By Nna Anulumadu
The Catholic community of St Patrick’s parish Ndiagu, Ikenga Ogidi penultimate Saturday ,October 30th, 2021 rolled out their drums to receive the Chief Shepherd of Onitsha Archdiocese His Grace Most Rev. Valerian M. Okeke who extended his 2021 pastoral visits to the parish.
The spectacular event witnessed confirmation of over 300 candidates among other things
In his Homily, Archbishop Val charged faithful to embrace the language of love, describing it as the only language capable of transforming the the world. According to him, language of love is the only language the whole universe can understand without looking for an interpreter, adding that the people of God can speak it through their actions, behaviours, attitudes to their neighbours.
In an address presented at the reception, the Catholic community expressed great joy over the visit of the prelate, describing his coming as blessing to the parish. The Archbishop was also commended over his giant strides in the Archdiocese that is currently taking the Archdiocese to unprecedented height. Also, the parishioners via the address, poured encomiums on their incumbent Parish priest Fr Michael Okechukwu Machi for his doggedness and commitments, revealing that under him, the parish has grown in leaps and bounds.
Responding, Archbishop Val commended the parish priest Fr Machi and the parishioners for developing the parish, describing the parish as an ideal one that offers a good opportunity for everyone to know themselves. He urged them not to relent in their good works.
The parish priest Fr Machi in his remarks extolled the Archbishop for visiting, stating they have been encouraged both spiritually and physically. He attributed his achievements in the parish to God’s grace, adding God has been empowering them. In a special way he thanked the parishioners their magnanimity and usual support.
The vice chairman parish council Chief Hyacinth Aniagboso,( a.k.a Onwanetiti eti) who spoke to press expressed joy over the coming of the Archbishop, positing that his visit ‘will attract more blessings to their Catholic community. He described the parish priest as light that has illuminated dark areas of the parish, revealing that through his efforts, a magnificent church building is ready for dedication which was erected in the parish within a space of two years.
The parish CMO Chairman Mr Ignatius Obu in his contribution said they are really prepared for the visit, stating that he was optimistic that the presence of the Archbishop will bring more goodies to them. Also the parish CWO president cum secretary parish council Mrs Ogechukwu Lucy Agbo in her remarks urged fellow parishioners especially women to remain committed to the parish development.