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Shame as Namugongo pilgrims offertory is stolen

by James Ateenyi

Organisers of the Uganda Martyrs Day celebration at the Namugongo Catholic Shrine have decried a group of suspected youthful criminals who were illegally collecting offerings from unsuspecting pilgrims.

Although offerings are normally collected during celebration of Eucharist , due to the big number of Christians, the organising committee decided to collect offertories as early as 7:30 am before mass.

However, Mr Alex Mukasa, one of the ushers, says they became suspicious of a group of youth who were collecting money.

“As soon they announced that offerings were to be collected much earlier, small yellow and red bags similar to those normally used by the church, were seen being moved around before the ushers had been cleared to start collecting the money,” Mr Mukasa said.

According to Mr Mukasa, the suspected youth were seated behind the choir bay and near the Basilica.

Upon realising the theft, organisers announced warning pilgrims to halt giving in their offertories.

“We have learnt of some bad people trying to steal from God. They are posing as alms collectors. They are not. Whoever has seen a bag being passed around hold it and alert a security officer nearby,” one of the organisers announced.

The message was translated in several languages.

Mr Max Mugisha, another usher said that two unofficial bags; full of collections were recovered from the congregation.

Organisers then informed the pilgrims to only give their offertories to a section of people in a particular uniform.

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Charles Ongole John June 10, 2019 - 09:36

THEFT OF CHURCH MONEY?
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It’s absurd that Offertory money was illegally collected by crooks posing as ushers at Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine during the just concluded Martyrs Day celebrations at Namugongo this year 2019.
However, that the ushers were able to pinpoint the thieves; where they sat and what bags they used and not take instant action to have them arrested but only bide time that gave them space to wiggle away indicated the unpreparedness and lack of tact and organisational focus on their part and that of their committees and parish. What is perennially evident within and without martyrs celebrations is the disingenuity of deployed parish staff who with impunity steal offertory directly from boxes placed in the Shrine, grottos, at the Altar and in the sacristy at Uganda Martyrs Namugongo Shrine. These staff, who are largely employed staff and volunteers, use their official and positional advantage to directly steal God’s money. Some of them, in their sly, deviant and hypocritical ways, plead innocence when they actually supervise official theft of these monies. But this is a subject for an entire discourse of accountability that’s diseased not only in Namugongo, but perhaps in the general rubric affecting the clergy and lay faithful alike, top to bottom, across the Church!

Back to Namugongo Martyrs Day thefts. The finance, liturgy and security committees are all charged with responsibility in collecting and securing safety of church collections. This year, the police was charged with overall supervision of security in what the parish hailed as upping the ante of efficiency. And an excellent team was presumably sifted and deployed. CCTV cameras were a technical deployment that had ALL EYES around Shrine grounds as beef up to the ‘dignified’ team. Then this: God’s money stolen right before the noses of the security A-team! This can only reek of disingenuity, shoddiness, or collusion!
But as I did suggest at the first preparatory martyrs celebrations parish meeting, (I decided to disengage to take personal rest from volunteerism this year) recordings of security CCTV cameras should be replayed in their entirety to establish all activity happenings of Martyrs Day celebrations, 2019. This, with a view to accord credit or debit to efforts of all engaged and to enable better planning and activity for subsequent celebrations. I believe all welmeaning players can’t wait to witness reports of commitees, security in particular, against electronic findings during the parish evaluation meeting.

Otherwise, I find CONGRATULATIONS in order to Fr Vincent Lubega , the Ssabakristo and all parish committee members to Martyrs Day for giving their best to the SUCCESS of the 2019 Celebrations.

God bless you and remember to obey GOD always and everywhere !

Yours truly in Christ

Charles Ongole John, LMC
group founding administrator
DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS groups

UGANDA

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Charles Ongole John June 10, 2019 - 09:44

THEFT OF CHURCH MONEY?
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It’s absurd that Offertory money was illegally collected by crooks posing as ushers at Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine during the just concluded Martyrs Day celebrations at Namugongo this year 2019.
However, that the ushers were able to pinpoint the thieves; where they sat and what bags they used and not take instant action to have them arrested but only bide time that gave them space to wiggle away indicated the unpreparedness and lack of tact and organisational focus on their part and that of their committees and parish. What is perennially evident within and without martyrs celebrations is the disingenuity of deployed parish staff who with impunity steal offertory directly from boxes placed in the Shrine, grottos, at the Altar and in the sacristy at Uganda Martyrs Namugongo Shrine. These staff, who are largely employed staff and volunteers, use their official and positional advantage to directly steal God’s money. Some of them, in their sly, deviant and hypocritical ways, plead innocence when they actually supervise official theft of these monies. But this is a subject for an entire discourse of accountability that’s diseased not only in Namugongo, but perhaps in the general rubric affecting the clergy and lay faithful alike, top to bottom, across the Church!

Back to Namugongo Martyrs Day thefts. The finance, liturgy and security committees are all charged with responsibility in collecting and securing safety of church collections. This year, the police was charged with overall supervision of security in what the parish hailed as upping the ante of efficiency. And an excellent team was presumably sifted and deployed. CCTV cameras were a technical deployment that had ALL EYES around Shrine grounds as beef up to the ‘dignified’ team. Then this: God’s money stolen right before the noses of the security A-team! This can only reek of disingenuity, shoddiness, or collusion!
But as I did suggest at the first preparatory martyrs celebrations parish meeting, (I decided to disengage to take personal rest from volunteerism this year) recordings of security CCTV cameras should be replayed in their entirety to establish all activity happenings of Martyrs Day celebrations, 2019. This, with a view to accord credit or debit to efforts of all engaged and to enable better planning and activity for subsequent celebrations. I believe all welmeaning players can’t wait to witness reports of commitees, security in particular, against electronic findings during the parish evaluation meeting.

Otherwise, I find CONGRATULATIONS in order to Fr Vincent Lubega , the Ssabakristo and all parish committee members to Martyrs Day for giving their best to the SUCCESS of the 2019 Celebrations.

God bless you and remember to obey GOD always and everywhere !

Yours truly in Christ

Charles Ongole John, LMC
group founding administrator
DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS groups

UGANDA

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