St. Felista Parish Utegi, Musoma-Tanzania

St. Felista Parish Utegi, formally a sub-parish of St. Bright Catholic Parish Kowaki (administered by the Merrynol Fathers) in Musoma Diocese Tanzania, it was elevated to parish status on the 09 October 2014 by the Bishop of Musoma Diocese, the Rite Reverend Michael Msonganzila. Apart from the parish church, Utegi parish has got eight outstations, namely; Kotwo, Nyasoro, Mika, Bukwe, Kongo, Kitenga, Mang’ore, and Nyanduga. The parish is found in the North Eastern part of the diocese and South Western part of Tanzania, among the Luo and Kuria communities of Tanzania. Assumption of the New Ministry, Utegi Parish in Musoma Diocese Tanzania The earlier attempts at having Holy Cross in Musoma Diocese Tanzania was answered on 11 July 2017 when the Congregation assumed pastoral administration of Utegi Parish.

…Christ was anointed to bring good news to the poor, release for prisoners, sight for the blind, restoration for every broken victim. Our efforts, which are his, reach out to the afflicted and in a preferential way to the poor and the oppressed. We come not just as servants but as their neighbors, to be with them and of them.

On our part we immediately noticed in appreciation the immense opportunities to evangelize, teach Holy Cross spirituality and live the Charism of Holy Cross as Educators in the Faith, that Utegi offered. In order to exploit the opportunities we saw it was important to make an attempt at dealing with what we considered obstacles. Among these were the fragmented parish leadership, lack of drive to cultivate the vacant farm lands, lack of water, bushy church compounds, lack of windows, tiles and pews on the church building, lack of parish offices, lack of a proper community house, and parish income generating sources.

Among the above we are happy to express that within the one year and a half of our stay in this parish a better leadership team comprising of the clergy and the lay has been created, lots of pastoral home visitations done, many seminars and retreats carried out, sacraments celebrated more frequently, improvement of the church building done, close to 2000 trees planted, close to 40 acres of land opened for crop husbandry, foundation for dairy farm house dug, local chicken house near completion, borehole with sufficient water supply.