CYON Obibiezena ends cultural week …Launches maiden edition of Arise and Shine Magazine
This year’s annual cultural week programme organized by the catholic youth organization of Nigeria (CYON) St. Mary’s catholic parish, Obibiezena, Owerri North L.G.A has been concluded at the parish, Sunday 13th November 2016.
The ceremony which began with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by the parish priest, very Rev. Fr. Sebastian. 0 Igbokwe and assisted by the curate and chaplain of CYON in the parish Rev. Fr. Emmanuel C. Unachukwu, attracted a multitude of youths from within and outside the parish who were dressed in two distinct colours of traditional attires according to the two sub-groups of CYON in the parish, viz; St. Charles Lwanga group and St. Thomas Aquinas group, they were dressed in blue and red Georges respectively.
Introducing the Holy Mass, Fr. S.O Igbokwe drew the attention of the congregation to the event of the day and urged the youths to be useful to themselves, their families, society and the church.
However, Fr. Emma Unachukwu during the homily admonished the congregation especially the youths to live a life worthy of emulation like St. Paul told the Thessalonians in one of his missionary journeys. He stressed that all Christians should live Christ-like lives by emulating Christ’s way of life while on earth. Turning to the youths, Fr. Emma Unachukwu warned against living careless lives, he further cautioned the youths against the imminent dangers of indulging in social vices and thus advised the youths to always put God first in all their endeavours and by so doing, every other thing will work out miraculously for them. He finally urged them to be good role models for one another to mimic just like the early Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ did.
The highlight of the day’s event was the unveiling and launching of the maiden edition of the first ever magazine produced by CYON in the parish which was titled “Arise and shine magazine”. The parish priest congratulated the youths on the unprecedented achievement of launching the Arise and Shine magazine whose editor in-chief described as a magazine focusing on the economic, political, cultural and socio-religious life of catholic youths in particular and all Christians in entirety.
The maiden edition of the magazine featured as the lead story, an exclusive interview with the Owerri Catholic Archdiocesan youth chaplain Rev. Fr. Henry Opara on “ why Catholics make use of images and statues in the church”.. There was also another interview with Prof. Linus Akujuobi of FUTO on Cashless Economy among other scholarly articles.
After the Holy Mass, the parish CYON President Bro. Felix Emenako in his keynote address readout on- behalf of him by the CYON secretary Bro. Chisom Ekeh, specially thanked the Parish priest very Rev. Fr. S.O Igbokwe, the Chaplain Rev. Fr. Emma Unachukwu and the editor in-chief of the magazine Bro. Anuma Gregory Ikenna. He also registered a profound gratitude to the parish council led by Mr. Patrick Okereafor, the parish C.M.O and C.W.O and the Chairman of the occasion, Unique Father, Mr. Charles Dialaeme and others for their support and encouragements.
Activities that took place in the week-long event include; village awareness, bible quiz, Debate competition, Draw your sword bible game, group bible study, indoor games, female football match, cantata, confession and Adoration. However the activities were finally rapped up on Monday 14th November 2016 with a friendly football match between CYON Obibiezena and the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) of Obibiezena in which the parish CYON defeated their Anglican counterparts by 2 goals to nil (2:0).