St Matthews Parish in Glen View on Sunday 19 June 2016 held a ground breaking ceremony to kick start the construction of a new church building.

The new structure construction is expected to house about 3500 people compared to the current which has become too small for the congregation with slightly over a thousand carrying capacity.

St Mathews attained parish status at the beginning of this year after being a sub parish of St Patrick’s Glen Norah for over a decade.

In his homily, Fr. Alfigio Tunha (OFM) urged the parishioners to sacrifice a lot to enable the process of building the church to become smooth and possible.

“Everyone has a role to play in this big job we have started, no one is too poor to contribute something, money will never be enough so we have to sacrifice our daily wants and needs for the Lord” said Fr Tunha (OFM).

Notable guests at the event included Public Service, Labour and Social Affairs Hon. Minister Prisca Mupfumira.

Hon. Mupfumira urged people to be self-reliant and not to solely base on foreign donations when undertaking such projects like constructing a church.

“Gone are the days when we used to depend on missionaries to help us build our churches, we should have a sense of ownership for this project’’ said Honourable Mupfumira. She remarked before she handed 5 tonnes of maize and cooking oil, and a thousand dollars cash towards the project.

Over the past years, the parish has been carrying on a number of fundraising activities to raise money for this majestic project