The immediate past President General of Owere Community Assembly (OCA), Chief Sir Dr. Christian Oweaya Anukam (KSM), Agbawodikeizu Owere, has donated robes to St. Paul’s 9am Children Lector Association (Lay Readers).
The robes which are of different liturgical colours of the church were presented to Msgr. Cyril Akolonu on his 40th Anniversary of priestly ordination held at St. Paul Catholic Church, Douglas Road Owerri, July 10.
The color of the liturgical vestments, (about 8 of them) changes from time to time because the church uses different colours to indicate the season or feast that is being celebrated.
Speaking to The Leader shortly after presenting the robes, Chief Oweaya said the essence of the donation was to encourage the efforts of the children in Reading the word of God and promoting good Catholic tradition and practices.
The Owerri based philanthropist said he believes in the Catholic saying that “Nearer to Altar, nearer to God,” and emphasized that such belief should be inculcated in the lives of Christians, especially children, as they are future of the church and hope of a nation.
He reiterated that he started his Christian journey as a Block Rosary member at a very tender age, served at Mass and was a very active member in his youth days and still active in the lives of the youth today.
Agbawodikeizu Owere insisted that the best way to eradicate societal vices is to imbibe the gospel message which helps to mould an individual’s thoughts and actions and which in turn promotes love and peace in family, church and society.
He advised that children should be allowed to take Readings in other Masses and not just the children Mass as it would help bring them closer to God.
He congratulated Msgr. Cyril Akalonu on his 40th anniversary and prayed the good Lord to give him the strength to continue to work in His vineyard and win more souls for Him.
Earlier during the Mass, the celebrant, Msgr. Akalonu stated that the journey to priesthood, the call to serve God, is not one devoid of obstacles, but in all, it is a charge to spread the gospel and take care of God’s flock. He beckoned on the congregation to always pray for their priests so that God will continue to use them to do His work here on earth.
Receiving the robes on behalf the lay readers, Msgr. Akalonu commended Chief Oweaya for the donation and his contributions to the growth of the church. Describing Oweaya as a lover of the youth, Msgr. Akalonu prayed God to continue to bless him as he touches the lives of the youth and the less privileged in the parish and Archdiocese.