Mass wedding: 18 couples exchange marital vows at Holy Family church Uratta
All roads Saturday, October 22, 2016, led to the Holy Family Catholic Parish Uratta in the Owerri North LGA, where 18 couples tied the nuptial knots and exchanged marital vows. The officiating Priests were: Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onwana, Parish Priest, his assistant, Rev. Fr. Theodore Ihenetu and Rev. Fr. Philip Ojimanu, who delivered the homily.
The newly wedded couples are: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Igwe, Mr. & Mrs. John Amadi, Mr. & Mrs. Paulinus Amaram, Mr. & Mrs. Ogbonna Azuoma, Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Odumodu and Mr. & Mrs. Hilary Uzogara.
They also include: Mr. & Mrs. Onyekachi Opara, Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Emeshi, Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Amaram, Mr. & Mrs.Benedict Stanley, Mr. & Mrs. Jonas Anyanwu and Mr. & Mrs. Okechi Emetuche.
The rest are Mr. & Mrs. Ikechi Njoku Obi, Mr. & Mrs. Cyril Amadi, Mr. & Mrs. Chukwudi Nwosu, Mr. & Mrs. Declan Akuta, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Agwamba and Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Njoku.
Preaching the sermon, Fr. Ojimanu told the couples that marriage has a divine origin as it is in accordance with God’s directive to man. It was God himself and not Adam who saw the need for man not to be alone and so provided him a suitable helpmate in the form of a woman, he explained. It is for this reason that the institution of marriage must be built on love, unity and mutual respect, always mindful of upholding the doctrine of indissolubility of the union. “By the special grace of God, you have now become lawfully integrated into the family of God’s children and can participate in all activities, including reception of Holy Communion”.
In his own admonition, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onwana warned the newly wedded couples that the Sacrament of Matrimony, they were partaking in was not an idle ceremony but an occasion for serious life commitment. He advised them to continue to attend more Catholic Doctrine classes, register immediately with their station chairmen of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) and Catholic Women Organization (CWO). He asked them to collect their uniforms and start participating in all CMO/CWO activities without further delay. “Christian marriage is holy, from God and permanent”, said Fr. Onwuna.
The Parish Priest also urged those fellow parishioners who helped in training them during their marriage course to follow up by nurturing them with sound advice and instructions, assuring the couples that his office and that of the catechist are open to them any time their attention was needed, warning, “Letting nobody toy with this new found faith”. Regular communion is the life of a Catholic, so don’t be contented with receiving communion only once or twice a year. It is important that you understand what the church is doing” he added.
At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration, the new couples signed the marriage register, took photographs with their friends and well wishers before the feasting of their guests began.
Mr. Chiaka Uzoigwe, Senior Seminarian, Sir Boniface Njoku, Parish catechist, Mrs. Justina Oriaku, Catechiser and Catechist Ezinna Oliver Mba played crucial role in ensuring the success of the celebration.