Very Rev Fr. Dr. Oliver Amaechi, Chaplain Ehime-Mbano Campus of Imo State Polytechnic Chaplaincy celebrated the Eucharist heralding the inauguration of the Pastoral Council of the institution on Sunday August 1, 2018.
Known as Divine Mercy Catholic Chaplaincy, Ehime Mbano Campus, the Pastoral Council has Hon. Chief Linus Chinedu Ogoke, as 1st Vice Chairman, Frank Abosi (Secretary),Godson Joseph Ogu, Chief Aririatu, Ifeanyi Iwuoha, Emeka Obi, Fred and Mrs. Catherine Ebem Njoku.
Others included, Christian Maduakolam, Daniel Abazie, S.O. Okwu, Austin Njoku and Ifunanya Ahaneku among others.
In his sermon with the theme “the bread from Heaven”, Fr Amaechi narrated how Christ fed the multitude with five Loaves of bread and two pieces of fish.
According to him, over five Thousand men were fed with 12 baskets of bread remaining as left over. The Homilist posited that the feat was a miraculous increase of the bread. He recalled how the Israelites murmured and agitated as they lacked food in the wilderness on their way from Egypt.
Fr. Amaechi harped on the exigency of confession of sins which purifies the heart prior to reception of the Holy Communion. –
According to him, as it is hygenical to wash hands before intake of food, it is also expedient and exigent to indulge in confession of our sins as there is no one without blemish. He harped on the fact that priests, bishops and even the Supreme Pontiff confess their sins before priests. He harped on the need for regular confession and abstinence from sin. The homilist admonished the congregation to seek for the things of heaven as opposed to earthly treasures which do not endure. He thereafter inaugurated the new members of the chaplaincy pastoral council.
The Leader spoke with Hon. Chief Linus Chinedu Ogoke, the 1st Vice Chairman ‘of the pastoral council on the challenges of the new office.
According to him, to whom much is given, much is also expected. He observed that as the immediate past 2nd vice Chairman, he has experience and knowledge and knows the constraints militating against the Chaplaincy especially upgrading its facilities. He averred that those that labour in the lord’s vineyard reap multiple blessings from God.
He enjoined the new members of the pastoral council to put God first in all endeavours towards the growth of faith of the faithful at the chaplaincy.
He extolled the Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Oliver Amaechi for his giant strides and for finding them fit for the exalted positions in the Lord’s vineyard.