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May 24, 2018

St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri celebrates Father’s Day in grand style

Prince Mbata receiving the award from Msgr Akagha

…Honours IMSU Pro-Chancellor, others Activities marking this year’s Father’s Day of St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri were rounded off on Sunday May 6 with a thanksgiving Mass and conferment of awards to some deserving parishioners and friends of the parish. The three day event began on Friday May 4, with a spiritual talk: “A Christian Father; A call to lead God’s family,” presented by Mr. Emeka Ntamere. The lecture was well attended by CMO members. The next day, Saturday May 5, witnessed an interesting football match between St. Mark’s CMO and their Holy Trinity Parish World Bank counterpart. The…

Msgr. Akagha blasts political class: You’re selfish, exploitative

  The parish priest of St Mark’s Church New Owerri, Very Rev.  Msgr. Kevin Akagha has taken a swipe at Nigeria’s political class, denouncing in strong terms their exploitative and selfish tendencies. In a message to Catholic women of his parish on the occasion of this year’s Mother’s Day, Msgr. Akagha reflected on the theme of their celebration: “Catholic women, carriers of living water to the world that thirsts for peace.” The priest said the theme was very appropriate at this time because, “indeed, Nigeria thirsts for peace.” “The yoke imposed on many Nigerians by a selfish and exploitative political…

Don’t lose hope when things get tough

  Akagha advises Christians Christians have been advised not to lose hope when things get tough because God anticipates their problems and will come to their help. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, parish priest, St. Mark’s Church New Owerri gave the advice in his sermon during  Easter Vigil Mass. He said that when Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of James were going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, their major concern was, “who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb? They were also concerned with how to deal with the soldiers guarding…

Valentine’s Day at Annunciation Parish Umuguma

Annunciation Celebrate St. Valentine's Day

…Parishioners told to make friend with Christ This year’s Feast of St. Valentine which coincided with the Liturgical Day of Ash Wednesday has come and gone but the Catholic faithful of Annunciation Parish Umuguma Housing Estate New Owerri have continued to relish the spiritual benefits their parish attracted on the day.This however was no surprise as this reporter witnessed part of the event. Turning out for the evening program in their huge numbers after participating at the Ash-ritual Eucharistic celebration earlier in the day, the parishioners who were all decked in red outfit ensured that the Stations of the Cross…

Thousands bid Hon Vena Nzeoma farewell

The body of Hon. Chief Venatius Nzeoma KSJI was laid to rest in his compound after a concelebrated Requiem Mass at Chukwunyere Catholic Parish Mmahu Egbema, January 19. The Mass was presided over by Very Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, parish priest, St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri. He was assisted by 17 priests including Frs. Mark Njoku, Jude Onyeakazi, Moses Anuna (parish priest), Paschal Onyeneke, Ben Onukwufor, Eze Obioma etc. Fr. Anuna in his homily commended the life of Nzeoma and called on Christians to be ready at all time as nobody knows the hour. The burial was attended by an unprecedented…

Owerri Archdiocese Loses Priest

Owerri Archdiocese Loses Priest

The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has lost a priest,  Rev. Fr. Ambrose Chijike Eburuche, aged 34. A native of Obokwe, Obettiti, Nguru, in Aboh Mbaise LGA Imo State, Fr. Ambrose died in his sleep in the early hours of Tuesday October 3 , 2017. Ordained priest on August 7, 2015, Fr Ambrose was serving as curate at St. Mark’s Catholic Parish, New Owerri. The announcement of the sudden death of Fr. Ambrose Eburuche by Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, Parish Priest of St. Mark’s Church New Owerri, came to the parishioners as a rude shock last Tuesday during evening Mass that…

Msgr. Akagha visits Sacred Heart Station … Preaches love, forgiveness

Msgr. Akagha visits Sacred Heart Station World Bank New Owerri

In continuation of his evangelization visit to stations in St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri, the parish priest, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha on Monday June 19, visited Sacred Heart Station, World Bank.   In his homily during Mass, Msgr. Akagha cautioned Christians against retaliation, saying Christianity preaches forbearance and not retaliation.   Reflecting on the gospel, Matt. 5:38-42, the priest said Christ in the gospel text went beyond the Mosaic Law of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” and rather recommended that “we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.”   Msgr….

Owerri Archdiocese celebrates Youth Day

Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri was the destination of Catholic youths from the 10 zones of Owerri Archdioces as they celebrated the annual Archdiocesan Youth Day, June 10. The youths dressed in their white upon black uniform with different colours of bow ties depicting their various zones.   The celebration began with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole assisted by the Archdiocesan youth chaplain, Rev. Fr. Henry Opara, Okigwe Diocesan youth chaplain, Rev. Fr. Mark Okoro, and many parish youth chaplains.   His Grace, Most Rev Anthony Obinna, who was unavoidably absent at the…

CWO St Mark’s Parish New Owerri visits Don Guanella Charity Centre Nnebukwu

On  May, 2017, the good spirited mothers of St Mark’s Catholic Parish, New Owerri, took a giant step in the spread of the good news by visiting Don Guanella, Servants of Charity Centre, Nnebukwu in Oguta LGA, a centre for the mentally challenged. They presented various food items, fruits and cash in response to the charge that ‘faith must go with good works’. The Superior in-charge of the Centre, Rev. Fr Emeka Owuamalam heartily welcomed and commended the mothers for their magnanimity and prayed God to bless them abundantly. He added that the Home which was established 25years ago by…

St Mark’s Parish, New Owerri celebrates Mothers’ Day

Mother’s Day remains a memorable event each year in the life of the Catholic Church as mothers are honoured and appreciated for their great roles in the family, church and society. The Christ’s faithful of St Mark’s Parish, New Owerri were not left out in this great event, as the CWO of the parish marked it with chain of activities, beginning with the unveiling of the 2017 Mother’s Day Banner and opening of CWO Special Dish on March 12. The Mother’s Day activities climaxed on 26th March 2017 beginning with a concelebrated Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Msgr….

Claretian Family Day Celebration and Parish Feast Day of St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish, New Owerri

It was a day of joyful celebrations at St Anthony Mary Claret Parish, New Owerri, as Claretian Missionaries, associates and parishioners of St. Anthony Mary Claret gathered to celebrate the annual family day and the parish feast day as well. Rather than anticipate the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret which was celebrated by the universal church on 24th October, 2016 (which was a Monday), for a familial celebration, it was merged with the annual Claretian Family Day Celebration which is usually celebrated on the 24th of October when it is on a Sunday otherwise, it is celebrated on the…

Ensure you handover Catholic faith to your children – Msgr. Akagha tells Christian fathers

Christian fathers have been urged to ensure that they handover their Catholic faith to the children. The new Parish Priest of St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri, Rev. Msgr. Kevin C. Akagha gave the charge in his sermon during Second Saturday CMO Mass, October 8. “If you cherish your faith, then you must pass it on to your children,” Msgr. Akagha said, adding, “you could give them good education, property of various types and even money but they are not good enough if you don’t make them inherit your faith.” “What greater joy could you have than to pass on…

Anniversary: After 25 years Mr/Mrs Oluabara renew I do-I do at Claret Parish

Mr.  & Mrs. Emmanuel Oluabara and  children with Frs Marcel Onyeocha and Kieran Okoro The nuptial nut tied 25 years ago by Mr. Emmanuel and Mrs. Maritha Oluabara of Okwu Ikeduru LGA has been renewed following an elaborate ceremony which began with a holy Mass at St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish Area A, New Owerri Sunday August 28. The event which attracted parishioners, community members, friends, well-wishers was also witnessed by Rev. Fr. Prof. Marcel Onyeocha Cmf and Rev. Fr. Dr. Kieran Okoro. Fr. Okoro while preaching the sermon thanked God for the gift of marriage. He reminded that marriage…

St. Mark’s CWO New Owerri visits Okwu -Uratta Orphanage

Donates foodstuff, others Photo: The CWO executive led by Barr (Lady) Ngozi Iwu with Sr. Ifesinachi during the visit The Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri on Saturday July 30 visited the, Okwu-Uratta Owerri-North L.G.A run by the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy, where they donated assorted foodstuff, provisions and toiletries. In a brief remark while presenting the items, the CWO president, Barr Lady Ngozi Iwu commended the Sisters for the charity work they are doing and for taking good care of the inmates as evidenced by their physical fitness. The CWO President said…

Claret Academy Secondary School New Owerri commended

The Claret Academy Secondary School New Owerri held its graduation ceremony for 2015/2016 academic year recently. The celebration started with a thanksgiving Mass presided over by the Provincial Superior of Claretian Missionaries East Nigeria, Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwobi Cmf assisted by the Director of the school, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anselm Amandikwa Cmf. Delivering the homily, Very Rev. Fr.  Nwobi thanked God immensely for the graduands and congratulated them on their successful completion of their secondary school. He opened their eyes to the challenge and vicissitude of the outside world, charging them to strive harder to be successful in life…

St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri commissions new projects

Rev. Fr. Mark Njoku receiving a bouquet from a little girl before commissioning the projects The Catholic community of St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri defied the down pour on Sunday July 10 to celebrate three brand new projects aimed at improving both their spiritual and temporal lives. The newly commissioned projects include; a block of commercial stalls built by the Catholic Men Organization, CMO, a modern boys quarter constructed by the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) and a brand new electric generator purchased by the Parish. The immediate past Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Mark Njoku who commissioned the projects praised…

Eight couples joined in Holy Matrimony at St. Mark’s New Owerri

The newly wedded couples with Msgr. Ibe and Rev. Frs. Jude Onyeakazi and Paschal Onyeneke. Eight couples were on Saturday 2 July, 2016, joined in Holy Matrimony at St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri. The wedding attracted many parishioners, family members, friends and well-wishers of the couples. The Mass was presided over by the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Paschal Onyeneke, assisted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onyeakazi and Resident Priest, Monsignor Marcilinus Ibe. Delivering the homily, Fr. Jude noted that the mass wedding was organized in response to the universal call of the Holy Father Pope…

Bishop Anagbe ordains five Cmf Priests, three deacons in Owerri

Bishop Anagbe flanked by the newly ordained and other priests …Enjoins them to keep on answering yes! Priests have been admonished never to lose track of the essence of their calling and ensure total obedience to their superiors. This admonition was given by the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Wilfred Anagbe Cmf, while delivering a homily at the ordination Mass of five priests and three deacons held at St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish New Owerri, Imo State, Saturday July 9, 2016. The prelate reminded the priests that the office they occupy is that of providence and that…

Archbishop Obinna commissions LSM Women and Youths Empowerment Centre, Owerri

Archbishop Obinna commissioning the LSM WAYECO The Women and Youths Empowerment Centre Owerri (WAYECO), built by the Ladies of St. Mulumba (LSM) Nigeria has been commissioned. The project situated at Area ‘A’ World Bank, New Owerri, Imo State was commissioned by His Grace Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri on Thursday May 12. The ceremony kicked off with a Pontifical Mass presided over by the Archbishop, assisted by the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nathaniel C. Obiagba, Chaplain, Holy Rosary Sub-Council, Rev. Fr. Dr. Longinus Chinagorom and other priests. In his homily,…

CMO St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri justifies high-rating in Archdiocese

…As priest harps on love The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri has demonstrated in word and action that it belongs to the first eleven in the performance chart of the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO). For the past four years, the parish CMO has proved its mettle as one of the organizations to be reckoned with in Owerri Archdiocese in terms of organization and participation in both parish and Archdiocesan activities. This year’s Father’s Day was one of the best in terms of planning and execution. In his address at the Father’s…