On Sunday 29th of September 2019, members of the Young Catholic Men Organization (YCMO) from all over the Catholic Diocese of Uromi, gathered to celebrate the Holy Mass at St Joseph Catholic church, Igueben. It may have been a regular Sunday for the parishioners but for the YCMO it was a special occasion. It was the day when the maiden executive of the YCMO were inaugurated and commissioned to drive the affairs of the organization for the next four years. It was particularly remarkable because this occasion was held at St Joseph Catholic church, Igueben with St Joseph being the patron Saint of the organization.
The Holy Mass started at 9:00 am and was celebrated by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Uromi, Rev. Fr. Hilary Odenore, who stood in for the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese, Most Rev. Donatus Ogun. In his homily, Fr. Hilary stated that the story of the rich man and Lazarus is for everyone as it talks about our relationship with those around us. We should not always think that we do not have enough to give the person next to us. Rather, we should think less of ourselves and more about those in need around us. He congratulated the newly elected Diocesan executive and prayed that God Almighty grant them wisdom to successfully pilot the affairs of the YCMO for the next four years. He also called on other parishioners to encourage young men to join the organization.
The inauguration of the St. Joseph parish Igueben, YCMO executive was done before the Diocesan executive took their turn to be inaugurated. This was done by the Chancellor in the presence of the YCMO Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Esene and Rev. Fr. Patrick Ehizokhale. Afterwards, the YCMO Diocesan Secretary, Mr. George Onwumere, on behalf of the organization thanked His Lordship, the Bishop of Uromi Diocese for creating the organization and the Chancellor for being present to perform the inauguration.
After the Mass there was Diocesan meeting of the organization. The Mass also had the members of the Young Catholic Women Organization (YCWO) from across the Diocese present as their Diocesan meeting was scheduled to hold after the Mass.
We thank God for the successful inauguration and pray that the organization may rekindle the zeal in young men to work in the vineyard of God.
By George Onwumere