The great event of the day was the Launching of
the Nigerian Chaplaincy catholic Men Organisation, (NCCMO), in recognition of
the role of Nigerian men, especially Catholic fathers, in keeping the Nigerian
Community and their families in
The event had come exactly two years after the Launching of the Nigerian Chaplaincy Women Organisation, (NCCWO), on Mother’s Day in 2008. Members of the Nigerian Tansi Group also celebrated their anniversary on that day, to provide witness to the glory of God in Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi.
Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Albert Ofere,
Chaplain, recalled that the day had been chosen in consideration of the role of
to family life what the Eucharist is to the Church,” he added. He also said
that as the congregation prayed for
Joining Father Albert to concelebrate were Fathers Austin Mbelu, Assistant Chaplain, Innocent, Assistant Chaplain and Vincent Chidi Dike.
Fr. Dike, a Priest for 14 years, who had
been ordained at the catholic diocese of Orlu and now reading for a Master’s
Degree in Pastoral Theology at St.
Mary’s University in
The Gospel was taken from
In his homily, Fr. Dike drew
analogies with the treatment of women in rural communities in
What followed next was classic Nigerian Mass! Prayers of the Faithful were said in Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa and Urhobo/Itsekiri languages and songs rendered in Efik, “Obong, Obong tua nnyin mbom”, Lord Have Mercy and Communion Song was Hausa, “Sai-Kuzo” but the Chorus was in Yoruba, “E-sie O-lu-wa Olu-wa Jesu E sie O”.
During the Offertory at which the Nigerian catholic Chaplaincy band played, the procession was led by representatives of the Catholic men Organisation, catholic Women Organisation and the Blessed Tansi Group; the atmosphere was electrifying as almost everyone got up from his or her seat to give offering and thanksgiving to the Lord for his Goodness, with the women in their gorgeous head gear, waving handkerchiefs above their heads and dancing to the altar, followed by the men, bending low and swaying from the left to the right, in obvious ecstasy, to the accompaniment of the rhythmic tunes.
The highlight of the occasion was the invitation by Fr. Innocent to all the Catholic Men Organisation and catholic Women Organisation, to say the prayer of Consecration to the Holy Family followed by the induction of the Executive Members of the catholic Men’s Organisation, a lighted candle was placed beside the statute of Our Blessed lady heightened the solemnity of the occasion.