RUBANDA – The Former Rubanda Woman MP Contestant, Jacqueline Katabazi has displayed her support for Ikumba Eucharistic Centre by donating valuable worship items for the transfer of the Blessed Holy Sacrament from the old to the new church building.
Although Ms. Katabazi’s attempt to secure the Woman MP seat for Rubanda District in 2016 was unsuccessful, she has announced her intention to run again in the 2025/2026 general elections.
During the official commencement ceremony of the Holy Eucharist at the new church building in Hamurwa Town Council, Rubanda District today, Ms. Katabazi presented the worship items. Among them were a Chalice, the ceremonial cup for sacramental wine during Holy Communion, and a Monstrance, an ornamental vessel for displaying the consecrated Eucharistic bread. Both items were crafted from gold.
Ms. Katabazi explained that her choice of these gifts was motivated by their significant cost, and she aimed to alleviate the church from the complexities of procurement and logistics.
“I acquired these items to relieve church members of the financial burden associated with obtaining them, now that the Blessed Holy Sacrament has found its place in this new church,” she commented, without disclosing their actual cost.
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Rev. Fr. Bruno Nkwasiibwe, who presided over the Mass, acknowledged the generosity of the golden Chalice and Monstrance, highlighting the challenge that newly established churches often face when acquiring such valuable items. Fr. Nkwasiibwe expressed gratitude to Ms. Katabazi for consistently prioritizing the quality of her contributions to the church.
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Dr. Narcis Kabatereine, Chairperson of the Rubanda District Service Commission, received recognition for being a major financial supporter of the construction of the new Ikumba Eucharistic Church Building. In his speech, Dr. Kabatereine attributed the success of the construction to church members who had faithfully attended Sunday worship and participated in other fundraising activities.
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Dr. Kabatereine further revealed that the transfer of the Blessed Holy Sacrament was originally scheduled about two years prior, coinciding with the commissioning of the new church building. However, these plans were delayed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown measures.
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