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Joy As Church Of Assumption Umuoji Is Dedicated
Author: By Ebuka Onuabuchi
Published on: Monday, September 05, 2016

The Catholic Community of Church of the Assumption Parish Maryland Achalagu Umuoji was set agog on Sunday August 14 2016 as the new Ultra Modern Family Church was dedicated to the Almighty God by the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha His Lordship Most Rev. Denis Chidi Isizoh.

            In his Homily at the dedication Mass, Bishop Isizoh expressed joy over the beauty of the Church of Assumption, stating that the construction was perfect. According to him, anybody who is attending Masses at Church of Assumption Umuoji has the opportunity to make heaven since the paintings and pictures that inspire one to grow spiritually are in the said Church.

            “I am happy to observe that every part of the interior of this Church has paintings and pictures that remind us the mission of Christ. Without mincing words, this Church is beautiful.”

            The Prelate further commended the principal sponsors of the project and others who contributed to the successful completion of the Church project praying God to rain His blessings on them.

            Dedication he explained is the total handover of Church building to God, pointing out that once the Church is dedicated, it becomes the house of God. In other words, after the dedication, no one has right to hold meetings, functions or any other thing that is capable of desecrating the Church. The dedication Mass he said attracts plenary indulgence to faithful present at the Mass.

            He advised Parishioners who have not gone for a confession before the dedication to confess their sins within two weeks of the dedication so that they will share from the plenary indulgence.

            The Prelate also charged the Parishioners to observe the day of their church dedication August 14 as solemnity every year, adding that it should be seen as a Sunday. “With this dedication, the light of Christ has started shining in Umuoji. It is your duty to bring others to this Church for prayer. Visit this Church regularly not only on Sundays,” he advised.

            In a welcome address presented at the colourful reception, the Catholic Community expressed joy over the dedication of their Church, stating that the event has inaugurated a new phase in the life of their Parishioners.

They also commended the Archbishop of Onitsha His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke for creating the Parish describing him as a good father by every distinction.

            In a special way, the Catholic Community poured encomiums on Bishop Isizoh for dedicating their Church, positing that within one year of his Episcopacy in the great Archdiocese, he has made an indelible mark in the history of the Archdiocese of Onitsha.

They also rained accolades on their illustrious son Chief Julius Okwueze (Okpalaife Assumption) who out of his benevolence bought 10 plots of land and handed it over to the Church, disclosing that he started the erection of the triple building – the Church, the Chapel of Adoration and the Rectory to a very significant point before others came to support in the buildings.

            Others who were commended for their contributions includes His Excellency, Chief Godswill Obong Akpabio, Late Sir Amaechi Nwobia Family, Engr/Chief Linus Ilozue, Chief Frank Okey Ekpunobi, Bor. Theo Ilozue, Chief Innocent Aniunoh, Chief Obiorah Odinamba, Chief Ignatius Chuks Ekpunobi, Chief Basil Odinamba, Chief Jude Ringo Okeke.

            In an interview with the press Dr. (Mrs.) Victoria Chikwelu, the honourable commissioner for social welfare, children and women affairs, Anambra State, representing the Governor commended the effort of the Parish Priest Fr. Collins and his Parishioners for their devotedness in completing and dedicating the Church within a space of seven (7) years.  Describing it as one of the development to the state, she appreciated Umuoji Community for yet another historic milestone.

            Also, Chief Julius Okwueze, the donor of the plots of land, the Frs house and a major contributor to the building of the Church who was filled with excitement said that God is his only inspiration towards making such huge donation to the Church. He further commended Bishop Denis Isizoh for making out time to come for the dedication and Fr. Collins Okoye for his zeal and commitment.

            The Parish Priest Fr. Collins Okoye who spoke to the press expressed great over joy for the August occasion. Recounting God’s blessings to the parish, he appreciated the Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke who appointed him the Parish Priest of Church of Assumption in 2009 and stating that he is happy that Church key was officially handed over to him. Fr. Okoye also extended his appreciation to His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Denis Isizoh for his benevolence and for making the dedication of the Church of Assumption a reality.  The parish priest who also marked his 10th year anniversary in priesthood was thankful to God for his Grace that has sustained him for 10 years in his priestly sojourn.

            He prayed for God’s blessings upon everybody who contributed to the success and growth of church of Assumption. High point of the reception was the cutting of dedication cake.


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