Launches N5m bus project
Christ’s faithful of Mt Carmel Mother Parish, Emekuku, last Sunday April 8, joined other Catholics throughout the country to mark this year’s Mother’s Day. It was organized by the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of the parish.
Highlights of the occasion which was attended by dignitaries from both Imo State and beyond, especially illustrious sons and daughters of Emekuku community featured: the unveiling of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron saint of CWO; launching of a N5 million bus project and conferment of Ezinne title on 13 mothers of the parish.
Speaking at the occasion, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro disclosed that the awardees were selected by the CWO executive after careful screening of those considered to have shown much commitment to the growth of the parish. He advised mothers to see their position in the society as a divine call to look after their husbands and children and to live exemplary lives worthy of emulation by the younger generation. He later expressed satisfaction at the success of this year’s celebration, saying that he was particularly impressed with the response of the invitees who came from far and near including Lagos. He thanked in particular those that donated generously at the occasion, including his own friends and kinsmen from Ngor Okpala, who had come to show solidarity by identifying with him as one of their own. The parish priest and Vicar for Emekuku Zone one, was full of praises for the CWO executive led by Mrs. Ndidiamaka Mbata and the planning committee led by Lady Theresa Kenkwo, (one of the Ezinne Awardees) for carrying all their members along in order to attain success.
The Holy Mass to mark the occasion at the parish pavilion was presided over by Fr. Okoro, who concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Ejimofor, Rev. Fr. Isaac Chima (Deputy Director, Assumpta Press) and Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu, the Assistant Parish Priest. Rev. Fr. … Ago, Rev. Fr. Anukam and Rev. Deacon Afonne were also present.
Preaching the homily, Fr. Ejimofor extolled the role of mothers in the family, warning that when the mother fails, the family has also failed. According to him, the worth of a woman does not lie in her beauty but content of her character.
“When a man is bad, it is the wife that draws him back,” he said, adding that a wife’s good character attracts wealth, prosperity and peace. He stated that every family is a domestic church, being the place that produces and grooms those who make up the body of Christ by teaching children honesty and good morals.
He stressed the importance of teaching childen their native language as a basis for appreciating right societal values.
Referring to the gospel reading on Christ’s encounter with the doubting Thomas, the homilist warned that, “healthy doubting” like that of Thomas aimed at knowing should be encouraged not stifled or shouted down. He also stressed the need for forgiveness and going to confessions, saying that Christ in the gospel gave the church power to forgive sins in his name, and that sincere confession shows humility.
In her welcome Address during the second phase of the celebration, Mrs. Mbata, the CWO President enumerated the role of mothers in the family, the church and larger society. She stated how the parish CWO had discharged her financial obligations to both the parish and the Archdiocese. She drew attention to the need to complete the Ultra Modern Hall started by the former CWO executive as well as purchase of a bus for evangelization.
In his opening remarks earlier, Barr Eustace Odunze, chairman of the occasion called on mothers to join in the effort to elect only credible politicians and to oppose all forms of corruption in the society. He also urged them to encourage their children to reach out and touch many lives.