Archbishop\’s Desk – 22nd May, 2022

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord:


1. SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD: This comes up on Thursday 26th of May 2022. The solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord marks the day when we Christians commemorate Our Lord’s glorious entry into heaven, body and soul. It is officially celebrated on the 40th day of Easter. Forty Days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The origin of the feast of Ascension dates back to 4th century AD. In some parts of the world, the celebration of the feast is transferred to the Sunday after the traditional day. The Ascension feast attests to the reality of the person of Jesus; true God and true man, returning to the Father in order to come again at the Second Coming. Our faith teaches us that meanwhile, He sits at the right hand of God the Father until He comes to judge the living and the dead. By the feast of the Ascension, may our eyes be turned towards heaven where our true treasure lies.

2. ON THE NEED FOR MORE ATTENTIVE PARENTING: Sometime in April this year, some children of a school in Lagos were involved in an indecent sexual activity during the course of their trip overseas at which they represented their school at an international event in Dubai. They filmed the act and uploaded it on the social network. The matter has generated social media outrage and sparked conversations around parenting. We wish to use this medium to encourage parents to pay more special attention to the emotional needs of their children given the general atmosphere of moral laxity that we are experiencing in our country as in other parts of the world. Parents must give more quality time to listen to their children, gain their confidence and pay attention to the influences that they are being exposed to. We are in an era in which the use of devices such as smart phones, television sets, sophisticated computers and tablets have become an imperative for education and entertainment. Parents must therefore ensure that they devise means of monitoring what the materials their children are exposed to and restrict them from access to inappropriate and immoral sites. The technological devices of our children should be restricted to educational sites only. Indeed, we advise parents not to purchase devices that are way beyond the minimum their children require for educational purposes.  We know that parenting is not an easy task, it has never been but we must make more efforts. May God continue to bless our efforts as parents and guide our children to growth in moral values and holiness of life. Amen.

3. ALTAR WINE: Due to the rise in the cost of importation, consequent on the value of the Naira, the new batch of Altar wine that we have now will cost N35,000.00 per carton effective from 1st May, 2022. Parish priests and Priests-in-charge should please take note.

4. MCA CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATION: The Missionary Childhood Association will be having her Children’s Day Celebration on Sunday 29th of May, 2022 in all parishes in the Archdiocese.

5. WORLD COMMUNICATIONS WEEK, 2022: This year’s celebration will begin on Sunday May 22nd, 2022 and end on Sunday May 28th, 2022. All Parishes are expected to key into this week-long event by organizing seminars bothering on the following sub-themes:

Day 1- Listening together for Spirit-Guided Decisions

Day 2- Building Faith through Listening

Day 3- Listening to God in times of Suffering and Sorrow

Day 4- Listening in unwelcoming cultures

Day 5- Patient Listening and Witnessing 

Day 6- Listening brings Confidence

Day 7- Listening for Encouragement (Insightful listening) Special Media Programme for Youths on the topic: Effects of Social Media on Youths in Nigeria

Day 8- Listening brings Unity (Communications collection at al Masses).

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