By Alexander Adejoh
As part of their tradition of celebrating the New Year, the National Association of Catholic Corps Members (NACC) Anambra Chapter, Awka South LGA, Anambra State, last Sunday held their New Year talent show and get together.
The event which took place at the Secretariat of the National Association of Catholic Corps Members, Nodu Village, Okpuno, Awka South LGA, was graced by the chaplain of the association, ex-corps members, as well as members and well-wishers of NACC from about seven local government areas of the state.
Leading in the Holy Mass, the Anambra State Chaplain of NACC, Rev Fr Clement Muozoba, advised the corps members to take their sacrament seriously and not neglect the power of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
He said they were in a society where Catholics no longer had regard for catechism classes, saying that the number of people who received communion at masses was abysmal.
He charged them to live a life worthy of emulation and stay away from immorality and anything that would tarnish their image and that of NACC as well. He commended the state executive under the leadership of Bro Peter Goma, the president of NACC Anambra Chapter, for his tireless efforts and prayed God to take them to greater heights.
In his speech, Bro Goma thanked God for his grace upon them and admitted that since assuming office as the state president, no record of any serious illness or death of a member had been reported.
‘It is worth celebrating as the reports from other states are contradictory to our testimony,’ he said, even as he further appreciated the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor, and his auxiliary, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye, for their fatherly love and support.
‘To our amazing chaplain, Fr Clement, we can’t thank you enough, you are one in a million, and the association will always live to remember you,’ he added.
Goma further urged all members of the association to be committed and dedicated to their places of primary assignment, describing it as a clarion call for national service.
He charged them to treat others the way they wanted to be treated. He also charged all present to live a live worthy of emulation.
Speaking to Fides, Mr Ekuma Uchechukwu, a member of the association, appreciated God for the gift of the New Year, praying and hoping that the year would be fruitful, even as he looked forward to having such a gathering again by the end of the year to appreciate God.