New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
PENTECOST SUNDAY 2015
This is one of the great feasts that we share with the Jewish Religion in a different context though. Pentecost, a Greek word meaning 'Fiftieth' which marks the fiftieth day after Passover. For the Jews, it is the Shavout which is the spring harvest festival following the passover feast. For us Christians, it is the 'birthday' of the Church, the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles. It is the day that the Word of God was publicly proclaimed to people of all nations, tribes and tongues and a great harvest of faith was done. As promised, "but the Helper, te Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will lead you to all the truth." (Jn14:26) There was a great spiritual fire ignited in the apostles and it was burning in their hearts as the proclaim the WORD. All fear is gone and empowerment and transformation set in. 'What you have received is not the spirit of fear and timidity, but the spirit that makes you sons of God that makes you to cry out: 'Abba Father" (Rom 8:15) Every Pentecost should be an opportunity for the proclamation of the Word and a harvest of souls. Renewal of the spirit is expected. Revival is encouraged. We need a new Pentecost everyday to renew our commitment and refresh our spirit. 'Pentecost is the moment when a heart of stone is shattered and a heart of flesh takes its place." Father Cantulamessa. Pray that you witness the Holy Spirit and your life will never be the same. Pray that the Spirit of God be aflamed and burning like wild fire in your heart. Let the power of the Holy Spirit break out tied tongues and empower us to witness to the gospel TRUTH.
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.