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July 16, 2018

THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Jn 1:6-7; Lk 1:17 A man was sent from God, whose name was John. He came to testify to the light, to prepare a people fit for the Lord. COLLECT O God, who raised up Saint John the Baptist to make ready a nation fit for Christ the Lord, give your people, we pray, the grace of spiritual joys and direct the hearts of all the faithful into the way of salvation and peace. Through our Lord… FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 49:1-6 “I will give you as a light to the nations.”…

Feast of Sacred Heart & Immaculate Heart observed in Owerri

Fr Basil Opurum flanked by the Awardees and other priests

  Annunciation Catholic Parish World Bank, Owerri played host to members and friends of the Owerri Archdiocesan Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary Association on Saturday June 9. The annual celebration was preceded with a 9-day novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Provincial Chaplain of the Association, Rev. Fr. Basil Opurum presided at the Mass with the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Eziamuche Onuoha, and Rev. Fr. Alex Okere concelebrating. Delivering the homily, Fr. Okere harped on love as what characterizes the Sacred Heart of Jesus and that of Mary, adding…

Feast of St. Patrick comes alive at St. John’s Umunahu Uratta

Frs: Nnajiemere (R) Obinna (L) with the Archdiocesan Lay Readers Exco members and newly induced parish members

  For worshippers of the newly created St. John’s Catholic Parish Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA, this year’s feast of St. Patrick was like no other. This was visibly noticed as the Church premises became a bee-hive for parishioners who rallied to honour the legendry Irish missionary who has taken the Secondary Patron Saint of Nigeria as a testament to his missionary efforts in the country.   The day was Saturday March 17 and the event which began with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Kizito Obinna, Archdiocesan Chaplain of Lay Readers Association and assisted by the Parish Priest,…

Holy Family Parish Umunwoha celebrates feast day

  Parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church Umunwoha in Owerri West LGA, Imo State on Sunday 31st December, 2017 trooped out in their numbers to celebrate last year’s feast of their parish. The occasion,  was attended by a large number of disabled and sick persons from various parts of the Archdiocese.  The celebration is part of the activities slated to mark 2017 as the year of mercy. It started with a Holy Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Benedict Onukwufor, the assistant parish priest of St. Mark’s New Owerri assisted by Rev. Fr. Cosmas Onukwugha, the parish priest, Rev. Fr….

King Jesus, The exemplary Kingly Leader of all ages

Solemnity of Christ the King

  On this Sunday, the 26th day of November 2017, the Church all over the world celebrates the great feast of Jesus Christ who is the King of the Universe. Consciously or unconsciously, all Christians and even non-Christians acknowledge the historic fact that Christ is King over all creatures. This King, Jesus, was unanimously believed by both Christians and Moslems to be born of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea two thousand and seventeen years, ten months and twenty six days ago. The universal celebration of this quintessential leader of ours points to the fact that Jesus Christ…

Sunday Readings: THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Christ-the-King feast

    Entrance Antiphon      Rv 5:12; 1:6 How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and authority for ever and ever.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe; grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17 “You, my flock, I judge between…

FUTO VC promises to partner with Church …As St Michael’s Ihiagwa marks Feast Day

FUTO VC promises to partner with Church

Moral and character molding, two of the outward behavioral signs in human nature, where the church remains for ages a leading voice through her untiring teachings and evangelization have been extolled by Prof. Francis Eze, Vice-Chancellor Federal University of Technology Owerri, Sunday October 1. The university don said as head of institution where future life and character of the young ones remain paramount in policy making, he has no option than to partner with the church authorities in making sure the society is kept safe for human habitation. Prof. Eze made this revelation at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Ihiagwa, Owerri…

Mt. Carmel Church Emekuku celebrates Feast of patron saint

. Honours 19 with Merit, Post Humous Awards Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Emekuku (Mother church of the entire Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Port Harcourt Diocese) last Sunday July 16, 2017 celebrated with fanfare, this year’s Feast of her patron saint. Last Sunday’s ceremony was the climax of a three-day activity-packed celebration which was attended by both the parishioners and their friends from far and near. The celebration started on Friday with a singing competition among the various stations of the parish, while the march pass and presentation of the Award Plaque took place last Sunday. Rev. Fr. Dr….

Sacred Heart Parish Oguta celebrates Feast Day

The week-long celebration by the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Oguta to mark the celebration of the Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus for this year has ended. The feast which started with a benediction on Sunday May 29, 2016, followed by a three-day retreat and other social activities was rounded off on Sunday, June 5, 2016 with a thanksgiving Mass. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Michael Chiagorom, Zonal-Vicar of Oguta Zone 9 of the Catholic Archiocese of Owerri, who presided concelebrated with many priests, including Rev. Fr. Prof. John Obilor of the Imo State University, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nwachukwu Okwuosa…

HAIL HOLY JOSEPH

Let us in this month of March, particularly on the 19th which is the ecclesiastically appointed day of his feast, reflect more deeply and intimately about Saint Joseph, venerated in the Christian world as: * Foster Father of our Lord Jesus Christ * Saintly Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary * Head of the Holy Family * Patron Saint of the Universal Church * Patron Saint of Christian Families * Patron Saint of Workers * Patron Saint of un-born Children * Patron Saint of Immigrants. This reflection will assist us to re-capture some of the following momentous mental and physical…

Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwuorji marks Feast of Patron Saint – Honours 15 with Good Service Award

Parishioners of the Blessed Tansi Catholic Church Ugwu Orji in Owerri North LGA last Sunday (February 21, 2016) turned out en-masse to celebrate this year’s Feast of their patron saint, Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi. The Eucharistic celebration to mark the occasion was presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Dr Benedict Oparaugo, who concelebrated with a friend of the Parish, Rev Fr Dr Patrick Amadi, lecturer at the Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Owerri. Preaching the homily, Fr Oparaugo stated that the central theme of that Sunday’s readings was: “The Lord in whom we put our hope”. He…

ALL SAINTS’ CHAPLAINCY POLY NEKEDE MARKS FEAST IN GRAND STYLE

L-R  (Former Ladies Forum Cordinator, Mr. Remy Dyke Okonkwo the  Chief Catechist, Mrs. Celine Iwuji- CWO President,  Chief M. E. Nze – CMO Chairman, Chaplain – Rev. Fr. Augustine Opara, Council Chairman – Mr. Nicholas Anyanwu, NFCS president and vice president. It was all pomp and pageantry at the All Saints’ Catholic Chaplaincy, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri on Sunday November 1st, 2015 as they celebrated the Feast of All Saints. The ceremony began with a Holy Mass. Delivering a homily, the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Augustine Ikechukwu Opara said “The triumphant Church are already in heaven. We, like them, are also…

Fathers charged to bring youth back to faith – As St. Paul’s CMO Umuezeala-ama marks Feast Day

  Msgr. Celestine Nwokocha with some CMO executive Catholic fathers have been called upon to take firm steps, as pillars of the family, to lead the youth back to the faith. Very Rev. Msgr. Celestine Nwokocha, Vicar St. Paul’s Satellite Parish Umuezeala-Ama Ehime-Mbano, Imo State, who in his admonitions to the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) observed with regret, the near absence of youths activity in parishes; which he attributed to sustained torpid and non-challant attitude to faith by the youth, told fathers to join hands with their wives and prevail on their children to return to faith and Catholic action….

St. Maria Goretti Ikenegbu marks Feast Day

  The remarkable and memorable celebration accorded to martyrs whose blood is regarded as the seed of the church would continue to attract graces and blessings. This feeling was made known by Rev. Fr. Christian Eze Cmf, Parish Priest St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church Ikenegbu Owerri, while welcoming parishioners and guests at the Mass which concluded activities marking this year’s Feast of St. Maria Goretti, Sunday July 19, 2015. The priest who was speaking as the principal celebrant of the Mass appreciated the spirited efforts put up by his parishioners in ensuring that the feast became a success enjoined them…

St. Jude’s Parish Mbano CMO marks Feast Day – As priest tasks fathers on positive attitude

CMO Exco St. Jude’s Parish Mbano Hqtrs with the Parish Priest and the Curate during the celebration. The Catholic Men Organization of St Jude’s Parish Mbano Headquarters, held her 2015 Fathers Day on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Parish Centre Ugwu Nso.  Activities for the day began with a concelebrated Eucharistic Sacrifice offered by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu and his Curate, Rev. Fr. Augustine Eziefule. In his homily, Fr. Augustine Eziefule charged the faithful to always anchor their faith on Christ in moments of challenge and imminent disaster.  Alluding to the encounter of Jesus’ apostles with…

Claretians celebrate Feast of Immaculate Heart

Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwaobi cmf, Provincial  Superior, flanked by priests, religious and lay Claretian cutting the cake to mark Feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary at Claret House, Owerri, June 13. -Emulate Our Lady,  Fr. Nwobi tells mothers Activities marking the 2015 Feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary have ended with Holy Mass at the Claretians Missionary Headquarters, Area A, World Bank Housing Estate, New Owerri, Imo State, June 13, 2015. The Claretians have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary as their full title is MISSIONARY SONS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY but they are popularly…

Holy Ghost Parish Obosima Celebrates Feast Day in Style

  Holy Ghost Catholic Parish Obosima, was jam-packed with activities on Sunday, May 25, as they celebrated their feast day. The feast day which is the feast of Pentecost is celebrated annually. In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Feast Organizing Committee, Mr. Nnaemeka Amunwa noted that the mother Parish, Obosima Parish decided to honour her Parishioners both living and dead who had contributed to the growth of the Parish when they were together: Our Lady of Lourdes Avu, Saint Michael’s Umuguma, Saint Andrew’s Umuokanne were some of the stations that got parish status from Obosima Parish. Others include…

SSVP Marks Feast day at Immaculate Conception Amakohia

Fr. Hilary Iheonu flanked by Bro. Godwin Enweren and other members The conference of St. Vincent De Paul at Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Amakohia established on 2nd February 2014 by the Central Council of the Society of St Vincent De Paul (SSVP), Owerri Catholic Archdiocese and having been inaugurated, as Immaculate Conception Conference on 27th July, 2014 with Bro. Godwin Enwerem as President, and like other conferences of SSVP celebrated their first of its kind feast of SSVP on 28th September, 2014. The ceremony started with a Holy Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish Amakohia, and was presided over by the…

Holy Trinity World Bank Celebrates Feast Day

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, World Bank Estate, New Owerri has celebrated its 2014 Parish Feast Day. The occasion took place on June 15, being observed worldwide as Trinity Sunday. Activities marking the Feast Day which started on Saturday June 7, 2014 included a retreat for the parishioners. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru who presided over the Sunday Mass and also delivered the homily, had Rev. Fr. Simon Nwachukwu as celebrant. According to him, living a spiritual life as Christian and more so as a Holy Trinity Family, means living in the same communion with the three persons in…

Sunday Readings: 29/06/2014 SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON These men, conquering all human frailty, shed their blood and helped the Church to grow. By sharing the cup of the Lord’s suffering, they became the friends of God.   OPENING PRAYER God our Father, today you give us the joy of celebrating the feast of the apostles Peter and Paul. Through them your Church first received the faith. Keep us true to their teaching.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 12: 1-11 Theme: Now I know the Lord really did save me from Herod. King Herod started persecuting certain members of the…