The Vice President Visits Kamogelong Orphanage and center for the Vulnerable Children

The Vice President Visits Kamogelong Orphanage and center for the Vulnerable Children

On Friday 27th March 2015 the Vice President of Botswana, Honourable Mr Mokgwetsi Masisi and some other government officials graced the Kamogelong Orphanage and center for the vulnerable children. The name of the center means to welcome, that is, it welcomes every one.

The Vice and his team together with the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Valentine Tsamma Seane had time to do among other things, the harvesting of the vegetables that were planted by the children and handed the same to the children as a way of saying, the time is ripe let us eat and be healthy, they also planted some fruit trees and painted the children’s playground. What an exciting moment to see our leaders concerned for the less fortunate. This is part of the President’s appeal for government officials to spend some time in helping the society. It is now their 39th project since they started working hand in hand with the community at large.

 

 

BISHOP’S PASTORAL LETTER ON 2014’S GENERAL ELECTION

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, the faithful and all people of good will,

His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has announced the date for our country’s general Election to be held on the 24th October 2014. This calls all the loving citizens who have registered for the elections to check that their registration card and valid Omang card are kept in a safe place ready for this important day. It will be a public holiday.

It is our duty as responsible citizens to exercise our right to choose the leaders and government that will respect human dignity and create better life for all.
Botswana is where it is now because it was blessed with good leadership from its birth as an independent state till present time we are still enjoying the good fruits of our good leaders. In order to continue to prosper as a nation we need to preserve this legacy by exercising our right to vote for good leaders of our choice. Every five years we are given an opportunity to evaluate, assess and make our choice.

LEADERSHIP
Definition: leadership has been described as a ‘process of social influence in which one person is able to influence and enlist the aid support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.’ Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes, such as their beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge and skills. Ultimately leadership is about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary HAPPEN.

CHRISTIAN WORLD
Christian world views leadership as stewardship of divinely provided resources; human and material, centered on the mystery of the Trinity, Creation, the fall and redemption.
As Christians when we pray the “Lord’s prayers’ we say ‘Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.’ We use our right to vote in order to choose a government that will facilitate the coming on the kingdom of God on earth here and now. A kingdom that will provide our daily bread, peace, prosperity and respect for human dignity, emphasizing the common good and co-division. We are to vote for a government that promotes BOTHO.
As voters we should know what the political parties stand for; their manifestos so that we make informed decisions. We vote with knowledge.

THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH
The church has a spiritual role, to link present and future (religion and development) through motivating effective engagement of believers in economic activity, ensuring that the common good is promoted, providing right information so that right policy choice is made and promote Christian values in order to form a loving nation with good morals. The Catholic Church does not identify itself with any political party or ideology, but will encourage the faithful to choose the party that fulfills the social teaching of the church on good governance.
GOOD GOVERNANCE AND THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Many of the secular definition of Good Governance are found in the social teaching of the church. These include:
• Respect for dignity of the human person
• Good stewardship
• The rights and responsibilities of individuals and communities
• Subsidiary
• Common good
• Respect for private property
• Preferential Option for the poor

Make your voice to be heard and counted for the good of our proud Nation.
Vote on the 24th October 2014, it is your right.

Given on the 25th August, year of the Lord 2014, at Gaborone, by His Lordship Rt. Rev. Bishop Valentine Tsamma Seane. Bishop of Gaborone.

The Bishop Emeritus giving speech

SACERDOTAL GOLDEN JUBILEE OF REV. FR. BONIFACE SETLALEKGOSI (BISHOP EMERITUS)

Bishop Emeritus, Boniface Tshosa Setlalekgosi, ordained priest in 1963, was joined by Bishop Seane, the faithful of the Diocese, friends and citizens of Botswana and colleague Bishops from South Africa to celebrate 50 years as priest. It was a beautiful ceremony attended by over two thousand people. Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Vice President, Hon. Ponatshego Kedikilwe, the former President, Sir Ketumile Masire, Dr. Gaositwe Chiepe, Rev. Hambira of Botswana Council of Churches and family members of jubilarian, Fr. Setlalekgosi attributed the success of his services to the close collaboration of the clergy and religious as well as the lay faithful and he expressed his gratitude to all and to God.

CATHOLIC WOMEN ASSOCIATION DONATED TO AVE MARIA CENTRE AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

From the 5th  – 8th September 2013 members of Catholic Women Association (CWA) participated in their annual conference which was held  at Notwane Stigmatine Centre. The theme was: “Catholic Women and Spiritual Growth”. About 150 women attended the conference. Many found physical and spiritual healing at the end. This year more  younger women participated and felt empowered to live and witness to Jesus Christ  through faith lived with good deeds. CWA donated P20, 000.00 to the Diocese towards the completion of the Ave  Maria  Pastoral Centre which is near finishing point at Game City.

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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF GABORONE HAS THREE SEMINARIANS IN NAMIBIA

“THE HARVEST IS RICH BUT LABOURERS ARE FEW” (LK 10:2)

Surely, there is a visible sign that the Catholic Church in Botswana is growing as each year it sends young men to different  Seminaries for formation to Priesthood. This year the Diocese of Gaborone is privileged to have sent three young men in Namibia  (St. Charleslwanga Major Seminary) situated  in Klein Winhoek, for Philosophical Studies. In total number the Diocese of Gaborone has about  15 Major Seminarians in various countries such as Rome,Tanzania,Zambia andNamibia.

The three who had just completed their Spiritual year in the Diocese Minor Seminary were sent to Namibia early this year are: Keikantse Radipitse of Holy Spirit Parish (Mmankgodi), Gerald Mosomane and Olefile Ikaneng both from the Parish of St. Conrad’s (Ramotswa). In an interview with one of the three,  Keikantse Radipitse  narrates, their story…

OUR JOURNEY

In  the evening of Thursday 24 January we had a farewell and thanks giving mass celebrated at the Minor Seminary Chappell by five Diocesan Priests, our parents and few parishioners from Gaborone Dioceses. After mass we had supper together and it was  prepared by the Vocation committee of St. Bernadette Parish .

Our journey  started on  Friday 25 at 4:30am when Father Richard Rathari C.S.S accompanied  us from the Diocesan Minor Seminary to Klein Windhoek Namibia where we arrived around 6.30pm. Where we were welcomed by the rector Fr. Benny Karuvelil CMI and our Director Fr. John and the two brothers Paulus Tomanga and Gabriel Simon who after supper took us to show us the campus and then we had our baths and rested after a long journey. The following day, these same brothers took us for site seeing within the city and  is a very beautiful place indeed. We were also introduced to the Parishioners on Sunday by the Rector. On contrary, right away from  Sunday of our arrival, we begun a full week annual retreat. It was during that time when we both had chance to be connected to God in prayer. Thus, each day was a test for one’s love for God and discernment of our vocation.

Thereafter the retreat, we had a warm welcoming  by  the Dean of Studies during the Ignauration of the academic year and later after the Holy Mass his Grace Archbishop Niborius Nashenda, OMI as well welcomed us to the Seminary and his Archdiocese of Windhoek. What an experience we had, thanks be to God, as we both felt at home!

The Seminary in Namibiais very beautiful on top of a hill which has a lot of Baboons just like our Minor Seminary in Botswana.It is located on the street 19 Jang jonker road.  Each day we wake up at 5am. Then we start the day with morning prayers  at 06:15am followed by mass and then breakfast. From there we go for classes from 07.55 to 12.30. In the evening, prayers starts at 6pm together with the rosary.  We also have spiritual activities such as benediction, meditations, spiritual reading, bible sharing, music preparations and extra activities such as manual work and football. All these helps us or rather form us mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and psychologically as a way of helping us discover oneselves better.

Academically I would say Philosophy is not a child’s play, quiet challenging more so that we are just beginners.  Our studies comprises of seven courses per semester and this first semester we are studying Philosophy of Religion, Logic, history of Medieval Philosophy, history of ancient philosophy,AfricanChurchhistory, Seminar and English. Personally I enjoy this course of Logic as it teaches me how to reason well and be beyond reason and see things in a broader understanding. All in all we are so much blessed and our wish is to continue with our vocation until and until.

Therefore our great challenge is to be joined in prayer with one voice and cry to the owner of the harvest that he may  send out more workers to gather his harvest. When labourers are from the same soil, it will be easier to evangelize in the language of the people and understand their culture better hence our church in Botswana needs local priests to inculturate the word of God in our peaceful country Botswana.  Discern your vocation and respond to God’s call!!!

By Keikantse Radipitse 

TWENTY TRUTHS TO REMEMBER …

1. Faith is the ability to not panic.
2. If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry.
 3. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.
4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
 5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to  be still   
    so He can untangle the knot.
6. Do the math. Count your blessings.
7. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
8. Dear God: I have a problem. It’s me.
9. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
10. Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging.
11. The most important things in your home are the people.
 12. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.
13. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
 14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
16. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy       
     your precious    moments.
17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise it’s just       
    hearsay.
18. It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to 
     flush when you are done.
19. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The   goals  
     and dreams you’re   seeking require courage and risk-taking.   Learn   
     from the turtle — it only makes progress when it sticks out its neck.
20. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.   Your 
    character is what you really are while your reputation is  merely what  
     others think you are.

DEVELOP A MAGNETIC PERSONALITY

One thing we need to understand more clearly is that self-motivation makes others want to do something for you. A magnetic personality-that inward and invisible “appearance” you convey to others about yourself-can exert great power in making others want to act in your behalf.

PERSONALITY-GENUINE OR COSMETIC?

In the eyes of others, your personality says something about you instantly. Right away people from an opinion as to whether you are genuine or make–believe, whether true or false. Even though a personality may at times be misread by others eventually the real “YOU” will be apparent.

In many ways, personality may be thought of as the manner in which you communicate yourself to others. During courtship, a couple has no trouble making their feelings known to each other, even without words. A similar sort of communication is at work every time people interact with one another. You can agree with me that, we can tell from people’s personality if he or she is happy, and we know likewise if a person is depressed or worried; no one has to explain how that person feels; his or her personality communicates it to us.

THE ECHO-EFFECT OF MOTIVATION

Like attracts like! Opposites attract opposites! What these sentences are saying is that you wish someone to be like you, you have to like that other person. In other words, you receive exact what you give away, what you impart to others. It is like an echo, like the words you have shouted to a mountain coming back to you in the same precise order. This is nothing new, the idea had been around since the beginning of time, and it has never better expressed than in the Bible. “Whatsoever a soweth, that shall he also reap.”

If we want something , we must think positively about it, we must focus on the end result of what we wish to accomplish. We must act accordingly. This then therefore makes our personality genuine. The “the echo-effect” is a basic function of personality. The way we wish to respond to us is the way we much express ourselves. There is no way to be successful and to achieve happiness.

We need now to direct our attention to some of the ways the “echo-effect” can deliver for you!

KEREKE E KATOLIKI E DIRA DITSO ka AOBAKWE BERMAN(NALEDI NEWSPAPER)

Ka mafelo a beke, ditshaba tsotlhe tsa katolike mo Botswana di ne tsa leba kwa motse mogolo wa ga Malete go ya go iponela ka matlho ditso tse di neng di dirwa ke makatoliki a ga Malete. Se ke ka gonne, e sale kereke ya katoliki e tlhongwa mo mmung wa lefatshe la Botswana e ne e le lantlha re bona kereke e tlhomamisa makolwane a le mararo ka nako e lengwe  fela go nna baprista.

Tota se e ne e le ditso ka go nne, mo go simolodiseng mokete o, go ile ga nna le popelelo ya basha. Se se neng se faphegile ka popelelo ke gore, basha ba, ba ne ba pegile baprista ba ebong Gofaone Pheto, Thatayaone Thipe le Tefo Bolokwe mo koloing ya ditonki go supa fa ba ne ba ba  gorosa ka boitumelo fela jaaka Morena Jesu a ile a gorosiwa kwa Jerusalema a palame esele.Basha ba ne ba tsamaya ba opelela basha ka bone e leng baprista ba bararo go supa jone boitumelo jo bogolo jo.

Mo go simolodiseng tiro ya go tlhomamisa baprista ba, re ne ra utlwa ba bilediwa fa pele ke mobishopo  mme a feta a ba botsa dipotso tsa go tlhomamisa tota gore a ba tiisitse gore ba tsere tshwetso ya go batla go nna baprista.Mme ka go rialo ba ile ba netefaletsa botlhe ba ba neng ba phuthegile  gore go boammaruri ba setse ba tsere tshwetso. E rile fa a ba ema ka lefoko, bishop yo mogologolo e bong Boniface Setlalekgosi a  bolela gore e rile ka ngwaga wa 1958, kgwedi e le yone ya Sedimonthole jaana, e tlhola malatsi a le masome a mabedi le motso ga bo go bewa moprista yo o neng a bitswa Fr Motsumi mo go yone kereke ya katoliki. Jaanong a supa gore ditso tse kgotsa masego a, a  a boelela. O laetse makolwane gore ba tshwanetse gore ba nne tlhaga mo go anamiseng lefoko ja Modimo. O tlhalositse se ka gore, ba tshwanetse ba bale baebele, mme mo go e baleng ba nne le tumelo mo go se ba se bolelelwang ke baebele. A re tumelo e ,ke yone e tlaa ba thusang go tshela lefoko ja Morena Modimo. O gateletse thata gore ba tshwanetse ba nna sekai  mo matshelong a batho ka ditiro tse ba di dirang.

E ne ya re fa Naledi e buisana le bishop yo mosha e leng Valantine Seane, o ne a tlhalosa fa e sa le a tlhongwa go nna bishop mo dingwageng tse tlhano tse di fetileng e le la ntlha le ene a ipona a tlhomaimisa baprista ba le bararo ka nako e le nngwe. A re kereke e katoliki mo Botswana e tsewa gotwe ke e e santseng e gola se ke ka gonne go santse go na le baprista ba ba ntsi ba ba tswang ko mafatsheng a sele ba tla go direla mo Botswana. Jaanong are, mo go

tlhomamiseng baprista ba bararo ba, go supa kgolo mo kerekeng e bile ene a itumetse fela thata ka a bona e le ditshegofatso go tswa kwa go Ramasedi. A re makolwane ba tsile go nna sekai mo go ba ba ntsi ba ba  santseng ban a le pitso ya go nna baprista.  Valantine are, ga a na pelaelo epe ya gore tsatsi lengwe makolwane ba tsile go boela morago pitso ya bone ka go nne, ba tsamaile tsela e telele ba ba rutuntsha ka ga boprista, mme ebile ba ba neetse le tsone ditsompelo tsa gore ba kgone ba semelele mo tirong ya bone ya boprista. O boletse gore thebe e kgolo e ba ka kgonang go itshireletsa ka yon eke thapelo.

Mongwe wa batsadi bag a Gofaone e leng Joseph Pheto o boleletse Naledi gore tota bone kwa lwapeng ba bona Modimo a tsweletse ka go ba goromeletsa masego ka ebile ba setse ba kile ba tlhomamisa mogolowe Gofaone go nna moprista e bong Lawrence Pheto. Fa Olefile Mautle yo e neng e le moemedi wa botsadi jwa ga Thatayaone Thipe a ile a tlhalosetsa Naledi gore, ne

ya re fa Thatayaone a sale mo dithutong tsa go nna moprista batsadi ba gagwe ba itseelwa ke Modimo. A re le mororo batsadi ba ne ba seyo, Modimo o ile a fa Thatayaone thata ya go kgona go fenya dithuto tsa gagwe.

Mongwe wa baprista ba ban eng ba tlhomamisiwa e leng Tefo Bolokwe o boletse fa a ise a ko a nne le bothata bope fa a bolelela batsadi jwa gagwe gore o na le pitso ya go nna moprista. A re se ke ka gonne batsadi ba gagwe e le makatoliki e bile ba tlhaloganya tumelo ya sekatoliki. Tefo a re o lemogile fa go direla Modimo le batho e le selo se se mo itumedisang fela thata, mme jaanong a itumetse ka a tsile go dira jalo ka bosakhutleng.

Gladys Mosikari yo e neng e le ene morulaganyi mogolo wa mokete o, o boletse  fa ene boitumelo jwa gagwe bo ile magoletsa ka gonne, tiro yotlhe e ba neng ba e rulaganyetsa e tsamaile ka thelelo. A re bone e le ba St Conrad’s ba kgone go fitlhelela se ka gonne bo ne e le ba phuthegi ba ile ba nna le tirisanyo mmogo e e kwa godimo mo go baakanyetseng letsatsi le.  O boleletse Naledi gore, e sale fela jaaka re gotwe bana ba saletswe ke ngwaga gore ba bob a tlhomamisiwa ba bob a simolola go baakanyetsa mokete. A re o leboga Modimo go menaganye ka St Conrad’s e dirile ditso.

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60 YEARS OF CATHOLICISM IN FRANCISTOWN VICARIATE CELEBRATED

On the 27th of October 2012, all Catholics and people of goodwill congregated at Francistown around Bishop Frank Nubuasah and his faithful a midst great solemnity and joy to celebrate the 60th anniversary of evangelization of Francistown by Catholic missionaries. The Jesuit Fathers (SJ) made the first attempt to plant the Church in 1879 at Shoshong on their journey through Olifant’s drift and later at Tati but met a hostile environment. Then in 1952 the Passionist Fathers through Fr. Urban Murphy and others dared again to plant a new seed of the Gospel in Francistown which this time took deep roots. But this was after indefatigable watering was done by Catechists like local clergy and various missionaries male and female. The fruits granted by God are what we see today – a vibrant evangelized people continuing to evangelize themselves. The missionaries who collaborate with the local clergy, religious and laity in the Vicariate of Francistown today are the society of the Divine Word (SVDs), Our Lady of Apostles Sisters (OLA), Sisters of New Evangelizations (NES), Holy Family Sisters, Fide Donum Priests from Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana the Holy Spirit Sisters (SSPs), and the Ursuline Sisters . In the Sermon preached by the Papal Nuncio to Zimbabwe His Excellency Archbishop George Kocherry. He said a true growing community of faith is one that lives by prayer, is nourished by the Word of God and Sacraments and which witnesses to life of charity, justice and integral development. He encouraged Christian families to be what they are – a model, a place of exemplary Christian values and source of genuine vocations. The Nuncio officially inaugurated the Year of Faith in the Vicariate and called on all Catholics to live fully, actively and consciously their faith this year and be light and salt of today’s world. Present at the celebration among other dignitaries were Bishop Emeritus Setlalekgosi, Bishops Valentine Seane of Gaborone and Bishop Gervas John Nyaisonga of Dodoma in Tanzania, the Secretary General of IMBISA Fr. Richard Menatsi and Fr. Barney of South Africa.