The elderly are not just a dependent part of the society, they are also very vulnerable since they can barely handle their issues effectively at such an age. This makes it worthwhile that the Little Sisters of the Poor have taken it up as their apostolate to take care and give succour to the aged members of our society. The Religious Congregation was founded by Saint Jeanne Jugan who lived between the years 1792 and 1879. She lived her life in total commitment to the aged in the society. It was this spirituality of their foundress that brought the Religious Sisters to the shores of Nigeria forty (40) years ago. It was an eventful and epoch making event as the Sisters celebrated with the inmates of the Home for the Elderly, numerous friends and well wishers and indeed the entire clergy and Lay Faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu. The celebration was held on Sunday, 16th August, 2015 at the Little Sisters of the Poor- Home for the Elderly. The day started for the members of the religious community as early as 3 am as final preparations were made for the great event later in the day. As early as 7:30 am all the aged residents of the home were dressed in their festive attire. Many of the guests from far and near arrived the venue before the commencement of the Holy Mass at 10 am. The Irish Ambassador, Mr. Sean Hoy was already making a tour of the house by 9:00 am. Gradually the garden, arranged with canopies and seats for at least 600 guests was filled with people. The Holy Mass started at 10:00 am with the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu as the Chief Celebrant assisted by the Emeritus Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony O. Gbuji and a host of priests numbering about 20 as concelebrants. The occasion was also graces by representatives from Owerri and Onitsha Archdioceses. A good number of guests also came from Abuja, Lagos and the host city Enugu. At the introduction of the Holy Mass His Lordship Most Rev CallistusOnagathe Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese expounded on the need to help the elderly poor and the place of the Home for the Elderly in this effort. During the Homily, the bishop spoke particularly about the importance of the Eucharist; body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ which should be the strength and the faith which all Christians should proclaim. The choral rendition by the special choir Diamond Voices made the Liturgy of the Holy Mass very lively.The Block Rosary from Maria Assumpta Parish Idaw-River led the offertory procession with a dance. At the end of the Holy Mass the Ambassador and Mother Philomena Monica gave some closing remarks followed by taking of photographs. The rest of the event was organised by Mr.Mbah as the M.C and with Mr.TochukwuUchendu from Abuja who was the Chairman of the occasion. The rest of the entertainment followed. NB: Little Sisters of the Poor Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home for the Elderly appeal for financial assistance in taking up this onerous apostolate for the elderly. Acc. Name: Little Sisters of the Poor. Acc. No. : 1000804391. Bank: UBA. Or visit us at Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Elderly, 35-37 Ufuma Street, Awkunanaw, Enugu. TEL. 0806 477 1061. Or 0816 096 5321.
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