Youths have been charged to rededicate themselves to God and make themselves readily available for divine service.
Rev. Fr. Val Nzewunwa of Christ the King Catholic Church Oru Ahiara Ahiazu Mbaise gave the charge in his sermon marking the 2013 Children and Youths Harvest/ Bazaar in the parish.
He urged them to study hard, be respectful and of good behaviour to attract divine favour and overcome life challenges.
The clergy emphasized on the need for them to be focused, steadfast and avoid acts that could maim their future.
Fr. Val lamented increasing nude fashion, sexual immorality, girlchild molestation, rape and homosexualism, attributing the surge to drug abuse, pornography, bad peer group influence, negligences and abandonment of parental responsibilities.
He charged parents to exhibit exemplary conduct and be alive to their obligations to help reduce crime and other social vices to the barest minimum.
On inordinate pursuit of wealth, particularly for the yuletide, Fr. Val explained that Christmas is an annual Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and held on 25 December.
He said the commemoration calls for merriment but does not justify indulgence in ritual killings, armed robbery, kidnapping, fraud, sexual promiscuity and other forms of sharp practices to make ends meet or engage in party of orgies.
The cleric therefore urged Christians to live godly life and be prepared always for death which he described as inevitable.