The mass wedding couples pose for a photo with the church priests and Kenya Navy officers (2nd row).
Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic church on 10 Nov 19 celebrated family day at Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe church ground with a six couples mass wedding. The mass wedding was specially organized to aid the catholic faithfuls enjoy one of the Catholic church requirement which is receiving holy communion for the married couples. The six couples were all service members from the Kenya Navy and the mass wedding was officiated by four fathers from Diocese of Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu hosted by Major (Fr.) Francis Bwaga.
During the service, the sermon was led by Major (Fr.) Sammy Irungu of Kahawa Garrison who has roots from the Kenya Navy where he was born and raised. He also doubled the work by uniting the couples during the mass wedding exchange of the vows at the church. During the sermon, Major (Fr.) Irungu urged the new weds to seek the face of God in marriage, seek divine intervention and be prayerful at all times since there are many matrimonial hurdles and temptations. The priest said he was happy to be invited back home where he was shaped up to become a priest and therefore urged all to look back to their roots, be proudly associated with them and help build work of God at all costs as sign of giving back to the society.
The host, Major (Fr.) Bwaga thanked the newly wedded couples for making the right decision of solemnizing their marriage and being an example to other church
faithfuls. He noted that this special occasion, mass wedding, came at a good time when the church was celebrating family day. Commander KNB Mtongwe Brigadier Jimson Mutai the church patron urged the service members and their families to heed to the teachings of the scripture as taught by the chaplaincy in order to ensure peaceful and harmonious marriage. He challenged those who have not solemnized theirs to do so which is one of the requirement of the catholic church.
The family day attracted a big number of the faithfuls from the military fraternity and families of the couples. The day was concluded with sumptuous dinner coupled with series of entertainment where attendants joined the church choir and the bridal party for rhythmical tunes and wonderful dances. Finally, the patron led the faithful’s in cake cutting moment to commemorate the family day.
Liturgical dancers’ and some of the Kenya Navy service personnel leads the
mass wedding procession.
The couples kneel at the church alter for blessings.
Major (Fr.) Sammy Irungu preaching the sermon.
One of the jubilated couples marching out of the church after the mass
Colonel Lawrence Gituma who is the deputy church patron (5th left) joins the
church choir in a dance to entertain the visitors.
Commander KNB Mtongwe Brigadier Jimson Mutai who is Kenya Navy
Roman Catholic Church patron cuts the cake to commemorate the family day,
accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Selina Mutai (behind), Major (Fr.) Francis
Bwaga, the Chairperson Catholic Women Association (left) and youth