IT was a day of joy as St Jude’s Society Awka Deanery 1 celebrated her Patron Saint’s feastday. The event held at St Thomas Aquinas Parish, G.R.A, Awka, on Sunday. The Feast of All Saints started with a holy mass and was well attended by members of St Jude’s society.
In his homily, Rev Fr Blaise Ejike called on Christians to live a holy life to gain everlasting life. According to him, “All of us are called to holiness. Sainthood begins while we are still living. By baptism, we have been called to sainthood, so we must put in our effort, through the grace of God to make heaven. We must stand firm in it and ask God to help us so that at last we will join the saints in the company of Angels worshiping God in heaven.”
The managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), Chuka Nnabuife, who is a member of St Jude Society, while encouraging the members, gave a life history of St Jude Thaddeus, their great patron and congratulated members and as well called on the Catholic faithful to join the society.
Sir Nnabuife narrated a series of miracles associated with St Jude worldwide, as well as his own personal experiences. However, he revealed that those that invoke the intercession of St Jude, the help of the helpless excels in life and beckoned on everybody, including children to join the society, even as he promised to sponsor their uniforms.
On his part, the president of St Jude Society, St Thomas Aquinas Parish, Awka, Mike Ogbozor, expressed his happiness on the increase in number of their members. “We pray to grow more. Before long, we will be having two groups, evening and morning sections. Thank God for everything”; he said.
The Deanery President of the society, Comrade Pius Onuorah (JP) stated that, “St Jude is a saint for the helpless. Today I am happy for the feast, to let people know about our patron saint, Jude. We are happy the church allowed us to celebrate St Jude.”
Chairman, Planning Committee, Prof. Ify Emejulu, explained that ‘St Jude is known by Catholics, he is the saint in helpless conditions. I am a living testimony; through his intercession, I received fruit of the womb. This year during COVID-19, I secured employment for three people even one who graduated in 2002 within two months. I encourage people to join St Jude Society. He is very humble, he wishes that people will get salvation.”
The diocesan President, Bro Njoku Chijioke Christopher reported that there are many gains in going to church and narrated how St Jude appeared to a driver who used to convey people to church on his sick bed and he got healed.
In his vote of thanks, Chairman of the occasion, Chike Jude Anyanwu, thanked God for the successful event even as he thanked everybody that participated in one way or the order and prayed for God’s grace on them.
Highlights of the event were renewal of vows, burning of petitions, testimonies amongst others.