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August 14, 2018

Sunday Readings: TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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  Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 86:3.5 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O  Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.   Collect God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy 4:1-2. 6-8. Theme: “You…

GOOD OR BAD SINNER?

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The story is told of a father who was terribly concerned that his family spent too much time watching television. While the children spent too much time on Disney channel at the expense of their homework, their mother preferred soap operas to doing housework. So he came up with radical solution: “As soon as the Premier League season is over, I’m gonna have to cancel the cable television subscription.” That is quintessential hypocrisy! It is at the heart of Jesus’s teaching today as he continues his long-running dispute with his great adversaries – the scribes and the Pharisees. The…

Parents advised to motivate Children to read while on holidays

  The principal of Achara Commercial Secondary School, Obowo, Pastor Ben Iwu has advised parents to ensure that their children continue with academic activities at home while on vacation as it greatly enhances their performance. According to him, it has been proved that students who fail to read and write while at home on vacation retard from prior knowledge. He posits that conversely, students and pupils who continue their studies while at home on vacation excel when school resumes. He enjoined the students to avail themselves of the opportunity of the extra moral lessons provided by the school during vacation….

Anglican Bishop tasks Security over Rev. Fr. Osuagwu’s Killers

  An Anglican Prelate Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has described as most unfortunate the shocking and horrific murder of Rev. Fr. Denis Osuagwu (cmf) in Owerri in Imo State, a State with various network of security outfit .The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu who bemoaned the gruesome killing during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Eziobodo parish at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Eziobodo Owerri West local government , Imo State, wondered what could have informed the killing of a man of God in the manner they did. The Bishop pointed out that it was a…

St. Mary’s Elelem celebrates Parish Feast – As priest calls for unity among faithful

The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Franklin Mbah and  Mrs. Martina Okere (one of the Awardees) The entire St. Mary’s Parish Elelem in Ngor Okpala was agog recently as the five-year old parish marked its 2015 Feast Day with the solemnity of Assumption, August 15. The climax was the Sunday Mass, August 16, when the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Frankline Mbah encouraged the congregation to be united in the Eucharist and be more committed to the Mass which is the greatest prayer of every Catholic. Reflecting on the readings of the day, the priest regretted that the misunderstanding by the Jews of…

Papal Knights, Medalists mark 15th anniversary in Owerri

Papal Knights and Medalists From left to right Sir Matthew Ajaero, Sir Sylverster Egegbara, Dame Professor Victoria Nwigwe KtSS, Dame Prof. Rose Osuji KtSG, Sir Chief Charles Uwakwe, Sir Chief T.C.K. Osuji with Archbishop Obinna, Fr. Gerald Onyekwere and Fr. Agogbuo. The Papal Knights and Medalists of Owerri Archdiocese marked the 15th year of their Papal Award Saturday 15th August, 2015. The anniversary of the awardees is also the Feast Day of the Archdiocese. The occasion began with a concelebrated Mass presided over by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri, assisted by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev….

Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lectures

On The Way To Fulfilment By Rev. Fr. George Nwachulwu On the 5th day of September 2015, Christ faithful in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri will in joyful reunion with their sons, daughters, friends and well wishers from within and outside the metropolitan, gather at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to celebrate this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan day. The two day celebration kicks off on Friday September 4th with cultural entertainment. It will be rounded off on Saturday with a thanksgiving Mass, fund raising and Odenigbo lecture. This year’s fiesta is unique in several ways, (1) It forms an integral part of…

Vatican invites Priests to apply to become ‘Missionaries of Mercy’

  Pope Francis is looking for ‘missionaries of mercy’, priests who are known for their preaching and dedication to hearing confessions and granting absolution. Priests interested in being one of the special communicators of God’s mercy are invited to apply online, providing that they have the support of their bishop or superior. The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, the office Pope Francis charged with coordinating the Holy Year of Mercy, which begins December 8, posted a list of desired qualities and the application form on the Year of Mercy website. The missionaries will be commissioned formally by the Pope…

CBSN Owerri Archdiocesan young Evangelizers end three-day retreat: Call on the youth to remember their Creator while young

CBSN Owerri Archdiocesan Young Evangelizers The Owerri Archdiocesan Young Evangelizers of the Catholic Bible Society of Nigeria, Friday August 21-Sunday 23, 2015 held a three-day retreat at St. Benignus Parish Ihitte Isi-Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA. The programme started with a Holy Mass presided by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Gerald Amadi. In his homily, he admonished the young people of God to always imitate the saints and our Blessed Mother Mary in their spiritual journey. He further thanked the leadership of the Young Evangelizers for choosing his parish for such a spiritual exercise and prayed that they never get weary in…

Imerienwe Parish concludes Youth Week

Very Rev. Fr. Jonathan Ezenwoke, Rev. Fr. Francis Metuh and the youths in traditional attires . The Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Imerienwe in Ngor-Okpala LGA concluded her 2015 activity packed Youth Week in a grand style on Sunday August 23. The Grand Finale event which saw every youth of the parish dressed in traditional attire, was rapped up with a Holy Mass, quiz competition among the stations of the parish, conferment of awards and titles and launching of the Youths 2015 Almanac. Delivering a homily during the Holy Mass, the priest-in-charge of…

CMO Emekuku Zone One inaugurates New Executive

Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro, with the new officers of CMO Emekuku Zone One after Mass. The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) Emekuku Zone One of the Archdiocese of Owerri, has inaugurated its newly elected executive. The ceremony which took place at the Mount Carmel Catholic Church (Mother Parish) Emekuku and presided over by the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro was attended by CMO delegates from the 16 parishes that make up the zone. The occasion also coincided with the unveiling of this year’s harvest and bazaar flex of the parish and the closing ceremony of the 2015…

Why Labour Shut Down Owerri Again

The Protesting workers and pensioners on Tuesday.

The Protesting workers and pensioners on Tuesday. Hoping that those concerned will listen, Labour leaders have warned of massive job losses in Imo State, if Government goes ahead to sell more of its parastatals. On Tuesday, prostesting workers said Government was  owing workers massively and still planned to send more home by way of privatization. The protesters representing three trade unions were led by Comrade Austin Chilakpu of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). “We want the whole world to hear our cry. We welcomed this government with great enthusiasm when it came on board with the mantra of job creation….

Ndigbo lose out again …as Buhari appoints new SGF, others

  The speculation that President Muhammadu Buhari will appoint Igboman Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) did not hold after-all as the President has named, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, from Adamawa State as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Before this appointment, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and Senator Chris Ngige, top APC members, were widely tipped for the plum job. The speculation became even more rife as the post of SGF was said to have been zoned to the South-East. A Press Release issued on Thursday, August 27 by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President…

The Priest And The Law (3)

  For the discipline of staff of the church schools and hospitals, the Priests Administrator must note that an employer can terminate the employment of a staff without stating any reason for so doing, provided requisite notice is given or payment in lieu of notice is made. And an employer can dismiss an employee where the misconduct of the employee constitutes a crime provided the employee is given fair hearing by confronting him with the accusation made against him and requiring him to defend himself. ARINZE V FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA LTD (2004) 12 NWLR (Pt. 888) 663, YUSUF V…

SODALITIES AND ORGANISATIONS SHOULD BE FOR THE DEEPENIG OF FAITH (3)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  For convenience we have chosen the fourth dictionary meaning of ‘Knighthood’ as ‘knights collectively’. The word ‘knight’ began during the feudal system of government in the Middle Ages -4th- 15th century. In the feudal system, all land in the State was entrusted to the King. One may liken that to the Land Use Decree of 1978. The King then divided the land into portions or Holdings or Estates or Manors and had to sub-let those portions to noblemen or barons who, by virtue of the King’s gesture, had to render military service to him in the event of a…

St. Patrick’s Umuorim Nekede Hosts Mass wedding

The new couples with Fr. Kenneth Anujurulam shortly after their wedding St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuorim Nekede in Owerri West LGA of Imo State has hosted the mass wedding of seven lucky couples, courtesy of the Catholic Women Organization (C.W.O.)  2015 August Meeting. One of the brides a non-Catholic was duly baptized and received into the Catholic Church by Rev. Fr. Kenneth Anujurulam before the wedding proper. Rev. Fr. Kenneth during his homily, explained the difference between Christianity and Islam. One of the  differences he said, was that Christianity is a religion that is based on evangelization and conviction, while…

St. Patrick’s Ngugo visits Daughters of Charity …donates foodstuffs

  Parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Ngugo in Ikeduru LGA, Imo State, have visited the Daughters of Charity of the Precious Blood, donating foodstuffs, cash and other utility items. The delegation from the Parish was led by the Priest-Incharge, Rev. Fr. Casmir Chimezirim. In his remarks at the occasion, the Parish Priest thanked God for the presence of the reverend sisters in the community and commended them for the charity work they render to God’s people especially to the needy and urged them to keep it up. He disclosed that the parish decided to provide them with the various…

Priest decries state of Arochukwu road – As Mazi Francis Okoro goes home

  The Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Amankwu Arochukwu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Ogbu has condemned in strong terms the deplorable state of Ohafia-Arochukwu road in Abia State. Speaking during the burial of Mazi Francis Okoro Onuoha, at St. Peter’s Catholic Station Agbagwu Arochukwu, Fr. Ogbu said anybody who had the misfortune of using the road would not believe it is in Nigeria. Sympathizing with hundreds of people who attended the burial through the deplorable road, the priest said, “I know what you went through; the road is terrible and was worsened by rainfall and a lorry which broke…

Hardship in the Land – Help!

  Times are hard, and things are getting worse by the day. It is not an exaggeration to said that many Nigerians, especially the older folks, feel they are worse off today than they were a decade or two ago. This is sad, considering that this nation is flowing with resources both natural and human. There should have been improvements in the quality of life of the majority of Nigerians. The boom years of oil failed to rob off on the lives of Nigerians because of an embedded culture of corruption in Nigeria. When you look around, you cannot help…

St. Mary’s Ogada-Atta celebrates Feast Day

  …Arrogance leads to failure – Priest warns St. Mary’s Catholic Church Ogada-Atta in Ikeduru LGA was last Sunday, August 16, filled to capacity for the thanksgiving Mass to round off the activities of the 2015 Feast Day of Mary, their Patron Saint. The Mass was presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Linus Ibeawuchi. Delivering the homily, Fr. Ibeawuchi warned Christians against arrogance that leads to failure. He drew his lesson from the gospel of the day, where the Jews questioned the authencity of the body and blood of Christ when he said to them, “I am the…