. . . Confirms 585 in Faith 7 years after Last Visit
By Chinasa Okpala
The Chief shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has blessed the Holy Trinity Chapel of Christ the King Parish, Isuaniocha in Awka North LGA of Anambra State.
The Holy Trinity Chapel of Adoration was blessed on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 during the pastoral visit of the diocesan bishop seven years after his last visit to the parish.
Fides gathered that the chapel project was started by Very Rev. Fr. Goddy Odigbo, CSSp the then parish priest of CKP Isuaniocha as a Grotto but was later converted to a Chapel by Fr. Augustine Ogbonna CSSp and was completed by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Ekweariri CSSp10 months after his arrival at the parish.
Bishop Ezeokafor during the pastoral visit, administered Sacrament of Confirmation to over Five Hundred and Eighty Five (585) deserving catholic Faithful in a bid to raise and strengthen them to become true soldiers of Christ.
Addressing the Confirmed faithful during his homily at the Eucharistic Celebration, Bishop Ezeokafor tasked them to wear their armour shield as soldiers of Christ and defend their faith. He charged them to live an exemplary life in defence of faith saying exemplary living supersedes preaching through words of mouth. He beckoned on them to be the corn and not the weed as exemplified in the parable of the corn and weed in the bible.
The Catholic prelate explained suffering was required in the life of Christians in other to be the true soldiers of Christ as Jesus Christ himself being the son of God suffered and died to save us all. He maintained that as Christians we should pray that God wouldn’t give us a cross that we too heavy to carry but that which we can carry whole heartedly. He explained suffering as an essential and inevitable part of life as it only explains our existence.
Bishop Ezeokafor admonished Christians to always perform acts of love and charity in a humility as such attracts God’s blessings. He urged all to be sanctified spiritually, saying that being a follower of Christ was something spiritual and not physical.
Speaking at the event, the bishop thanked God for enabling him to carry out the confirmation for 585 persons and also for the good works going on in the parish, the construction of Christ the king college and for the priests. He explained that the chapel is a private place for devotion and that we should always endeavor visiting the chapel.
Reacting to the address of welcome presented by the parish pastoral council, Bishop Ezeokafor emphasized the importance of education and changed students within the community to dispose themselves to the trainings which they are exposed to. He explained that it was important for people to accept the works of the church as their individual responsibility and commended the individuals who made funds used for the Church building at St. Augustine’s outstation available. He applauded the Parish Priest, Fr. Kennth Ekweariri for bringing his friends to assist in the church projects.
In his remark, the visibly happy parish priest, Rev Fr. Kenneth Ekweariri, expressed his profound appreciation to God for making the day a reality and bishop Ezeokafor for making out to be with his people from Isuaniocha Community. He thanked the parishioners and all who made the occasion worthwhile. He expressed confidence that the visit would yield remarkable benefits for the Catholic Community in Isuaniocha.
Also speaking, the 1st indigenous priest of Isuaniocha Community and Cathedral Administrator of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, Rev Fr. Matthew Attansey appreciated Bishop Ezeokafor his visit and all who made the occasion worthwhile. He advised the newly confirmed and all parishioners to develop the habit of studying the church catechism, noting that it would enable them to know the stand of the Catholic Church on all issues and help them become better practicing Christians.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Cosmas Chukwuemeka Cosmas enumerated the need for all to join hands together and promote the God’s project through contributing to the developments in the parish. He said it would be a thing of encouragement to the parish priest who currently lives in a house with leaking roof for the parishioners to join in the structural and spiritual development of the parish.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the Secretary Parish Pastoral Council, Mr. Herbert Ibeh highlighted the achievements which the parish had recorded in the area of education and church developments, saying that the coming of Fr. Ekweariri has helped to improve the spiritual live of the faithful. He noted that the communal conflicts in Isuaniocha Community was greatly affecting the church among other challenges which includes re-roofing of the rectory and church landscaping to checkmate erosion threat.
Cultural displays, presentation of gifts among others were the highpoint of the celebration.