CYON EMEKUKU ZONE (I) CELEBRATES 2016 CULTURAL CARNIVAL …Recognizes Archdiocesan Chaplain, President …Honours 14 with Pillar of CYON
With joys and thankful hearts, the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) Emekuku Zone (I) celebrated her 2016 Cultural Carnival and Award on Saturday 24th September 2016 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mother Parish, Emekuku, the Zonal Headquarters.
The event started with Rosary Procession around the Church which was led by the religious secretary, Onyewuchi Jane-Francis who represented her Parish, Immaculate Conception, Nkwo-Emeke, Emekuku.
After the Rosary, was a concelebrated Mass led by Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu: Zonal Chaplain and Assistant Parish Priest, Mt. Carmel Parish Emekuku and Rev. Fr. Lucas Binnah of Immaculate Conception Parish, Nkwo-Emeke Emekuku; Rev. Fr. Henry Opara, the Archdiocesan CYON Chaplain also joined in the Mass.
A superlative rendition by the Mount Carmel Young Voices and Holy Trinity Young Voices; and a well delivered first reading in Owere dialect by Alexander Ekeagwu; Planning Committee Chairman; and a powerful homily from Fr. Lucas Binnah ensured that the youths in attendance had a grace filled celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
In his homily, Fr. Binnah charged the youths just as Qoheleth says, to enjoy their youth and use their youthful strength in following their heart desires so as to achieve their set goals and ambitions but always remember that God will judge them accordingly.
He therefore admonished the youths to be unflinching in their service to God in the face of challenges abound in today’s world. To remember their creator in their youth and keep his laws in order to attain to His promised eternal reward.
After the Eucharistic celebration, the ceremony moved to Obiri Mount Carmel. Okenze Stephen Ukaegbu (Duruaku I of Emekuku) who was the father of the day and also doubled as the chairman of the occasion in the absence of Hon. Lloyd Chukwuemeke (Member Representing Owerri North in the Imo House of Assembly) led the occasion.
Presentation of kolanut was done in grand style with cultural dance by Holy Cross Parish Emii and in his welcome address the Zonal Coordinator, Unegbu Joseph highlighted some of the successes of the organization and her challenges as well including lack of funds to carry out proposed projects like building of organization’s secretariat, skills acquisition centre and purchase of evangelical bus among others. He called on well meaning individuals within and outside the zone, parents and friends to aid the youths. The Carnival Cake was cut amidst joy and happiness.
The highpoint of the occasion was the award of Pillars of CYON to individuals from the various Parishes across the zone who have been contributing to the growth of CYON in their Parishes and the zone at large including Lady Julie Ndeze of Mt. Carmel Emekuku, Mr. Ifeanyi J.U. Mbata of Immaculate Conception Nkwo Emeke; Mr. Nicholas Okorie of St. Mary’s Azaraubo; Mr. Uche Onugha of St. Mary’s Umuawuka; Mr. Joseph Amuneke of St Mary’s Agbala; and Mrs. Patricia Ikediala of Holy Cross Emii.
Others are Mrs. Ogechi Owuamanam of St. Jude’s Naze; Lady Virgina Oparanozie of C.K.C Umuoba-Uratta; Mr. Christian Amadi of Holy Family Uratta; Sir Linus Udoh of SS Philip and James Egbu; Mr. Anayo Osuagwu
– Okorola (aka Omekannaya) of Holy Trinity Awaka and Sir Noel Edozie of St. Michael’s Ngwoma.
Hon. Lloyd Chukwuemeka and Engr. Charles Egbujor bagged the ICON of Achievements Award whereas the Archdiocesan CYON President Mr. Chibuzor Nzuruba and the Archdiocesan Chaplain Rev. Fr. Henry Opara were specially recognized for their selfless services to the organization. In his remarks, the Archdiocesan Chaplain thanked the youths for the success of the celebration, encouraging them to take full and active parts in the activities of their various parishes to uplift themselves spiritually especially the October devotions right at the corner.
The celebration featured the Eze and Ugoeze contest which was won by Holy Cross Parish Emii and their Eze and Ugoeze; Vincent Chiazo Opara and Queen Uchechi Oparaji respectively were crowned Eze and Ugoeze CYON Emekuku Zone (I); welcomed song was rendered by Mt. Carmel Parish Emekuku .