…Confirms 116 at St Mark’s Abagana
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
Five years after his last pastoral visit to the parish, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor, last Sunday, February 20, rounded off his two-day pastoral visit to St Mark’s Catholic Parish, Abagana, Njikoka LGA, with the blessing of Regina Nwankwu CYON Skill Acquisition Centre for the parish.
The bishop, who during the visit also raised 116 new soldiers for Christ through the Sacrament of Confirmation, equally blessed three new podiums which were built by Chief Patrick Azichoba, the late Chief L.C. Chiobi Family and Mr Ikechukwu Akansi at the parish arena.
Blessing the skill acquisition centre, the Catholic prelate urged the youths to make the best use of the facilities to earn a living for themselves and be job creators in society. Bishop Ezeokafor, who commended the parish and the sponsors for the project which he described as worthwhile, emphasized the need for all to attach importance to skills and vocational education so as to survive.
The bishop who said he was delighted over the visit after his last one, on September 17, 2017, prayed that the visit would increase the blessings and grace of God on the people for their improved wellbeing and better heavenly inheritance.
Fides reports that as part of the programme for the two-day pastoral visit, the chief shepherd of the diocese, on Saturday, February 19, had an interactive session with the parishioners.
Recalling that he served at St Mark’s Parish, Abagana, as a deacon in 1983, Most Rev Ezeokafor in his homily, thanked God for what he described as the remarkable growth of the parish. According to him, the beautiful and modern Reverend Fathers’ Rectory, the chapel, administrative block, the new podiums and landscaping of the parish, among others, were planned developmental projects of the parish.
He explained that the pastoral visit was an opportunity for the bishop to, as stipulated by the Church, inspect the parish, as well as assess its physical and spiritual growth and that of its members.
The bishop, who extolled the parishioners and the priests for what he described as their good work and collaborative spirit, tasked them on the need to remodel the old church building so as to match other structures of the parish.
Saint Mark’s Parish, in an address of welcome signed by the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Paul Chimezie; the 1st Vice Chairman, Parish Pastoral Council, Dr Emmanuel Onwubuya; the 2nd Vice Chairman of the Council, Hon Cyprian Aniagor and the Secretary, Parish Pastoral Council, Lady Stella Maris Ezepue, highlighted the physical and spiritual growth of the 48 years old parish.
The parish in the address, solicited for donations from all towards the aid of her projects which included asphalting of the premises fixed at N5M and the rebuilding of the church.