By Ononye VC
It was a very joyous day last sunday as Catholic Mothers celebrated the Mother’s Day across the various parishes in the Archdiocese of Onitsha.
At the head of the Metropolitan See of Onitsha and Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity ,the Rector of the Basilica Very Rev Fr Francis Nwokedi Ezumezu and a host of other priests,celebrated special thanksgiving masses for the mothers.
The mothers dressed in their beautiful uniforms were high in spirit and joyous physically.
The Basilica Parish Catholic Women Organisation (CWO)were led by Pharmacist Ify Onochie in presentation of gifts to the Basilica Rector,his associates and vicars.
The Archdiocesan Financial Administrator Very Rev Fr Philip Ibeneme had some good words for the women and commended them for their steadfastness in their contributions towards welfare of priests and the church in general.
Other executive members present are,the Vice President,Mrs Lilian Uche,the Secretary,Mrs Okorji Nkiru,the Treasurer Mrs Chinwe Anyaora,the Fin Sec,Mrs Chinelo Igwe and the Asst Secretary Mrs Tessy Madu.
Meanwhile,a Catholic Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Longinus Ugonwa, has said that Mothering Sunday provides an opportunity for Christians to appreciate the exceptional role mothers play in families.
Ugonwa, who is the Parish Priest of Christ the King Parish, GRA, Enugu, said this in a sermon on Sunday to mark this year’s Mothering Sunday celebration.
He said that mothers play crucial roles in their children’s upbringing and stabilising of their homes.
He, therefore, admonished mothers not to relent in their task of taking care and monitoring the activities of their children and wards.
He said that monitoring the activities of the children and wards in their custody would enable them to know when they begin to go astray and restrain them early enough.
The cleric regretted that many women, who pride themselves as mothers, often discover they were ignorant about certain abuses happening under their nose.
He, therefore, urged them to strive be alive to their responsibility always.
According to him, society will not be peaceful, if the family is not in order.
He urged fathers to join hands with their wives to make their families great and exemplary.