The little mustard seed that was planted as St. Peter’s Station in Works Layout Owerri by the Parish Priest of Blessed Tansi Catholic Parish Ugwu Orji last year has grown into maturity. This came on Sunday, September 8, 2013 as the members of St. Peter’s Works Layout joined their parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Ben Oparaugo, parishioners, friends and well-wishers to mark their one year.
Fr. Oparaugo in his sermon urged Christians not to forget to invite God in all life endeavours, advised that Christians should humble themselves always as Christ our Saviour did by allowing himself to be born and nurtured as a child.
He told Christians to accept all tribulations that will bring glory to God, putting oneself at the barest minimum, not holding strongly to worldly possessions instead show dedication to God for when one does these, he will have everything in abundance. He also advised Christians to eschew selfishness and to make sacrifices for other people.
To their guests from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), who came to celebrate with them in respect to the invitation from the Chairman Organizing Committee, Barr. Emma Osuji, Fr. Oparaugo advised them to be part in laying the foundation of the house of God, to keep being close to God by living upright lives.
The Station Council Chairman, Dr. Chima Nwosu, in a post Eucharistic ceremony, thanked God for the gift of the station founders and the members who are always up and doing. He appreciated the different families of the station who have contributed immensely to the growth of the station. He also welcomed the guests to the station.
According to the brief history of St. Peter which was read by Rachael Odunka during the event, St. Peter was first seen in the Bible as a fisherman called by our Lord Jesus to be fisher of men. As a disciple, he was given the authority by Jesus to cast away demons, he declared Jesus as the Son of God and was made the rock by Jesus unto which the church was to be built. He died in 64 A.D. after being crucified upside down. Finally, he prayed that God who has encouraged them to build a house for Him with St. Peter as the Patron Saint should shower His blessings upon them.
Fr. Ben Oparaugo in his vote of thanks congratulated everyone for honouring the invitation especially the lawyers from NBA for their generous donations towards the building of the station and prayed that God will reward them for it.
Speaking with one of the invitees, Chief Dr. Cletus Ogbonna (KSM), he appreciated the station as a new church working towards success. When asked of his opinion on the newly approved abortion law by the State Government, he said he stands with the Catholic’s opinion on the issue; he also appreciated the fact that Imo State has a listening governor who is always ready to make corrections.
In the same vein, the Chairman NBA Owerri branch, Barr. Sabinus I. Opara said Catholics and all Christians should support the sacredness of the human life. He also thanked God for the gift of a listening governor. He then advised all Catholics to be steadfast in their faith and in words and characters continue to spread the gospel.