Sunday, 1st May, 2022 was a remarkable day in the lives of the parishioners of St Joseph’s Parish Awada and also in the history of the parish as they celebrated their 13th year anniversary of the existence of the parish.

High point of the event was the issuing of awards of certificates to some past and present parishioners in appreciation for the role they played and are still playing to ensure the growth and development of the parish.

The event started with a Holy Mass presided over by Very Rev. Fr. Dom Chidolue, (Episcopal vicar of Ozubulu region of Nnewi Diocese) assisted by Fr. Collins Okoye, Fr. Vincent Udegbu and other priests. While preaching Fr. Chidolue emphasised on the need to live a sin free life, saying that if you are living a life of sin, it means that the resurrection of Christ is not for that person because the person is yet to resurrect.. When you die in sin, you remain dead and you cannot resurrect and hell fire becomes your new abode”, he explained.

In appreciation, the parish priest Fr. Collins Okoye thanked God for the gift of the day and for a good weather. He also extended his appreciation to the chief celebrant, Fr Chidolue for his sacrifices. He also appreciated his priest brothers working with him in the parish as he extolled the support from his parishioners while thanking them immensely.

Speaking to the press, the Vice chairman parish Council Mr. Anthony Ezenwata described the celebration as a huge success as he thanked the chairman of the anniversary committee Chief Chukwukelu Udoh for a job well done. Mr. Anthony described Fr. Collins as a priest with the energy of a youth, testifying that he is putting that energy in the work of God.

Mr Chinonso Oguegbunam (Ọnwa) who received a merit award, expressed gratitude to the parish for the honour, describing the parish priest as a good man who puts the resources of the parishioners to work as he pray God to bless him. Mr. Udoka C. Aniekwe said he was elated for being recognized by the parish where he started his life with a meritorious award. He described Fr. Collins as a great priest and a hard working pastor with enough strength to work.


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