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July 16, 2018

Mass Wedding: 10 ties nuptial knot at Mt. Carmel Emekuku

Mass Wedding: 10 ties nuptial knot at Mt Carmel Emekuku

  10 couples of Mt. Carmel Parish played host to friends and relatives as they were formally joined in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony during a mass wedding held at the centenary parish, recently. The couples whose names were given as Mr. and Mrs.: Anthony Ogbonna Ohale, Daniel Opara, Declan Ohale, Charles Obichere, Gabriel Anosike, Berineth Anale, Emmanuel Aguh, Michael Eewunanyanwu, Anthony Osuji and Kingsley Nnosike; were all treated to a warm reception where they perform the cake cutting ritual, courtesy of the parish CWO. Ndidiamaka Mbata, the parish CWO President who spoke to this reporter expressed delight for the…

St. Joseph Umualumaku marks Father’s Day 

…Honours parishioners with Ezinna awards Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme, Parish Priest, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Umualumaku, Ehime-Mbano LGA celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday May 13, 2018 heralding the Father’s Day celebration. 18 parishioners who distinguished themselves in their selfless services to the church were honoured at the occasion. Fr. Dieme concelebrated with Rev. Frs. Henry Obi (Curate), Kingsley Eze and Very Rev. Fr. Athenasius Owunna, the Okigwe Diocesan CMO Chaplain. In his homily, Fr. Henry Obi observed that he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him. According to him, Jesus prayed for unity among the…

Christians should persevere like job – Fr. Dieme

    …As Dr. Nwoke gives thanks to God Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, Parish Priest St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano L.G.A. celebrated the Eucharist at the thanksgiving anniversary Mass for the repose of deceased Sir Longinus Nwoke (land-cruiser) on Sunday 4th February, 2018. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme dwelt on the Lamentation of Job. How he acquired wealth and raised up a good family but lost all his investments and family one after the other. He gave thanks to God for the gift of Job whose life and peculiarities calls for understanding that all that glitters…

Departed faithful get post-humus honor  at St Michael’s Umuaro

  As Fr. Eziefule extols service to God Rev. Fr. Augustine Eziefule, Parish Priest, St. Michael’s Parish-in-building, Umuaro Umunumo, Ehime Mbano L.G.A celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday 5th November, 2017 marking the conferment of a post humus honor and recognition to deserving departed faithful who labored in the Lords vine-yard at various capacities towards the establishment of the Catholic Church in the community. The eleven departed Catholic faithful comprise late Nwaiwu who was appreciated for bringing the Catholic Church and spread of evangelism to the community; Nze Denis Okoronkwo, was praised as the first Catechist, Nze James Anosike Nwokenkwo was…

Msgr. Eke lauds Blessed Tansi PPC for giant strides

…As council pays him courtesy visit The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of Blessed Tansi Catholic Church, Ugwu Orji in Owerri North LGA has received a pat on the back for its numerous infrastructural achievements, since it attained parish status eight years ago. Rev Msgr. Anthony Eke, Parish Priest St. Helen’s Church Irete in Owerri West LGA, gave the commendation while interacting with members of the council by their parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo who were led on a courtesy visit to him, Sunday September 18, 2016. Filled with delight at the progress the young and dynamic church has…

Mothers play crucial roles in Church – Fr Nwachukwu

Lady Josephine Okonkwo (r) sitting with husband, Mr Chika as they are flanked by children …As Mrs. Okonkwo bags Star Lady Award It was a bountiful harvest of sorts as Rev. Prof. Francis Nwachukwu, Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuezegwu, Ihitte-Uboma LGA Imo State celebrated  Mass drawing curtain on the 2016 August meeting by the Catholic Women Organization. Rev. Prof. Francis Nwachukwu was assisted at the Mass by Rev. Fr. Christian Egwuekwe superintending the cutting of a unique cake prepared by Mrs. Josephine Okonkwo, one of the five Women honoured with the Star Lady Award of St. Patrick’s Umuezegwu….

St. Theresa Chibugwumba Parish Amainyi holds maiden Ezinna award

…Honours Chief Ambrose Ihezie Rev. Fr. Michael Nwosu, Parish Priest, St Theresa Chibugwumba, Amainyi, Ihitte Uboma LGA, celebrated the Holy Eucharist on Sunday 28th August 2016, heralding the inaugural edition of Ezinna Award to five deserving Christian fathers. He was assisted at the Mass by Rev. Fr. Franklin Ogbonna. In his homily, Fr. Nwosu gave thanks to God for sustaining the award recipients and the parishioners who labored tick and thin towards erecting a project at the abode of the parish priest and smooth sail of the inaugural  Awards. In his homily, with the theme: “Everyone who exalts himself will…

Mothers are special gift from God – Fr. Dieme

…As Ehime Denary celebrates August Meeting Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, Parish Priest, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State, celebrated the Holy Eucharist on Thursday 18th August, 2016 drawing curtain on the Ehime Denary August Meeting. Fr. Dieme represented Very Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu (Dean, Ehime Denary) at the Mass graced by representatives of all the parishes in Ehime-Mbano Denary. In his homily, Fr. Dieme expressed gratitude to the leaders of Ehime Denary for holding the annual event at his parish. He expressed appreciation to the Chairman of the Parish Council, Sir Linus Emerenu and Chief…

Blessed Tansi Parish Home and Abroad CWO ends August Meeting

Honours five parishioners   The Home and Abroad Union of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwu Orji, Owerri North LGA, has reaffirmed its determination to render whatever assistance needed for the completion of their church building. This assurance was contained in the Address of Welcome delivered by the Chairperson of the organization, Mrs. Joy Ihejieto at their 2016 August Meeting held at the Parish Centre, Sunday August 14, 2016. She recalled that it was the money realized by the women at their 2008 home and abroad meeting that facilitated the laying of the Foundation of the church…

It’s not enough to be a knight but to live it (3)

Re-evaluating the place of Catholic Knights in the fight for a sane human society (Corruptio Optima Pessima)  It is true that the Church has the tools for critical analysis and the courage needed to propel good decisions to its logical conclusions (when co-responsibility is at play), we, however disagree with Celestine Mbaegbu who maintained that; “the real texture of the Nigerian state today unquestionably demands active participation of the Church in partisan politics.” This is because it will definitely mar the faith of the believing community in a country with multi-party system like ours. And we point out here that…

It’s not enough to be a knight but to live it (2)

Re-evaluating the place of Catholic Knights in the fight for a sane human society (Corruptio Optima Pessima)  To whom much is given, much is expected As we have eschewed what our position in the church as knights represents, we turn to the question, what is expected of us as Christian knights? The general invitation given to every Christian is to participate in the work of evangelization from the moment of our initiation into the Christian fold. Evangelization here means; “first of all to bear witness, in a simple and direct way, to God as revealed by Jesus Christ, in the…

Police arrest 18 MASSOB members for allegedly holding Catholic Priest hostage

  Eighteen members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), who allegedly held the Parish Priest of St. Luanga Catholic Church in Okpoko, Onitsha, Anambra State, hostage and forced him to conduct Mass to mark the 16th anniversary of the group, have been arrested by Zone 9 Command, Umuahia, Abia State. Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 9, Mr. Akila Gwary confirmed the arrests, debunking reports that the MASSOB celebration on Sunday turned bloody. Gwary admitted that there were some clashes that led to the arrest of some members of the movement, but denied…

Ogbaku revels in priestly vocation – As Fr. Maxwell Ojukwu celebrates first Mass

 The new car being presented It was a happy and joyful moment for the entire Ogbaku Catholic Community when their newly ordained son, Rev. Fr. Maxwell Chibueze Ojukwu solemnly celebrated his first Holy Mass at St. Kevin’s Church Ogabku, Mbaitoli LGA, Sunday August 30, 2015. The new priest who was ordained few days back at St. Theresa’s Parish Ekulu Enugu State by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri belongs to the Carmelite Order. Among the priests who joined at the Mass were the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Sebastian Igbokwe, his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Bertrand…

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…

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…

Be mindful of your lifestyle – Christians told …as St. Mary’s Obibiezena marks feast day

Fr. Edmund Njoku flanked by Mr. Patty Okereafor (PPC)  Chairman, and the awardees Following the rise in moral decadence in the present day society, a situation which has caught the people, both young and old in its ugly web, Rev. Fr. Dr. Edmund Njoku, Parish Priest, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Obibiezena, Owerri-North LGA has advised Christians to be wary of life they live, stressing that periodic evaluation of their lifestyles would go a long way in correcting past mistakes. The Parish Priest made this observation, Sunday August 16, 2015 while preaching at the Eucharistic celebration where activities marking this year’s…

Blessed Tansi Parish celebrates – St. Monica CWO retains 1st position

  Worshippers at the Blessed Tansi Catholic Church, Ugwu-Orji Owerri, last Sunday joined fellow Catholics throughout the world to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day. It was organized by the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of the Parish. The four-day activity packed event started on Thursday with a Retreat whose theme was: “Stewardship and Discipleship of Catholic Mothers” The theme was the same throughout the Archdiocese of Owerri. The women spent the next day, Friday rehearsing the march past, songs and fashion competitions they showcased on Saturday after compound cleaning. It was a spectacular occasion on Saturday when members of the seven…

St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Etekwuru sends forth priest

Friends and parishioners of the various stations in the Etekwuru Egbema in Ohaji LGA, Imo State, bid farewell to their pioneer Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Raymond Kojo Madu and also welcomed his successor, Fr. Davidson Obioma officially to the parish.  The ceremony took place at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish, last Sunday. Introducing the Mass, Fr. Obioma thanked God for the congregation and prayed God to increase the faith and zeal of Fr. Kojo.  He also prayed God to establish unity and co-operation in the new parish and protect all the relevant landmarks. Delivering the homily, Fr. Kojo expressed joy…