“Inter SCC choir competitions and Bible Quizzes as well as joint couple weddings and Papal blessings for Jubilarians will be held during the Marian year,” he added.
To better live the Marian Year, the 34-year-old Priest encouraged the people of God in his Parish to “Get a Bible, a Rosary for yourself and family members too, examine your commitments to Mass, SCC, apostolates, commit to attend Eucharistic Adoration weekly and make the effort to attend Saturday catechesis, to deepen your faith.”
Fr. Herbert Niba. Credit: Courtesy Photo
Reflecting on the intended outcome of the Marian Year expected to conclude in December 2022, Fr. Niba told ACI Africa, “We expect the faithful to get greater intimacy with the Bible, after the example of Mary who pondered the word in her heart and to deepen their devotion to prayer, and commitment to prayer groups, like Mary who prayed with the apostles for the Holy Spirit.”
“Selfless service in the parish, like Mary who was totally at the disposal of God: I am the handmaid of the Lord,” the member of the Clergy of the Diocese of Buea said.
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He urged the people of God to be “more committed in the Pastoral plan for Mary was an agent of evangelization – she carried the good news to Elizabeth.”
The faithful must also use the opportunity of the Marian Year to better appreciate sacramentals such as Rosaries and scapulars as well as holy places including shrines and pilgrimage grottos and to regularize their sacramental life, the Cameroonian Priest said.
“I pray that this Marian Year may bear fruits in the lives of Christians,” Fr. Niba implored in the February 17 interview with ACI Africa.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.