Church Experience in Africa: Cheerful Offering

This is a typical Sunday mass at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Nkwanta/Jasikan Diocese.

Dancing is one of many aspects of the adaptations of the faith experience (enculturation) of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa. The celebratory and musical feel of Sunday gatherings and other faith meetings stem from people’s faith in a God whose word is good news (the Gospel) to them.

“O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Ps 95:1-2 In the following video, the first part is a joyful response to the invitation to “come, let us sign for joy to the Lord.”

The rest of the video is a cheerful offering procession. On this particular Sunday there was a general collection and a second collection to raise funds for the parish’s development project. St. Theresa’s parish community is building a water purification plant to solve the growing need for clean drinking water for all. The project started in 2012 and is 75% done. To learn more about this and other projects of the parish you can contact their priest Fr. Mike at 011-(233)246940673.

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