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
19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Theme: Have you ever gotten tired of living and gave up on God?
How often have you paid attention to your feelings and felt like your life is in a mess or that life is useless. Any frustrations and depressions? Disappointments? Is it because of betrayals by wife or husband, friend or family member or church member? Is your relationship in jeopardy? Do you suffer discrimination at job or school? Probably, your academic life is getting nowhere or your immigration status seems unsolvable? It maybe that you are serving the community and the people are castigating you and spreading false rumors about you. Do you have trouble paying your bills? Everything seems to be working against you and people are making mockery of you. Such was the fate of Jeremiah [chpt20:7-18] that he even cursed the day he was born. Today, Elijah has spoken in the name of the Lord and was running away from his persecutors. He was tired and hungry. He was in a hopeless situation but the Lord sent an angel and fed him through the raven. He prepared him for the great task ahead. “When I think my foot is slipping, Your faithful love upholds me”- Ps94:18. The 2nd reading tells us to shun all kinds of bitterness, anger, shouting, name-calling, backbiting, malice, bickering, jealousy, gossips, etc. We were rather encouraged to share love, forgive and be generous to one another. We will unite in love and come to the table of the Lord. We can then participate in the breaking and sharing of the bread from heaven, the body of Jesus Christ. 'Ecce quam bonum et iucundum frates habitare in unum' Behold, how good and delightful it is for brothers to live together'- [Psalm133:1]
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.