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
21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME REFLECTION
Joshua as the successor of Moses could not bear anymore the infidelity and religious harlotry of the people of Israel that he had to do something dramatic and decisive. Everybody has got to make a CHOICE of the god he wants to serve. It’s no more time for hypocritical and double standard of living. He took the first and bold step to declare where he and his family stand. Standing for and with the true God. "Though all the people walk each in the name of his god, as for us, we will walk in the name of the Lord and our God forever and ever" (Micah4:5). This is the type of confession and commitment expected of every Christian family. "Only fear the lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great things He has done for you." (1Sam12:24) Many of us have repeatedly fallen back to the gods of our neighbors and the gods we served in the past. It’s a sign of lack of faith in God and trust that He can do all things for us. "You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you that you may live and that it may be well with you and you may live long in the land which you will possess." (Deut5:33). The challenge of decision is thrown to us today in the world of many erroneous teachings, cult worships, persecutions, trials and hardship. It calls for commitment and dedication to serve the true and only God. Now is not the time for gospel of compromise, not the time for religious syncretism and apostasy. The choice is yours and should be made individually and be lived out.
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.