By Damian Ugiomoh

Mr. and Mrs. Sunday Okwu’s family processing with thanksgiving to the Altar during their 10th Wedding Anniversary last week in Kuje, AbujaIt was celebration galore last weekend at St. Kizito’s Catholic Parish, Kuje when the Chairman of the Archdiocesan Parish Communications Committee (APCC) Mr. Sunday Okwu marked his 10th wedding anniversary in thanksgiving to God.

The thanksgiving which attracted couples who have attained 25 years in marriage to St. Anthony’s Pasali, members of the APCC, Board of Lectors, Parish Pastoral Council (PCC) members, friends and well-wishers saw Mr. and Mrs. Okwu dancing to the altar in thanksgiving to God for keeping them as husband and wife together for the past 10 years.

The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Michael Ngoka, CM, who was on hand to receive them with the officiating Priest, Rev. Fr. Colins Ekpe, CM, said he has come to identify with his good friend, Sunday Okwu through whom God has been doing great things both in the parish and in the Archdiocese.

Fr. Ngoka said; “I like to identify with any marriage celebration to encourage couples to do the will of God through tolerance, endurance and faithfulness never to opt for divorce at any slight misunderstanding.”  

He described Mrs. Evelyn Okwu as a very young lady who appeared as if to be searching for a husband, adding that, “the two are a great pair taking care of each other very well”, and called on parishioners to join in their celebration.

He promised to be present by the time the couple will be marking their Marriage Silver Jubilee, which according to him would involve all parishioners irrespective of where the celebration would take place.
The thanksgiving Mass was presided over by the former Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Colins Ignatius Ekpe, CM who came in from Chicago, USA.

He encouraged Nigerians to keep praying for the country to have responsible leaders that will fix the country in terms of infrastructure.  

Fr. Ekpe also said Nigeria requires good structures for speedy development, “Nigeria can excel anywhere in the world once the structures are put in there,” he observed.

Fr. Ekpe congratulated the Okwu family and prayed God to give them more blessings, protection, good health of body and mind and resources to take care of their children.

In her brief remarks, the wife, Mrs. Evelyn Okwu expressed gratitude to God for giving her the dreamed family while praying for God’s wisdom, understanding and good health in order to serve Him better.

In his comments, Mr. Okwu who was visibly happy recalled their wedding day in 2006, officiated by Rev. Fr. Solomon Ukoh at Holy Trinity Parish, Maitama and said God has been faithful and kind to him and his household.

Mr. Okwu thanked all the guests and well-wishers and was particularly happy to have his former and present Parish Priests in his Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass even as he prayed God to keep him, his wife and children together in love, peace and progress.

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