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Orlu Diocese gets three new Parishes

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Orlu Diocese gets three new Parishes

By Udechi Francis

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma on Thursday, April 1, 2021 announced for the creation of three new Parishes in the diocese.

Bishop Ukwuoma made this known during the 2021 Chrism at Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu.

He said that the need for the creation of new Parishes became necessary for the salvation of souls as well as to bring God closer to the affected Parishes respectively.

 The Parishes include: St. Michael’s Parish Arondizogu in Ideato North LGA, St. Benedict Parish Uli in Anambra State and St. Michael’s Parish Okwudor in Njaba LGA.

The bishop at the event enjoined all Christians to always pray for peace in Nigeria otherwise according to him, the country will sink in crisis.

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ABUJA: Archbishop gives reason why looting persists in Nigeria

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ABUJA: Archbishop gives reason why looting persists in Nigeria

Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, believed that the malady of treasury looting in Nigeria persists only because Nigerians were not yet ready to clamour for positive change.

He said that any society where leaders want others to die for their political ambitions; misuse of public funds would continue to thrive.

Archbishop Kaigama, who was delivering homily at St. Matthew’s pastoral area in Paso Abuja, added that the day politicians would begin to see the wrong in their deeds and stop rationalizing crime, the actions that would follow will engender good governance.

“We must all pay attention to the voice of God in our consciences. The degree of rot and blatant misuse of public resources of this great country is because many have allowed their conscience to die. They see no wrong in their bad or evil actions and they rationalize sin and crime.

“Dying to self is the only way a new Nigeria will germinate and grow, free from the dominion of sin and criminality; to produce patriotic citizens who do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than themselves; looking not only for their interests, but the interests of fellow Nigerians.

“If Nigerians avoid politics of pleasure and the tendency of leadership without sacrifice, practice self-emptying; uproot every sinful habit and seek to be renewed in mind, spirit, soul and body, the clamour for positive change will be possible.

“Unfortunately, leaders want others to die for their political ambitions; while they are comfortable with their families at home or their children well protected oversea.

“It is only by dying to self that good governance can be entrenched and positive legacies endure, just as Jesus in dying became the source of eternal life.”

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Oblates of St. Joseph celebrates 30 years anniversary in Nigeria…Holds ordination

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It was a double celebration as Oblates of St. Joseph under Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Province celebrated 30 years of her presence in Nigeria. The anniversary was commemorated with Diaconate and Priestly Ordinations at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church Oke-Afa Ejigbo, Lagos on the 20th March, 2021 by Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, His Eminence, John Cardinal Olorunfemi  Onaiyekan.

His Eminence explained in his homily, the work of Levites in the Old Testament and priests in the New Testament. Levites as one of the tribes in Israel is by inheritance and the priest depended solely on the offering and contribution of the Israelites because they did not have inheritance like other tribes.

Continuing, he said, in the New Testament, the initial call to come into the priesthood is baptism and partaking in the Eucharist. And among the baptized Christ chooses some men through the Holy SApirit for special service to God as priests.

He further explained that in the tradition of the Catholic Church; there are three levels of priesthood ordination. They are; Deacons, Priests and Bishops. He further highlighted and summarily discussed the importance of the first two namely; Deaconate and Priesthood.

The Cardinal had earlier expressed his gratitude to God for the lives of the candidates, for diaconate and priestly ordinations and also prayed for their families for supporting them to this stage.

SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church is in a remote area of Lagos which many feel is too local and that nothing good will come out of there. It is not by power nor might but by the spirit of God.

The church building was reconstructed and completed within months which ordinarily was impossible but the people have developed strong faith in Jesus as the one who does great thing at all times. The Church had earlier been dedicated on the 13th February 2021 by the Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace Most Rev. Adewale Martins.

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LAGOS: Catholics conclude Laity Week with recognition of members

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Parishioners of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Ojodu, Lagos State, last Sunday joined other Catholic faithful to celebrate the grand finale of this year’s Laity Week.

At the parish, 18 persons were decorated as Friends of the Laity, while some others were recognized for showing exemplary commitment to the service of God and to the growth of the church.

Rev. Fr. Raymond Enaigbe from Auchi Diocese, Edo State, who preached at the Mass, reflected on the role of Catholic faithful as laity.

In his welcome address, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Fidelis Umole, encouraged the faithful to embrace the word of God everyday in their lives, and constantly relying on God’s illuminating power in the journey through life’s turbulent seas.

Speaking on the theme of this year’s Laity Week celebration: ‘The word of God: Dependable Light and Hope of Survival in Adversity’, Fr. Umole said: “The world in which we live is one that was created by God and sustained by His word. We can testify therefore that this theme presents to us a statement of fact that resonates truth, which is fundamental to our very existence in the word.”

On her part, the Chairperson, Parish Laity Council, Lady Bose Emumwen, said it was by God’s grace that the church was able to celebrate this year’s Laity Week, given the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the closure of churches and the disruption of last year’s Laity Week celebration.

“I am certain that the abrupt postponement of our Laity Week celebration last year due to the COVID-19 lockdown must have triggered some anticipatory nostalgia within many of us. Notwithstanding the challenges of a time such as this, we will continue to be thankful to God who has been with us all these times,” Emumwen said.

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