A two-day pastoral visit of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has ended at St. Brendan’s Catholic Parish Amakohia, Ikeduru LGA with the charge to remain committed in the faith handed over to the Church by Christ, Sunday August 12.
The chief shepherd who arrived the Catholic community the previous day where he carried out a routine interactive session with the people went ahead on the D-day in a Eucharistic ceremony and administered the Sacrament of confirmation to about 125 candidates.
He was assisted at the Mass by the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Dr. Eddy Njoku, and his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Justine Ojiaku. Other concelebrants are: Rev. Frs. Alphonsus Oha, John Paul Igbokwe, John Ibe and Joe Onuoha.
Preaching at the Mass after he had taken time to ascertain the preparedness of the confirmation candidates, Most Rev. Obinna who is associated with passionate interest in deepening the knowledge of Catholic catechesis noted that sacraments were sacred avenue upon which God avails man divine privileges of service. This service he said comes in various dimensions, but its focal point remains being a witness for Christ and his gospel. He regretted that inordinate ambition for ephemeral things and accumulation of wealth have deviated Christians from the goals exemplified by Christ. This he said had come with its attendant negative effect of plunging the society into decay. He therefore urged the faithful to rise up and turn a new leaf for the sake of their sole.
Speaking further, the visiting prelate suggested practical ways of spreading the gospel when he reminded the people the need to reignite the spirit of “Onyeaghalanwanneya,” a convivial attitude he said has taken a nose dive among Christians. “It’s quite unfortunate to point out that this same attitude has continued to breed all sorts of segregation in our midst,” he stated while reiterating his stand not to get deterred in preaching against Osu/ Diala/Ume cultural divide.
While calling to mind the forth coming general election and the harsh economic state of the nation, Archbishop Obinna berated Nigeria’s present crop of politicians, saying that their selfishness and insensitivity towards the plight of the people were factors which had entrenched bad governance and leadership in the polity. He advised the electorate to arm themselves with their voter’s card, stressing that such effort would help to bringing in leaders who would utilize the fund and resources at their disposal purely for the development of the land.
On a note of appreciation, the chief celebrant who further expressed satisfaction on the level of commitment from the parishioners and their priests for organizing the event commended the excellent performance of the candidates of confirmation. He urged them to remain poised in the faith.
The event featured among other things blessing of the newly built tabernacle and presentation of gift items.