CWO Enugu Diocese Celebrates Mothers Sunday With Aplscd, As St. Mary’s Anglican Communion Ukpo Joins The Thanksgiving And Sensitization Tour

By Augustus Bill

The Catholic Women Organization of Enugu Diocese on sunday celebrated this year's mothers sunday with members of Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder at St Paul's Parish Ozalla Nkanu in Enugu State.

The mothers sunday, which is an annual celebration of the catholics used in commemorating the annunciation ceremony of Holy mary started with the holy mass at St Paul's Parish Nkanu venue for this year's celebration in Enugu Diocese.

The officiating priest Very Rev.Msgnr. Tobias Anichebe who is also the Chaplain of CWO in Agbani Deanery of Enugu Diocese, emphasised on the need for mothers to emulate the Holy mother Mary who had laid an exemplary lifestyle for all mothers to emulate. He charged mothers to be diligent in their duties and to keep cognizance of the fact that they hold a chunk of responsibilities in maintaining good morals in the society, since upbringing starts from home.

The celebration saw the presentation of pascal Candles to the six Deaneries of Enugu Diocese. While presenting the candles the Enugu Diocese CWO President Lady Eunice Oguanya Emphasized on the role of the candles, which she says signifies light and mothers in the receiving Deaneries should be light anywhere they find themselves.

The Deputy Governor of Enugu State Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo who was present at the celebration urged mothers to play their role in the family and not delegate their primary functions to maids and teachers. According to her, the high level of moral decadence in the society is as a result of the negligence of mothers is assuming their duties at home, thereby laying an unstable foundation for their wards.She also Commended the Association of people living with Sickle Cell Disorder who honoured their invitation for the Celebration, made an overwhelming speech as the sensitization demands, and was also assured of the Government positive and timely response.

The Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder were on a sensitisation campaign tour and thanksgiving services at the St Mary Anglican Communion Ukpo where they dedicated their Child and thanking God for the lives of her members from the parish on sunday, and led her group whom were hosted by the Enugu Diocese through their Catholic Women Organization (CWO). They took the sensitisation opportunity to inform and sensitize parents and especially mothers on the increase in carrier marriages, which is born out of ignorance by couples who neglect the impact of genotype in marriages.

Speaking during the celebration, Aisha Edwards the coordinator of the Sickle Cell Association, thanked the CWO for their role in aiding the sensitisation campaign which cuts across all states in the south East geopolitical zone. She that said they decided to move around various churches on a special day as the mothers sunday to not only celebrate with mothers but also to sensitize them on sickle Cell Anemia. However, she urged the Enugu state government to take clue from the Anambra State Government by enacting the Sickle Cell Law in their state.

Present at the celebration were the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the wife of the Speaker of Enugu State and other high profile political stalwarts in the state.

Earlier during the day, She applauded the Arch Deacon of the parish Rev. Orji for the good hospitality and attention the parish has shown to her group regardless of the emotional rollacoaster attributed to our condition by the society, she promised their regular celebration of services with her members in St. Mary Parish Ukpo at Dunukofia LGA where She briefly celebrated with the congregation and spoke to them on the need to know the status of their genotype before marriage so as to avert the risk of breeding a sickle Cell child.

St. Mary's Anglican communion who were glad to receive them thanked APLSCD for her strength, vigor , and most importantly being passionate and very caring towards their suffering parishioners who are very devotional in attendance to her meetings and promised to support the campaign in every possible way they can.

The Association continues her sensitisation campaign across the state, as they plan on the school to school campaign later in April.