New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
BAPTISM OF THE LORD
Jesus Christ, by submitting himself to John the Baptist to be baptized at the waters of Jordan shows that He is a teacher par excellence. He humbly goes through the waters of regeneration and walked into new life for us to imitate Him. The Fountain of life goes through the fountain of baptism to teach us of the necessity of baptism and renewal of life. The household of Cornelius followed suit by humbly requesting to be baptized. This first ritual of initiation authenticates our membership in the Christendom. The prophetic utterances of Isaiah pointed to this day and the voice of God the Father from heaven gave credibility to Christ's mission and the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of the Dove confirmed His ministry. We are reminded as followers of Christ to be united in faith and purpose in our mission. Our baptismal promises should be guiding us every now and then. "All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the lord's decree under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism." St. Basil. If we live and act on the grace of our baptism, God might call us His Beloved Sons and Daughters in whom He is well pleased. Happy Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
BY REV. FR. STEVE OSCAR 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.