BUSHENYI: The faithful at St. Kagwa Parish in Bushenyi district may go for days without receiving the Holy sacraments after the administration closed down the church and suspended all Sacramento celebrations.
The immediate closure follow unknown disease which killed Church’s serving priest, Rev. Fr. Irenaeus Karenzi, which occurred on Saturday November 28th, at Mbarara regional referral hospital.
According to a document that was pinned at the parish noticeboard, all Sacramento activities, visitations at the parish have been suspended until December 12, for health and safety measures.
“Nobu oburweire obumwitsiire butakamanyirwe, ahabw’okwerinda, omwanya ogu gwakyingwaho okuhitsya ebiro 12/12/2020. Ahabw’okushoma omu bwire obu, muze omu maklezia agandi,” read a vernacular notice.
The faithful who would wish to visit the place for spiritual prayers and Mass Celebrations have been advised to do so at other nearby local churches.
An anonymous source in the Catholic church who could not rule out that the priest might have died of COVID-19 confirmed the closure of the church.
Fr. Karenzi becomes a third priest to die at St. Kagwa Catholic parish church this year. In April, the church lost Rev. Fr. Odomaro Mutungirehi and this week two Priests including the areas Episcopal Vicar, Rev. Fr. Pascal Betunga aka Rukooko, and Fr. Karenzi, passed on November25 & 28 respectively.
May their souls rest in peace.