Monthly Bulletin /Circular AUGUST, 2022 /037

TO ALL PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL IN THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF IJEBU-ODE.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:

Grace and Peace of Christ be with you.

1. The Month of August: I warmly welcome you to the month of August. This month is characterized by pilgrimages, travels and vacations. As we make out time to relax and refresh, let us remember to commit to the Lord our thoughts, works and plans and be assured that He will grant us success.

The Liturgy of the Church for this month presents us with the opportunity to reflect specially on the lives and virtues of the Blessed Virgin whose Assumption and Queenship we celebrate this month.

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption. It is a Holy Day of obligation. Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on this day. This Solemnity is a celebration of one of the four Marian dogmas, which teaches that the Blessed Mother Mary, having been preserved from the stain of original sin and after completing her earthly life, was by the power of God assumed into heaven, body and soul. This dogma was declared by the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII in the year 1950. Let us, like Mary strive for holiness of life. 

On this day, may I request that Pastors offer special prayers for the world, our country Nigeria and the Diocese, imploring the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

We are invited also to reflect on the beatific vision in the Transfiguration of Jesus (August 6) and on the lives the following Saints whose feasts occur in this month: St. Alphonsus Liguori (1st August), St. John Mary Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests (4th August); St. Dominic (8th August), St. Lawrence (10th August); St. Clare (11th August); St. Maximillian Kolbe (14th August); St. Bernard (20th August); Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (22nd August), St. Bartholomew (24th August); St. Monica (27th August) and St. Augustine (28th August). May the Blessed Virgin Mary intercede for us all. Amen.. 

2. Popes Intention for the month of August: For Small Businesses: Let us pray for small businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, that they may find ways to continue operating and serving their communities. 

3. Bishops Intention for the month of August: For increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life: That we may experience an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life among the youth of the Diocese. We are encouraged to collectively intensify our prayers by saying the Prayer for Vocation printed by the Vocations Department for use in the Diocese. 

4. Monthly Novena Prayer: In this month, we are invited to pray the Novena for the Assumption of Mary in preparation for the celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15), for the intention of our Diocese and for peace in the world. This shall begin on Saturday, 6th to Sunday, 14th, 2022. May I enjoin all Parish Priests, Superiors and Chaplains to kindly ensure that this novena prayer is said in all Parishes, Convents, Schools and Formation Houses across the Diocese. 

5. Bishop’s Canonical Pastoral Visitation: The Bishop continues his Canonical/Pastoral Visitation to Parishes, Convents, Formation Houses and Institutions within the Diocese. He will be visiting Parishes in Iperu Deanery in the months of August and October 2022. The purpose of this visitation is to familiarize himself with the Parishes in the Deanery, to know the Parish boundaries and celebrate the sacraments with the people of God in their Parishes. The following dates have been assigned to the Parishes in Iperu Deanery: 

  1. St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Iperu/St. Francis Catholic Church, Isara, (Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th August, 2022)
  2. Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Ogere (Friday 26th – Saturday 27th August, 2022)
  3. St. Michael Catholic Church, Ilisan (Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th August, 2022)
  4. St. Peter Catholic Church, Ikenne (Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th October, 2022)
  5. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Odogbolu (Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd October, 2022) f
  6. St. Philip Catholic Church, Ckun-Owa (Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October, 2022)
  7. St. Paul’s Chaplaincy, Iperu (Sunday 30th – Monday 31st October, 2022) 

6. Diocesan Prayer Crusade for Priests and Religious: This is a reminder to the appeal made at the beginning of the Year to families within our Diocese to adopt a Priest/Religious for prayer throughout the Year 2022. Families within our Diocese are encouraged to freely choose and adopt a Priest/Religious whom they would be praying for on daily basis throughout this year. Let us all remember to pray for our Priests and 

Religious daily. We continue to implore Parish Priests to be creative in encouraging and implementing this appeal. 

7. Ave Maria Pilgrimage Centre Iwopin: We continue to solicit your generous support towards the renovation of the Ave Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Iwopin. we have begun serious work on the site and we need a lot of money to sustain and complete this project. We sincerely appreciate all those who have contributed generously towards this project as we continue to appeal to individuals, families, societies, parishes and stations who are yet, to support this project of rebuilding a Pilgrimage Centre for the Blessed Virgin Mary in our Diocese with your kind donations. Remember, God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). The account details are as follows: 

Account Name: Ave Maria Pilgrimage Center. Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode

Account Number: 1022812598

Bank: United Bank for Africa (UBA) 

8. Construction of a Diocesan Chancery Building: The building of our Diocesan Chancery is ongoing and we have made great progress. We therefore, humbly appeal to Parishes, Institutions, families and benefactors, within and outside the Diocese, who are yet to make their contributions, to financially support this project. We recognize and acknowledge all the contributions and donations already received. May God continue to reward and replenish all our benefactors abundantly. To support this project of building a befitting Chancery for the Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, kindly make your donation(s) to the following Bank Account:

Account Name: Catholic Diocese of ljebu-Ode

Account Number: 0131027016

Bank: FCMB 

9. ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • Special Collections: Let us remember to collect these special collections for the month of August: 
    1. National Conference of Male and Female Religious (August 7): This collection is a support to the activities of the conference of Male and Female Religious in the Diocese. Let us donate generously to support their ministry in our midst.
    2. Family and Human Life Apostolate (August 14): The Family and Human Life Apostolate in the Diocese helps to supervise and organize activities for families within the Diocese. They also help to provide Marriage syllabus for intending couples. This special collection is meant to support the Apostolate in our Diocese. 
    3. St. Augustine Regional Pastoral Institute (SARPI) (August 21): This collection is our support to this Institute whose mission is to promote the Catholic Faith in the western region.
    4. Holy Land (August 28): This is a Pontifical collection. This is our support for the mission of the custody of the Holy Land. It is used for the pastoral, charitable, educational and social works of the Church for the welfare of local communities. 

NB: Priests should kindly ensure that these collections are well publicized, collected and remitted to the Chancery for proper collation. 

  • Lay Apostolates Department: There shall be a seminar on the “Place and Roles of the Laity in the 21st Century Church,” for all Priests, Parish Council members, all Executives of lay groups in the Diocese. This shall take place on August 6, 2022, at Cathedral Hall, Ijebu-Ode at 11:00a.m
  • Episcopal LEP Meeting: The Bishops of the Lagos Ecclesiastical Province shall be having their meeting on August 9, 2022 at 10:00a.m. Venue: Catholic Bishop’s Court, Ijebu Ode. Let us pray for a successful meeting and deliberation.
  • Monthly Recollection: The monthly recollection for Bishop and Priests for this month shall take place on Tuesday August 9, 2022 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Agbure at 10:00a.m. The theme for this month’s recollection is: “Priestly Fraternity: A recipe for a Healthy Priestly Life.” NB: All Priests engaged in pastoral work in the Diocese are expected to be punctual and prompt. 
  • Holy Childhood Association: HCA Animation Visit to SS Peter and Paul, Imoro comes up on 13th to 14th August, 2022. Let the Animators ensure that the children are coordinated for this visit. 
  • Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria: The Diocesan Parish Youth Week holds on 14th – 20th, August, 2022 on Parish level. 
    • The Diocesan Youth Convention shall take place on August 25-28, 2022, at Christ the King Catholic College, Odolewu, with the theme: Mary arose and went with haste (Luke 1:39). I request that we give the youths our support and encouragement for a successful week celebration and convention respectively. 
  • Family and Human Life Apostolate: National Family Week Celebration comes up on 14th – 21st August, 2022. This shall be celebrated in all parishes in the Diocese. May I enjoin all parishes to make this week memorable and remarkable with beautiful and unique celebrations. 
    • Level 1 Training of Marriage counsellors continues this month. It shall take place on August 20, 2022 at Most Pure Heart Catholic Church, Esure. 
    • Level 2 Training of Marriage Counsellors shall take place on August 20, 2022 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Odo-Aye. 
  • Presbyteral Council Meeting: The Priest Council meeting will take place on Tuesday August 30, 2022 at St. Ann Catholic Church, Imobi at exactly 10am. 
  • 2022 End of Pastoral Work Experience: The 6-weeks Pastoral work experience of our Seminarians ends on August 31, 2022. They shall be meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic College Boys Hostel on the same day for their Pastoral work evaluation. Let us support them with prayers. 
  • Transfers: We warmly welcome the following Religious posted to the Diocese:
    1. Sr. Mary Ann Anaehobi, SSL, posted to Louisville Girls High School, Itele
    2. Sr. Rita Mary Buseni, SSL, posted to Louisville Girls High School, Itele
    3. Sr. Judith Jatau, SSL, posted to Louisville Girls High School, Itele
    4. Sr. Francisca Ewuoso, SSL, posted to ALBRCC, Itele. 

We wish them a happy stay and success in their apostolates

  • Priestly Ordination Anniversary: We congratulate, rejoice and request your prayers for Rev. Frs. John Patrick Ngoyi, CICM (5th August); Peter Puotege, CSSP (9th August); Dominic Okonwa, F.I. (11th August); Patrick Balogun (20th August); Paul Oredipe (22nd August); Stephen Ekerin (24th August); Stephen Osinkoya (24th August); Hector Osifeko (24th August) and David-Mary Odunsi (24th August), whose Priestly Ordination Anniversaries occur this month. May God grant them fulfillment and the grace of final perseverance in their vocations. Amen.

Ad Multos Annos!

Thank you and do have a spirit-filled and fruitful month of June.

Most Rev. Francis Obafemi ADESINA

Bishop of Ijebu-ode Diocese.

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