…Harps on Efficacy of Prayers
By Abuchi Onwumelu
Following the sit-at-home order by the Anambra State government aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has directed all parishes within his domain to provide for their poor parishioners as well as other indigent people around them, saying that it was about time the Church initiated measures that would ameliorate the plights of their struggling parishioners.
Bishop Ezeokafor who gave the directive while delivering a homily to mark this year’s Palm Sunday Mass held at Holy Family Spiritual Year, Okpuno in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, said that the Mother Church would continue to lead from the front and would not allow people’s faith in God to wane because of Coronavirus.
The Mass which was stream live on Facebook and other online channels had few individuals in attendance.
The Catholic prelate announced that the Diocese would soon unveil its stimulus packages for the poor in society, noting that all charity organs of the Church would be handy at this material time, especially Awka Diocesan Justice Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC).
The outspoken bishop stated that COVID-19 had humbled everyone and also shown that God remained the beginning and the end, enjoining all to pray ceaselessly at this trying time, adding that they would triumph at the end.
‘Corona virus has proved that we are mere mortals and that there is nothing extraodinary about humans. COVID-19 has humbled everyone including those who hitherto who see no need to beckon on God for solution and help. What I take away from what is happening now is that God is still God and He is up there on His throne.
‘I urge you all to give to those in need. We should learn to give at all times. A lot of people are living from hand to mouth. Many cannot feed very well let alone now that they are asked to sit-at-home. I feel for those people. We must find to a way to assist them,’ Bishop Ezeokafor pleaded.
Bishop Ezeokafor announced that there would be Live Facebook and Radio Broadcast of Masses with effect from today, Palm Sunday, 5th April 2020. The dates he gave dates for Masses are follows: Maundy Thursday, 9th April 2020 – 10am – 11am
Easter Vigil Saturday, 11th April 2020 – 8pm-9pm.
Bishop Ezeokafor took his time to commend the Government of Anambra state led by Chief Willie Obiano for being proactive and also for the stimulus packages mapped for the elderly and others.