Catholic Women of Ezeogba Emekuku, in the Owerri North L.G.A, have celebrated this year’s feast of their patron saint. They are one of the five groups of Catholic Women Organization (CWO) in our Lady of Mt Carmel parish Emekuku.
This year’s celebration, which was attended by many highly placed women among them, including those in Diaspora, witnessed some remarkable innovations compared with previous years. These include: Presentation of souvenirs to elderly ones, for their steadfastness to the group and to those abroad for their commitment, support and past leadership roles. The women took the opportunity to host their husbands (Christian fathers).
The occasion started with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Rev Fr. Jude Onyeakazi In his homily, the Priest Praised the women for their role in the Parish and Community and enjoined them to remain steadfast. Fr. Onyeakazi reminded them that the advent was a period of receiving the new born child, Jesus into one’s heart, drawing closer to God and settling every misunderstanding.
Speaking to The Leader, the President of St. Monica CWO, Ezeogba, Mrs. Adaugo Anthonia Mezu, disclosed that although the actual feast Day of their patron saint is August 25 in the church’s Liturgical calendar, her members had to shift the celebration to a later date because of her unavoidable absence in August.
She explained the reason why her members selected those honoured this year, mainly the elderly members and those who reside abroad. According to her, the elderly women at home have remained committed to the group by attending meetings and rendering useful advice whenever called upon.
She disclosed that their members who reside abroad have been very supportive and committed. No matter where they live, they are always supporting us in whatever we do. They pay their Annual Dues and attend our August Meetings regularly.
“Infact, we restricted the 2017 celebration to ourselves because, my executive whose tenure expires this December, considers it an opportunity for us to counsel the younger women on the need to draw closer so as to succeed us. By drawing closer to God, they would be working for the success of their marriage”, she stated.
Mrs. Mezu, who give the numerical strength of the groups as 300, said that the objective of the CWO is to encourage women to follow the footsteps of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to help the church to grow.
The CWO, she said, helps Christian mothers to spur their husbands to work for God because most men are not up and doing in church matters. She identified her greatest challenges since assumption of office in 2012 as financial constraint. According to her, the CWO has the responsibility of feeding the priest and it is the duty of the St Monica group to do so in the month of March and August, every year. She regretted that most young mothers do not reside at home and there is a limit to the financial burden elderly mothers at home can bear. “We need to feed our priests and to provide for the church according to the directives of the Archdiocese”, she stated.
Mrs. Mezu assured those who will succeed her executive, of her readiness to help out whenever called upon to do so. She advised active members of St. Monica CWO to remain steadfast because God works in the vineyard of those who are committed to his service. She advised her fellow women everywhere to take adequate care of their husbands and children. They should pray together and give them advice. “No matter how tall, huge or strong your child is, he is still your child”, she admonished. She condemned women who mislead priests by telling them lies about what is happening in their community as well as those mothers who neglect their husbands and children to run after politics. “Follow the footsteps of the Blessed Virgin Mary to build good families, because good families lead to good community and country. Mrs. Mezu expressed gratitude to her Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro for giving her the opportunity to show-case her talent when he appointed her the first woman to chairman Mt Carmel Parish Harvest in 2013. She also thanked members of her executive for their cooperation and spirit of team work.