Church Parish Initiative to Help Needy
Increasing demand for support to students in secondary and tertiary education has prompted Saint Kizito (Chigoneka) Parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe to construct an office complex for income generation.
Parish priest Fr. Francis Taylor said when blessing the structure on November 24, 2019 on the feast day of Christ the King Sunday that all has been possible with finances derived from Sunday offerings and tithes by parishioners.
"The Christians of Saint Kizito Parish deserve word of appraise for contributing generously the K80 million which has been used to construct the office building," he said.
He observed there is little self support in many parishes in the Archdiocese as Christians are not able to financially contribute towards building the Church in areas that need growth.
The money realized from the rentals of the building Fr. Taylor said will go towards supporting other parishes in the time of need particularly students in tertiary and secondary education institutions.
"So far we have over 20 students that we are supporting in tertiary education institutions and many others in secondary schools across the country and the money was beginning to run out," Fr. Taylor explained.
Chairperson for the Saint Kizito Mrs. Florence Mankhwazi expressed gratitude with the new structure which has taken less than a year to complete.
She said, "We have seen the works of our hand manifesting and this will give the parishioners the zeal to give more tithe and offerings because they know their tithe will not be abused.
"Saint Kizito Parish is situated in one of the affluent areas of the City of Lilongwe and one of the most active in the Archdiocese. Through lay associations such as Divine Mercy Apostolate and St Vincent de Paul and the Sisters of Medical Missionaries of Mary it has pastoral and humanitarian outreach activities towards needy people in slum areas of Mtandire, Kasiyafumbi and Mtsiriza.
"The parish has also been helpful in making provisions to seminarians at St Augustine Philosophical National Seminary, Kachebere.Currently the Parish, has a hall and some houses it uses to generate funds for supporting its operations, pastoral ministries and the needy." Adopted text.