The Parish Priest of Our Lady of The Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Ogba, Very Rev. Fr. Joachim Ochibili on Monday, April, 5th, hosted members of the Parish Liturgical Functionaries as part of activities marking this year’s Easter celebrations.
The gathering, the first of its kind, was attended by various groups that make up the liturgical functionaries, which include: Churchwardens, Board of Lectors, Altar Servers, Altar Decorators and members of the Church Choir.
According to him, he said the reason for bringing together liturgical functionaries was to appreciate them and make them understand that their works are always appreciated by the parish.
“It is about appreciating the services of our liturgical functionaries; and When we talk about the functionaries, we mean the Lectors, Churchwardens, Altar Servers, The Choir and then, the Security Team. They give their services for free virtually everyday in the church and we don’t find time to appreciate them. We don’t pay them salaries; so it’s a way of the church appreciating them and saying, “Thank You”. That is why we are having this get together and also celebrating this year’s Galilee”
Very. Rev. Fr. Ochibili also said that parishioners should expect similar gathering during the Christmas.
He revealed also that as part of his legacies for the parish, it would be an annual event, however noted that it might not come during the Easter celebrations.
“By the grace of God, it should be happening annually, but It may not be at a time like this”
According to him, the reason of hosting this year’s edition was because of the social distance restriction caused by COVID-19 which made the annual hosting of Galilee to be put on hold.
On the significance of the event, this is what the Parish Priest said: “It is about celebrating the season; the season of Joy, the season of Love; and we are talking about sharing this love and joy. The Love that Jesus died for us and the Joy of his resurrection.”
It will be recalled that Rev. Fr. Joachim Ocibili was posted to the Parish in December, 2020 to replace Rev. Fr. Stephen Akinsowon.