Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. I hope you are all surviving. With the frequent lockdown caused by the spread of Covid 19, some people may become despondent. I write to bring a message of hope to you, that you are not alone in your isolation. Fr Jude and I remember you daily in our prayers. As more people receive the vaccine, eventually lockdown may become rare as the virus would be kept in check.
As both the number of regular worshippers and active clergy dwindle, our Archbishop Peter Commensoli is looking for ways to bring back effervescence to the local church communities within the current circumstances. He is introducing a process he refers to as Missions. Three or four parishes in an area may form a Mission. They will be able to share resources for the growth of the faith. This Mission areas would be driven by evangelisation and how best to manage the human and material resources. A priest conference and a parish leaders’ conference have been held in May this year to articulate this new Archdiocesan project. Further consultation on the Mission areas will be held in our Zone on the 7th of September via zoom.
Please, let us keep on praying and not lose heart. These days when you listen to global news, you hear about natural or human disasters – bush fires or flooding or massive evacuation of refugees from Afghanistan. Our God is a faithful God, He will never desert His people. Let us also be mindful of the ways we are contributing in little or big ways to climate change and let us open our hearts and wallets to give succour to the refugees from Afghanistan.
Fr Jude and I extend our thanks to all of you for your continued financial support to our parishes during the pandemic.
We have you in our hearts.
I remain yours in Christ,
Fr Chinua Okeke CSSp