. . Mama Maria Umeadi Lived out her Christian Faith – Fr. Okpalike
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The remains of late Mrs. Ezinne Maria Oyibo Umeadi, were on Friday, April 26, 2019, interred to rest in her compound, Umubele Village, Awka, Anambra South, after a concelebrated burial Mass held at SS John & Paul Catholic Parish, Awka.
Late Maria Umeadi, who died of illness on March 13, 2019 at 96 years old, was the mother of the Chairman, Umubele Village Meeting, Lagos Branch and member, Awka Ambassadors Club of Nigeria, Sir Lawrence Umeadi.
Leading in the concelebrated burial Mass, the parish priest, Ss John & Paul Parish, Umubele- Awka, Very Rev. Msgr. Betrand Muojekwu, thanked God for the good long life He blessed the deceased and prayed for the happy repose of her soul. Msgr. Muojekwu, commended the children for what he described as the striking way they took good care of their mother while she was alive.
In his homily, an Awka Diocesan priest and a senior lecturer at University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus), Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Okpalike, described late Umeadi as one of the committed Catholics of old, who attached strict importance to catechesis and lived out her Christian faith.
Rev. Fr. Okpalike, who flayed the contemporary Christians over what he described as their less affair attitude to catechesis, stressed the need for lives spent in strengthened faith among the people of God. He noted that those who believed and preached in the name of Christ were those who lived and died in the Lord, just like the deceased.
The Catholic priest advised Christians against giving in to so-called preachers, who he said do not preach heaven, but instead remain firm in God even in the midst of difficulties, so as to share in the joys of Christ’s resurrection in the end.
In his remarks, the deceased’s only son, Sir Lawrence Umeadi (KSJI), commended all who joined in the Holy Mass for the repose of his mother’s soul, and comforted them over the loss for their goodwill. Umeadi, who expressed his joy that their mother died in the Lord, thanked the priests for the Sacraments they administered on the deceased, and prepared her for the eternal journey.
He tasked all on good Christian lives that contributed to the wellbeing of others, saying that such good actions lead one to heaven.
Late Mrs. Umeadi was survived by her two children, Sir Lawrence Umeadi (KSJI) and Lady Loreta Okafor; six grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous relatives.