Wednesday 22, February 2017
Sin is attractive, alluring and delightful but the holiness of God heals
Genesis 3: 1-8, Ps. 32: 1-2.5-7, Mark 7:31-37
By Fr Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
The Church celebrates the memorial of St Scholastica who was a virgin. She consecrated herself to the life of virginity and followed the holy life of St Benedict the brother and died at Mount Cassino.
List of those admitted for the 2016/2017 Aspirancy Year
Agha Haribet
Longman Micheal Wisdom
Anteyi Peter
Mbachu Hilary Ugochuchwu
Anukam Isaac Ugochukwu
Obasi Collins Chibuike
Anyanwu Benedict Ibuchi
Obasi Joshua Onyekachi
Anyaoha Hyginus Chibuike
Oguda John
Edeh Joseph
Orhembega Francis Aondotese
Ibon Kenneth Oyama
Stephen Sheplong Shepna'an
Lawrence Sylvester Bakut
Tsaor Gabriel Tyolumum William
Feast of our father founder

The annual celebration of the Founder's feast took a different turn this year as it was not only merged with the Family Day celebration (as usual) but also Silver Jubilee celebration of the 1990 set and the parish feast day of the St Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Parish New Owerri.

It was an event that brought together scores of Claretian Missionaries who converged at the St Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Parish
for the annual family celebration. Among those who graced the occasion were also the lay Claretians of the different regions. Worthy of
mention are the students from all our schools (nursery, primary and secondary) who stormed the arena in their numbers.
While introducing the Mass the Provincial Superior described the tripartite event as an occasion of thanksgiving to God and reunion
as a family in the Church. He therefore called on all present to joyfully participate in the Mass. In his homily, VRF Emmanuel Edeh,
CMF drew inspiration from the readings.

He described the joy that was announced in the first reading as not only proper for the day's celebration but ought to characterize the life of the Christian. He said Jesus brought joy into the life of the blind Bartimaeus in the gospel and so urges us to do the same. Meanwhile he called for introspection as to discover where each one is blind and needs urgent attention from Jesus.
Finally, the second reading drawn from Heb 5:1-6 provided the platform for his in-depth reflection on the theology of the priesthood as
he thanked God for their twenty five years of active service in the Lord's vineyard. Presenting the plaque of apostolic blessing to each of the celebrants, VRF Wence Madu, CMF extolled their virtues and encouraged them to keep serving God and His people faithfully.
At the end of the Holy Mass, the second phase of the celebration commenced with the opening prayer led by Fr Anselm Amandikwa, CMF ( Superior of Provincialate Community). In his word of welcome, the Provincial Superior urged all the members of the Claretian family to be agents of evangelization and to radiate the joy of the gospel. The celebration featured dances, calisthenics, drama, cultural dance and other presentations by different groups. It was indeed a memorable one.

Claret Youth Encounter

The Claretian Youth Representatives (from our mission posts) and Tthe Youth Chaplains of our Province had an encounter at St Peter's Catholic Parish Garriki, Enugu from 5th through 6th February 2016. Moderated by the Provincial Youth Director Fr. Eugene Umeyor, the meeting commenced with an opening prayer followed by lectio divina centered on John 15:1-5.

The meeting featured a recap of the events of last year and an appraisal of the maiden Claretian Youth Convention held in 2014 in view of organizing another edition of the same in 2016. The election of a new executive committee that will work closely with the Director was among the highpoints of the gathering.
Among the key issues discussed was the proposal to establish a Claretian Youth Center for Youth Activities and Skill Acquisition.
We sincerely thank the Pastoral team and parishioners of St. Peter's Garriki , for the Claretian Youth Ministry Encounter hospitality. As we thank the immediate past Executive Committee for their contributions to the group we pray God to bless the efforts of the new team geared towards taking the group to the next level.

.Wednesday 22, February 2017