By Regina Igwebuike/Sunday Okoli :
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Jan. 13, 2020
(MOI) Mr Festus Emeka Ilozor, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ministry of Youth
and Creative Arts has tied the Nuptial knots with his heart throb, Miss
MaryVivian Chinasa Okeke.
The wedding was held on Jan. 11,
at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia.
Delivering a homily during the
celebration of the wedding Mass, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev.
Paulinus Ezeokafor emphasised that marriage was not a contract, rather, a
covenant between a spouse and God.
``Marriage is permanent. It needs total
commitment and love is the glue that sticks the couple together.
``Your love for each other must
transcend physical and material things.’’
Ezeokafor noted that there was no
perfect marriage. ``Marriage is hard work. Volunteer yourself to work daily on
``Marriage needs proper maintenance and
service. If this is not done, it will breakdown exposing the couple to
The Prelate said that marriage had a
weakness, urging the couple not to focus on each other’s weakness to get the
best out of their strength.
He stressed that every marriage had its
own challenges. ``Marriage is not a bed of roses. Every good marriage has gone
through its own test of blazing fire’’.
``True love proves in times of
challenges. Fight for your marriage. Make up your mind to stay with your spouse
in times of need.’’
Ezeokafor while cautioning the couple
to be contented with each other urged them to avoid marriage stresses, be
patient and work hard to achieve their marriage dreams.
Very Rev. Fr. Michael Onwukike, new
Parish Priest, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia said that the latest
couple were active in Church activities.
He noted that Festus was a former
Deanery youth president, while MaryVivian is incumbent Diocesan Mary league
Girls Association and Parish President St. Matthew’s Lay Readers Association,
Mr Emma Ezeokafor, a former President
Awka Diocesan Laity Council, who sponsored the marriage, said that the union
had a price to pay, emphasising that it was like a bank account.
``It is the money that you deposit that
you withdraw. If you don’t deposit love, peace and care into your marriage, you
are not a candidate for a blissful marriage.’’
Mr Ilozor expressed happiness at the
turn-out of people to grace occasion.
He prayed God to give them the strength
and resources to work tirelessly to actualise their dreams. (MOI)