New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
DEATH Vs LIFE
Don't tell that death is not real not after all these incessant deaths we see and hear about on daily basis. It is depressing to see deaths of our dear ones by accidents, natural disasters, insane shooting, natural ones, deaths by hate crimes and terrorist attacks. So when we hear that the devil through envy brought death, it reminds us of the biblical foundations of the cause of death:"but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for when you eat from it you will certainly die." Gen.2 :17 . It is basically the death of our souls that is being talked about here. The Psalmist states that "Precious in the eyes of the lord is the death of his saints." Ps. 116:15 and we are strengthened by the fact that "even though I walk in the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." Ps.23:4 To prove a point, Jesus Christ told the little girl to rise up from the sleep of death "Talitha kum" as a pointer to the life of the resurrection of the death not that one will never experience the physical death. We die spiritually when we embrace sin and wallow in darkness. "If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my White brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more more redemptive."- Martin Luther King, Jr. The truth is that physical death is a necessary end, "Pale death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings." -Horace. Christ summarily reassures that "whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die." Jn 11:25-26
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.