The silver anniversary of Nagaland Catholic Women Association (NCWA) culminated Sunday at Holy Cross Church, Dimapur.
In the concluding day of the silver anniversary celebration, the Holy Mass held in the morning was concelebrated with Rt. Rev. Andrew Marrack, Bishop of Tura as the main celebrant.
In his homily, Rt. Rev. Andrew stressed the need of Christains to have fellowship with the Church and to continue the work of evangelism. He said, “Church is the Church of God” and as members of the Church, Christains have the commission to follow the law of the universal Church.
Stating people were often tempted to go their own way, Rt. Rev. Andrew asserted there would be confusion and division if one follows their own way and encouraged the Christians on the occasion to be with the Church adding “Church is Christ and Christ is the Church”.
Emphasizing on the Baptism of the Lord, Rt. Rev. Andrew said God revealed Jesus as the son of God when Jesus was baptized in River Jordan and the sins of men were destroyed and cleansed with the baptism of the Lord. However, he said God did not send His son because of the good deeds of man but all because He loved mankind.
Calling upon one to commit his life, the Bishop said following Jesus was a full time endeavor and every individual was responsible in carrying out the work of evangelization. He added the work of evangelization could not be accomplished unless one experienced Christ and that one should have hope in God despite facing difficulties and obstacles while carrying out the works of evangelization.
Opining jubilee celebration as a time of reflection and renewal of ones life, the Bishop called for commitment as good stewards and to continue the work of evangelization.
Meanwhile, the NCWA also elected its new team of office bearers headed with Zumchilo Patton as president, Chithothsü Poji as vice president, Mary Neilakhouo, general secretary and Julia Tep as joint secretary while Rev. Fr. Mhabemo Mathew as taken over as the spiritual director of NCWA.
The concluding day of NCWA 25th anniversary was marked with felicitation programme and cultural show.