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Published on: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The entire Catholic Community of St Catharine Parish, Awkuzu was in a joyful mood on Sunday 8th November, 2015 when the auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese Most Rev. Dennis Isizoh paid a maiden Pastoral visit to the Parish.

The event which started with Holy Mass witnessed a large number of Priests, religious men and women and lay faithful.

Delivering the sermon, the Prelate charged the faithful to always give generously that the Lord watches the heart we use in giving and not by the millions we give adding that giving to God ourselves with all our heart makes way for us to keep our treasures in heaven. “let us live a good exemplary life and be a blessing to people we come across daily” the prelate advised.

In a welcome address presented by the Parish council, the Catholic community thanked the Bishop for finding time to be in their midst “You are here to know your flocks and your flocks to know their Shepherd” the Catholic community also highlighted the giant stride which was recorded under the administration of Rev. Fr. Fred Ndimaeme which includes the restoration of love, peace and unity among the parishioners, some non Christian were baptized, creation of different zones in the parish and tremendous work going on in completing the Church building adding that by the effort of Fr. Ndimaeme many parishioners who were for one reason or the other felt aggrieved became happy and came back to Church describing him as a illustrious Priest.

Responding the prelate poured accolades on the Catholic community describing Awkuzu as a community where he grew up and good people with a generous heart.

The bishop poured encomiums on the Parish Priest Fr. Ndimaeme for his efforts and commitment in transforming the Parish to an enviable height.

The Parish Priest in appreciation showered praises on the prelate for finding out time to be in their midst adding that his visit to the Parish has really strenghtened their faith. He also commended the Parishioners for their support and efforts in making the Parish to be like a one family, describe them as symbol of faith.

In an interview with the president general Awkuzu progressive union Chief George Uzodimma Echesi expressed his gratitude to God for the gift of Bishop Isizoh to the archdiocese positing that his visit has really renewed their faith he also extolled the Parish Priest Fr. Ndimaeme for his tremendous efforts.

In a similar way the chairman  Igwe in council Chief Dr. Peter C.O Emenaka thanked the Bishop for finding time to be in their midst describing the Parish Priest as a Priest of noble character.

Featured at the event include cultural dance by various groups, welcome song among others. Highpoint of the event was the familiarization visit by the prelate to the neighbouring Anglican Communion Parish which has a common boundary delete between the two denominations. The prelate commended the Anglican community for their brotherly collaboration and also advised them to maintain peace and unity in the community especially anytime the demarcation would be made.

The Anglican Rev. in charge  Rev. Daniel Ukegbu thanked the Bishop describing his visit to them as a challenge positing that Christ is one and we Christians are one that there is no cause for alarm. Earlier in the mass about 119 candidates were confirmed.

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