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
PALM SUNDAY CELEBRATION
Anyone who tactfully follows the life of Jesus Christ beginning from his humble birth to public ministry will testify that he does not go for public show or celebration marked with our mundane 'celebrity mentality'. He would rather go unnoticed and slipped through the crowd if there is potential effort to bring him to the limelight. Here is a guy who spent forty days and forty nights in the desert praying and fasting before ever he embarked his official public ministry and now ironically and paradoxically he is about to wrap up his public ministry. He has come to the last week or days of his public and earthly life, he doing something different. These last days would be marked with sufferings, rejection, passion and pain that would culminate in his epoch making Resurrection. He rides in grandiose style as he enters triumphantly into Jerusalem. He has reached the point of no return, the apogee, climax and summit of his mission on earth. He momentarily allows the public acclamation, praise and applause and strongly challenges his haters to get into action. The Palm fronds symbolically brings out the sacredness and spirituality of his mission and his personality as a great High Priest and King of the Universe. He invites us to get ready to go with him to the garden of Gethsemane and carry the cross to Calvary. May we prayerfully unite ourselves body and soul with Christ and experience this holy moment that will lead to the glorious Resurrection on Paschal Day.
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.