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
2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
God primarily sent His Son into the world to expiate for our sins and bring us back to His gracious presence. Jesus Christ distinctly demonstrated this love and mercy of God throughout His public ministry on earth that culminated in His passion and death and the subsequent Resurrection. The parable of the Prodigal Son is a dramatic representation of the Fatherly love and mercy of God on His estranged and prodigal children. While He hanged on the Cross He lovingly prayed for the forgiveness of His killers: "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do" (Lk. 23:34) and shortly after that He gave one of the criminals crucified with Him the grace of automatic entrance to paradise. "Today, you will be with me in paradise" (43) The Water and Blood that flowed from His side epitomizes His sacramental washing of our sins and the ultimate sacrifice of His Blood for our salvation. Here we continuously experience the unfathomable Divine Mercy and fountain of love. It is only our obligation to ask for the salvation of lost souls since He told us, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find and knock and the door will be opened for you" (Lk. 11:9-13). We have to make honest effort by asking for forgiveness for our sins and the sins of others. We have to learn how to do away with pride and submit ourselves to the total Will of God. The Catholic Catechism paragraph 1847 states: "God created us without us; but he did not will to save us without us"... We have to rely heavily on His grace to achieve this end. “Cut off from me, you can do nothing" (Jn. 15:5) St Faustina understood this importance of this intercessory prayers for Divine Mercy and saw it as her God-given mission on earth to plead for lost souls: "O my God, I now know what my mission on earth is, it is to make constant endeavor to plead for mercy for mankind. (Diary 482) "For the sake of His sorrowful passion, Have Mercy on us and on the whole world."
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.