St Paul Catholic Church Nekede Celebrates 2020 Children’s Day
We must do well to integrate children into church activities –Fr. Isidienu
The Parish Priest St. Paul’s Catholic Church Umualum Nekede, Owerri West LGA, Rev. Fr. Wence Isidienu Cmf, has called on church authorities at all levels to put machineries in motion that would incorporate and integrate children into the day-to-day church programs.
This, he said would help in safeguarding the future of the church, since the tendency to maintain good morals and values cultivated early in life is high among humans.
The Claretian priest, who made the call last Sunday, as the parish marked Parish Children’s Day was full of gratitude to God for the ingenuity shown by church leaders in allowing various social activities such as: Father’s, Mother’s and Youth Days to flourish. He believed that availing same opportunity to children would mean completing a yearly circle of social activities for church members of all cadres.
“Every Tom, Dick and Harry in the church is important, he observed. Since we have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Youth Day, I feel it’s also worth doing to incorporate the children by setting aside their own Day. This, I feel will not only instill great sense of belonging in them, but would also go a long way in sustaining the moral teachings of the church as well as its rich traditions.”
The Parish Children’s Day had its inaugural edition same month last year with cultural exhibitions. And this year’s event, held at the parish playground with the theme: Heavenly Race, the children were divided into Six Houses namely: Archbishop Anthony Obinna, Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwobi, Rev. Fr. Wence Isidienu, Rev. Fr. George Njoku, Rev. Fr. Augustine Amadi and Rev. Fr. Desmond Okereke.
The Houses, which competed on a collection of sporting activities including march-past, dressing competition, water, sack and egg races, saw Archbishop Obinna House clinching the first position in march-past, while Fr. Desmond Okereke House went home with the Victor Ludorum (Overall winners).
Rev. Fr. Desmond Okereke Cmf presided at the Eucharistic celebration which kick started the event, while the parish priest and his other associate priests – Frs. George Njoku Cmf and Augustine Amadi Cmf assisted.
Preaching at the Mass, Fr. Isidienu harped on good morals among Christians, stressing the need for the faithful to remain conscious of the fact that every individual would definitely give account of his/her stewardship on earth.
According him, for Christians to live well, they must adopt cordial relationship with one another where love, respect and tolerance reign supreme.
Reflecting on the day’s gospel, the priest however called for life of patience and amenability, while urging the faithful not to be quick in passing judgment.
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