New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
1ST SUNDAY OF LENT (B)
Someone said to me a day before Ash Wednesday. :"Ash Wednesday came so fast. I am gonna need ashes given to me and really really need prayers to help me this year during lent" Sure she was right, we all need prayers to do better Lenten fast. We can establish a new covenant with God as did Noah and his sons after the great flood subsided. The background story was that people were living terrible, horrible and sinful lives except the family of Noah and God decided to destroy that old world for a new world to come through, put away old life and embrace a new life in Jesus. God has made His own promise never again will He destroy the World with flood. Can we as well make our promises to Him, never again will we be mean, horrible, wicked, bad, etc to others. Peter informs us that Christ died and went to the dead and preached to souls in prison there, He died that we might have life and have it in abundance but He cannot save you with you. In this spiritual desert journey of prayer, mortification and penance, we need the grace of God to avoid temptations that must surely come our way. The bell tolls and invites us to repentance and to believe the gospel. 'Of all acts of men, repentance is the most divine" Thomas Carlyle. We are yet presented with another opportunity to be closer to God in truth and spirit and make sincere contrition and perfect amendment. Make this lent a special and grace-filled one. "Strive to attain to the greater virtues, but do not neglect the lesser ones. Do not make light of a fall even if it be the most venial of faults, rather, be quick to repair it by repentance, although many others may commit a larger number of faults, slight and grievous and remain unrepentant'. St. Basil. Happy and Fruitful Lenten observance.
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.