KSJI Commandery 560 Izombe puts smiles on faces of needy
Knights of St. John International, Holy Family Commandery 560 Izombe, Saturday, November 12, 2016, paid a charity visit to St. Helen’s Catholic Church Irete, where they donated various items of foodstuff for distribution to the needy in the parish. The items include: rice, indomie, toilet soap, tomato, groundnut oil and clothing materials.
The Knights and Ladies, who were led by their Worthy President, Major Edwin Irechukwu, were on arrival received by the Parish Priest, Rev. Msgr. Anthony Eke who was in the company of the Parish Pastoral Council Chairman, Sir Obeche Remegius (KSM)
Welcoming his guests, on behalf of the entire parishioners, Msgr. Eke expressed gratitude to them and recalled that their counterparts of the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria came on a similar visit in June, donating a lot of materials. He described such visits as being in line with the command of Christ to his followers, to seek and bring succor to the down trodden. The Monsignor regretted that the harsh economic condition in the country has imposed excruciating hardship on the masses, such that many hungry people troop into the parish every week seeking for help. “Some of them come from very distant places, as far as Oguta and I always ensure that they do not leave empty handed. This is the same way they go to other parishes”, disclosed Msgr. Eke
The Parish Priest assured the Knights and Ladies that the parish will do everything necessary to identify those poor who need foodstuff most and distribute them to such, adding that the Parish Pastoral Council Chairman, present at the occasion, who is a member of the JDPC and St. Vincent De Paul, will assist to do so.
Msgr. Eke assured their benefactors that their charity will reawaken the hearts of those who will receive the gifts to know that they are still remembered by fellow Christians and so will in return pray for them. Moreover, what the Knights and Ladies have done will also have the salutary effect of attracting some parishioners to enter the Knighthood. The Parish Priest regretted that many Catholics, who ought to be conversant with Catholic doctrines, do not know them. He however expressed satisfaction that Knights of St. Helen’s Parish Irete have been assisting him in teaching Catholic doctrines and organizing marriage course for parishioners. He encouraged Knights and Ladies to assist their own parishes. The PPC Chairman also joined in thanking the Knights and Ladies.
In his speech earlier, the Worthy President, Major Irechukwu informed the Monsignor that such charity visit is a yearly affair which was supposed to be carried out about the month of March but this year was delayed due to other KSJ engagements.
According to him, his commandery rotates the visits from Parish to another, and so it is the turn of St. Helen’s Irete this year. In the past, commandery 560 had visited Ejemekwuru, Awa, Agwa and Akabo Parishes with similar gifts and distributed them directly to the poor. This time around, they are entrusting the gift items to the parish to identify those who need them most.
Speaking to the Leader later, Major Irechukwu observed that such almsgiving to the poor provided KSJI a point of contact for evangelization. He disclosed that their Spiritual Adviser, Rev. Fr. Raymond Okoroigbo has been very supportive in this regard.
The Worthy President called on fellow Catholics to assist the poor and needy around them, because such gestures attract a lot of blessings from God.