Kaigama Commissions Projects at St. Jarlath, Bukuru
Despite the heavy down pour, the Parish Priest of St. Jarlath’s Catholic Church, Bukuru, Very Rev. Fr. Augustine Ndu, with his assistant and their parishioners rolled out their drums for the Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama who was at the Parish on Sunday June 25, 2017 for a one-day Pastoral Visit during which he administered the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Matrimony on some parishioners and also blessed the new sacristy, among other activities.
In his homily, Archbishop Kaigama admonished Christians to be truthful in all they do, saying they must remain true agents of change in the society where hatred for one another had taken over, stressing further that as Christians, all have the vocation to be the light of the world and that the light should be seen in their daily activities. He called on Christians to be convinced about what they read and hear about Christ and be true witnesses.
He said it is unfortunate today the faith of a Christian and Muslim in Nigeria is not about transformation, conversion, purity of heart or holiness or about embracing everyone as brother and sister but a competition where all struggle to out-number the other, saying the faith is now based on statistic where all struggle to have either more places of worship than the other or more people in government than the other.
He lamented that people now use religion for selfish ambitions and advantages to the detriment of the people who are hungry for the message of salvation.
He called on Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion or ethnicity to remain committed to God and strive to live in peace with one another for the good of all, saying peaceful co-existence remains the key to the success of any nation.
He enjoined all to have faith in God and to be optimistic that the nation would be great and that all must always ask for what is good and be positive about the things of God, stressing that if they need transformation and a change of heart, they must remain committed to the things of God and avoid activities that would affect their relationship with God.
The Prelate used the medium to call on Christians to be Christ-like, noting that it was not enough to have a Christian name but that it must reflect in their daily activities. He said the light of Christ must be seen in any Christian who professes that He is Lord, adding that Christ must remain with and in them always.
Earlier in his welcoming address, the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Augustine Ndu presented the score card of the parish to the Archbishop. He intimated him on some of the activities and projects the parish had embarked upon since he took over as the Parish Priest.
He described the parishioners as wonderful, vibrant and committed Catholics willing to donate for the growth of the Church without counting the cost.
He said despite the economic challenges the nation is faced with, their contribution was exceptional, saying giving the importance of the Holy Mass, the parishioners mobilized themselves and made generous contribution for the building of a new and befitting sacristy.