Christian fathers have been advised not to abandon the training of their children to their wives only.
This call was made by Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi, the Assistant Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Amakohia Uratta during the celebration of this year’s Father’s Day, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
In his homily, Fr. Anselm noted that Jesus is a good Vine Tree and not just an ordinary vine tree. He highlighted some ways a father could be fruitful like a good vine tree; one of them being that he must be hardworking.
He advised the fathers not to allow their wives to be the sole bread-winner, stating that when a wife becomes the sole bread-winner, the husband has failed in his duty. He also reminded them that they are not making money for themselves but for their families.
Fr. Amadi further advised the fathers to be actively involved in the training of their children. According to him, when you are far from your children you may end up losing them. “The bonding between a mother and her child is natural but a bonding between a father and child is gained through the efforts of the fat her”, the priest revealed.
According to Fr. Amadi, the father of the house is the bishop of the house. His duty is to introduce the children to God and also be a role model to the youths.
The Mass was presided over by the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibeole, who was assisted by Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi and Rev. Fr. Prof. John Obilor.
The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Jude Ugboaja in his remarks said that fathers are the Pillars of the Church and advised them not only to lead exemplary lives but also remain role models to their wives and children.
In an address presented by the Parish Catholic Men Organization (CMO) President, Chief S.A. Ohaneje, he said that the CMO Day celebration was a special day set aside by the Catholic Church to honour and appreciate St. Joseph, their Patron Saint. He further noted that the occasion was an avenue by which the parish CMO members entertain the parishioners with various activities.
According to Sir Ohaneje, St. Michael’s Parish is one of the 19 parishes in the Archdiocese that are debt-free and maintain regular attendance at the CMO Archdiocesan monthly meetings.
He thanked the priests and the entire parishioners for making the day a success.
The President of the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization, Sir N.A. Nonyelum and some of his executive members graced the occasion.
The event featured football match between the Parish CMO and their Immaculate Conception Parish Counterpart, retreat and other activities.