The Parish Priest, Rev Fr Dr Jude Onwana blessing the Patrons and Matrons of the CWO after their presentation to Christ’s faithful.
The Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of Holy Family Catholic Church Uratta, in Owerri-North LGA, has honoured a total of 15 parishioners, as part of this year’s Mother’s Day celebration.
While five of the honorees were decorated as “patrons” and “matrons” of CWO” 10 others received the “Mirror of Holy Family” Award. Hon. Anselm Onyeakazi and Dr. Reginald Ejimofor were presented as patrons while Lolo Lovetta A. Ahuekwe, Nnenwereugwu Philomena Osuoha and Dame Rose Ukaga were presented as matrons.
The awardees of the title of “Mirror of Holy Family Uratta” are: Rita Chinyere Ofoegbu (nee Njoku), Mr. Romanus Obika, Ezinne Juliana Omeire, Mrs. Okoli Fidelia and Lady Evan Anyasodor.
The rest are: Mrs. Stella Adaego Nze, Mr. Charles Ekwerike, Sir E.C. Opara, Mrs. Franca Ekwerike and Mr. Kamalu Anthony Nwamadi.
The activity packed ceremony, which was presided over by the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude C. Onwana featured: Eucharistic celebration, unveiling/cutting of cake, introduction of patrons/matrons and award-giving, all of which took place inside the church.
The second phase which was held outside consisted of: sack race, light entertainment and address by the CWO President. Speaking at the beginning of Mass, the Parish Priest, Fr. Onwana, who was the chief celebrant, called on Christ’s faithful to be thankful to God for the gift of motherhood. He observed that mothers are a great blessing to mankind and should be cherished, while advising them be alive to their numerous responsibilities at home, in the community, church and wider society.
Preaching the homily, the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Theodore Ihenetu described the celebration as that of joy, considering the role mothers have played in the lives of each and everyone of us, in the family and community. It calls for praises and thanksgiving to God, he said.
He, however, pointed out that for those families where mothers had performed below expectation, a day such as this turns to one of regrets. Mother’s Day, he continued, should be regarded as memorial for those whose mothers had departed to the life beyond. They should cherish the impact of such good mothers even though they are dead.
The homilist warned husbands to take good care of their wives in their hey days so that the wives would reciprocate later when family power inevitably passes into their hands. He however condemned those mothers who are distracted from their family responsibilities by outside activities and engagements. “Be morally upright”, he enjoined them, “so as to serve as a model to your children”, said Fr. Ihenetu. He reiterated that Mother’s Day must be treated as a day of reflection on the sacred duties involved in marriage.
In her welcome address at the occasion, the CWO President, Mrs. Mary Akunna Emetuche said that the occasion was to appreciate mothers’ efforts and role in family, church and society at large.
She called on fellow women not to shy away from their responsibilities as sowers of mercy, joy, love, peace, happiness, comfort, progress and unity in families and society.
She reminded Catholic women that they are bearers of light and therefore must shine out for the propagation of hope for the common good.
She listed the achievements of her executive since assumption of office a year ago to include, humanitarian activities such as visit to indigent widows, aged and sick, irrespective of their religion as well as the construction and decoration of Parish CWO Hall. She appreciated the support of the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onwana and his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Theodore Ihenetu.
She placed on record the marvelous work of the Planning Committee headed by Mrs. Emmanuela Onu, especially for producing the first CWO brochure.
In an exclusive interview with The Leader, the Chairman of 2016 Mother’s Day Celebration, Mrs. Emmanuela Onu condemned the abuse of motherhood by some women. This, according to her, takes the form of: use of pills and injections as contraceptives, abortion and dumping of babies and sell of adopted babies. She called on those who practice such evil to come back to God to seek His mercy especially in this Year of Mercy.