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May 21, 2018

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 27:7 O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face; hide not your face from me, alleluia. COLLECT Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, who believe that the Saviour of the human race is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised, until the end of the world, his abiding presence among us. Who lives and reigns with you.. FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles l:15-l7.20a.20c-26 “One of the men who have accompanied us must…

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Is 48:20 Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: the Lord has freed his people, alleluia.   COLLECT Grant, Almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance may always hold to in what we do. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Acts 8:5-8.14-17 They laid hands on them; and they received the Holy Spirit.” In those days: Philip…

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Entrance Antiphon      Cf. Ps 98:1-2 O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia. The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said.   Collect Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the paschal mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  6:1-7 They picked out seven…

The Bumpy Ride of Life

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today, we are called to see our life on earth as a pilgrimage, laden with bumps and potholes. But God is always on hand to steer us through. He’s got our back! In the Second Reading, St Peter says: “you must be scrupulously careful as long as you are living away from your home.” We are pilgrims on our way back to the Father’s house. The Responsorial Psalm explains that God is faithful and, if we stay close to him, he will show us the path of life and everlasting happiness. The Gospel passage expresses the same truth – Jesus…

Sunday Reading: THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 66:1-2 Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.   COLLECT May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  2:14.22-33 “It was not possible for him to be held by death.” [On the day of Pentecost,] Peter,…

The Joy of Easter

Today is Easter Sunday, the day Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The joy of Easter derives from the delightful surprise of Christ rising from the dead. There was a sort of sudden replacement of the sense of shock, trauma, disappointment and hopelessness as a result of the way Jesus was tortured and his excruciating death. With the disciples, the thought process wasn’t so fast, they struggled to remember, he promised he will be raised on the third day. The post resurrection experience was that of sorrow turning into joy. It was indeed a delightful surprise….

Easter: OCDA gives succor to widows, the poor

In tandem, with the passion and resurrection of Christ for the salvation of mankind as is being reminisced during Easter, the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) has through its humanitarian support initiative put smiles on the faces of the downtrodden and the physically challenged persons with the precincts of its Authority. The management and staff of OCDA began an outreach with salutary gift items to what the General Manager Barr. Amagwula Augustus Obinna called “the poorest of the poor” living in Nekede, Umuguma, Obinze and Ohaji axis on Wednesday 12th April 2017. At the Palace of the traditional ruler of…

The Mysteries of Christ’s Resurrection

Today is Easter Sunday. For us Christians, Easter is the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter Sunday Mass holding in Churches across the world today is among the most attended Sunday services as it marks the end of Lent, a 40 – day period of fasting, prayer, almsgiving and spiritual discipline that is observed by every Christian faithful. While Easter is being marked with great pomp and revelry in certain quarters, we should not lose sight of its overall significance. Beyond the culinary pleasures associated with the feast let us not forget that, had the…

The Power of Easter

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Jesus is alive! Our Lord is risen because, “it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). Adam’s rebellion is reversed and man’s communion with God is restored. Through the victory of Christ, we have been assured of divinization; we have become sharers in the divine nature. What a great paradox that we have been so immeasurably rewarded for our sinfulness – through the merits of Christ. That is the amazing depth of God’s love; the unfathomable wonder of divine madness. The resurrection of Christ means everything for us. It confirms everything he said and did:…

Understanding the essence of Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is one of those major Christian festivals which has gradually become Paramount in the Church’s liturgical Calendar.  Like the ash Wednesday ritual which begins the Lenten season, the palm Sunday practice which used to be a purely Catholic Church ceremony has been appropriated by the entire Christendom worldwide. Simply understood, it is a spiritual carnival commemorating the historical solemn but triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem about two thousand and seventeen years ago.   Here in Nigeria and Owerri town in particular almost every Christian irrespective of his or her denomination participates in the open…

This is Holy Week

Welcome to the most sacred week in Lent – Holy Week! The greatest focus of this week is the passion (suffering) and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it. The high point of this week is the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday). For those who may not know why this week is called holy and observed as such, this is why.   So, Holy week is the week preceding the resurrection – Easter Sunday. It is most definitely a very sacred time of  the year, for it is during Holy Week…

War in Enugu Catholic Church – Youths invade Catholic Church with masquerades, destroy altar, crucifix

Uneasy calm reigns in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ogugu in Awgu Catholic Diocese, Enugu State, following an attack on worshippers by some youths during an evening programme held as part of this year’s Easter celebration. The parishioners had been working hard to rehabilitate the Church that was recently handed back to the Catholic Church by the Governor Sullivan Chime administration before hell was let loose by the dissident youth allegedly sponsored by three prominent members of the community. The youths who allegedly refused to acknowledge the leadership of the town union, Ogugu Progressive General Assembly (OPGA), were said to have…