The parish CYON members expressed high level of excitement and thanksgiving to Almighty God on the grand finale of her Youth Week celebration on Sunday 11th, September 2016 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mother Parish Emekuku.
The week long event commenced on Monday 5th September, 2016 with series of religious and entertaining activities; lectures were also delivered on the following topics: “Relationship and sexuality among youths by Community and Youth Development Initiatives (CYDI)”, with free HIV/AIDS test, “Why youths must participate in politics and their role in building the economy of Nigeria by Mr. Michael Ibekwe” and Youths as leaders of tomorrow and soldiers of the church by Bro Joachim Onyegbula”.
The grand finale started with a Holy Eucharistic Mass officiated by the CYON chaplain, Rev Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu. In his homily, he dwelt more on the gospel reading with the title “The tripartite prodigality in the midst of God’s mercy and compassion – where he explained the prodigality of the second son and prodigality of the father. He emphasized more on the prodigality of the second son, who wasted the father’s property. The chaplain encouraged the youths not to waste their parents’ money on frivolous lifestyle such as gambling and partying. He also reminded the ladies to look up to Blessed Virgin Mary as their role model. He urged parents to assist their children in their good deeds and to also encourage them to join the organization.
The parish CYON president, Bro Ikedi Ejiogu, in his welcome address, appreciated the efforts of the parish priest and the chaplain towards the organization and highlighted some challenges facing the organization. Most pressing among them are purchase of the CYON evangelical bus and lack of interest and commitment of some of our young parishioners in the organization. He also thanked the executive members, the planning committee and the entire members of the organization for their efforts in keeping the catholic faith soaring.
The event also featured the launching of the VCD on maiden passion of Christ drama produced by the youth members, King and Queen competition, Mr.& Mrs. CYON competition, crowning of the emerged King and Queen winners and presentation of gifts to winners of various competitions.
“Mr. & Mrs. CYON” competition was won by Alex Ekeagwu & Geraldine Ivy Ekeagwu, while Ugwuadu Udochukwu emerged as the King of CYON and Chiamaka Cosmas as Queen of CYON.
The Episcopal Vicar of Emekuku Zone I and the parish priest, Very Rev Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro in his remarks, thanked the youths and also reminded them that the reward for hard work is more work. On behalf of the parish pastoral council, he promised to sponsor one CYON member from each of the stations to international youth program coming soon in cameroun. He promised to assist CYON members in securing job whenever employment opportunities come up.
The chairman of the occasion, Prince (Sir) Ejeshi Obi expressed his joy towards the youths for their doggedness in propagating the Catholic faith. He further emphasized the need for them to remember that they are the hope of the Holy Catholic Church. He advised them to inculcate the spirit of appreciation.
Personalities who also featured at the event were Prof (Mrs.) Ngozi Ihediolam, Mrs. Charity Nwaehie (mother of the day), Mrs. Chinyere Okwulehie, Barr Lady Oby Amadiobi, Sir P.C Ekeagwu, Nze Vitalis Ugwuadu, Igolo Adaugo Mezu, Arc. Temple Maduagwu and a host of others.
In his vote of thanks, Bro Ifeanyi Nze, the planning committee chairman thanked in a special way the parish priest and the youth chaplain who saw that the youths acted and produced the passion of Christ drama and also for their assistance towards the organization. He also rendered his unalloyed appreciation to Prince (Sir) Ejeshi Obi. He also appreciated the efforts and inputs of the patrons, patronesses, CYON members and the entire parishioners, thanking them for their love, kindness and generosity.