Parishioners of Saint Paul Catholic Church Tola have been commended for the pace of development their parish community has undergone within a year of its establishment.
The commendation came from the Bishop of Yola Diocese, the Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Dami Mamza when he paid the Christian community a pastoral visit on Sunday February 14th.
“I am very impressed with what I saw on ground. And I believe if other Catholic parishes will replicate your efforts, the general rate of growth will be much faster without having to depend for support from anywhere” observes the Bishop.
Tola has been an outstation under St. Joseph’s Jada and was made a parish just over a year ago. It is within this short period of time that the community fenced four hectares of land, completed the Church and made water available by drilling a borehole within the church compound.
“The work of the Gospel is a collective responsibility of all Christians. Nothing stops us from achieving success once we are able to work together,” says Bishop Mamza. Impressed with their level of commitment, the Bishop assured them of his support at all times.
Highlights of events during the visit included the reception of the sacrament of confirmation by one hundred and fifty-two Catholics and the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony by twenty-seven couples. During the Mass, Bishop Dami Mamza was assisted by the Parish Priest, Reverend Father Philip Yasambus. Collectively with the gathered community, they offered prayers for peace in Adamawa state and the country at large.
Bishop Dami Mamza also paid a courtesy visit to the District Head of Tola, Alhaji Yunusa Danjuma Ardumi, where he thanked him for the support the Christian community enjoys from him.