Tari: A newly-built St Patrick Haro Church in Kupari was recently opened and blessed during a Eucharistic celebration.
(Picture: Bishop Donald Lippert OFM Cap with the priests during the opening of the Church)
The main celebrant during the blessing of the Church was the Bishop of Mendi Diocese Most Reverend Bishop Donald Lippert OFM Cap.
Joining him as con-celebrants were Vicar General Fr Pius Hall, Fr Emmanuel Tembo OFM Cap, advocate for peacebuilding in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces Fr Isaiah Timba and Fr Colman OFM Cap, the new priest who just arrived from Tanzania.
Attending the joyous occasion were the religious brothers, sisters and hundreds of Catholic faithful who took part in the Eucharistic celebration with utmost reverence.
Despite Hela being well-known for tribal fighting and unrest, the great turnout of the people symbolized the faith of the people.
In his homily, Bishop Lippert said the Church is the place where we meet Jesus and give him our requests and offer him our burdens and problems through prayer.
“The sick patient needs doctors and nurses for medication when they are sick rather than when we are spiritually sick, we Catholics need forgiveness and mercy in the church through the sacrament of confession”
Bishop Lippert also encouraged everyone to come to the church often because Jesus is always present in the Tabernacle and we need mercy and forgiveness all the time.
He concluded his homily by reminding those who attended that they are the first church: inner heart and mind, with the second church being our family at home: how we treat each other, how we respond and how we work together in harmony and the third church is where the tabernacle is: a place where we go to meet Jesus.
The event brought about hope to the people, especially those who will be using the new church building for the Sunday mass and any other feast days.