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May 27, 2018

Mothers’ Day Celebration: Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish

Assumpta Parish Mothers day

  Activities marking this year’s Mother’s Day celebration at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri were rounded off with presentation of various categories of awards to deserving recipients. Six people bagged “Soldiers of Mary” award, three received “Ezinne Award” while others received “Ideal Mothers” and “Precious Mothers” awards. The occasion which coincided with Divine Mercy Sunday began with a Pontifical Mass presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, assisted by other priests working in the Cathedral, including the Administrator, Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru and the Chancellor/Secretary, Fr. Alphonsus Oha. In his homily, Archbishop Obinna commended Catholic women for taking care of the…

Mothers and us

It's Mother's Day Catholic Women celebrating in Owerri.

  Catholic women in Nigeria are today celebrating this year’s Mother’s Day. Today is a special Sunday set apart by the church to honour mothers and motherhood, by celebrating their virtues. Everyone of us, no matter how sophisticated, educated, rich or poor, is born of a woman and has enjoyed the sweet love and care of a mother. So to all of us, motherhood is a special gift. Even though the father (man) is the head of the family, God so positioned our mothers to be the pivot and nerve centre of every family. They are the pivot on which…

Mothers, Husbands and Children

  Mothers in the house are the soul mate to their husbands, they are meant to be together more than bloodily related individuals. Once legally married, the bible says they become one instead of two. They are expected to be like Mary and Joseph the holy family, with more love and one understanding. Husbands are very important in the house and they are the prestige and pride of their wives. As mothers have Virgin Mary as their role model, they should always emulate her and her virtues. Mary was an embodiment of God’s Love. She was very obedient and accepted…

MERCY OVERFLOWING

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The feast of Divine Mercy was established on April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II, at the canonization of Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, through whom the Lord requested that the Second Sunday of Easter be reserved to celebrate God’s mercy which is ever-flowing, notwithstanding our unfaithfulness. The Lord is perennially faithful and his mercy is always more than sufficient to cover our sins. As St Paul has it, “where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Rom. 5:20).In one of her visions, Jesus said to Saint Faustina: “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and…

MOTHERHOOD: A Call to Sacrifice

  Today is Mothers’ Day. It is a day Catholics in Nigeria and indeed all over the world celebrate our heavenly Mother Mary and indeed all mothers. A day to remind mothers of the need to make Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary our role model. A day to also remember that we are the handmaids of the Lord and like our Mother Mary we ask for the will of the Lord to prevail in our lives as we emulate the virtues of humility, faith, purity, positive disposition and love. Motherhood is a mystery and a…

Second Sunday of Easter – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

    ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    1 Pt 2:2 Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.   COLLECT God of everlasting mercy, who, in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed, Through our Lord.   FIRST READING  A reading from the Acts…

Second Sunday of Easter: DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                1 Pt 2:2 Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.   COLLECT God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people-you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING        A reading from the Acts of the Apostles…

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Like new born infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.   COLLECT God of everlasting mercy, who, in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindly the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed.  Through our Lord……   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles …

Mercy Overflowing

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The feast of Divine Mercy was established on April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II,on the occasion of the canonization Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun and visionary through whom the Lord Jesus requested that the Second Sunday of Easter be reserved to honour and commemorate God’s infinite mercy. How fitting that the Pope himself, a great apostle of mercy, was canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2014! Christianity is a story of the infinite mercy of God, without which we are lost and hopeless. Notwithstanding our unfaithfulness, the Lord has remained faithful through the ages and his…

The Pope of Divine Mercy

John Paul II died on Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the end of the vigil Mass of Divine Mercy Sunday, the feast that he himself instituted five years earlier for the universal Church. A few minutes before his death at 9.37 p.m., Rome time, a Mass had been celebrated in the Pope’s private apartments, during which he was given the Holy Viaticum and the Anointing of the Sick. John Paul II had designed the second Sunday in a surprise announcement at the canonization, on April 30, 2000 of Sister Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who died in Krakow in 1938….

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

The devotion to divine mercy is the devotion that is centered on the mercy of God. It is the devotion which summarizes Jesus’ teaching on mercy. The whole message of divine mercy is based on Christ who is mercy incarnate. In fact, Blessed Pope John Paul II declares that Christ does not only speak of mercy and explain it by the use of comparisons and parables, but above all he himself makes it incarnate and personifies it. He himself, in a certain sense is mercy (Cf. Dives in Misericordia, 3). It is this message of love and mercy that Jesus…

Sunday Readings: SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Sunday readings

OPENING PRAYER God of mercy, you wash away our sins in water, you give us new birth in the Spirit, and redeem us in the blood of Christ. As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection increase our awareness of these blessings, and renew your gift of life within us.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Acts 2:42-47 Theme: The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common. These (the new converts) remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. The many miracles and signs…

ON DIVINE MERCY

Today’s celebration of Divine Mercy fulfils the request of Christ the Lord through Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, that the Second Sunday of Easter be reserved to honour and commemorate God’s infinite mercy. This feast was established on April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II, who canonized Sister Faustina on that day. How fitting it is that the Pope himself, a great apostle of mercy, will be canonized on this Feast Day of Divine Mercy! Our Christian journey is a story of the infinite mercy of God, without which we are lost, hopeless and helpless. Notwithstanding our unfaithfulness, the Lord…

Becoming Holy Humans In Christ, A 2014 Easter Message

On Sunday the 27th April 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, will be canonized, that is officially proclaimed saints by Pope Francis at the St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome. Over a million pilgrims catholic and non-catholic from all over the world are expected at the canonization. Nigerians, including a number from Imo State will be there to represent us.   Although Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II continue to have enormous influence in our contemporary world and Church it is the holiness of their personal human lives that is the…

Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II To Be Canonized on April 27th

In the first consistory that he has convened, Pope Francis has announced that the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII will be held on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 in Rome. During his return trip from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, the Holy Father indicated Divine Mercy Sunday, which falls on the same day, as a possible date. The Pope stated that having the canonization in the winter would make it difficult for pilgrims with limited resources to attend. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, particularly from Poland are expected to attend the canonization. Several months…