The entire faithful and clergy of Holy Ghost parish Ihitenansa in Orsu Local Government of Imo state were agog with joy and spiritual revival as the chief shepherd of Orlu diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Toochukwu Ukwuoma, extended his pastoral care to them from Saturday June 20, through Sunday June 21, 2015. The pastoral visit was punctuated with series of events. Upon his arrival, the prelate toured the seven stations of the parish as well as the International Secondary School owned and managed by the church. He also made a courtesy call to the traditional rulers of the local community. In the entourage were the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Festus Onyebueke and some members of the parish. The bishop also visited many sick members of the community.The two-day pastoral visit reached its climactic point on Sunday June 21 with a solemn Eucharistic celebration in which the prelate strengthened 359 candidates with the sacrament of confirmation. Speaking during the homily, he beckoned on all Christians to listen and follow the teachings of the church for their spiritual edification. Speaking on the readings of the day, the bishop charged Christians to hold on to their faith whenever they experience different storms because they will surely be over.
Towards the end of the mass, the prelate thanked the parish priest, Fr. Festus Onyebueke and the assisting priest, Fr. Isdore Ugokwe for the wonderful way they organized the parish and for their efforts in seeing to the smooth running of the parish. On the other hand, the parish priest delivered a vote of thanks to the bishop making out time to visit them. The pastoral visit end with a grand reception of the bishop after mass with cultural displays, presentation of gifts and wonderful renditions.
Fr. Johnbosco Obika, reporting.
7TH EPISCOPAL ANNIVERSARY.It was a remarkable event on June 20 2015 at Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu as the priests, religious and the laity of the catholic diocese of gathered en masse to celebrate their beloved bishop who clocked 7 in the episcopacy. The event to mark the anniversary started with a solemn holy mass officiated by the celebrant, Most Rev. A. T. Ukwuoma, with the bishop Emeritus of the diocese, Bishop Ochiagha, diocesan and religious priests concelebrating. The chief celebrant describe the occasion as a day of thanksgiving to God for his numerous blessings upon the diocese and upon himself, and also a day of prayer for more of such blessings.
The homilist during the mass, Rev. Fr. Jude Egbom, remarked that the event calls for thanksgiving, sober reflection, checks and balances. He beckoned on all to reflect deeply on the motto of His Lordship: “To love as Christ Loves”. He called on parents to love in the family as Christ loved; pastors to love in their areas of apostolate as Christ loves. Same should apply to all and sundry in every sphere of life. The homilist described the celebrant as a shepherd who works in collaboration with everyone and called on everybody to, imbibe this collaborative spirit.
After the mass, there was a rainbow reception at Pope Benedict VI hall with colours of musical performances and sentiments of gratitude. In his welcome address, Prof. Uzoma, the diocesan chariman of the laity council, emphasized that bishop Ukwuoma has continued to as Christ loves. This love is clearly seen in his relationship with the clergy and the laity.
We wish His Lordship many more fruitful years in the meadowlands of Orlu diocese.
June 12, 2015 was a blessed day in the diocese for the devotees of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for all Catholics in general. But it was both a blessed and memorable day for the priests of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu as they gathered to celebrate the solemnity in grand style. The event which took place at St. Mary’s Seminary Umuowa started with a concelebrated Holy Mass presided over by the bishop emeritus of the Orlu diocese, Most Rev. Gregory Obinna Ochiagha, representing the bishop of the diocese Most Rev. Augustine Toochukwu Ukwuoma who was unavoidably absent.
During his homily, the bishop emeritus explained the celebration as one which calls for sober reflection because “Reflection is the eye of the soul” (Quoting St. Bernard). He urged priests to learn from the events of the life, passion and death of Christ. According to him, it was by divine providence that the soldiers who crucified Jesus did not break His bones. They rather opened His sacred side with a lance. He beckoned on the priests to see things happening around them as part of God’s plan because nothing happens by chance.
After the Holy Mass, Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi delivered an intellectually challenging and spiritually stimulating talk where he highlighted the meekness and humility of Christ as a paradigm for pastors of soul after the mind of the Master. The occasion was graced with other enriching spiritual activities viz: rosary in common, penitential service and individual confessions. The celebration ended with exchange of pleasantries, socializing and entertainment.
On October 31, 2015, all road led to Holy Trinity Parish as they jubilate at the Centenary celebration of Catholic Presence in Omuma community. The celebration which attracted hundreds of people from all walks of life started with a holy mass which was officiated by His Lordship, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma, the Catholic Bishop of Orlu. A good number of clergy and religious men and women were sighted.