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May 21, 2018

Mothers’ Day Celebration: Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish

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Activities marking this year’s Mother’s Day celebration at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri were rounded off with presentation of various categories of awards to deserving recipients.

Six people bagged “Soldiers of Mary” award, three received “Ezinne Award” while others received “Ideal Mothers” and “Precious Mothers” awards.

The occasion which coincided with Divine Mercy Sunday began with a Pontifical Mass presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, assisted by other priests working in the Cathedral, including the Administrator, Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru and the Chancellor/Secretary, Fr. Alphonsus Oha.

In his homily, Archbishop Obinna commended Catholic women for taking care of the family, the church and society. He said the occasion  afforded mothers an opportunity to reflect on the mercy of God, which challenges all of us to have merciful hearts. He reminded mothers that evangelization is not meant for priests and religious alone, adding that every baptized and confirmed Catholic has the authority to preach and spread the gospel.

Fr Ijemaru flanked by the parish CWO executive

Fr Ijemaru flanked by the parish CWO executive

Archbishop Obinna said women should be grateful to Christ, adding that before Christianity, women had not the rights and privileges they have now.

After the Mass, the ceremony shifted to Obiri-Odenigbo where other activities took place.

The chairman of the occasion, Dr. Austin Njoko, in his opening remarks commended Catholic women for their various roles both in the family and Church. He said Our Lady remains a model for them to emulate. Dr. Njoko, who is the Chairman, Priceless Stores Owerri, encouraged women to be obedient and faithful to their husbands, adding that the lives of saints like Ruth are lessons for our women in faithfulness and obedience.

In her welcome address, the parish CWO President, Lady Chinelo Ezeani said the most challenging project to the CWO was the completion of the Madona House, and solicited the financial support from their guests and well-wishers towards the realization of the project and solve other pressing needs of mothers also in the parish.

She commended her predecessor, Lady Ruth Duruiheoma and her executive for their achievements, especially in the Madonna House Project. She did not forget Lady Loretta Njoku-led executive who started the House.

Reflecting on the theme of this year’s Mother’s Day celebration: “Catholic Women, Carriers of Living Water to a World that thirsts for Peace,” Lady Ezeani encouraged mothers to strive for peace wherever they find themselves – home, church and their places of work or trade.

She thanked in a special way, the parish priest, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna who found her and her executive worthy of piloting the affairs of women in the parish for the next four years.

Lady Ezeani paid special tribute to the CWO Vice President, and Chairperson 2018 Mother’s Day Planning Committee, Lady Amaka Ajaelu for her total commitment which made the event a huge success.

The Ezinne awardees were Lady Florence Anugom, Lady Loretta Njoku and Lady Nkiru Eke.

The occasion featured, welcome song by the CWO Maria Goretti Prayer Group, unveiling of Mother’s Day cake and award presentations.



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