It was an atmosphere filled with excitement, glamour and appreciation as a special Holy Mass was celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Arochukwu in Abia State in commemoration of Mothering Sunday.
During the mass in which mothers acted as Mass Servers and took the readings, dozens of mothers beautifully clad in their Christian Women Organisation (CWO) uniform were brought to the alter while the rest of the congregation prayed for divine grace, protection and blessings upon them.
The Mass also featured a Thanksgiving Service by family members of Late Princes Ezinne Ejigimato Onoh, whose remains were interred at her Family Vault in Obichie Royal Compound, Ugwuakuma Village on Wednesday, 20th April, 2022.
In his sermon, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Austin Kanu described mothers as special creatures who play key and remarkable roles in the building of responsible homes.
Fr. Kanu said ” We look forward to this day. Today is a very special day for our mothers, sisters , grandmothers, aunties and indeed all mothers”.
Father Kanu who noted with happiness that since yesterday people have been flooding the social media to celebrate their mothers congratulated all mothers and prayer for them.
He said, “People took to social media to congratulate their mothers.
“Mothers! it will be well with you. We remember them in very special way and appreciate them”.
The priest reminded mothers on the need to be more dedicated to the upbringing of their children, saying their target should always be to become good mothers to their children, good wives to their husbands, and good sisters to their siblings.
“The difference of a good mother is clear. Today we pray God to please bless our mothers, protect them and give them wisdom to manage their children”.
Reverend Father Kanu while extolling the virtues of Late Ezinne Ester Onoh, noted that she lived life worthy of emulation and prayed that God grants her soul eternal happiness. Ezinne Esther Onoh from Obichie Royal House, Ugwuakuma Village and married to Nnaoha Simon Onoh died on January, 4 and buried on April 20 according to the tradition of the Catholic Church.
According to Fr. Kanu, “Last week, we buried our Ezinne, Ester Onoh. When I visited her while she was still alive, she said she was glad that all her children had remained Catholics.
“I saw her children, grown up ones, shedding tears during her Requiem Mass. That means they shared in the love. We pray specially that God accepts her soul and grant her eternal rest.
“There are great legacies that she left. Her children should be grateful for having her as their mother”, Fr. Kanu stated.
Continuing, he said ” Next Sunday, we are going to celebrate the fathers. Father and mother should team up to bequeath core moral values in their children
” May God give them the grace to do what they have been called to do which is being good mothers
” Bad leaders, unknown gun men, lies all come from families. It is a lot easier to train a child than to repair an adult”.
High point of the Mass was the procession to the alter by different groups including mothers association and Late Ezinne Ester’s Family members to present gifts to God.