Mother Mary Of All Graces Ombokolo Zone Center Ombokolo Village, in Ombokolo Parish, Ajia Subcounty, Arua is elevated to Eucharistic Center, 29 May 2022.
Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki who was the main celebrant congratulated the Christians for attaining the new status, from a Zone Center to a Eucharistic Center. "This is a special gift God is giving you on this Sunday of the Solemnity the Ascension , The Lord Jesus is remaining here forever to bless you , to encourage you and to guide you. Always remember that this is the day the Lord gave you a Eucharistic Center ."
The Bishop thanked the Parish Priest of Ludonga Minor Basilica Rev.Fr.Constantine Avaga for inviting him to pray with the Christians saying that it is his joy to pray with the Christinas in very hard to reach regions of the Diocese.
He stressed the need for the faithful to seek the Holy Spirit in their Christian Life. "Jesus before going back to heaven instructed the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Spirit and that the spirit empowered them to do great things"
"The resurrection is a big sign of hope to us the Christians, The acts of the apostles is a reminder for the promise that Jesus made to us Christians, that he will send us the holy spirit and that Holy spirit will be a new baptism to us , that holy spirit will bring us the gift of God that will help us go through our Christian life. The acts of the apostle help us to understand the difference between the baptism of John with water, and that of Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit." Continued the Bishop.
The Woman Member of Parliament for Yumbe District Hon.Naima Melsa Gule Avako who was amongst the dignitaries at the occasion cautioned the Christians to embrace hard work amidst the economic hardship urging them to take advantage of government programmes such as the Parish Development Model (PDM) to alleviate poverty. She called for practical love amongst the Christians saying oftentimes Christians leave church teaching in the Church and do the contrary once they are back in their communities and families.
The Bishop pledged ten (10) bags of cement and Hon.Naima Avako pledged to contribute five hundred thousand Uganda Shillings to the completion of the new Eucharistic Center while promising to launch a fund raise to see that the church is complete.