Youth : Valentine Celebrations at Iwere-Ile

Posted on: 2015-02-19
Source: Tejikunle Regina Celine and Egunleti Clara Immacul

The catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) of St Joseph Catholic Church Iwere Ile in Iwajowa Local Government Area of Oyo State celebrated their St. Valentine Day on the 15th February, 2015 with a touch of difference. The celebration was shifted to the 15th instead of the 14th which is the feast day of St. Valentine due to the previously scheduled Presidential elections in the country.

The program which commenced around 4:45pm saw the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Peter Paul Akinsola Akinola introduce the master of the ceremony (MC) in the person of Mr Ogah Emmanuel Oshioazomhe who read out the program to be followed for the day. The programme kick-started officially with an opening prayer and worship songs led by Miss Babarinde Roseline at about 5:05pm, after which the Youth Anthem was recited by all members present.  

Having done this, then came the introduction of members starting from the members of the Parish Youth executive to the invited guests. The high point of the introduction came when the oldest man among us introduce himself last, he is an octogenarian Pa David Ajekiigbe, with the youths giving him a standing ovation.

Another interesting part of the celebration was the talk given on the topic "Our courtship experience in relation to St Valentine" by the Guest Speakers in the persons of Mr & Mrs Olagbenro Benjamin who incidentally celebrates their wedding anniversary that same day. The couple urged that we should caution ourselves as youths so that we would not have problem in our marital life. They both affirmed that it is good to wait in purity as this really helped them in their own courtship. After their talk, questions were asked bothering on what must be done in case either of the partner is demanding for pre-marital sex and the speaker said we should avoid such partners and always do what is right in the sight of God.

The ceremony came to its climax with exchange of gifts between youth members as they picked "invisible friends" amongst themselves as "vals". Dancing and answering of questions were also accompanied by eating and drinking by all members in Church's auditorium. The Parish Priest was also not left out in the picking of invisible friend as all participated in the exchange of gift.

The program came to an end with the Parish Priest giving the vote of thanks while he pointed out his observations bothering on the fact that some youths are too timid and closed up on themselves as they fail to interact with others and participate actively in the various activities. He encouraged that as youths we should always give our best to godly activities and equally exhorted all members present that we can do better in the organization and execution of our programs.

In his closing remarks, the MC apologized to anybody that might have been offended. Closing prayer followed immediately, led by Miss Alarape Mary at about 8:30pm as all the participating youths recounted the beautiful time they spent together.