The Uromi Diocesan Young Missionary Movement (YOMM) held her Annual Mission week Celebration at Brother Roman Catechitical and Renewal Center, Ekpoma from the 17th through the 20th of October, 2019. The program began with Rosary procession which was concluded at the Chapel. The opening Mass was celebrated by the Diocesan Chaplain of the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS), Rev. Fr. Michael Akhighu. Speaking on the theme of the Extraordinary Mission Month (EMM) “BAPTIZED AND SENT”, He advised the young missionaries to do the work of God with pride and without fear of anything. He also advised them to be disciplined and hardworking at all times. The inter denary quiz competition which was based on Catholic doctrines, Liturgy and the Bible took place after the Mass. The four deaneries that participated in it came out in the following positions: Ekpoma deanery, first position; Uromi deanery, second position; Ubiaja deanery, third position, Irrua deanery, fourth position.
The second day of the program began with Holy Mass after which a talk was delivered on the topic “Health, relationship and compatibility”. Relationship is the way in which two or more concept, objects or people are connected. The Guest Speaker, Dr Moses Ujadughe emphasized the need to be careful in any relationship, especially in that with the opposite sex. The need to examine compatibility was also emphasised. He noted that marriage and conjugal love are, by their nature, ordained towards the begetting and education of children.
The second talk titled “Baptized and Sent” was delivered by the Diocesan Coordinator of Holy Childhood Association (HCA), Rev. Sr Chidiogo Okeke (DDL). Once we are baptized, we are sent on a mission of taking Christ to the world. She spoke more on the need to always be ready to work for God and to be “Bible” for others to see and learn from. This session was followed by evangelization exercise, wherein the YOMM members went from home to home share the Goodnews with people. At the end of the evangelization exercise returned filled with joy.
The celebration also featured other activities such as old school parade, inter deanery cultural display, pageantry, film show on the life of saint Paul, sports, picnic and lots more. At the end of the pageantry, Erumusele MacDoris from St Gregory’s Catholic Church, Ekpoma emerged as the new Miss YOMM and Agbonifoh Jeremiah from Mary De Queen Catholic, Ekpoma emerged as Master YOMM. Awards and Certificates were presented to those that participated in the competitions and pageantry.
The young missionaries joined the St Gregory’s parishioners on Sunday in celebrating the world mission Sunday and had a Thanksgiving during the mass for the success of their program.
About 110 person with 4 representatives from Warri diocese participated at the program.
By Irene Odianosen