By Nna Anulumadu
The chief shepherd of Onitsha archdiocese, His Grace, the Most Rev. Valerian M. Okeke, last Sunday called on Christians to always aspire to be rich in the things of God. The prelate made the call while delivering a homily during his pastoral visit to Blessed Iwene Tansi Parish, Awada.According to him, earthly things including wealth are transitory in nature except God who doesn’t change.His words: “Don’t hold tenaciously to material things; shun greed, excessive and selfish desire for material things. Don’t lie, kill or commit evil in order to make money, and don’t put all your mind and heart on earthly things because they are transient. If you are blessed with riches and wealth, distribute because you are only a steward and by so doing, you are becoming rich in God and such richness lasts forever and takes us to heaven.” The prelate, while addressing the parishioners shortly after the Mass, commended the parish priest, Rev. Fr Augustine Oburota, for his developmental strides and achievements in the parish. He also appreciated the parishioners for their sincere commitment and support to the development of the parish.Fr Oburota in his remarks poured accolades on the archbishop for paying them a visit, describing him as loving shepherd who cares a lot about his flock.
The parish council vice chairman, Comrade Aloy Attah; parish CMO chairman, Sylvester Nkwachukwu; and parish CWO president, Mrs Fustina Mary Ekoh, in their similar remarks expressed joy over the event, stating they had been spiritually energised and encouraged.Other parishioners including Prince Charles Ikegwuonu, Ernest Aninweze (Parish Laity Council chairman), Amaefuna Chikezie, Monday Daniel Anigo, Chief Ifeanyi Ezeudoka, Dinejesi Timothy Ifesinachi and Jeremiah Aniagboso in their separate contributions saw the visit as a huge sucesses. They also described their parish priest as a humble, dynamic and ebullient pastor who was currently transforming their parish and adequately taking care of them as a loving father. Earlier in the Mass, 482 candidates received the sacrament of confirmation.