New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
917 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
Today's feast highlights the great 'manifestation of God' who came down from heaven a few weeks ago to dwell in our midst. God led astrologers to the 'new born king' and gave them the gift of faith. They had a kind of 'theophany', a life changing encounter or experience that changed their lives and history of salvation. Their change of route on return to their home is symbolic and can have deeper spiritual insight. A change of life style and a conversion to the faith in the One Triune God. Their gifts to the King are evidence of their newfound faith and acknowledgement of the role and mission of the Messiah. A King [gold], a Priest [Frankincense], and Savior [myrrh]. Each time, we encounter God in any form or situation in life, what do we make of that and how do we respond to that. We are encouraged to learn from these wise men and take the gifts we are being offered by God and return our appreciation and acceptance in a good way. We behold God in many ways; church, sacraments, bible, sacramentals, relationships and so on. May God help us to appreciate these opportunities and use them well.
BY REV. FR. STEPHEN OKEKE
Our mission is to establish a thriving Catholic ethnic community for the Igbo Diaspora in New York. We seek to build a community that galvanizes and serves as a rallying point, a fountain of hope, and a forum for the worship of Almighty God in Igbo language and in accordance with the Roman Catholic faith. We envision a community that preserves and perpetuates the Igbo culture, language, social values, charity, and our Roman Catholic heritage through evangelization, catechesis, Bible studies, and advancement of Catholic principles and ideals.