The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, was on Saturday the Chief Mass server at the altar during the celebration of Father’s Day at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, Benin City.
The Mass was organised by the Christian Men Organisation (CMO) of the parish to mark this year’s Father’s Day.
The deputy governor, a devout Catholic, was also presented with an award with the statue of St. Joseph for his humility, meekness and steadfastness towards the growth and development of the Church and the society at large.
Speaking to newsmen after the Mass , Shaibu narrated his beautiful experience as an alter boy in Kaduna during his childhood days.
“This is the fourth time I am serving Mass as an alter server here at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. As fathers we have a responsibility to shape our children’s character and attitude via our positive utterances.
” As a nation the President and Governors are fathers to the Nation and States respectively, hence they should act as fathers for prosperity to abound,” he said.
The deputy governor called on all political leaders, captains of industries, artisans, traders and parents to also act as fathers to their staff and children.
The Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Edwin Omorogbe, who was the Chief Host, in his words, blessed all the Catholic Fathers for their zeal, unity and progress, especially in their commitment towards the development and breakthroughs of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, Benin City.
Giving his homily, the Catholic priest called on fathers to always emulate the life styles of Joseph and his son, Jesus Christ, which is worthy of emulation in parenting and harmonious living.
He therefore wished the members of CMO well in all their endeavours and fatherly role in building a healthy society.