The plan of constructing the new church was announced during the launching of the project’s fundraising drive at the shrine in Nakawa Division
KAMPALA - At least sh5bn (five billion) is required for the construction of the proposed new St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Shrine Naggulu.
The new church, which is designed to sit 1,200 worshippers, will replace the existing old church, constructed in 1954, which sits 800 congregants.
The plan of constructing the new church was announced during the launching of the project's fundraising drive at the shrine in Nakawa Division on Sunday, March 15. The initiative dubbed ‘Your brick in the foundation,' was launched by the parish priest, Fr. Godfrey Kyeyune.
The in-charge of the project, Fr. Ignatius Mbaziira, said the initiative was intended to raise sh2bn, which will be used to set up the foundation of the new church.
"We are encouraging Christians in Naggulu and all over Uganda to pay a minimum of sh50,000, which can even be paid in instalments. If you pay up for the brick, you will be issued with a receipt and a souvenir card. Your name will also be inscribed on a brick. You can pay for as many bricks as you can. You can also pay for your relatives and friends.
"We are sure we shall get the money we want. With St. Jude Thaddeus, nothing is impossible. All we demand of our Christians is goodwill, determination and sacrificial spirit. St. Jude Thaddeus Shrine is our home. It defines us as devotees of St. Jude. So, let us put our hands together and build this shrine in the shortest period possible," Mbaziira said.
Mbaziira also encouraged Christians and all people of goodwill who want to make financial donations towards the new shrine to deposit their money in Centenary Bank on Account Number: 361 060 0015. (Account name: Our Lady and St. Jude City Naggulu).
Mbaziira said construction of the Church would start as soon as KCCA clears the plan of the new shrine. During the construction period, Mbaziira further said, the Christians will be congregating in the parish hall.
The Vice-Chairperson of the Construction Committee, Michael Ssebalu also encouraged Christians to donate money through other existing initiatives such as Kamu Kamu, the Chairman's Bag and the tent sales.
Significance of St. Jude Thaddeus Shrine
Our Lady and St. Jude Thaddeus Shrine, Naggulu is the national shrine and headquarters of the devotion of St. Jude Thaddeus. Catholics regard St. Jude as the patron of hopeless cases. The devotees of St. Jude are deeply convinced that if they pray through his intercession, they prevail over any situation and also get anything that they ask for.
They believe that the intercession of St. Jude cannot fail. The devotion to St. Jude is therefore very strong and popular in the Church.
The devotees of St. Jude Thaddeus, from all over Uganda and East Africa make periodical pilgrimages to Naggulu Shrine, where they pray novenas (nine-day prayers) to St. Jude.