On the day, Archbishop Ameyu conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation to 285 children.
Additionally, 150 children received their First Holy Communion during the celebration that also saw 17 widowed mothers who had been catechized receive their First Holy Communion.
Asked about the possible costs for the anticipated construction, Fr. Ochaya said, “We are not able now to communicate the actual budget it needs because we are soon going to have bidding.”
He added, “When we tell people the budget publicly, those who are going to bid will tune to that budget based on what we have communicated out and for that reason we are reserved to say.”
Explaining how the church building is expected to look like at completion, the member of the Clergy of Juba Archdiocese said, “We expect to see a dove-like Church with four rows in the middle of the Church, right from the altar to back, to one wing from the left with two rows each and then from the right side with the same two rows.”
Fr. Ochaya expressed appreciation to those who had already started contributing towards the construction of the Church, saying that over 4 million South Sudanese pounds (US$8,700.00) had already been received.
The South Sudanese Priest said that there have been at least two attempts to lay the foundation stone of St. Kizito church but because of some technical reasons, the structures had been demolished.
He said, “We have now come out with a plan that has been approved by the former Archbishop late Paolino Lukudu. The plan has also been approved by the state ministry of physical infrastructure.”
Fr. Ochaya has called for support towards the construction of the church building saying, “We are reaching out to everyone in the country and outside the country to help us… I am also appealing to all well-wishers for support in the construction of St. Kizito.”
He added, “St. Kizito, for nearly 37 years, has been without a good structure. Part of the delay without constructing a good structure was the war and maybe it wasn’t the right time yet but now we see it is time to build this church.”