Monday, September 8, 2014

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Birth of a Grotto - Giannine Morris


It is hard to believe that it has already been three months since the USA Sacred Heart Missions Team was in Africa.  For the Uganda part of our 2014 trip, Lisa Morris and I were able to spend time with a dear friend from the 2013 mission trip, Fr. Timothy Mayamba Masaaba.

Lisa and I were together with our African counterpart, Pamela Angawa, from Kenya.  We were excited about visiting Fr. Timothy's new parish.  He had hosted us in his former parish of St. Austin's in Mbale, Uganda, last year.  This year, he was in Buchunya, Uganda.

While we visited Fr. Timothy and his parishioners, we took part in the Mass and ceremony for raising the cross on their church, which had once been accused of looking like a storefront.

In the dark of the night, both Pamela and Lisa separately commented that a certain banana tree sapling looked like a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Later the next morning, while it was still dark outside, I made the same comment, unaware that Lisa and Pamela had said the same the night before.  Pamela then declared that there should be a grotto built there.  We decided we should take a group photo with the "statue" in the place of Mary's future grotto.

Recently, we received this email from Fr. Timothy, addressed to Pamela:

Dear  Pamela,
Greetings  and  peace.
The  beginning  of  the  story  of  the  Grotto  is  well  known  to  you  Lisa  and  Giannine, when  the  three of  you  stayed with us in our little cool parish of Buchunya .

Pamela had a dream about the presence of a grotto and the next day she led all of us to this spot, we took a picture at that spot, and we prayed about it.

Two weeks after you left two ladies of our parish came to share with me about the strong inspiration to have grotto in our parish.

I shared this feelings with the whole community of Christians on Sunday and they unanimously agreed that indeed with the installation of the cross, on our church, we  needed the presence of the blessed mother to be felt in our parish.  

On consultation,with the parish council, etc we felt the site could be changed from the back of the presbytery  to the outer  area, to enable people find quite time of prayer at the grotto.

A committee was then appointed  Pamela, in spite of her absence, will still be included on the committee and the whole USA team requested to intercede for the success of this idea  (attached ).

The programme of construction stretches to December 8th, and this will give us enough time knowing that our local contributions trickle in little by little.  The time frame and stages of construction have spiritual implications,  truly becoming and opportunity of real evangelization.  Renewing  christian  life  through family apostolate, retreats, celebrate  sacraments -Eucharist,Penance, marriages, etc.

Please  we  request for your prayers and support where possible.This dream must come true and the memory of  HIS  mission to Africa  must  continue and  be seen in such landmarks.

While thanking the Almighty God who inspired you while on  your visit and stay with us in our parish We pray that He brings this work to completion  and may we together with the  Blessed Mother  say

In  his Sacred heart,

Fr  Timothy.

Fr. Timothy's grotto team expects the grotto to cost 3,504,000 Ugandan Shillings ($1,460).

On this the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, our entire team asks you to join us in prayer.

Please pray that the effort to raise this grotto will be as successful as the effort to raise their cross, for there is no Sacred Heart of Jesus, without both the cross and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pray with us that by the next Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Parish of Buchanya will have a grotto to go with their cross.

Pray for each individual who will contribute in this parish.

Pray especially for the children, who will give their "widow's mite," and for all those who will benefit from a place to pray with the Holy Mother.

Most especially, pray that Fr. Timothy's parish will be a beacon of Christ's Love and Divine Mercy in this region affected by deadly mudslides and great poverty.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Happy Feast of Corpus Christi from Africa!


Happy Solemnity of Corpus Christi!

Theresa and I received text messages from Lisa, Giannine and Judi today from Tanzania.   

They are very appreciative of all of the prayers and support for their travel, pilgrimage, and the upcoming Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Mission that they will be leading.  They send greetings and Love to All.  

It was a wonderful gift to hear from them today as well as see the amazing pictures that they were able to post.  

Here are the pictures and text as posted on FB for your perusal:

Wonderful day in Moshi, Tanzania, for the procession of the Eucharist on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. 2-3000 people attended. The day began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Amani who led the procession. It lasted 6 hours!!! The procession began at Christ the King Cathedral and ended at another parish, about 3.5 kilometers away.

Continued prayers for the Team and the upcoming Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Mission!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us…

     Rosa Mystica, pray for us….

Monday, June 16, 2014

Pictures from Uganda!!!


I awoke this morning to find that I had received a wonderful text from Lisa during the night!  

She said:
"Love all the messages.  We haven't had Internet for a week and we are stopping at the local Internet Cafe that has wifi….thank you for all of the prayers - so many incredible blessings"

I popped onto FB and found that, in addition to the text, Lisa was able to post some pictures with accompanying text:

"The Bishop Emeritus of the diocese of Tororo Uganda and the Uganda Prolife Team under the diocese of Tororo ...what a powerful meeting we had this morning... thank you God and thank you Bishop Stika for all your support and prayers as we brought greetings to the bishop here...the two worlds came together in a powerful way thank you Bishop Stika and to all for all the prayers…"

"The Uganda team who has organized this pro-life conference has been phenomenal...we met with the Bishop Emeritus of the diocese today very fruitful meeting in so many ways!!!they plan to organize a conference under the Uganda bishops for next year please keep this dedicated group of committed and passionate Pro-Life youth leaders in your prayers…"

Here are some more pictures that Lisa posted of the Pro-Life Mission that she and Giannine presented:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!


I received a post from Father William Oruko with the accompanying message and pictures:

"Good morning everybody. I want to share some of the photos from the Archdiocese of Tororo, Uganda. Paul Muyiya, a broadcaster at Radio Maria at St. Austin Parish in Mbale, Uganda, emailed the photos to me. Paul (holding the Sacred Heart of Jesus image in one of the photos) and others are attending the conference too. They met and accompanied Lisa and Giannine in the first journeys and talks to different schools."

Please continue your prayers for them...

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pray for Us…

     Rosa Mystica, Pray for Us….

And, ALWAYS, Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement for this apostolate!  And, in all ways, 

                                          Let the Work Be His!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Quick Update: Ginianne and Lisa's Bags Arrived


Happy Feast of St. Anthony!  The Patron of Finding Lost Items!

I was blessed to wake up this morning to a text from Judi, a member of the Team that will be flying to Tanzania to join Lisa, Ginianne and Pamela next week for the last leg of the pilgrimage - to assist and work at the large Mission of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Judi let me know that she called a contact on our Africa contact list (good thinking Judi!  And duh to me!) and she discovered that all is well - Ginianne arrived safely and Lisa received her bags.

When I sent the blog post yesterday, I received an email from a friend before I went to bed who wrote: "I bet she gets them tomorrow - the Feast of St. Anthony".    I have no idea when Lisa received them but we discovered that she found them on this wonderful feast for this amazing and precious saint!


Many Thanks for all of your prayers for Lisa and Ginianne!

Let the Work Be His Always…

     Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us…
            Rosa Mystica, Pray for Us…
                    St. Anthony, Pray for Us...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In Thanksgiving for Prayer


Dear Friends, 

I wanted to send a note of thanksgiving to all of you that offered prayer after reading or learning of Lisa's lost luggage (including many important and necessary mission materials).  

I have absolutely no idea whether or not Lisa received her luggage, but, I know that the prayers were very, very much appreciated

All of us know that our prayers are heard and answered by God and we try in our best way to let go and trust Him in all things.  And so, without knowing about the actual outcome of the Lisa's luggage situation, we can be confident that all of the prayers offered for her intentions and on her behalf were instrumental in allowing her work to be as successful as it can and will be - luggage or not.

So, I personally want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers.

Yours Sincerely In Christ, 


PS  If you could please continue to keep Lisa and Ginianne in your prayers - 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have Mercy on us…
   Rosa Mystica, pray for us...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014



Good Morning and Greetings to all of our Friends!

Many Prayers Please for Lisa!!!  

The Conference in Nigeria went very well, and Lisa has arrived safely in Uganda but two of her suitcases did not arrive with her:

One with her clothes and the other with the Mission supplies.

Prayers requested please!!!

Many Thanks!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pray for us…

     Rosa Mystica, Pray for us...

Love to All!