The Bishop of Arua Diocese, Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki made a passionate appeal to the local government leaders to support the new youth learning centre that has been established at St. Martha Katrini Sub-Parish, in Terego District. “In the Catholic Church our services are for all. Let us work together with the church and government for the good of our people.” This was during a Confirmation celebration at the Sub-Parish Centre. About 100 youth received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Bishop also congratulated the Parish Priest, Fr.Tonino Pasolini for the special pastoral care that he is offering in the Parish amidst his many other responsibilities.
In the Homily, Bishop Sabino called upon the candidates for confirmation to actively participate in all aspects of Christ that shall promote peace, love and unity among fellow Christians. "Today after receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, you will become fully initiated in the Christian life. You will become messengers of Christ Jesus. You will be anointed, that means you will take on the character of Christ. You will share in his prophetic work, you will share in his priestly role, it will mean that where there is need for one to read the word of God . You can do it. where there is need for a prayer leader, lead the prayer for people, share in the prophetic work for Christ, participate in all aspects of Christ, in promoting love and unity, try to have a bible so that the word of God can guide your life. So you share in the kingship of Christ. " Bishop Sabino said to the candidates of Confirmation.
The Bishop emphasized on the need for the young Christians to continue with school and urged their parents to be a guide to them as they enter into their adult life. "Those in school shouldn't give up school. I was in Yumbe lately I was told that for the two years of Covid-19 about 15000 young girls got pregnant, try to keep away from these dangerous engagement and keep more focus in preparing yourself for the responsibility that lies ahead of you "I appealed to the parents not to leave the children without guidance, and the candidates of confirmation, I advise you to pray for vocation of a vocation today that you have become a mature Christian. Parents, help your children in choosing their vocation and not force them into a vocation that is not for them"
"The Gospel according to Luke,Jesus speaks of the many signs that will be seen, that in the final days there will be many signs. And we shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds, when that happens shall we be ready to receive the Lord . Brothers and sisters let us encourage one another as we prepare to receive the Lord Jesus Christ together as our synod on synodality is telling us. The Holy Father is inviting us to move together, Am sure Synod has been launched here and at least you have been told about it. Let us encourage one another, let us be good to one another, I know the temptation of speaking negatively of one another is very high. For us Christians the Lord is calling us to appreciate one another. And be good to one another." continued the Bishop.