The parish priest, Rev Fr Pius Ajuluchukwu, and the entire faithful of St Hilary’s parish Nnewichi, Nnewi, on Sunday, July 7, welcomed His Lordship, Most Rev Hilary Odili Okeke on a maiden pastoral visit to their parish where he administered the sacrament of confirmation on 105 candidates.
The event started with a pastoral catechesis by the bishop on the theme: “Faith and Prayer.” He underlined the importance of faith in the life of a Christian and stressed that without faith one cannot see God. The bishop advised them to strive hard to always go for Sunday evening instruction as it will help them to remain steadfast in faith.
Delivering a homily during the Eucharistic celebration which was celebrated by bishop Okeke and concelebrated by Rev Frs Pius Ajuluchukwu, Celestine Okonkwo Chukwujekwu Akubudu and Deacon Augustine Nwosu, the prelate told the faithful that they are in the world but not of the world, he urged them not to allow the burdens of this world to weigh them down because they are new creations. He noted that becoming a follower of Christ is very vital in the life of a Christian as it will help them to remain upright in God. To those to be confirmed, the bishop charged them to always put God first in their lives.
Reading the welcome address, the parish council through the secretary, Mrs Obi Chinenye welcomed bishop Okeke for coming to celebrate with them. They highlighted some of their challenges and achievements so far which have kept them going and ask the chief shepherd to come to their aid.
After the mass, there was a grand reception where invited guests were treated sumptuously.
In a vote of thanks, the parish priest, Rev Fr Ajuluchukwu expressed gratitude to all and sundry especially bishop Okeke for gracing the occasion. He extended his appreciation to the priests who took out time to come and celebrate with them.
The event featured administering the sacrament of confirmation, welcome song, cultural displays by CWO and Block Rosary Crusaders and presentation of gifts to Nnaora by various statutory organisations.