The Bishop in a group picture with the Pastoral visit Planning Committee
By Francis Nwankwo
On Sunday, 14th May, 2017, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor made a pastoral visit to his flock in St. Michael's Parish, Ugwuoba. The Bishop was represented by the Catholic Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Most Rev Peter Okpaleke.
Though situated in Enugu State, St Michael's was created a parish under Awka Diocese in1996. In his homily, his Lordship encouraged the congregation not to relent in the strive for holiness and work of God. Accordingly, he advised the candidates for the sacrament of confirmation to keep alive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that they would receive by participating in the various faith building programs and societies in the church.
About 200 persons received the sacrament of confirmation during the Holy Mass including the over 70 years old Mrs Janeth Nwagbara.
In a welcome address read by the secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council, Mr Emma Okoli, the parishioners expressed their gratitude to the Bishop for his fatherly visit. The address also thanked the Diocesan Bishop for the many ways in which the Diocese has assisted the parish in accomplishing some of their projects while imploring help in completing some of the projects in progress which include; completion of the primary school building, provision of portable water amongst others. This was also collaborated by His Royal Highness, Igwe Nnochi of Ugwuoba Nnochi Autonomous Community who highlighted their many efforts and challenges in the parish.
In profound appreciation, individuals, various societies and statutory bodies in the parish, presented gift items to the bishop. This was accompanied by merriment, feasting and music.
In his response, Bishop Ezeokafor thanked the parishioners for their undying and unified efforts in supporting parish projects and maintaining an active, growing worshiping community. He assured them of that the Diocese appreciates their contributions to the parish and diocese in general. Finally he assured them of his fatherly blessings.