Honours five parishioners
The Home and Abroad Union of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwu Orji, Owerri North LGA, has reaffirmed its determination to render whatever assistance needed for the completion of their church building.
This assurance was contained in the Address of Welcome delivered by the Chairperson of the organization, Mrs. Joy Ihejieto at their 2016 August Meeting held at the Parish Centre, Sunday August 14, 2016.
She recalled that it was the money realized by the women at their 2008 home and abroad meeting that facilitated the laying of the Foundation of the church building and eventually its roofing.
This time around, the women are determined to finance the fixing of 10 windows in the church at the cost of N45,000 from whatever they would realize at this year’s meeting.
Mrs. Ihejieto described August Meeting as a period of stock taking in order to assess what had been done so far. She said that this year’s programme was packaged in “a way that will encourage members to use their time to participate in church, family and community development projects.”
The aim of Home and Abroad Meeting is to organize indigenous women in the parish into a virile organization, capable of promoting the relevance and veracity of women in all aspects of good Christian mothers,” she emphasized.
The Chairperson expressed the women’s deep appreciation for the benevolence and outstanding support of their Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Ben Oparaugo in building up the parish, describing him as their source of pride.
She also acknowledged the selfless support of some distinguished members of the parish as well as past Awardees of the Home and Abroad CWO. Mrs. Ihejieto assured God’s people that the women had also carefully selected some individuals of noble character to be honoured at the occasion.
The highlight of the celebration was the presentation of plaques to this year’s Awardees by a visiting priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Charles Egbulefu, while Rev. Fr. Dr. Ben Oparaugo, chief celebrant read out their contents. Chief Henry Ako was the Chairman of the occasion. Friends of each honoree also came forward to show support in cash.
The parish priest placed on record the crucial role the CWO Home and Abroad had played in the parish right from inception. He disclosed that it was this group that donated the initial funds with which the construction of the church building started. The women have been helpful in getting it roofed and have remained steadfast till date. He prayed God to continue to bless them.
Fr. Oparaugo was also full of praises for Sir and Lady Hartley Egbulefu’s family whose daughter and her husband, Dr. Kelechi Iwu were doing child presentation that day, which attracted not only the presence of their parents but also their brother, Fr. Charles Egbulefu.
Preaching the homily, Fr. Egbulefu explained the angle the church wanted Christ’s statement in that day’s gospel (that he had come to bring division not unity to world) should be understood.
According to him, Christ wants His fellowers to accept the light of the Holy Spirit into their lives, adding that once this transforming light is accepted, it gives one the fortitude and courage to do what God wants, even if it means loss of friendship. Christ’s faithful should let this light shine out in their families, places of work, church etc.
The organization honoured five parishioners at that occasion with the Ezinna Title namely: Dr. Maurice O. Enyi, Mr. John Paul Chukwuemeka, Mr. Ferdinand Mbonu and Mr. Vincent Njoku while the only woman among them Mrs. Stella Nwaocha, was honoured as Eziada.