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
6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
What comes to mind is this song: ''Mee Jesus enyi, nwanne m mee Jesus enyi ka odiri gi mma' This time around Jesus is extending the invitation of friendship to all of us and he gives us an automatic admission to the house of friendship. It’s a kind of promotion, an upgrade; our status has been raised, from beings servants/disciples to being 'friends'. He has exposed us to all the heavenly realities He got from the Father. He humbly shares in our state and invites us to His status and makes everyone equal in His eyes. No more slaves and freeborns, Jews or Gentiles, whites or blacks, everyone is a freeborn in the house of God. Peter equally manifested that upon entering the house of Cornelius when he asked him to rise up from paying him homage because he too is a human being and no god. Christ was communicating constantly with His friends and was keeping them informed of every single details of what was happening in His life. Communication is needed in every relationship, between you and your spouse/children or friend, between you and God. ''Friendship requires great communication'- St. Frances de Sales. Aristotle says that 'without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods'. 'What a friend we have in Jesus' [song]. We have to relate with Him freely and bring Him to the hidden places of our lives and not try to shut Him out. It demands prayers and constant relationship. Like St. Augustine, 'our heart is restless until it rests in the Lord' [Inquietum est cor meum]. 'No medicine is more valuable, none more efficacious, none better suited to the cure of all our temporal ills than a friend to whom we may turn for consolation in time of trouble and with whom we may share our happiness in time of joy'- St. Alfred of Rievaulx
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.