…As work resumes in CMO building project
The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri joined their counterparts in Owerri Archdiocese to celebrate this year’s Father’s Day, Sunday May 6.
Activities leading to the grand finale began on April 29 with the unveiling of the CMO Day banner followed by Oru Ogige (clean up of Cathedral premises), a courtesy call on their grand patron, Sir T.C.K. Osuji, visit to some sick members of the organization and a football match between four prayer groups – SS Augustine & Matthew Vs SS Patrick and Philip. The match ended 1-0 in favour of SS Patrick and Philip.
The grand finale, Sunday May 6, began with a concelebrated thanksgiving Mass presided over by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru who represented the parish priest, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, who was away in Rome on Ad Limina visit.
Fr. Ijemaru was assisted at the Mass by Rev. Frs. Magnus Ajoku and Justin Adiele, assistant administrators. In his homily, Fr. Nick commended the new CMO executive for the vigor and dedication which they put into the Father’s Day Celebration and urged them to keep it up. He advised them to avoid anything that will distract them from being focused on their target.
After the Mass, a colourful reception followed at the Obiri-Odenigbo. It was presided over by Sir Ray Ahumibe, who appealed for support to Christian fathers to enable them complete their building project in a record time.
In an address presented by Arc. Emeka Ozoude, new president CMO, Assumpta Parish, he admitted some challenges prevalent in the parish CMO and the efforts his team was making to surmount the challenges. One of such efforts was restoring the bond of unity and brotherhood among members.
On the building project, Arc. Ozoude said: “You will notice that we have gradually resumed work in our St. Joseph Hall of Faith project. We are determined to see that this project is realized during our time in office… Work may be slow but it shall be steady…”
The president thanked in a special way the new Administrator, Rev. Fr. Nick Ijemaru, “who since his arrival (which coincided with our inauguration) has taken CMO matters very very seriously.”
Ozoude acknowledged that the Administrator’s efforts were yielding great fruits as “we are seeing positive signs of improvement in attendance to meeting, and quick response to CMO appeals. He expressed optimism that with time, CMO will gradually and steadily return to its glorious past. He asked Fr. Ijemaru to extend their gratitude to Archbishop Obinna.
On the theme for this year’s Father’s Day: “Challenges of being a Christian Father in the Contemporary Nigerian Society,” Ozoude said it was coming at a time when it is indeed very challenging to us men to successfully play our roles as father, husband, breadwinner to our families in a country ravaged by maladministration, unemployment, and hopelessness.”
He thanked the organizing committee led by Bro. Cyril Nwokeke for working tirelessly for the past three weeks to put together the event.
Our reporter said the Parish CMO honoured some of their members who over the years had distinguished themselves in the service of the organization and the Cathedral Parish. They include: Hon Eugene Dibiagwu, Sir Ray Ahumibe, Senator Sam Daddy Anyanwu, Sir Athan Uche Ogoh, Chief Dennis Okwu, Sir Tony Chukwu and Sir Maurice Iwu.