New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (MISSION IN LIFE)
The prophetic message of Isaiah clearly defined his mission in life as ordained by the Sovereign Lord: "to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to announce release to captives and freedom to those in prison." This same mission defined Christ's ministry as replicated in gospel of St. Luke (4:18-19) With such definition of mission, comes a sense of purpose and determination to fulfill the mandate. Going outside the mission mandate is running off the track and it leads to failure. John the Baptist was straight forward in defining himself and his exclusive mission. He knew his responsibilities and limitation and avoided the risk of being an impostor. He was speaking for the Light and the Truth. He was like a sign post that leads to the Light. John Keith Falconer said: "I have but one candle of life to burn and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light" We all have our various God assigned missions in life, discover what yours is and pursue with all vigor and strength and try not go for someone's mission. “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life, everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein, he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated." Viktor Frankl. Our individual missions will collectively bring a better society and fulfilled world. “A small body of determined spirits fired up by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history" Mahatma Gandhi. Finally, we ponder on the words of Zig Ziglar : " Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission."
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.