Presents awards to parishioners
Parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mother Parish, Emekuku Sunday, July 22, 2018 celebrated this year’s feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, after whom their parish is named.
Preaching on the topic: Am I a good person? The Assistant Parish Priest, Rev Father Eustace Nwanekwu called the attention of Christ’s faithful to this all important question which everyone should endeavour to ask himself or herself.
The cleric explained that since no one can lie to himself or herself, one must judge for himself how well he or she is fulfilling those conditions that show who is a good person.
Fr. Nwanekwu stated that the signs that indicate that one is a good person, include honesty, kindness, humility, trust in God, being calm , having time to rest, work, pray, and perseverance etc.
According to the Assistant Parish Priest, it takes humility for a person to acknowledge one who helped to brush him up to become something in life. Fr. Nwanekwu emphasized that updating God in ones activities through prayers is a virtue of a good person.
He charged the faithful to always persevere in the face of challenges, while making it a duty to have time to eat and rest. While fielding questions from our reporter, the president Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of Mt Carmel Parish, Mr Samuel Osuji, expressed joy at this years feast of Mt Carmel, stating that it is a day set aside to celebrate the birth of our Lady of Mt Carmel Mother Parish in 1912
“It is a memorable and joyful day when the entire parishioners celebrate the birth of our Parish”, he said.
Speaking also, Chairman Parish Pastoral Council, Sir Patrick Ekeagwu said everyone is happy that the Parish has revived this feast since last year, which stopped sometime ago.
Sir Ekeagwu said that they used this year celebration to honour some people who have contributed to the growth and progress of the parish including post-humus awards to some departed members for their services in time past
According to the Pastoral Council Chairman, the feast is an occasion to celebrate those that brought the gospel or perished in spreading Catholicism, adding that such celebration teaches the younger generation the history of the parish.
For Mrs Ndidiamaka Juliet Mbaka, who is the President of Catholic Women Organization (CWO), they
are celebrating the birth of the grandmother parish, which she said has given birth to many other parishes.
She disclosed that the Feast actually fell on 16th July 2018, but for some important reasons the parish was celebrating it on the 22nd of July 2018, stressing that they use the Feast day celebration to thank God for His blessings on the parish and parishioners.
Another member of the parish and an indigene of Ezeogba Emeuku, Hon Uche Mezu said the celebration of our Lady of Mt Carmel Feast Day is a Solemn Ceremony to remember fallen parishioners whose efforts contributed so much to the growth of the mother parish.
He thanked God for his favours in keeping him, his family and other parishioners alife to celebrate the 2018 feast day.
The parish used the occasion to honour Mr Charles Anuforo and Mr Eugene Ejienye (Ahiaoma) with awards as pillars of faith.
Also, Ogaranya Anthony Onyegbule, Chief (sir) S.M.O Opara and Chief James Kamalu Nzerem were given post-homours awards for their efforts in parish.
The Feast day celebration witnessed march past by Women and unveiling of 2018 Harvest Banner.