St Mary’s Obibiezena marks feast day
…A humble person knows his limitation – Parish priest
The Catholic community of Obibiezena expressed joy and high sense of catholism as all roads led to the ancient parish to celebrate her 2016 annual feast of St. Mary held at the parish’s premises on 28th August.
The feast which was kicked-started with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by the parish priest, Very. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Igbokwe and concelebrated by his curate, Rev. Frr. Emmanuel Unachukwu, gathered parishioners, friends and relatives from far and wide together.
Delivering the homily at the Mass while dwelling on the gospel reading of the day, Fr. Igbokwe extolled the sweet virtue of humility in everyday Christians’ lives. According to him it costs nothing to be humble but rather attracts exaltation. “Nothing on earth we claim possession of is ours but the father who has given us freely and so there is no cause to be proud of anything”. Fr. Igbokwe explained that a humble person knows his limitation and so doesn’t give room to pride in admitting his faults and so accepting corrections. He is service-oriented and does not make himself a semi-god over other people as a result of his societal status or academic qualification.
The priest went further to call on the parishioners and all Christians to emulate the humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary whose feast is being celebrated, as humility personified.
Highlights of the celebration was the inauguration of the parish anthem: “Ave Maria Oh maiden Oh mother” to be sung in Mass shortly after communion; and the conferment of an award of honours of “Ihe Ezi na Ulo” to some outstanding sons and daughters of the parish among whom are: Dr Lady Sabina Ofoegbu, Mr. Theodore Anumudu, Engr. Dom Nkwopara, Mr. Sylvanus Onuegbu, Nze Ignatius Nwosu, Sir Emma Okoro and Chief Henry Chukwueke others are Barr. Peter Amadi, Sir John Amusiem, Engr Dom Mmeke, Dr. Mrs. Bridget Uche, Sir Anselem Onyewuchi and Sir Donatus Nwosu.
In a brief chat with the chairman of the organizing committee, Prof. Linus Eze Akujuobi pointed out the uniqueness of this year’s feast to be one the parishioners are looking forward to the dedication of their church edifice. He expressed his profound gratitude to the parish priest and his curate and the parish pastoral council for finding him and his team worthy to serve in the year’s feast. Also thanked other members of the committee for the high sense of dedication and responsibility exhibited in planning this year’s feast. The FUTO on called on parishioners to work harder to ensure the completion of the church building and other associated projects in the parish.
Other highlights of the celebration were donations to the parish projects, Akuko Ugha, cultural dance among others.