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ST JOSEPH’S OKE ADO REACHES OUT TO NON-CATHOLICS

ST JOSEPH’S, Oke-Ado, Ibadan has had a three-day outreach.

 The programme, which was attended by Catholics and non-Catholics alike from across the country, took place in the premises of the parish, featuring daily Masses, rosary recitation, talks, praise and worship and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Declaring the spiritual exercise opened, Rev. Fr Joseph Akinbinu, parish priest, said the gathering was to return praises to God for his grace and mercy since last year.

On the first day, Rev. Fr Sylvester Odugbemi of Our Lady Fatima, Eleta, Ibadan, who spoke on the theme of the outreach, “Behold I am coming soon” (Rev. 22: 12), said since nobody knows when the second coming of  Christ would be, there is need for ongoing preparation in order not to be caught unawares. He encouraged those present to uphold their faith rather than look for miracles around.

Rev. Fr Michael Akinsode from the neighboring Osogbo diocese, who handled the remaining days, told the participants not be afraid of the end-time because “with the baptism we received we have been saved.”

Salvation is a gift of God, Fr Akinsode said, and the mission of the Catholic Church is to win salvation of souls.

As part of preparation for the coming of Jesus, he advised Catholics to go for confession. “Do not be bothered about the exact time Christ is coming for nobody knows but be prepared, watchful, vigilant, and be at alert to receive him anytime he comes,” the priest said.   

-JACINTA OLUSOMOKA

 


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