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
13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The mission of John was ordained by God even before his birth. You can imagine what it took God to draw the attention of the parents of John. His father Zacharia was a chief priest yet his wife was barren. He must have presided over a lot of child dedications in that temple yet none was his own. By the time, he and Elizabeth lost hope of bearing a child , God came and established his plan to bless them and define the 'special mission' of the son to be born, a precursor or forerunner for Jesus Christ. He has to prepare the souls of people before the arrival of the expected Messiah. Like the prophet Isaiah said, God 'made of him a sharp-edged sword and concealed him in the shade of his arm and made him a polish arrow' John became the 'Voice' a vehicle that will convey the Word' [Jesus Christ] The Voice was mistaken for the Word, but he humbly accepted his limitation and declared his true status: “Onye ogba odibo.” You and I can be the Voice or vehicle of goodness or love, joy, peace and progress. May God help us to use our voices well to preach and prepare souls for the coming of Jesus Christ.
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.