TO ALL PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS WORKING IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LAGOS, AND THE LAY FAITHFUL
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
THE MONTH OF AUGUST: You are all welcome to the eight month of the year, the Month of August. Gradually, the year is drawing to a close. We therefore must think about how we have fared with our spiritual lives and how much we have been faithful to the tasks entrusted to us by Our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit enlighten us and imbue us with the grace to persevere in doing good.
In this month of August, the Church has provided the faithful with feasts which assist us to celebrate major events in the life of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and some remarkable saints. Two of these feasts are worthy of particular mention i.e. the feast of the Transfiguration (6th) which gives the faithful a foretaste of the glory of God to be revealed; the second is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15th), which assures us that God fulfils his promises and does not refuse any good to those who walk in his presence without blame.
In the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints we celebrate this month, we find an assurance of heavenly glory for Christians who persevere to the end. Following Mary and the saints whose feasts we commemorate this month: John Mary Vianney, Augustine, Lawrence, Clare, Maximilian Kolbe, Monica etc, let us embrace and practice the virtue of perseverance as we continue our journey in this second half of the year.
INSTALLATION ANNIVERSARY: With a grateful heart, I thank the Almighty God for his love and providence as I mark my third anniversary as the Archbishop of Lagos. I sincerely thank the Archbishop Emeritus, Clergy, Religious and Lay faithful of the Archdiocese for the collaboration and understanding with which we have worked in this past three years. Be assured of my prayers and spiritual solicitude.
I shall on the 4th of August, 2015 celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos by 12 noon. I ask you to kindly join me in thanksgiving and praise, if convenient. May God bless you all and may St. John Vianney whose memorial falls on that day intercede for us all.
PATRONESS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE: This is to bring to the notice of the entire Archdiocese that by a Decree promulgated by my illustrious predecessor, Anthony Cardinal Okogie in 2004, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae) was pronounced as the Patroness of the Archdiocese of Lagos. This means that the Saturday before every Pentecost Sunday, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of the Church, is the feast of the Patroness of the Archdiocese. Below is an extract from the 2004 Decree
That the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae) is solemnly declared the Patroness of the Archdiocese of Lagos. The Saturday before the vigil of Pentecost is to be observed as a solemnity of Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae) in our Archdiocese.
That all those who on the day of this Solemnity visit the monastery, recite the prayer to the Mother of the Church and pray in accordance with the conditions stipulated by the Church (recite once the Creed, the “Our Father”, the “Hail Mary”, the “Glory Be”, the ejaculation “Mary, Most Holy Mother of the Church, save your Children” and making a sacramental confession within one week of the Solemnity) will receive a partial indulgence.
NB: The Patron of the Archdiocese remains The Holy Cross while the Patroness of the Archdiocese is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae).
HARVEST 2015: The harvest season is here again. While we work and pray for a good harvest, we must ensure that provision is made for adequate security of lives and properties in our Churches. We implore all Priests to maintain proper liturgical decorum during the “Harvest Masses” and Bazaar bearing in mind that the house of God is first and foremost the house of prayer. Please note that on no account should the Sanctuary be profaned with Harvest Banner; for the sanctuary is a sacred place of worship. The Blessed Sacrament, our focal point of worship, takes prominence.
Our attention has been drawn also to Parish Priests who invite priests from different places during this season without proper instruction and guidance on Archdiocesan liturgical regulations. Of particular emphasis is the Selling of Apples, Boiled Eggs, FootballClub Jerseys; Sowing of seeds, Handkerchief Sundays, etc. These extraneous and non-Catholic practices must stop.
LEAVE/HOLIDAYS: We are in the period when most priests go on holidays. Please be reminded of the regulations concerning approved leave allowances, purchase of flight tickets or any other form of transportation and the duration of annual leave. Any desired departure from the regulations must be with the approval of the Archbishop.
ST. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (PROJECT TIME) AFFILIATED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN: Admission is in progress for the 2014/2015 Session. With a minimum JAMB Score of 180 and above for Degree programs and 150 and above for NCE programs, St Augustine College is the place for you. Our programs and their Requirements include:
B.Ed. degree (Full-Time and Distance Learning Center) – 5 Credits at one sitting
NCE (Full- Time and Part-Time) – 6 Credits at two sittings.
PDE (PGDE) - First Degree or H.N.D. From any recognized tertiary institution
Catechesis - Practicing and intending Catechist OR O'Level Certificate.
For further enquiries, call – 07051491674; 07051592559; 08034919553.
Quarterly Returns: Please be reminded that the returns for the following Special Collections are to be made in the Second quarter of the year: Youth, Seminary, Social Development, Holy Childhood and Communications. Parish Priests/Priests-in-Charge who are yet to submit their Second Quarterly Returns should do so without further delay.
The Chancery also requires that all statutory levies and special collections be paid with different cheque leaves and at the actual quarter to avoid mix-ups. Also, when making their returns, Parish Priests/Priests-in-Charge, should ensure they attach the Blue Sheets with the front page that has the name of the parish and the appropriate quarter on it.
i. Parish Assets Register: It has come to our notice that many of our parishes do not have a Parish Assets Register for the proper recording of the material goods of the Parish. We therefore call on Parish Priests/Priests-in-Charge to make this available in their parishes as responsible stewards of the Parishes entrusted to them.
ii. Assets Title: It has also come to our notice that some Parish Priests/Priest-in-Charge acquire assets such as household furniture, electrical and electronic equipment, e.t.c. in their personal names. Henceforth, all assets acquired and belonging to the parish should bear the parish name. Parish Priests/Priest-in-Charge should take note of this.
Caritas-Lagos Collection: Parishes yet to forward the proceeds of the special collection for the charity works of the Archdiocese of Lagos under the management of CARITAS-LAGOS should do so as soon as possible. This is to enable CARITAS-LAGOS respond to pending appeals with minimum delay. Cheques should be addressed to CatholicArchdiocese of Lagos – Caritas and “Caritas-Lagos” should be written behind. Parish Priests and Priests-in-Charge should kindly take note of this and act accordingly.
Unveiling Of Catholic Agora (A Social Media): As a way of keeping up to date with information, technological advancement as well as the fast pace of social interactions via the internet, the Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has initiated a private social media “Catholic Agora”. This project “Catholic Agora” will be formally unveiled on the 4th of August, 2015 at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos. Incidentally, that day also marks the 3rd enthronement Anniversary of our beloved shepherd, Most Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins.
The ceremonies are as follows:
Thanksgiving Mass by 12 noon
ii. Unveiling of “Catholic Agora” by 1pm
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Sisters: The Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus invites the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful to the Final Religious Profession, Silver Jubilee Anniversary of Religious Profession and Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Religious Profession of their Conferees scheduled as follows:
St Monica’s Orphanage Home, Iju: St. Monica Orphanage will be 10 years old in August 2015. There will be a thanksgiving Mass and N 100 Million Fund Raising event to build a new Ultra Modern Home for our children.
Chief Celebrant: Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins
Date: Saturday, 1st August, 2015
Venue: Eucharistic Heart of Jesus (E.H.J) Generalate Ikeja (adjacent St Leo’s Catholic Church)
Time: 10:00 AM.
A grand reception and launching of the new building comes up immediately after the Mass. Donations can be made directly through this account:
Account Name: St Monica’s Fund Raising Project. Account No: 6060139370, Fidelity Bank.
Singles Day with the Archbishop: This year’s Singles Day with the Archbishop is scheduled to hold as follows:
Theme: Choosing Your Soul Mate Without Losing Your Soul
Date: Saturday, 22nd August, 2015
Venue: St. Gregory’s College, Ikoyi SW
Time: 10:00 A.M
Archbishop's Robo Call: The inaugural broadcast of Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins’ monthly prayer to mobile networks of Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese was launched in June this year. This medium of communication has been adopted by the Chancery through the E-Parish Portal project to contribute to the growing spiritual needs of the faithful in their respective parishes and also to sustain the evangelization efforts in the Archdiocese. For more details, please contact Nkem on 08060105232 or 08095294659.
CYON Activities: The Archdiocesan CYON will be engaged in the following activities in the course of the year:
National Youth Day to be hosted by Benin Archdiocese from 4th – 8th August 2015
Biennial Youth Camp from 27th – 31st August at St. Finbar’s College, Akoka
International Youth Exchange to Three Dioceses in Cameroon from 19th – 29th October
Archdiocesan Youth Award (AYA) and Beauty Pageant on 12th December, 2015.
For further information, please contact the Archdiocesan CYON Chaplain on 08025693293 or the President on 08062920945
Cecilian Academy of Sacred Music:This is to inform the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of our Archdiocese that admission is on for the 2015/2016 Academic Session into the Archdiocesan Music School. Courses available includes:
Foundation in Sacred Music
ii. Certificate in Sacred Music
iii. Diploma in Sacred Music
Admission is open to everyone, irrespective of age or gender. Visit your parish office to pick up registration form for free or download it from the website www.cecilianacademy.com. For further information contact the school on 08094982511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria: This is to inform all Catholic Nurses in Lagos Archdiocese that the 27th Annual National Conference comes up at Bishop Obot’s Memorial Hall, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State with the theme “Enhancing Productivity in the Nigerian Health Care System from 2nd – 6th September, 2015.
ii. Non-Members 10,000.00
iii. Student Nurses 2,000.00
For registration, accommodation and other enquiries contact the ADC President on 08029241274, 08037862289 or the Provincial Representative on 08033063322 on or before 15th August, 2015 since payment will be done online.
Small Christian Communities’ Leadership Workshop: There will be a Leadership Workshop for leaders and facilitators of Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Lagos scheduled to hold as follows:
Date: 5th September, 2015
Venue: St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos
Time: 10:00 A.M
2015 New Legal Year Mass: The National Association of Catholic Lawyers, Lagos Archdiocese invites all Catholic Lawyers to the 2015 New Legal Year Mass and Annual General Meeting scheduled to hold as follows:
Chief Celebrant: His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie
Kindly note that the Annual General Meeting begins immediately after the Mass. For more information, contact Tonia Okigbo on 08058351086; email@example.com
Family and Human Life Unit (FHLU): This is to inform individuals who wish to be trained to work in the area of Marriage, Family and Human Life, Counselling or Social Work that training is scheduled to hold as follows:
Marriage Theology and Lived Experience: Full time course running for 10 weeks on everyTuesday , from 15th September – 17th November, 2015
Human Psychology and Christian Counselling Course Part 2: (For Participants who have attended the Basic Christian Counselling Course Part 1) will hold on one Friday a month, beginning from 23rd October, 2015 for ten months.
Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning: One Saturday a month for 7 months, beginning from 3rd October, 2015.
Basic Christian Counselling Course Part 1: One Friday a Month for 3 months, beginning from 13th November, 2015.
Venue: Church & Society Building, 19, Maye Street, off Commercial Avenue, Sabo, Yaba
Cost: 3,500.00 per month (includes Tea Break & Lunch)
Human Psychology and Christian Counselling Course Part 2 N5,000.00
Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning N 2,500.00
Basic Christian Counselling Course Part 1 N 1,500.00
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
For more information/enquiries, please call 08033804494, 08028489999
Family Week 2015: This years’ celebration will begin with Conferences on Saturday, 1st August and 8th August 2015 at 19, Maye Street, Off Commercial Avenue, Sabo, Yaba from 9:00 AM. The Family Week Celebration in all Parishes with the theme “Mission to Love – The Family Fully Alive” begins on the 9th August and ends on 15th August.
Lagos Archdiocesan Website and Twitter: For information and update on events in the Archdiocese, kindly visit the Archdiocesan Website at www.lagosarchdiocese.org Also, follow us via our twitter handle: @lag_archdiocese
Website for Vocations Directorate: This is to bring to your notice that the Vocations Directorate of our Archdiocese now has a functional website. The address is www.arclagvocations.org
Admission Requirements to Major Seminary for Lagos Archdiocese: We implore Parish Priests to inform aspirants from their Parishes that requirements for admission into the Major Seminary through the Archdiocese of Lagos include the following:
Must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Credit pass in Six (6) Subjects, which must include C.R.K., English and Mathematics in not more than two sittings.
Aspirants should be between 18 and 25 years old. Graduates may be older.
For more information, please visit the Vocations Directorate Website at www.arclagvocations.org PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY: We congratulate, rejoice and request your prayers for Reverend Monsignori John Aniagwu, Paschal Nwaezeapu, Ignatius Sotos; Frs. Christopher Arabi, Stephen Enearu, Julius Olaitan, Pius Omofuma, Innocent Opogah, Ikenna Ikechi, Cletus Anyanwu, Christian Echewodo, Emmanuel Ekeri, Sebastian Ngene, Augustine Nnaemeka, Gregory Anosike, Patrick Osuntoyinbo, Gabriel Agule, Martins Uwakwe, Thaddeus Okafor, Andrew Ukonu, Kelvin Okuma, Samuel Agu. Others are: Frs. Kingsley Njoku, Francis Ealefor, Andrew Abhulime, Theodore Akaenyi, Debres Trinkson, Sixtus Uwague, Jude-Mary Njoku, Dominic Okure, Chidube M. V. Ubili, Stephen Owusu-Achaw, Alphonsus Ozoemena, Anumba Peter, Christopher Amojo, Jonathan Eburuche, Vincent Odoemenam, and James Chiemenem. Their sacerdotal ordination anniversaries occur this month. May God grant them lasting joy and the grace of final perseverance. Ad Multos Annos.
BEREAVEMENT: We announce with a heavy heart the demise of Pa. Nicholas Ike the father of Rev. Fr. Francis Ike, who died in the month of July, 2015. Kindly celebrate Mass for the repose of his soul and consolation to the family. May God grant him eternal rest. Amen.