By Nna Anulumadu
The president general of Catholic Men Organization” CMO” Onitsha Archdiocese, Hon. Sir. Ifeanyichukwu E.S. Nnajiaku ( (KSM) has urged the fathers to use this year’s fathering Sunday celebration to imtate St. Joseph the worker who he said is the patron saint of Catholic Men Organization and head of the Holy Family.
Hon. Sir. Nnajiaku gave the advise in his good will message he delivered during the recent fathers Sunday celebration.
According to hie, Fathering Sunday is as old as the formation of Catholic Men Organization (CMO). The celebration affords all fathers the opportunity to reflect deeply on the meaning, role and functions of a father in our various endeavour, families, society and Church. “We use the occasion to reflect more on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and try to copy the life and roles of St. Joseph who is also the foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ”
“The occasion also affords men opportunity to interacts with themselves, have some funs to ease stresses of life, educate themselves through seminars / workshops and reinvigorate in us the spirit of services to God and humanity by visiting the sick, the poor, and the needy in the society”
The Pg who toured round some parishes during the celebration explained that this year’s fathering Sunday was tagged ” Life and Times of St. Joseph the worker, revealing that this year as well marked 150 years anniversary of St. Joseph as the patron of the Holy Family and the Church. He disclosed that St. Joseph was silent in his role which cannot be over emphasized.
” I encourage all men especially the CMO members to reflect deeply on the life and time of our patron saint, St. Joseph and his role in our salvation.”
“Therefore, my fellow farhers, it is a privilege to us to have St. Joseph as our patron Saint. Beckon on him in the time of family discrepancy, be a good father and play your roles diligently as a father” Nnajiaku advised.
Rev. Fr. Sampson Ogbuebuna who is the Chaplain of Catholic Men Organization, Onitsha Archdiocese equally felicitated with fathers and urged them to rise up to what is expected from them in their families, Church and society.
” Fathers are needed in every ramifications. Remember that without God, you will do nothing. When fathers are performing their roles in the Church, families and society, sky would be their limit”.
Among the parishes the PG visited included, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church New Heaven Okpoko and St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church Okpoko all in Ogbaru LGA. At St. Francis of Assisi parish, the PG was received by Chief Cyprain Ekwalor and his executives in a special way.
Former vice Chairman parish council, Mr. Patrick Nwaugwu commended the father’s for their courage in staging the occasion and advised them to fetch for more members, just as one of the parish CMOpatroness, Mrs. Nne Nne Nwokeji expressed that she was delighted over this year’s fathering Sunday celebration.