St. Jude’s Catholic Church Umueze 11, Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State went agog on Sunday December 29th 2013 as Bishop Solomon Amatu, Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese dedicated a grotto built by Chief Emma Bukar Iwuanyanwu (KSM).
Bishop Amatu was represented by very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem and the concelebrants in the Mass include Rev. Fr. Dr. Raphael Madu, Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria. Rev. Fr. Zachaira Samjumi, Rev. Fr. J.J Okpara, Parish Priest and Rev. Fr. Pius Nwagwu.
In his homily Fr. Madu dwelt on the theme ”HOLY FAMILY of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.”
He noted that Joseph was confused that his wife Mary had conceived through the Holy Spirit. He posited that Joseph was on the verge of sending Mary away when the spirit of God spoke to him against such action.
The homilist informed the Congregation that the attempt to kill Jesus led to his being ferreted to Egypt He informed the Congregation that Mary, Mother of Christ was steadfast and active in the life and times of Christ and even went with him to Calvary where he was crucified.
Fr. Madu enjoined the congregation to note that trials and temptations are bound in all families and at all times, as there is no perfect family.
He further warns that unless Christians spread Love and care to all, making heaven will be difficult.
In an address at the event, Dr Emma Bukar lwuanyanwu informed the audience that when his wife was sick and the going was tough, he made a promise to build a grotto of Mary if his wife’s life will be spared. But since the will of God has prevailed and she passed on to eternal bliss, he had to build the grotto in memory of his late wife and father
Elder brother to Emma Bukar, Rev. Fr. Emeka Iwuanyanwu announced the payment of 30,000 Naira School fees to each of the five students in the tertiary institutions.