November 23, 2018, will always remain indelible in the annals of St. Charles Catholic community in Okwu Ogbaku as Christ’s faithful witnessed the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on 123 candidates. This is the second official visit of the Archbishop to the parish.
The occasion began with a pontifical high Mass presided over by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, flanked by Very Rev. Fr. Reginald Egbu, the Episcopal Vicar of Ogbaku Zone 3 and the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Henry Opara.
In his homily, the Archbishop admonished the Christ’s faithful to be strong in faith, be proud of their faith and be ready to defend it against the empty/false promises offered by the mushroom sects and their likes.
The Archbishop advised the candidates to be conscious of the presence of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and shun all forms of promiscuity and unholy lifestyle.
He further advised them not to be enticed by the false promise of power and protection by those who indulge in cult activities rather; they should put their trust in God almighty.
In his vote of thanks, the parish priest, Fr. Henry Opara thanked the Archbishop for his efforts, especially for making out time to visit the parish despite his tight schedule. He prayed God to sustain him with the grace of good health of mind and body. He also thanked the Parish Pastoral Council members, parents and guardians, the candidates themselves etc.
In an address presented by the Parish Pastoral Council as read by the Chairman, Mr. Cajethan Ndukwu, the parish expressed her gratitude to God almighty for making the event a reality. Eulogies were poured on the Archbishop for his presence and love to the parish. They also expressed their appreciation their parish priest for all his contributions to the realization of the programme, beginning from initiating the visit to preparing the candidates by himself and other plausible works like the Mass wedding within a space of eight months of his stay etc.
Responding, Archbishop Obinna thanked the parishioners for their gifts and support to the church and to Fr. Henry Opara for what he is doing under the Archdiocesan level as Youth Chaplain and advised him not to retreat.
Another interesting part of the program was the gift of the book, titled: “Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church” to five (5) outstanding candidates by the parish priest for their level of attendance, comportment and knowledge of catechism etc. The recipients are: Okoronta Uchechi, Akuta Lucky, Eze Rosita, Onyegbule Emmanuel and Nlemadim Chidinma.