On Sunday of the Feast of Divine Mercy, parishioners of Our Lady of the Wayside, Mt Pleasant, visited and celebrated Mass with inmates at Harare Central Prison as one of the Year of Mercy programs.

Before the liturgical celebration the 22 member Catholic inmates’ choir praised the Lord with inspiring sacred hymns before the parishioners and other inmates which included Mwari ngoni and Mwari huyai.

In his homily Fr. Muhamba SJ expressed his joy in seeing that the inmates have showed their faith despite the situation they are in and he encouraged them to continue praying and seek the face of God always.

“We should not seek God when we are in trouble only but always even in good times so expect you to continue preaching the goodness of the Lord now and when you leave this place.”

He encouraged the inmates to keep on preaching to each other not only by word of mouth but also buy living the faith in doing good works.

Zimbabwe Prison Services Superintended Brighton Matombo expressed his gratitude to the church and said the donation is very essential for the inmates.

He said the inmates also need love and many people should continue to do like what the Catholic Church is doing to show them that they are still important and loved.

Mr Tashinga Tsvetu, a Year of Mercy-Liturgy committee at the parish encouraged other church members to visit the prisoners as a way of caring for others and said the parish is looking forward to engaging female prison units.

The group was made up of parishioners from Our Lady of the Wayside and St Johns Emerald Hill and Christon bank centers.