…Confirms over 198 faithful
By Chioma Ndife and Chiagolum Omeje
The chief shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, His Lordship, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has blessed an ultramodern Marian grotto at Christ the King Parish, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State.
Bishop Ezeokafor blessed the Marian grotto on Sunday, 7th August, during his Pastoral visit that featured the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on 198 deserving faithful.
Blessing the grotto, Bishop Ezeokafor re-emphazised the importance of according great respect to Mary, the mother of God, saying that the respect and honour which human beings accorded her could never equal the one given to her by God. He said that Mary had proved countless times and at different occasions, to be an intercessor of the human race.
He beckoned on Catholic faithful to always seek the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in all their affairs and endeavours as she possessed the power of assisting them to obtain the favour which they desired.
Leading in the Eucharist Celebration, Bishop Ezeokafor expressed happiness over the visit and recalled that his last official visit at the parish was in 2015, noting that pastoral visits was designed to aid the Bishop have adequate knowledge of happenings in various parishes.
In his homily, the diocesan Bishop stressed the importance for Christians to be ready at all times to answer God and noted that following the guidelines which Christ had put in place was among the qualities a good Christian must possess.
He identified faith and usage of God’s given resources as important elements in the heavenly race. He stated that Christians should be ever ready to answer God’s call whenever it came, saying that such an individual must build good and effective relationships with God.
Speaking at the pastoral visit, the Parish Priest of Christ the King Parish, Rev. Fr. Fabian Bielu, thanked God for making the visit a reality 7 years after the Bishop’s last visit.