The Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has commended the Catholic faithful at St. Patrick's Parish, Aguluzigbo over the maintenance of parish structures in tune with modern buildings.
Bishop Ezeokafor made the commendation on Sunday, 14th May, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Aguluzigbo in Anaocha LGA of Anambra State during his official visit and confirmation of over 200 deserving Catholic faithful after his last visit in 2006.
He noted that the maintenance culture of the parish would help to preserve the history of the parish, as people can make educative guess on when the parish was established. He then charged them to continue with such habit to ensure that the parish buildings are in line with what was obtainable in the present society.
He harped on the need for Nigerians, especially the Igbos to develop the habit of maintaining old structures, artifacts and other ancient items as they lend credence to the history of such group of people. He tasked the Igbos to desist from the breaking down their old buildings but advocated for a touch up of such buildings.
Drawing from the day's gospel, he explained the situation of the disciples after Christ's death and the communal life of the Christian Community at that period. He urged priests to always pay attention and listen to the needs of their parishioners. He linked the attitude of today's Christians to that of the early Christians saying that problems are bound to exist and advised that consensus should be adopted in handling the perceived problems.
He advocated for understanding between priests working in parishes and parishioners, as such understanding bring about development in the said parish.
Emphasizing on the importance of living a practical Christian life, the Catholic prelate enjoined the parishioners to endeavour to imbibe the life style of the saints as it helps them to attain heaven. He expressed satisfaction over the development recorded by Fr. Joseph Nwanna and expressed hope that on completion of his stay in the parish, greater achievements would be attained.
He asked them to ensure that bishop's pastoral visit sdo not to exceed three years as the parish hosted the bishop last in 2006 and regretted such trend.
In his remark, the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Joseph Nwanna expressed happiness over the bishop's visit saying that the parish would adhere to the diocesan directive of organizing pastoral visit every three years. He commended the attitude of the rich individuals in the parish as they are always willing to help in the development of the church.
The chairman of the occasion, Mr. Euchraius Okonkwo in his opening remark, explained that Bishop Ezeokafor's visit to the parish would yield stronger faith in the life of the faithful as he represents God before the people and people before God.
In an address of welcome, the secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council, Lady Evelyn Eyiuche outlined the achievements of the parish in the recent time saying that such was visible through the human qualities of Fr. Joseph Nwanna.
Highlights of the occasion were cultural displays by the children of the Holy Childhood Association, Altar knights and CWO among others.