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August 18, 2018

Eight couples wedded at Maria Goretti Ikenegbu …St Vincent De Paul commended

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St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish Ikenegbu, Owerri paid host to men and women of goodwill who were seen radiating with joy and happiness when eight couples were joined together in the sacrament of holy matrimony, Saturday October 1.

The couples – Mr./Mrs. Henry Ofoegbu, Raphael Nganya, Charles Oguguo, Cosmas Chiwueze  and Athanasius Njoku. Others are Mr./Mrs John Nwafor, Anthony Anyagwu, and Isaac Igwe.

The solemn event was organized by the parish society of St Vincent De Paul, and it attracted the presence of Rev. Fr. Kenneth Nzewuji, the society’s Achdiocesan Chaplain.

Preaching during the Eucharistic celebration, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Christian Eze Cmf, who presided at the Mass and also received the marriage vows, thanked them for heeding to the Christian voice of reason, as they realized the need to reconcile with God after years of living together without the matrimonial blessings of the church. While observing that the reception of the sacrament would continue to gladden God’s heart, the priest maintained that it would also carry along graces and indulgences that may not be comprehended with the human senses. ”This is a sign of confirmation of your faith, and the summit of your vocation as lay men and women which began with baptism”.

Explaining the import and uniqueness of the event, Fr. Eze advised them to not see their union as contract, but covenant, stressing that the latter which ”informed the gathering is an agreement made with God”. He pointed out that covenant when solemnly engaged cannot be rescinded. ”This is true, he continued, because it’s something God has ordained; and in the case of sacramental marriage there’s no room for going back until death do you part”.

The parish priest, who further decried the extent at which extra-marital practices were taking toll in the society, advised those indulging in such lifestyle to desist, adding that the attitude would not only incur God’s wrath in the family, but have negative effect on the children.

Speaking shortly before the end of the Mass the Archdiocesan chaplain, Fr. Nzewuji, expressed delight for being part of the event. He commended the parish priest for providing the latitude upon which members of the parish St Vincent De Paul expressed their ingenuity. While urging the members to sustain the docile spirit, the Chaplain who is the parish priest St. Joseph the Worker, Mechanic Village, Owerri, advised the newly wedded to extend the love they received toward others around them.

Baring his mind on what formed the decision of the pious society in organizing such momentous event, the conference (Parish) president, Dr. Raymond Nwandu, who in a brief chat described the gesture as a rescue mission, hinted that his society does not feel at peace as Christians emulate with impunity paganism. He therefore called on husbands and wives living without the sacrament of holy matrimony to turn a new leaf.

Meanwhile, the ceremony ended at the reception where the couples in a joint effort carried out the wedding cake-cutting exercise.



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