Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo about to present the Worthy Mother Plaque to Mrs. Priscilla Enyiegbulam while Rev. Sr. Rita Njoku and others watch in admiration.
The Home and Abroad Union of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of the Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwu-Orji, Owerri, has expressed gratitude to God for their contributions to the upliftment of the parish since its inception six years ago.
Mrs. Joy Ihejieto, Chairperson of the Union did so in an address of welcome she delivered during the closing Mass (August 24, 2014) of their meeting for this year. She said that God has continued to increase their number and has helped them to contribute substantially to the upliftment of the parish. Such notable achievements include: contribution to the building of their magnificent church, establishment of two out-stations, nursery and primary school, parish secretariat and hall soon to be completed.
The organization placed on record the fatherly role of their indefatigable Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo. They praised the Parish CWO President-General, Mrs. Agnes Anozie, describing her as “Mother-General”. They commended the past awardees of the Organization for their steadfastness in supporting the parish and expressed the hope that those they were about to honour that day would justify their nomination, adding “Our awardees are our source of pride”.
She reminded members of the purpose of the annual August Meeting such as: time to address various issues ranging from attitudinal change to family matters. She observed that the challenges that faced them some years ago resulted in their resolve to succeed. She called on those women of the parish who were yet to register formally in the organization as directed by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri to do so without further delay. The Chairperson also urged husbands to ensure that their wives complied.
Preaching the homily at the Eucharistic celebration earlier, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Oparaugo called on Christ’s faithful to endeavour to understand Christ whom they follow, just as Peter demonstrated knowledge of Christ when the disciples were asked whom their master was. Peter received the key to heaven for that correct answer. “You have an obligation to understand the person with you”, Fr. Oparaugo stressed”. He advised the faithful to appreciate that the Catholic Church in which they are members was founded by Christ himself. “The Catholic Church is not a mission, not a fellowship, not a society. If it is in such church that God has placed us, our faith must reflect it. God is everlasting and is truthful and if we continue to abide in him, he will bring us to his glory”, said the homilist.
On the rounding off of the CWO 2014 August meeting, the Parish Priest recalled how the building of the magnificent church was set in motion with the N2.5m realized by the Organization at its 2009 meeting.
We have been given every grace to serve God, let us make use of them, including the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Christ when we go astray”, advised the Parish Priest, who also presided at the Mass.
The highlight of the celebration was the awards by the Home and Abroad CWO to six personalities identified as very supportive of the Organization. Those decorated as Worthy Fathers are: Mr. Anthony Ohammah, Engr. Ernest Onukogu, Mr. Emmanuel Osuji, Mr. Anyiam Osuigwe’s family and His Excellency Ken Ojiri. Mrs. Priscilla Enyiegbulam (nee Njoku) was honoured as a Worthy Mother. The awardees, their friends and well-wishers made generous donations to the CWO in appreciation of the honour.