. . . As Muobuike Family holds 25th Anniversary of their late Dad
By Chioma Ndife
The auxiliary bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye has blessed and declared open the sacristy erected by Mr. and Mrs. Chijoke Jude Muobike on behalf of Muobike’s family in memory of their late father Mr. Fabian Ekenwa Muobike.
The Sacristy built at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Umuona, Aguata LGA, Anambra State was blessed on Easter Sunday, April, 21, 2019 during the memorial Mass to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of late Mr. Fabian Muobuike.
Fides gathered that late Mr. Fabian Muobuike popularly known as Ekenwa in Umuona and environs, was born in 1940 and was laid to rest in 1993 after his death.
Blessing the sacristy, Bishop Okoye praised the family of Muobike, especially the donors, Mr. and Mrs. Jude Chijioke Muobike for providing the fund used in building the sacristy donated to the church in memory of their late father. He said that the sacristy would be used by the indigenes to bring to mind the type of life lived by the deceased, saying that the edifice was used by the family to immortalize him.
Bishop Okoye after observing the building during its blessing, disclosed the various compartments existing in the sacristy and thanked the family for the sacrifice which they made in providing the edifice for the parish. He maintained that the building would be useful by priests and mass servers in preparing for mass celebrations.
Earlier in his homily, Bishop Okoye highlighted the significance of Christ’s resurrection and its impact in the life of Christians. He beckoned on the faithful to live out exemplary Christian lives and carry on with the grace which they received during the lent season. He pinpointed the gifts which the grace of God bestows on an individual and pleaded with people to utilize their own individual gifts in service to the church and humanity. He maintained that such gifts were given to people by God for the glorification of God’s name.
The gifts of the holy spirit according to the Catholic prelate teaches, directs and comforts the people it dwells in and wondered why baptized Catholics drift to other churches after the reception of the sacrament that imbeds the holy spirit. He beckoned on all to live out the Christ like life in them for people to imitate them.
Speaking at the occasion, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Anthony Mbonu while commending the donor of the sacristy, highlighted the important benefits which the parish would draw from the structure. He prayed God to bless the donor and others who had been contributing in the works of the church, saying that their contributions were responsible for the level attainted in the church renovation.
Also speaking, Mr. Jude Muobike, noted that the structure which was embarked upon was in remembrance of his dad who died 25 years ago. He opined that the edifice would help to make the memory of their deceased father evergreen in the mind of people and generations unborn. He pleaded with the priests at the Mass to always remember his late father in their daily prayers even as he expressed his belief that his late dad was interceding on the family’s behalf in heaven.