St. John’s Catholic Church Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA is barely months of attaining parish status but the level of enthusiasm and active participation of religious activity by parishioners remains starling and something to be desired.
Last Sunday, a mammoth crowed of worshippers joined their counterparts in various worshipping centers across the nation to mark this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration, and the event became a maiden edition that would linger on in the minds of participants.
Introducing the Mass which heralded the activity-packed event, pioneer parish priest, Rev. Fr. Betrand Nnajiemere expressed gratitude to God for the gift of motherhood, when he stated that the occasion was a pointer to appreciate the unique role mothers play in the Church and society. While welcoming guests who came to join the new parish in her first Mother’s Day celebration, the priest equally commended those who were at the event to felicitate with CWO members who were conferred with awards for their outstanding services in the Church and society.
The parish priest, who went further at homily to elaborate on the need for Christ faithful to see Christianity as a call to service, said “our Christian faith remains a vain glory if we cannot use it in serving God and humanity.” Reasoning that the honor done to selected mothers was apt and timely, he however urged the congregated faithful to see the award recipients as those whose lifestyles and roles should be adopted.
Turning to the day’s gospel passage where Christ with his words of “Peace be with you” was able to still the troubled minds of his disciples, Fr Nnajiemere advised the celebrating mothers to remain committed to the gospel teachings of Christ. He said mothers should be carriers of peace, “peace that will bring not only love, unity and progress” in their various homes but also peace that would dispel darkness of hatred, envy and jealousy.
It should be noted that about 11 women were honored on the day. They were categorized as follows: Nneoma Mary Ononiwu (Nne Chigoziri), Elizabeth Anyanwu (Nne Okwukwe) and Nneoma Anastasia Ogbonna (Golden Mother). Recipients of Ezinne Awards included: Agatha Azuwuike, Hon. Justice Theresa Chikeka, Cordelia Opara, Anna Ndukwu and Felicia Okoro. Others are Fidelia Ukwu, Theresa Ibeawuchi and Lucy Onyeuche.
Calling to mind the contributive efforts of some of their deceased members, the event witnessed posthumous award bestowed on late Nne Okwukwe Mary Chukwu and Phoebe Ukwu. In recognition of their services while alive, the parish used the occasion in praying for their continued peaceful repose.
Shortly after the Mass where the celebration was colored with unveiling and cutting of the 2018 CWO-Day maiden cake, the parish CWO President, Mrs. Angela Mbisike, Secretary Barr. (Mrs) Ihuoma Opara and Asst. Secretary Mrs. Lucy Ahunwa collectively thanked their parish priest and others for giving meaning to their day.