– Fr Opurum charges fathers to be Ambassadors of Christ
– CMO confers ‘Ezinna’ awards on parishioners
The 2018 Fathers’ Day was celebrated with glamour by members of the Catholic Men’s Organiztion (CMO) of St Michael’s Parish Ihiagwa in Owerri West LGA.
Activities for this year’s fathers’ Day kicked off with a two-day retreat organized for the men by the CMO on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May, 2018. It was preached by Rev. Fr. Philip Ojimanu.
The fathers still in the mood of celebration had a novelty football match between St. Matthew and St Peter groups of the CMO. Chief (Sir) John Eke was the centre referee in the thrilling encounter where St. Matthew walloped their opponents 3-0.
Fathers of St. Michael’s Catholic Parish rounded off the 2018 Father’s Day celebration on Sunday 6th May, 2018 with a thanksgiving Mass.
In his homily, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Basil Opurum emphasized the importance of listening to God and offering selfless service to God and the church by fathers.
The cleric used the occasion to commend fathers for their obedience and commitment during the period they were having their rehearsals for the celebration. He added that young people should learn from them.
While extolling Christian fathers, especially members of St Michael’s CMO for their humility, Fr Opurum charged them to inculcate these qualities in their families. He reminded them that they are the chosen of God as they have been made whole through Christ, citing that Jesus Christ said that he is the vine and his disciples are the branches.
Fr Opurum called on fathers to be committed in the things of God as they are partner’s in God’s work, saying that they are the Ambassadors of God.
Speaking on the relationship between fathers and their wives, the cleric condemned wife battering by some men and urged fathers to give their wives joy and love all the time as they (wives) are partners in their husbands’ ministries. The CMO led by Chief Christian Etoruom used the Fathers’ Day celebration to honour seven fathers as “ Ezi nna Nwe Ulo “ while others were honoured as “Pastorally Dedicated/Committed Parishioners Christian fathers read the lessons while the CMO choir rendered soul-lifting songs. Highlight of the celebration was the presentation of award certificate and enlarged photo of the holy family by the parish priest, Fr Opurum to the award recipients. He was assisted by Chief Etoruom, the CMO President.