Catholic Diocese of Kigoma

Pastoral Department.

INTRODUCTION

The Pastoral Department, under the direction of the Bishop and assisted by the pastoral coordinator, has a special role to play in safeguarding the mission of the diocese, and ought to advocate the pastoral solicitude and love in whatever is done in the diocese. This department exists to support, facilitate, coordinate and develop ways of strengthening and revitalizing the pastoral service for the People of God in the diocese and encourages action on behalf of mission. It furthermore assists parish communities in developing a shared vision with an extensive network programs and advocacy. It encourages all approved diocesan approaches and programs by means of formation and training. Moreover, it has the duty to see to it that all the established socio-economic departments and related institutions are moved, in their operations, by the spiritual and pastoral solicitude and love. It is worth noting that the pastoral department works very closely with some departments, offices, commissions and programmes/units that are more pastoral oriented such as the catechetical department, lay apostolate department, liturgical department, Vocations department, Communications department, and social refugee services program, and the youth office.

PASTORAL OFFICE

The main function of the office is to promote evangelization and catechesis through coordinating and guiding all diocesan levels of pastoral activities. The office is also responsible for spiritual formation and nurturing vocations.

1.1 Pastoral Department.

The Pastoral Department, under the direction of the Bishop and assisted by the pastoral coordinator, has a special role to play in safeguarding the mission of the diocese, and ought to advocate the pastoral solicitude and love in whatever is done in the diocese. This department exists to support, facilitate, coordinate and develop ways of strengthening and revitalizing the pastoral service for the People of God in the diocese and encourages action on behalf of mission. It furthermore assists parish communities in developing a shared vision with an extensive network programs and advocacy. It encourages all approved diocesan approaches and programs by means of formation and training. Moreover, it has the duty to see to it that all the established socio-economic departments and related institutions are moved, in their operations, by the spiritual and pastoral solicitude and love. It is worth noting that the pastoral department works very closely with some departments, offices, commissions and programmes/units that are more pastoral oriented such as the catechetical department, lay apostolate department, liturgical department, Vocations department, Communications department, and social refugee services program, and the youth office

1.2 Catechetical

The main function of this department is to coordinate all catechetical activities in the diocese. This involves religious instructions at all levels of the diocese in order to deepen understanding about the Gospel, promotion of faith and spiritual formation. The department runs 2 catechetical centres of Kasulu and Kabanga.

1.3 Lay Apostolate

The Lay apostolate department in the Catholic Diocese of Kigoma advocates ways for members of each diocesan community to seek “the Kingdom of God ” by engaging in spiritual as well as temporal affairs. This ministry has to ensure that the role of the laity is understood and provides an opportunity for laity to have an input on issues that are pertinent to Church and society. This department coordinates ecclesial movements like Catholic Women Association (WAWATA), Catholic Youth Organisation (VIWAWA), Catholic Students (TYCS), Holy Childhood, pious movements, solidarities, family apostolate and other lay associations. In a nutshell, The department emphasises on the role of the laity in evangelization. Its main function is to promote active participation of the laity in the church through and by enhancing Small Christian Communities, Pontifical Missionary societies (PMS), Holy childhood, youth office, Christian movements, lay associations and family apostolate.
The department provides direction, training, encouragement and it promotes the moral, intellectual and material welfare through formation programs and by elevating their capacity to concretely contribute to the social welfare from the grassroots level. The Diocese is trying to find ways of consolidating this functional department as the key for both evangelization and for tapping both human and material resources for successful development delivery.

1.4 Liturgical Department

This another department that is pastoral oriented whose main service is to coordinate all liturgical ceremonies. The department is likewise concerned with organizing trainings and seminars on liturgy and liturgical changes which require specific instructions. The department links the Diocese of Kigoma with the National Secretariat’s liturgical department as well as Vatican. Hence the department is concerned with implementing within the diocese those resolutions and directives from both national level and international level. The Department’s head makes sure that he oversees the functioning of the liturgical committees at the parish level as he does too for the diocesan level.