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Catholics mark feast day of Saints Oscar Romero, Patrick

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Rev. Fr. Charles Nweke (left); Rev. Fr. Onyekachi Obi, SDV; Parish Priest, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Alaba and Dean, Satellite Deanery, Very Rev. Fr. Francis Ike; member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Akande; Rev. Fr. Henry Ukaegbu; Rev. Fr. Nathaniel Okonta, CSJ and Chairman, Catholic Men Organisation, St. Patrick’s, Hon. Sunday Agu during celebration of St. Patrick’s Feast Day at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Alaba.<br />PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

The Archbishop of Metropolitan See of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has urged Christians to use the period of Lent to purge themselves of sins and pledge not to return to them.

At the feast day celebration of Patron Saint, St. Oscar Romero held at the Christ the King (CKC) Catholic Church Ilasamaja, Lagos, Martins said Christians should use the pillars of lent — fasting, prayer and alms-giving— to purge themselves of whatever is short of God’s goodness and turn a new leaf.

Speaking on the theme, Catholics in Politics: Panacea for good governance, peace and national development, the cleric called on Christians, especially Catholics, to participate actively in politics for good governance and bring about desired change in the polity.

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Explaining the importance of preparation and good planning to ensure meaningful involvement in politics, the Archbishop said: “The leaders of the laity should educate lay faithful, so that they can begin to make their presence felt right from the grassroots. People don’t just become presidents and governors; they begin from the ward. When people are active at the ward level, gradually they become known and eventually they can begin to participate and seek elective positions.”

Similarly, members of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Alaba, Lagos celebrated St. Patrick’s Feast. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Francis Ike said St. Patrick was one of the missionaries that laboured and concentrated on the great commission of winning souls for God’s Kingdom.

He said: “One of the virtues we learnt from St. Patrick was his missionary zeal. Everywhere he went, he was noted for asking for a parcel of land and permission to preach. These were the days missionaries were sincere.

“Today, preachers set up churches to fill their pockets with money, which is why they always preach prosperity and ignore the preaching of the cross.”


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