiro Church.
On “Parish Sunday” (the 4th Sunday of each month, Mass is said from the structure on the left and seating is on the benches in the foreground.)

The Rectory is currently home to three priests.  Fr. Reuben is assisted by Fr. Boniface Katatika and Fr. Anthony Bemera.

Fr. Reuben is responsible for Abanyangabo/Abazaavery (Defenders of Jesus/Eucharistic Crusaders), Emitimya y’omu purgatory (Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory), Ebigombe bya Paapa (Pontifical Missionary Society), Bwombeka (Building Committee), Abashomesa (Catechists).  He is the parish treasurer and serves on the management committee for Nyakishenyi Catholic Health Centre.

Fr. Boniface is responsible for Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Catholic Student Association, Altar Servers, Choir and Liturgy, Abakozi (the workers who cook at the rectory, tend the gardens and the livestock).  He is the parish bursar and is also the Spiritual Director and English teacher at St. Matthias Vocational Secondary School.

Fr. Anthony is responsible for Abanyeihe (Abato n’Abakuru) (Legion of Mary, Young and Old), St. Jude Thaddeo, Ebigombe by’Abakazi (Catholic Women’s Association), Land and Farm Committees, and Amashomero ga Primary (spiritual director and oversight of the Catholic-founded primary schools in the parish).

In addition to the priests, the Rectory houses several parish employees, including two cooks and several young men who assist with the parish gardens and livestock.  The Rectory also hosts visitors to the area.  On my last visit, in addition to myself, Sr. Prima Mutahunga, a diocesan nun and nurse serving at the Kabalanga Health Centre, was also visiting.  Fr. Reuben says, “When a visitor comes, you do not ask why they have come or when they are leaving.”

This year, our Dessert Auction and Silent Auction will help our Sister Parish build a maternity ward at Nyakishenyi Catholic Health Centre in Kajumiro.  Because most of the people who live in our Sister Parish are poor, with about 40% of the population living on less than $1.25 per day, the Health Centre has only been able to clear the land and lay the foundation.

Foundation for maternity ward at Nyakishenyi Health Center


New to our Dessert Auction and Silent Auction this year, we will have a Fund-An-Item.  The Fund-An-Item will be for two Solar Suitcases, one for Nyakishenyi Catholic Health Centre and one for Kabalanga Health Centre.  A Solar Suitcase is an economical, easy-to-use portable power unit that provides health care workers with high efficient medical lighting and power for mobile communication, laptop computers and small medical devices.  The Solar Suitcase was originally designed to support emergency obstetric care, but can be used in a range of medical and humanitarian settings.  The system includes high-efficiency LED medical task lighting, a universal cell phone charger, a battery charger for AAA or AA batteries, and outlets for 12V DC devices.  The basic system comes with 40 or 80 watts of solar panels, and a 14 amp-hour sealed lead-acid battery.  The maternity kit comes with a fetal doppler.  The cost per unit is $1,500.  You can read more about Solar Suitcases at http://wecaresolar.org.

Additional needs of the Health Centres include cotton bandages, latex gloves, mattresses, mattress covers, sheets, and bedding.  The Health Centres are each staffed by a nurse and support staff.  According to Fr. Reuben, visiting medical teams would be welcomed.

Susan, the Nurse at Nyakishenyi Health Centre.

The healthcare challenges faced by our brothers and sisters in Christ in Uganda are many.  Uganda’s infant mortality rate and life expectancy age are among the worst in the world.  More than 50% of Ugandans do not have access to clean water, making them vulnerable to cholera and diarrhea.  Malaria and respiratory illnesses are widespread and are frequent causes of death.  AIDS has claimed many lives in Uganda and has greatly reduced life expectancy.  This has resulted in a large number of orphaned children, many of which are cared for by other relatives or living in child-headed households.

Nyakishenyi Health Center

Patient Ward, Nyakishenyi Health Center

The Sister Parish Ministry would like to invite parishioners, their families, and their friends to help us make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Ways to make a difference:

  • Begin with prayer.  Prayer is the most important aspect of our Ministry.  Our brothers and sisters in Christ need your prayers and our committee members need your prayers.  “Pray without ceasing.”  (1 Thes. 5:17)
  • Donate a dessert, gift basket or service to the auction.  (Desserts should be delivered to Camerman Hall by 5 pm on Saturday, August 16.  Gift baskets and descriptions of services can be delivered any time up to the day of the auction.
  • Donate surplus medical supplies, new twin-sized plastic mattress covers and bed sheets for delivery to our Sister Parish by our visiting delegation (Holy Week 2015).  If you would like to join our visiting delegation, please let us know.
  • Volunteer your time to help at the auction.  Help is needed in all areas – advertising, procurement, set-up, clean-up, registration, cashiering, kitchen help, serving, go-fers, runners, and more!

For questions about how you can get involved with our Sister Parish Ministry, to make a donation, or if you have questions about our Sister Parish or would like to schedule a Sister Parish committee member to speak to your family, parish group, youth group, or classroom, please contact Tammi Murray at (360) 990-0900 or via email at murray.tammi@yahoo.com

News From Our Sister Parish
Written by Sister Parish Ministry   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:41

There is much going on at our Sister Parish and our Sister Parish Ministry! Here's a few updates:

 -Congratulations to the 427 children at Mary, Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi Parish who received First Holy Communion on the Feast of Corpus Christi. May God bless these children and all who receive Him through the Holy Eucharist!

Ugandan Water Project

A team from UWP will be visiting our Sister Parish in August. We are hoping to complete fundraising for 40 Sawyer PointONE Water Filters With Bucket Adapter Kits for the 35 churches, several primary schools, and a health clinic in our Sister Parish. We are halfway to our $2,800 goal! 

Can you help? Please make checks payable to Our Lady Star of the Sea and write “Sister Parish – WATER” in the Memo and drop in the collection basket or Parish Office by July 11.

Items For Children

We are collecting soccer balls (size 5), extra needle packs, and pumps (with pull out handle), boxes of crayons, new pencils, pencil sharpeners, balloons, temporary tattoos & stickers (no super heros, fighting, etc.), glow sticks bracelets, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and nail clippers for UWP Team #19 to distribute to schools and programs serving street children in Uganda.

We will also be sending a package of greeting cards, letters, photos, drawings, and poetry and prayers to our brothers and sisters in Christ at our Sister Parish.

If you have items that you would donate or greetings/letters that you would like to send, please contact Tammi Murray or drop off in the Parish Office. Drop Off Deadline is Friday, July 11.


Visiting Our Sister Parish

Would you like to visit our Sister Parish? At least three parishioners are planning to visit our Sister Parish during Holy Week 2015. Our tentative trip dates are March 22-April 9, 2015. Estimated trip cost is $3,500. Formal trip planning Meetings will begin in the Fall or join us for Q&A over coffee this summer. Our next trip is scheduled for October 2016 for our Sister Parish’s Jubilee Celebration. 


Check us out on Facebook!
Please look for our new Our Lady Star of the Sea Sister Parish Ministry on Facebook! Stay updated on our Sister Parish and the ministry that connects us!

Please contact Tammi Murray via email at murray.tammi@yahoo.com or call (360)990-0900 (evening & weekends) if you have any questions regarding our Sister Parish Ministry.

Your Help Needed: Catholic Rights Challenged in Kitsap County
Written by OLSOS Parish   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:01

Please see this alert below from the Vocare Movement as it effects those in Kitsap County...


ALERT: There's a movement to ban Catholics' human rights.

Two upcoming meetings call for this INJUSTICE!

We Catholics, our beliefs and our hospitals which incarnate them are the direct target of a group of individuals and organizations desiring to legalize the discrimination of Catholic beliefs and practices. By the way, these beliefs and rights just happen to be protected by the U.S. and WA State Constitutions.


WA State Catholic hospitals merging with non-Catholic ones and having them come under their umbrella.


1. When a Catholic hospital's management merges with a public/private hospital and takes them under their umbrella, is the Catholic hospital able to continue to practice their rights, their deeply held spiritual and religious convictions? Specifically being argued in these two meetings, do Catholic hospitals have the right to NOT provide abortion, contraception, tubal ligation, vasectomies or assisted suicide in these new hospitals?

(By the way, none of these are health care. They're all elective.)

2. Or does the State have the right to force/mandate a private, religious institution to directly violate their human rights (religious beliefs that don't contradict natural law), their protected rights under our Constitutions, in favor of the rights of another?

Another interesting question we would like debated:

Which is the real pro-choice decision and which the real pro-bullying?


SHOW UP to one or both meetings WEARING RED! A red shirt or scarf. These are the Vocare Movement colors, the colors of the Holy Spirit.

These meetings are calling for a public response and discussion on these questions. So get your friends and family who care about their rights to go with you. You don't have to say anything. We mostly need to be there to show there are MANY people against this movement.

If we don't show up the proponents will say there's hardly anyone who cares if we let this happen! And we know from experience ... if we are silent, it will happen! So let's not let this movement gain any ground at all.


  1. Both events are free.
  2. Arrive early to be assured of a seat.
  3. If you speak publicly, ask a question, or interact with people on the other side, remember that this issue is about human rights, the freedoms of religion and conscience. Abortion is not the issue, as inhumane and far from health care as it is. So don't let it become the issue. If you do it will be a distraction from the real issue. Let us be disciplined and the evening will be a victory. Find a leader and ask them about the details.
  4. Most importantly, be very respectful and loving in all that you do. They will know we are Christians by our love. (cf. John 13:34-35)

Meeting 1

Public Forum: Washington State Hospital Mergers

Panel Discussion with Specific Focus on merger of Harrison Hospital (Bremerton) in 2013 with Franciscan Health System.


  1. Dr. Dick Baker, Compassion and Choices Washington
  2. Leah Rutman, Seattle ACLU
  3. Sheila Reynertson, Mergerwatch (New York City)
  4. Liz Elwart, Planned Parenthood


  1. Both Franciscan Health Systems and Harrison Hospital were invited but declined to participate.
  2. Harrison Hospital (secular) was not forced to change any of its policies that are in question. Their policies before and after the merger were they do not perform elective abortions, assisted suicide, or stem cell research. They do counsel on the above procedures and provide contraceptives, tubal ligations and vasectomies.

Date: Jun 11, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Poulsbo Public Library Community Room

Address: 700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Sponsor: North Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Church

Meeting 2



  1. Robb Miller, Ex. Dir., Compassion and Choices Washington
  2. ACLU
  3. Planned Parenthood
  4. UW School of Nursing
  5. Catholic Watch

Date: Jun 19, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Bellevue First Congregational Church

Address: 752 - 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Parking: Free parking will be available on NE 8th Street between 108th Avenue NE and 110th Avenue NE.

Interesting facts on Catholic Health Care in WA State and the Northwest

There was a courageous, liberated woman who made Catholic health care in the Pacific Northwest happen. The statue of the Catholic Sister, Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence, was made for the WA State Legislature and sits in the Foyer of the WA State Legislative Building (the Dome). She is one of our two state icons which are also present in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C.

Here are just a few amazing milestones she and her sisters established in their service to the sick and poor.

  • 1st permanent hospital in the Northwest.
  • 1st permanent hospital in WA State.
  • 1st hospital in Seattle.
  • 1st hospital in Olympia.
  • 1st hospital in Vancouver, WA.
  • 1st permanent hospital in Oregon.
  • 1st permanent hospital in Portland.

Showing the Catholic spirit of health care

Pope Francis (while still Jorge Mario Bergoglio) serves the sick and the most vulnerable and marginalized, as he kisses the feet of a boy suffering from cancer. Catholic hospitals would never refuse health care to anyone who is truly sick.

How could we forget the images of Pope Francis kissing and blessing this horribly disfigured man, Vinicio Riva, a man whose body is covered with painful tumors due to a rare disease.

Let us pray that Catholics will be free to continue to respond to the Holy Spirit who moves us to serve and care for the most vulnerable, as Jesus taught us.

"But what most astonished me is that he didn't think twice on embracing me," Riva said. "I'm not contagious, but he didn't know. He just did it; he caressed all my face, and while he was doing that, I felt only love."

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Annual Catholic Appeal 2014
Written by OLSOS Parish   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:00

A Future Full of Hope

There are 175 parishes and missions in the Archdiocese, serving 579,500 Catholics

When you give a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal, your money goes to support over 60 ministries and services. Some of the ministries supported by your gift include:
  • Vocation, Seminarian & Deacon Support
  • Support for retired priests and religious
  • Supporting the work of the Archbishop
  • Catholic Youth Organization
  • Catholic Faith Formation
  • Youth and Young Adult Evangelization

Thanks to your generosity, our church is here in times of need to provide comfort and hope. Your support is essential to our mission- without YOU, there would be no Church. No gift is too small.

Annual Catholic Appeal at Our Lady Star of the Sea

In addition to supporting the many ministries of the Archdiocese, the ACA has helped Our Lady Star of the Sea over the years with many needs. Each year, any amount raised from our parish above the goal given by the Archdiocese is sent back to our parish in the form of a rebate. This is just another reason to participate in the ACA, as it is a way of supporting Our Lady Star of the Sea!

Last year, due to your wonderful generosity, we raised enough money in pledges to receive a rebate large enough to pay for our newly refurbished 1951 MP Moller pipe organ.  Work is already under way on the console and pipes, and we are hoping that the organ will be installed before this Christmas!

This year, the Archdiocese has set our goal at $132,717. As for our rebate, we will be working with Fr. Justus, who is the Financial Administrator for the Diocese of Kabale, and his Vicar General and Bishop to support their efforts in rebuilding their cathedral. Fr. Justus has been working with donors throughout the U.S. to help pay for this project and we are blessed to participate in helping bring this to fruition. We would like to provide them with enough to rebuild the sanctuary floor, walls, ceiling, exterior doors and altar. The estimated cost for this work is $75,000

To raise this amount, we will need all of our parishioners to contribute to our ACA. If not financially, then prayer and support. This is a good opportunity for us to do something very special and generous for our Catholic brothers and sisters in Uganda, and to remind ourselves that we are all part of a Universal Church. 

Donate Online

Now you can handle your donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal entirely online! Click the button below, or this link to start.

Donate Now

For questions, visit the Archdiocese of Seattle website or call the parish office: (360)479-3777

The Canonizations of Sts. John & John Paul
Written by OLSOS Parish   
Monday, 28 April 2014 12:37
From catholicnews.com:

Pope Francis, with retired pope, canonizes Sts. John and John Paul

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions.

"They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century," the pope said April 27, in his homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square. "They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful."

"John XXIII and John Paul cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the church in keeping with her original features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries," he said.

Floribeth Mora Diaz, accompanied by her husband, Edwin, carries the relic of St. John Paul II during the canonization Mass for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II in St. Peter's Square April 27. Mora Diaz's cure from an aneurysm in 2011 was the second miracle in the sainthood cause of St. John Paul. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Speaking before a crowd of half a million that included retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis praised St. John for his best-known accomplishment, calling the Second Vatican Council, which he said "showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit."

"He let himself be led, and he was for the church a pastor, a servant-leader," the pope said of St. John. "This was his great service to the church. I like to think of him as the pope of openness to the Spirit."

Pope Francis characterized St. John Paul as the "pope of the family," a title he said the late pope himself had hoped to be remembered by. Pope Francis said he was sure St. John Paul was guiding the church on its path to two upcoming synods of bishops on the family, to be held at the Vatican this October and in October 2015.

The pope invoked the help of the two new papal saints for the synods' success, and he prayed, "May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves."

Pope Francis has said the agenda for the family synods will include church teaching and practice on marriage, areas he has said exemplify a particular need for mercy in the church today.

The pope repeatedly mentioned mercy in his homily, which he delivered on Divine Mercy Sunday, an observance St. John Paul put on the church's universal calendar in 2000. The Polish pope died on the vigil of the feast in 2005 and was beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2011.

In addition to Pope Benedict, making only his third public appearance since he resigned in February 2013, Pope Francis' concelebrants included some 150 cardinals and 700 bishops.

Pope Benedict did not join the procession of bishops at the start of Mass, but arrived half an hour earlier, wearing white vestments and a bishop's miter and walking with a cane; he sat in a section of the square designated for cardinals. Pope Francis greeted his predecessor with an embrace at the start of the Mass, drawing applause from the crowd, and approached him again at the end.

During the canonization ceremony, which took place at the beginning of the Mass, devotees carried up relics of the new saints in matching silver reliquaries, which Pope Francis kissed before they were placed on a small table for veneration by the congregation.

St. John's relic was a piece of the late pope's skin, removed when his body was transferred to its present tomb in the main sanctuary of St. Peter's Basilica.

Floribeth Mora Diaz, a Costa Rican woman whose recovery from a brain aneurysm was recognized by the church as a miracle attributable to the intercession of St. John Paul, brought up a silver reliquary containing some of the saint's blood, taken from him for medical testing shortly before his death in 2005.

The Mass took place under cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 60s, and only a sprinkle of rain fell just before the 10 a.m. start of the liturgy. Huge tapestries bearing portraits of the two saints hung from the facade of the basilica, and the square was decorated with 30,000 roses and other flowers donated by the nation of Ecuador.

The square and the broad Via della Conciliazione leading up to it were tightly packed with approximately half a million pilgrims, many of whom had been standing for hours before the start of Mass. Among the many national flags on display, the majority were from Poland, the native land of St. John Paul.

The Vatican estimated that 800,000 attended the ceremony in Rome, with overflow crowds watching on giant-screen TVs set up at various locations around the city. The 2011 beatification of Pope John Paul drew more than 1 million people, according to Italian police estimates at the time.

The Vatican said 93 countries sent official delegations to the Mass, and more than 30 of the delegations were led by a president or prime minister. The current king and queen of Spain and the former king and queen of Belgium were in attendance.

Pope Francis spent half an hour personally greeting the delegations following the Mass. He then rode in his popemobile through the square and adjacent avenue, drawing cheers and applause from the crowds, for about 20 minutes until disappearing at the end of the street.

The canonizations of both popes came after extraordinary measures by their successors to expedite the process. Pope Benedict waived the usual five-year waiting period before the start of a sainthood cause for Pope John Paul shortly after his death, when he was mourned by crowds shouting "Santo subito!" ("A saint at once!"). In the case of St. John, Pope Francis waived the usual requirement of a second miracle before a blessed can added to the church's canon of saints.

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 27: In this handout photo provided by the Italian National Police, an aerial view of St. Peter's Square and Via della Conciliazione is seen as Pope Francis leads a Canonization Mass in which John Paul II and John XXIII are to be declared saints on April 27, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Dignitaries, heads of state and Royals from around the world attended the canonisations in the Vatican today. (Photo by Massimo Sestini/Italian National Police via Getty Images)
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