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
MANTLE OF ELIJAH/ELISHA
Elijah tutored and mentored Elisha so well that the latter did not hesitate to display the faithfulness as he struck the sea with Elijah's mantle to perform his first miracle. That significant handing over the mantle was a sign of passing on the prophetic authority and transition of power. We see faith in action as Elisha asked that the loaves of bread given to him be shared among the people who were hungry. The gift was from Baal-shalisha (master of multiplication) and the name of the giver not mentioned. It was about the gift not about the giver. Anonymous donation strongly recommended. This multiplication of loaves prefigures the feeding of thousands by Jesus Christ with a few loaves. It echoes the Eucharistic celebration and importantly the spiritual feeding of our hungry souls. The boy whose loaves and fish were used was not mentioned but depicts who the little and insignificant though innocent can be used by God to do something great. We share the bread at the table of the lord to quench our spiritual thirsty and feed our spiritual famine. It is about prophet continuing in the spirit his predecessor and mentor yet in his own style. It is about the willingness to keep faith and trust that God is with us and can make the impossible possible. Its not about showing off or wanting to be recognized because of what you can bring or give. Its only about the gift and not the giver.
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.