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Practicing Christ’s Teachings, Summary of Christian Faith -Bishop Ezeokafor

…as 160 Faithful Receive Sacrament of Confirmation at St Edward’s, Amawbia

By CP Uzoaganobi

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has told Christians that the practice of Christ’s teachings and commandments is the summary of Christian faith. The Bishop stated this during his Pastoral visit to St Edward’s Catholic Parish, Amawbia, on Sunday, August 6, 2023.

In his homily during the Pontifical Mass, he advised the lay faithful to keep hope alive by doing positive things to bringabout changes that would avert the difficult moments, instead of doing evil.

According to the Prelate, ‘Every Christian should allow Christ to be their point of reference, whether in difficult moments or good moments. As this was the lesson from the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, to teach the disciples that in any condition of life, they should let God lead and not to forget that heaven remained their target.

Bishop Ezeokafor further said during his homily that the Knight and Ladies of the Church  should not exclude themselves from activities of the Parish Laity.

‘The Parish Laity is the stepping stone through which one could be elevated to Knighthood. For instance, there will be no Bishop without first being a priest, and being a Bishop does not exclude you from other priests. Therefore, knights  should always take part in Parish Laity activities,’ the Bishop explained.

The Bishop’s visit to St Edward’s Parish afforded 160 candidates the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Towards the end of the Mass, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Jerome Okafor welcomed and thanked his Lordship for the visit. He also thanked those that prepared those confirmed and also invited all to the civil reception after the Mass.

The parishioners in groups and individuals did their own part by  supporting the Bishop’s Missionary work through their cheerful gifts; and at the end, the Bishop gave them Episcopal Blessing.