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We will continue to take necessary precautions to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in our environment and affecting our people by following these directives:

  1. All Christ’s faithful are to wear their face masks as they come for Holy Mass and other Church activities.
  2. Hand washing containers with water and soap are to be provided for worshippers to clean their hands. Sanitizers should also be provided. Individuals are encouraged to own personal sanitizers.
  3. Parishes/Chaplaincies/Institutions are encouraged to provide Infrared Thermometers to check temperature of worshippers.
  4. Periodic cleaning and disinfecting of places of worship should be done.
  5. Holy Communion is to be received on the tongue with utmost reverence, the priests carefully placing the Sacred Host on the communicant’s tongue. Priests are to wash their hands properly after receiving Holy Communion before going to serve the people. Priests must wear the face mask as they distribute Holy Communion. When the Priest comes to the communicant and says softly “the Body of Christ”, the communicant silently says “Amen” bowing his/her head and reverently bringing out the tongue.
  6. On Ash Wednesday with regard to the ashes: The Priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes. He sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything. Then he addresses all those present and only once says the usual formula: mmadu, cheta na aja ka ibu na aja ka i ga alaghachikwa. The priest then washes his hands and goes to sprinkle the ashes on the head of each person without saying anything.
    Outside of Holy Mass the ashes will be sprinkled on people only in the context of the Liturgy of the Word.
  7. Fridays during Lent: Stations of the Cross will go on either in the Church or in the open while observing reasonable human distance. If in the Church, only the Mass Servers and the Priest are to move from station to station, while other Christ’s faithful are to remain in their seats. Stations of the Cross can be done at different times in order to prevent overcrowding.
  8. Cathedraticum: The Cathedraticum support funds are to be paid into the designated Archdiocesan account at the Chikum Microfinance Bank from the 15th March 2021 to the 22nd March 2021. All non monetary materials are to be submitted to the Finance Administrator’s office. Three delegates and the Priest(s) are to represent their Parishes or Institutions on the designated dates for Cathedraticum.
  9. Palm Sunday: The celebration with palms is to be done within each Parish Church without any procession. The people remain in their seats with their palms for the blessing.
    Note: Holy Week Retreat and Confessions for Parishes are encouraged, especially, for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the Holy Week.
  10. The Chrism Mass
    The Chrism Mass will be celebrated modestly with the following persons in attendance, namely: All priests in the Archdiocese, expanded executives of the Archdiocesan Council — Pastoral and Finance, five representatives each from the C.M.O, C.W.O, C.Y.O.N, Mary League, and two female Religious from each of the Congregations.
    The time for the Mass is 9:00am.
  11. Holy Thursday — Mass of the Lord’s Supper — Evening
    This will be celebrated in the normal way without the washing of the feet. The adoration of the Blessed Eucharist is to be observed, and the faithful divided into three adoration groups. The Adoration should end on or before 11:00pm.
  12. Good Friday — Veneration of the Cross
    The Stations of the Cross will go on either in the Church or in the field while observing reasonable human distance. The Passion will only be read.
    To the ten intercessions will be added — “A prayer for those affected, afflicted and scared by the coronavirus pandemic”.
    After the Cross is unveiled three times on the steps of the Altar, only the chief celebrant will venerate with a kiss. Thereafter the Cross will be raised for general reverence and veneration.
  13. Easter Vigil
    There will be no lighting of fire and no procession into the Church. The Paschal Candle will be lit in its usual position by the chief celebrant. The Exultet will be read or sung without incensation.
    The final Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) can be done where they have been prepared. After the Gospel, the Homily follows and then the Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Holy Mass continues as usual.
  14. Easter Sunday
    Holy Mass will be celebrated as usual with the Renewal of Promises. On this Sunday, Easter Season starts and so does the prayer Nuriwa Eze Nwanyi nke Eligwe or O Queen of Heaven Rejoice.

Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna

Archbishop of Owerri

February 9th, 2021

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As part of our Lenten exercise. Holy Rosary Hospital Emekuku will visit enlisted parishes to care for the sick. Our medical outreach scheme is large, stretching from: child care consultations, youth related health challenges, maternity pregnancy check-up, and care for our elderly.

However, we have its special package for our pregnant mothers. This package is called Lenten Holy Rosary Hospital pregnant mother’s bonanza. This bonanza is to help families to reduce the economic effect of Covid-19 pandemic among families and pregnant mothers.

Furthermore, the following Lenten pregnant mother’s bonanza is obtainable at Holy Rosary Hospital Emekuku.

1. Free card and registration for antenatal exercise except for emergency consultation, which you have to pay for.

2. Free bed and accommodation for five days after delivery, however you need to pay for your drugs.

3. 50% charge for safe delivery and C.S delivery

4. 50% charge for myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroid) and free bed for 5 days.

5. You will need to buy and pay for your drugs and food.

On this note we shall visit the following parishes for special Lenten Medical Care. For which consultation fee and card fee are free but patients will pay 50% for their drugs.

1. St. Mary’s Catholic Agbala -10th March. 2021

2. Our Lady of Good Council Imerienwe

    l7th March, 2021

3. St George Orogwe – 21st March. 2021

4. St. Helen Catholic Church Irete – 24th March, 2021

5. St. Anthony Inyishi – 28th March, 2021.

Rev. Fr. Justin Okoro

Hospital Director

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Bishop Ochiagha for burial January 12

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Bishop Ochiagha for burial January 12

The remains of Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha, Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Orlu will be buried on Tuesday January 12.

According to a release by the Vicar-General of the Diocese, Fr. Emmanuel Okonkwo, the funeral ceremony will hold at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu at 10 a.m.

Evening Mass will be on Monday 11th January 2021 at 4pm at the same venue.

It stated that all Covid-19 protocols must be observed, including wearing of face masks.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma has said that the state government will partner with the Catholic Diocese of Orlu for the successful burial of the pioneer Bishop of Orlu Diocese.

Governor Uzodimma made this known during a condolence visit to the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma, on Sunday, January 3 after a Holy Mass at the Cathedral.

“I came to commiserate with the Diocese of Orlu over the demise of her Bishop Emeritus as well as to interact with Bishop Ukwuoma on the arrangements and how we can join hands to give the late bishop a befitting burial,” Gov. Uzodimma said.

According to him, he was touched by the death of the pioneer bishop, who served the diocese and the Catholic Church for years.


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Holy Rosary Hospital Emekuku embarks on Free Medical Checkup

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UK stops recruitment of doctors, nurses from Nigeria, 46 other countries

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Corona-virus) individuals, families and communities fall short of the need for Medical check-up due to fear of the unknown, recession in economy and other related problems.

Consequently, the World Health Organization (WHO) noticed a sharp increase in an already known number of individuals suffering from hunger and food scarcity, hypertension, Diabetes, stroke etc.

Responding to the challenge, the Holy Rosary Hospital, Emekuku is embarking on A FREE ADVENT/ CHRISTMAS MEDICAL OUTREACH to the following communities;

  1. 2nd December, 2020 Wednesday – St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Obibiezena.
  2. 4th December, 2020 Friday – St Mulumba Catholic Church, Wetheral Road.
  3. 9th December, 2020 Wednesday – St. Charles’ Parish, Avuvu Ikeduru.
  4. 11th December, 2020 Friday – Immaculate Conception, Nkwo Emeke.
  5. 16th December, 2020 – Sacred Heart Parish, Umualum Uratta.
  6. 18th December, 2020 – Ihitte Ngor-Okpala.
  7. 23rd December, 2020 – St Mark’s Parish Umuneke Ngor.


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