Fr. Edmud Njoku P.P. (m) flanked by Mr. Pat Okereafor Parish Council Chairman (l), Mr. Andrew Emeana (r) and other CMO members shortly after Mass
– As St. Mary’s Obibiezena marks Father’s Day
Members of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) have been reminded that their role as head of families is a divine privilege accorded them by God which should be conscientiously discharged by living up to the expectations which the church and the society have for them.
Rv. Fr. Dr. Edmund Njoku made this call at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena, Owerri North LGA while delivering a homily in a thanksgiving Mass to mark this year’s Father’s Day, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Drawing inferences from the day’s readings, the Parish Priest who presided over the Mass narrated how the early church under the leadership of the apostles, with its rapid growth of fellowship remained united in love and in purpose. “Even when they witnessed an avalanche of persecution notably from a man named Saul, who eventually became St. Paul, they did not waver”, the priest noted. He described St. Paul as an instrument which God used in bringing His goodness nearer to the people, adding that this good news manifested in the lives of the people as they continued showing love and sharing things in common.
Fr. Njoku, who equally extolled the wisdom displayed by the Church for instituting the annual event stressed that the CMO Day avails members with the opportunity for a sober reflection over their duties as pillars of homes.
Enumerating the virtues of a good Christian father which include love, caring, vigilance and fidelity, the homilist maintained that for them to religiously carry out these virtues, they must make their prayer life remain a source of hope where God is seen as the nucleus and pivot of their daily activities.
While driving home his point, with the words of the Gospel where Christ ascribed himself as “The true Vine; cut off from Me you can do nothing”, the priest observed that to remain in the Lord is an obligation that required patience and faithfulness. He however, was at pains when he pointed out the ease at which some Christians turn against the teachings of the church while searching for miracles. This ugly trend, he said has led many astray, and upon recognizing their faults, some, by share of shame or naïve find it difficult to return where they ought to be.
He concluded by stating that the level of our faith would be measured according to our consistency and persistency in doing that which is right in God’s eyes. He therefore advised the celebrants to remain the light which would dispel the darkness of faithlessness among those God entrusted in their care.
The activity which featured launching of plates, welcome song, cultural dance, akuko ugha was concluded at the reception hall where guests were entertained.
Presenting his welcome address, the Parish CMO Chairman, Mr. Andrew Emeana drew the attention of his fellow Christian fathers to their expectation when he said that “God in his love and infinite mercy will take us to greater heights when we form a strong relationship with Him”.
The newly elected chairman enjoined them to build their homes in the fear of God, where every of their family member would put in practice the Catholic faith.
He thanked the supportive gestures of their Parish Priest who they described as “Akwa-akwuru” and expressed optimism in sustaining the legacies of their predecessors.