Members of the Holy Childhood Association in a group photograph with the Parish Priest, Fr Robinson Agbadugo and Fr Aniekwe after the Holy Mass
150 deserving Parishioners of St Michael's Catholic Church, Uga, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State were last Sunday, 1st October, 2017, enrolled into the Holy Childhood Association (HCA). The Association which comprises of 5 groups were named after the young Saints, who includes St Joan, St Lawrence, St Maria Gorretti, St Dominic Savio and St Agens. The enrollment ceremony which doubled with the sacrament of first Holy Communion on 50 deserving Parishioners ahead of their forth coming Church dedication schedule for 5th January, 2018, started with a Holy Mass led by the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Robinson Agbadugo and concelebrated by Uga Deanery Chaplain of HCA, Rev Fr Callistus Aniekwe.
The cutting of the enrollment cake
In his homily, Fr Aniekwe hinged his homily on propagating the good news of God, saying that the Holy Childhood Association came into existence in the year 1843, and the association was made for Children between the age of 1-14 years. He maintaining that children are the easiest way to connect to God in prayers, he told the newly enrolled candidates to prepare their body and spirit for the work ahead of them. He charged the children to avail themselves of the association and live for the purpose of which they are called and ready to serve God sincerely. He explained to them the symbolic importance of HCA and the need for them to pray for the suffering children around the world. He admonished parents who do not encourage their children to participate in the Church Activities. He lamented over the nonchalant and poor behaviour of some parents towards the upbringing of their Children physically and spiritually. He further told them the consequences and warned them to sit up in their responsibilities. He added that they should always pray and live lives of humility and selfless service in the Lord Vineyard. This was even as he advised the new communicants to be steadfast in prayer and live lives worthy of emulation and also abstain from anything that would defile them, noting that the Body and Blood of Jesus cleanse their sins, and make them live lives of holiness, without which they would not see the kingdom of God.
(2nd Right) Uga Deanery Chaplain of HCA, Rev Fr Callistus Aniekwe(2ndLeft) the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Robinson Agbadugo in a group photograph with the new Communicants
Earlier, the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Robinson Agbadugo thanked the Deanery HCA Chaplain, Fr Callistus Aniekwe for making out time to be with them, He also thanked all the parents who supported their children and admonished parents who discourage their children from participating, saying that the association was meant for them, and there should be no reason why they should not be allowed to join the association. He appreciated the parish Catechist and all the animators for their time and effort to nurture them.
In their Welcome Address read by the Secretary of HCA, Chisom Onyekachi, it was stated that the aim of the association was to motivate children to develop and share their faith and material means especially with children who are in need in the region and Churches. She thanked the parish priest Fr Agbadugo, for his fatherly love, care and support which he has given them. She stated some of their challenges which include procurement of instrument, praying materials and upgrading of their Young HCA choir. Highlights of the event were welcome song by the HCA, match past, group dance, fashion parade, quiz competition and cultural dance among others.