Fr. Kelechi is delighted to have come to St. Bonaventure parish. Rev. Fr. Kelechi MacDavis Uzuegbu came from a Catholic family in Nigeria, made up of parents and 6 siblings, 4 girls and two brothers. He was born on 24th of June, 1974, the third child and the first son. He has about eighteen cousins and nephews.
Fr. Kelechi obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Theology from the Urban university, Rome. He was ordained a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Nigeria on the 22nd of August, 2009, by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze. He has worked in 3 different parishes in Nigeria before coming to the United States. And while in the Diocese of Jefferson City, he has tested pastoral life in four parishes, which has brought growth in his faith and knowledge.
Fr. Kelechi likes reading books and articles and playing gospel music. He likes playing lawn-tennis, bowling and watching wrestling. He prays God to give him necessary grace to carry out his pastoral assignment efficiently and effectively. And our dear Mother Mary to intercede for us on this global pandemic.
Merry Christmas to All!
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we approach the celebration of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that this season of Advent will be meaningful for you, helping you to prepare your house and your heart to receive Jesus Christ when He comes. Advent is a time of preparation, when we make ready to celebrate the mystery of our Savior’s coming as man, the beginning of our redemption. Advent also moves us to look forward with renewed hope to the second coming of Christ, when God's plan of salvation will be brought to fulfillment.
We are reminded, too, of our Lord's coming to each one of us at the hour of our death. We must make sure that he will find us prepared for His coming, as the gospel of St. Luke tells us; “Blessed are those servants who are found awake when the Lord comes.” (12:37) We have made arrangements for the Sacrament of reconciliation, which will help us to enjoy God's mercy and grace as we celebrate His nativity. Therefore, join us for the Advent confessions at our parish here on the 9th of December from 5 to 7 pm. Or you can join us at Brookfield on the 13th of December from 4 to 6 pm. If you cannot make it on either day, I would be glad to talk with you at any time.
We invite you to celebrate Christmas with us on Christmas Eve at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm or on Christmas Day at 8:00 am. Brookfield Immaculate Conception will have Masses celebrated on Christmas Eve at 3:00 pm and Christmas Day at 9:30 am. If you have been away for awhile because of the pandemic or another reason, this would be a good time to reunite with your brothers and sisters in Christ, if not for Christmas, shortly after the beginning of the New Year. We will be looking for you!
We encourage you, if you have internet, to sign up for “Best Advent Ever” from Dynamic Catholic and Matthew Kelley. These are 3 to 4 minute reflections on the daily Gospels and practical lessons we can learn from them.
We hope you enjoy “I Heard God Laugh”, a gift from our parish. Please pass it on to someone else if it makes a difference in your life.
May the peace that Jesus Christ gives continue to be manifested in our lives.
Rev. Kelechi Uzuegbu