A THREE-IN-ONE ceremony took place at St Patrick’s, Basorun, Ibadan on 15 September, starting with the solemn admission of some members into the Confraternity of Christian Mothers (CCM).

 The second event was a special thanksgiving Mass by Rev. Fr Peter Ikechukwu from Orlu Diocese, who until last month was a deacon at St Patrick’s, Basorun, Ibadan.

The third one was the family thanksgiving of three parishioners: Dr Peter Kolawole, Sir Mike Orji and Chief (Mrs) Akinniyi.

Rev. Fr Peter Ikechukwu celebrated the Mass with Rev. Fr Peter Popoola, parish priest, concelebrating.

Fr Popoola, homilist, described the cross and by extension crucifix as symbols of victory and liberation that must be cherished and used effectively to our advantage as Catholics.

According to him, the Church in her wisdom has prepared the readings of the last few days, starting from the exaltation of the cross down to the solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrow, to draw our attention to the importance of the cross and why we must give meaning to it.

The homilist enjoined each parishioner to carry his or her cross with faith and let his or her good deed or work manifest in the society as a Christian.

The priest however warned Christians to beware of the various emblems of moral which they hang in their houses; rather, cultivate the habit of identifying yourselves with emblems of immortality which is the Cross.

He explained that the five identified wounds on Christ – on the head, the palms, the side and the feet – are signs that must demonstrate to us mercy and love of God to humanity.

He therefore urged the congregation to make use of the Cross to liberate themselves from what may be termed generational curses.

He told the members of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers not to exclude their husbands in the schemes of things but rather make themselves instruments of joy, holiness and happiness.

The members were also reminded of the divine obligation which makes it imperative to do their assignments well and never engage in acts of comparing themselves with others.

The president of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Ibadan archdiocese, Prof. M.C. Azuzu, explained that the CCM is a pious organisation formed in France in the 18th century by a group of Christian mothers who could be regarded as prayer warriors. They were fond of praying for their husbands, children and families, she said.

Prof. Azuzu explained that the CCM is not competing with any organisation in the Church; acknowledging that the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) is an umbrella body for all catholic women.

The occasion featured the induction of new members of the CCM after a special prayer and presentation of medals.

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