By Ukamaka Ometa
The Catholic Altar Servers Association of Nigeria (CASAN), Abagana Deanery held her cultural fiesta on Sunday, 12th August, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Abagana, Njikoka L.G.A., Anambra State. The event which began with a Holy Mass witnessed the performances from different parishes in the deanery. The Parishes include St. Mark’s, St. Martin’s, St. Michael’s, St. Francis of Assisi’s and St. Paul’s Abba.
Delivering his homily during the Holy Mass, the Parish Administrator, Rev. Fr. Cosmas Okafor urged the faithful to fan into flame the potentials in them and not quench the Holy Spirit through their ungodly attitudes. Fr. Okafor, explained that the Holy Spirit dwells where love abides, therefore they should love and care for one another. He further charged the
Christians to have unwavering faith in God believing that God is ever ready to hear whenever they call on Him. The cleric also pinpointed the need to believe in God’s word and dwell in it as long as they live.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Livinus Nwokoye thanked God Almighty for the gift of life and thanked all who graced the occasion. He encouraged the Altar Servers to continue their service in the Lord’s vineyard as soldiers of Christ, knowing fully well that their labour would never be in vain. “Many are called but few are chosen, your service in the Lord is a call, therefore live righteously”, he added.
Mr. Okechukwu Chukwuemeka, a youth activist, charged the altar servers to emulate Christ and shun all vices especially cultism which he described as a canker worm eating deep in the lives of young people. He reminded them that it was only in Christ that success and prosperity can be obtained.
In his vote of thanks, the Deanery President, Comr. Elias Okonkwo appreciated all who have supported the Altar Servers for a successful Cultural Day Celebration and prayed God to bless them bountifully and lead them safely to their various destinations.
Highpoints of the occasion are welcome song by St. Mark’s Parish, Drama display by St. Paul’s Abba, Launching of their maiden Almanac, Royal Council Competition (in which St. Francis of Assisi’s emerged the winner) and cultural dance by St. Martin’s and St. Francis of Assisi’s Parishes, Abagana.