Sister Parish Committee
Parish in Oyugis in Kenya, Africa.
At the heart of a Sr. Parish Relationship is the desire to be connected with each other and with God. It is manifested in a commitment of solidarity between two parish communities. It is one way of responding to our United States Bishops call to “mark the new millennium by making our families and local communities of faith signs of genuine solidarity-praying, teaching, preaching and acting with new urgency and creativity on the international obligations or our faith.”
We must work earnestly to bridge the misunderstandings and equalities that exist between us and our brothers and sisters in other countries. We have much to learn from each other!
The form that a particular Sister Parish Relationship takes depends entirely on the two parishes involved, on the creativity and gifts of the members of the two parishes. Sharing each other’s faith journey, learning about each other’s culture and worship styles, concern for the well-being of the other, all enhance our understanding of the work “neighbor” and contribute to an appreciation of the global dimensions of our Church.
The current members of the Sr. Parish committee of St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s are:
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl,
The current members of Sr. Parish committee, Oyugis are:
Rev.Fr. Patrick Marcellin Ochieng, pastor
Rev. Fr. Patrick Ojungu, associate
Everlyn Anyango and
St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s as well as St. Peter’s, Oyugis have written a special Sr. Parish prayer. These prayers have been combined and is said the first Sunday of the month. Pictures of the Oyugis parishioners, various activites and the beautiful scenery of Kenya are shown on the first Sunday also. St.Peter’s and St. Paul’s have a display case for mementos for the relationship.
Fundraisers are held to help to defray costs for the Kenyan Sr. Parish Delegates to travel to St. Cloud. They include a Belgium waffle breakfast held on the fifth Sunday of the month when possible, several brat sales at Corborn’s in Centennial, retail sales of Kenyan arts and crafts, and a newsletter printed several times a year. Regular correspondence continues to be a challenge-- a lack of reliable electricity for e-mail exchanges, poor phone reception, almost non-existent mail service and some language barriers.
We currently do not have any financial involvement or participation with St. Peter’s, Oyugis. What is and will remain the most important part of our relationship is our connection with each other and God. A thought by someone who has missionary experience “it meant literally being with them on their journey. The more I recognized my inability to remedy their situation, the more I depended on the supply of God’s compassion for me to share as we struggle together.”
For more information on our sister parish
in Oyugis in Kenya, Africa, contact: