By Amaka Olua
Great achievers are celebrated for their laudable achievements and legacies. in line with this, the Parish Priest, Parish Vicar, Religious and the entire Parishioners of St Anthony's Catholic Church, Okpo Ekwulobia Aguata L.G.A of Anambra State, last Sunday, June 17, 2018, rolled out their drums and gifts in appreciation of the past Parish Vicar of St Anthony's Parish, Rev Fr Ositadinma Kenneth Amakaeze for his laudable achievements for two years he was the Parish Vicar. The Parish, at the well attended Sendoff Ceremony, presented a Plaque to Fr Amakaeze, in appreciation of his virtues of accountability, selfless service, hard work and committed Priesthood which were evident in St Anthony's Parish. The event which coincided with the Feast of their Patron, Saint Anthony of Padua enabled the faithful to commit their Parish in the hands of their Patron Saint.
Earlier, Rev Fr Kenneth Amakaeze, thanked God for his goodness and love on the Parish, and expressed his delight on the good family relationship he had with the parishioners of St Anthony's Parish Ekwulobia when he was the Parish Vicar, saying that they shared a special bond which made the good working relationship possible. Fr Amakaeze, who was filled with joy as he received gifts of love from the Parish, thanked the Parishioners for their goodwill and support as well as Okpo Ekwulobia Community which contributed to the achievements recorded in the Parish. He solicited for their Prayers and support to enable him succeed in his new Parish where he is currently working. This was even as he advised the Pupils of St Anthony's N\P School to take their studies seriously to be better citizen in the society, He reminded the teachers of their responsibilities and advised them never to shy away from their duties. He commended the Parish priest Rev Fr Longinus Egbeonu for his love and cares which he showed to him during his stay in the Parish.
St Anthony's Parish, through the address that was signed by the Vice Chairman Parish Council, Engr Annie Ezekafor; Ezekafor Caius, Secretary Parish Council; Rev Fr Longinus Egbeonu, Parish Priest, Fr and Emmanuel Onwuchekwa, Parish Vicar, commended Rev Fr Kenneth Amakaeze, fondly known as Nzudinaobieze for excellent service to the parish, saying that his accomplishment could never be over emphasized. As a dedicated Priest, Rev Fr Kenneth worked relentlessly in the Lords Vine- yard in re- activation and transformation of St Anthony's N\P School and also imbuing reading culture among youths through the sourcing of books and making them available. They commended his selfless efforts to the Parish and Prayed for God's guidance upon his life.
In his remarks, the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Longinus Egbeonu who was filled with joy, thanked God and individuals who contributed towards the success of the celebration, says that God's love for St Anthony's Parish has no bonds describing the Feast of St Anthony as unlimited abundant blessing upon the Parish.
The Chairman of the occasion , Sir Jonathan Ezeuchu , thanked the Parishioners for their massive turn out and also commended the immediate past parish Vicar Fr Amakaeze for his tireless and selfless service to the Parish throughout his stay in the parish, saying his effort was immeasurable and advised him to continue with his good work at his new Parish. This was even as he urged the faithful to contribute towards the ongoing Project in the Church.
In his homily, when he led in the Concelebrated Holy Mass, the immediate past Parish Vicar, Rev Fr Kenneth Amakaeze stressed the importance of faith, , saying that faith plays important role in the life of every Child of God. He stated that Jesus Christ passed through a lot of Challenges when he was in human form which made him to stand firm in difficulties and persecution even unto death. He added that many who called themselves Children of God cannot stand firm in times of trial, hence going from one church to another seeking for solution. He admonished the faithful who don't seek the power of God in the Blessed Sacrament, noting that God is ever ready to answer them when called upon not minding their shortcomings.