Parishioners at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Blantyre’s Chilobwe township will next Sunday celebrate the feast of their saints with fundraising activities to mobilise resources for construction of a priest’s house.
The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul or the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the two apostles, which is observed on 29 June every year.
This year, the feast day falls on Saturday, but members of the church shifted the celebration to Sunday so that it coincides with mass and prayer services.
Chairperson of the Parish Council, Ephet Phekani, told Nation on Sunday that the church needs K5 million to construct a decent home for their priests.
Phekani said since the opening of the parish some years ago priests have been accommodated in rented houses, which was more costly to parishioners than it could have been if they were using church facilities.
“We have organised a number of activities such as mock wedding, games and disco in our efforts to raise enough money for the construction of the house. Let me emphasise here that everyone who will patronise these activities won’t regret because the parish will also offer a variety of food items, drinks and braai for sale at reasonable prices,” he said.
Phekani said the parish has finalised preparations for the event. Currently, the parish is selling special grilled chickens at K5 000 each.
According to Phekani, patrons to the disco, which will start from 4pm to 9pm, will pay K500.
“We are just appealing to politicians, businesspersons and all other well-wishers to patronise the event.
“We can’t do this on our own, hence, our coming to you for help because we believe that your contribution can make a significant difference to our efforts,” he said.