1661 Christians Receive Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Patrick, Obollo-Afor

By Alphonsus Ogili.

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah has anointed no fewer than 1,661 Catholic faithful with the chrism oil at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Obollo-Afor in Udenu Local Government Council of Enugu State in May 2018 as they happily converged at the parish to receive the special gift of the Holy Spirit-the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preaching the homily, Bishop Onah began by maintaining that sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace and elaborated the special role of the Holy Spirit whom the candidates received through him at their confirmation. He said that the Holy Spirit whom Catholic faithful receive at Confirmation is a helper, comforter, advocate and counsellor.

The Chief Shepherd urged the catechumens never to be shy to preach the gospel of the Lord, stressing that the entire Catholic diocese of Nsukka needs aggressive re-evangelization. In this regard, he intimated the candidates that the Sacrament they received is the fire of love which will enable them to be strong Soldiers of Christ ready to defend their faith. He admonished the new Soldiers of Christ to live lives worthy of emulation as those who are led by the Spirit, elaborating the differences between those who live and walk in the spirit and those who live according to the flesh.

In his vote of thanks, the Parish Priest who is equally the Dean of Obollo-Afor Deanery, Rev. Fr. Martins Ozioko thanked Bishop Onah and all who contributed to the success of the epoch-making pastoral visit. After the Confirmation mass was a grand reception for the Father Bishop after which the Local Ordinary commended the lay faithful especially those that prepared the candidates for the Confirmation. Meanwhile, the Catholic community were very much overwhelmed that the parish has greatly shared in the blessings of the Lord through the Father Bishop after several years of such visit.


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