Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lent: Church canvasses aid for the needy

Kaduna - The Catholic Diocese of Kaduna Province on Sunday called on the faithful to contribute toward improving the lives of the less privileged in the society.

Rev. Fr. Michael Gadache, the Provincial Organising Committee Chairman, made the appeal in an interview in Kaduna at the launch of Lenten Campaign for the diocese.

Gadache said that arrangements for the event had reached their zenith as the faithful and other dignitaries were being sensitised to brace up for the success of the programme.

Meanwhile, Mr John Bagu, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee,said that Rev Fr. Peter Babangida would preside over the event at the St. Pius X Catholic Church, Unguwar Romi, Kaduna South Local Government Area.

Bagu said the priest would deliver the day’s sermon on “No handy cause is unjust’’.

The chairman urged the faithful to donate for the sake of the needy and the provision of social amenities for other members of the society by the church.

He reminded the faithful that no good deed for human beings would go unrewarded by God as “the hands that give shall receive in multitudes.’’

Bagu said a book presentation, unveiling of banner and a fund raiser would feature on the occasion.

On his part, Archbishop Matthew Ndagoso of Kaduna Diocese urged the faithful to make generous donations and contributions to the needy and the church to enable them to be self- reliant.

He recalled that N12 million was realised during the 40-day fast last year and the proceeds used to provide social amenities for the church and the underprivileged.

Ndagoso said that the event would be held simultaneously in the 52 Catholic dioceses and vicariates of the church across the country on Feb. 26, with St. Pius X Catholic Church hosting the Kaduna activity at 10a.m.

The archbishop urged the faithful to honour the event being organised by Justice, Development and Peace/Caritas of the church.

He said lent was a period for sober reflection and renewal of faith and trust in God.

The archbishop renewed his call for the return of mission schools to their original owners as part of strategies to revive the country’s falling standard of education and morality.

Ndagoso said only the provision of “quality education’’ would solve the country’s socio-economic and political problems.

He said the provision of quality education would produce responsible, self-reliant, committed and patriotic citizens.

“It is an accepted norm all over the world that education is the bedrock of political, social, economic and even religious growth of any nation.

“It is in fact the key to the integral development of the human person,” he said.

According to him, the current national challenges of insecurity, youth restiveness and corruption can be overcome with sound education.

“I once again use this period of reflection to call on governments, especially at the state levels to hasten the process of returning schools to their owners in states where the process has begun and to encourage those states, especially in the northern part of the country to borrow a leaf from their southern counterparts.

“This is not a matter where sentiments of any sort should be allowed to rule. It is the future and the common good of our dear country that is at stake. Sound reasoning should and must be allowed to prevail,” Ndagoso said. (NAN)

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