CELEBRATION OF GALILEE FEAST ST. MARK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH ALISIMIE
Galilee is the feast that the church celebrates after the Easter Sunday, to continue the resurrection event of Jesus Christ. It is a popular event among the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Groups, The Anglican Communities and some Religious Groups of Men and Women in the Catholic Church.
Originally, the feast was celebrated in St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Alisimie as the celebration among the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Group, when it was still an outstation to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ime Obi.
The feast on the 10th of April, 2023 was the first time it was celebrated as a church community event, according to Rev. Fr. John Mordi, who was the guest preacher at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to usher the beginning of the day’s event. According to the preacher, he was part of that earlier event, as a member of the group.
After the Mass, the main event took place in the church compound, under the shades of the palm trees around the compound. The chairman of the event was Ezinna Patrick Isibor from Ozanogogo. According to the chairman, this first event has to continue by next year and the preparation has to begin from the month of November, 2023.
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Programme of the event includes: Welcome dance by the Ozanogogo youths, Cultural dance by the Alisimie youths, Cultural dance by Ozanogogo women, Kingdom dance by Catch Them Young group from St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Emuhu.
The climax of the event was the presentation and display by the Area Four Group from Abavo kingdom. Theirs was the peak of the whole event.
Food and drinks were served among those present. The event came to an end by evening of the day, with prayer said by Rev. Fr. Peter Chukwurah.
Dignitaries present at the event include: Sir and Lady Francis Imala, Barr. Anthony Onwordi, Ezinne Theresa Oliseh, Ezinne Helen Eku, Ezinne Augustina Isede, Ezinna John Olokor and the wife, Nne Okwukwe Joy Oribe, Nne Oma Catherine Isiza, Rev. Fr. Victor Ofili, Apostle John (From Port Harcourt), Mr. and Mrs. Peter Boi, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ashien and Sir. Emmanuel Omagbemi.