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CAPE-COAST GRAND LADIES’ AUXILIARY CELEBRATE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

The District One of Cape Coast Grand Ladies’ Auxiliary, Knights of St. John International held this year’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Memorial celebration at the Christ the King Catholic Church, Effiakuma on June 8, 2024.

Under the theme “Mary, our Mother and Intercessor”  (John 2:3), the programme brought together all the ten Subordinate Auxiliaries under the District’s jurisdiction.

Very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Kwesi Dolphyne, the Spiritual Director of the District,  spoke on the theme for the celebration before Mass urging the Sisters to be humble, courageous, faithful and to trust in God’s plan. He emphasised the need to serve others with love and compassion, be a source of unity and peace, reflect the love of God, and pray through Mary’s intercession.

In his homily during the Eucharistic celebration, Very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Kwesi Dolphyne emphasized the importance of taking Mary's Immaculate Heart as a model in Faithfulness in Seeking Jesus; Pondering in the Heart and Obedience to God's Will, stressing that Mary continued to search for Jesus with unwavering determination despite the anxiety and confusion, reflected deeply on God's words and actions in her life and was completely obedient to God's will, from the Annunciation to the foot of the Cross.

 

He charged the Sisters  to cultivate a heart like Mary’s—full of love, faith, and obedience and ready to seek Jesus diligently, to reflect on God's work in their lives, and to commit themselves wholly to His will.

Other features of the programme included consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary led by the Spiritual Director, a cash donation to the Christ the King Catholic Church, Effiakuma, Marian song renditions by all the ten Subordinate Auxiliaries and praying of the Holy Rosary led by Noble Sister Elena Vera Aikins.

The programme was graced by the presence of Rev. Friar Derrick Bressey, the  Parochial Vicar of the host Church, Brigadier General Joseph Kwamena Brainoo, the Cape Coast Grand Commandery President and some Brothers from the Local Commanderies under 1st District Commandery.

Noble Sister Mary Limuoh, the host Auxiliary President delivered the welcome address while Noble Sister Joana Ampah-Afful, the District 1st Vice President informed Sisters of the purpose of the gathering.

BISHOP ATTAKRUH ADMINISTERS CONFIRMATION ON 230 CANDIDATES

The Most Rev. John Baptist Attakruh, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi- Takoradi has graced the Our Lady of Assumption Parish (OLA), Shama with a two-day pastoral visit.

The visit which took place from Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, June 9, 2024, witnessed a bumper harvest of Two Hundred and Thirty (230) candidates receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The two-day historic visit commenced with the arrival of the Bishop, Most Rev. John Baptist Attakruh on Saturday evening, followed by a rousing welcome by the jubilant priest and the parishioners from all the outstations of the Parish, who came out in their numbers to welcome the Bishop at the Applause Square.

 

With a vibrant brass band guiding the way, the Bishop was led in procession through the streets of Shama to the Church.  

 

Mr. Francis Enimil Ashun, the PPC President delivered a heartfelt welcome address, during which he gave a brief history of the parish, highlighting that OLA was the second parish in the Diocese after Axim parish.

 

The youth were on hand to entertain the congregation with choreography and cultural display, while the choir enlivened the atmosphere with their musical rendition.

In his homily, during the Eucharistic celebration that climaxed his visit on Sunday, June 9, 2024, Bishop Attakruh expressed heartfelt gratitude to the congregation, acknowledging their foundational role in shaping the Church's presence in the community and the Diocese.

 

He emphasized the divine gift of the Holy Spirit as their source of strength urging them to hold firm to their faith and embrace the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He implored the candidates to eschew sin in their lives and become beacons of faith, drawing others into the fold.

 

Most Rev. John Baptist Attakruh thanked Rev. Fr. Alexander Kojo Amponsah for doing such great work ( the Parochical Vicar  in the absence of the late Very Rev. Samuel Ebulley Afful), He also thanked Very Rev. Fr. Peter Kwesi Mensah for supporting Father Amponsah and extended gratitude to all who attended and supported the planning and execution of this momentous celebration.

 

Welcoming the Bishop during the Mass, Rev. Fr. Alexander Kojo Amponsah, expressed his gratitude for the unwavering support and devotion of the parishioners and expressed appreciation to the outstations for gracing the occasion.

 

Also present at the celebration were some Board Members and Staff of Lower Pra Rural Bank.

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SACRED HEART CONFRATERNITY INITIATES NEW MEMBERS

The Sacred Heart of Jesus confraternity initiated seven (7) new members, comprising two males and five females, on June 7, 2024, the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The initiation ceremony took place at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Shama Junction, involving 4 Deaneries in the Sekondi -Takoradi Diocese,  namely: Apowa, Takoradi, Sekondi and Shama.

Rev. Fr. Isaac Mensah, the Parish Priest, presided over the Eucharistic celebration with Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Sikayena and Msgr. Joseph Gyim-Austin, the Diocesan and Sekondi Deanery Spiritual Directors respectively, concelebrating.

Msgr. Gyim-Austin, in his homily, emphasised the importance of maintaining a clean and pure heart, free from hatred and acrimony.

 

He also urged the newly initiated members  to have the heart to accommodate and tolerate one another as God showed the Israelites.

BISHOP ATTAKRUH COMMISSIONS WATER PROJECT

The Most Rev John Baptist Attakruh, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi commissioned a borehole facility at the Immaculate Conception Rectorate at Kejabil.

Commissioning the borehole on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, Bishop Attakruh stated that the borehole project, funded by Mr. & Mrs Rolf Agatha JOX and family from Germany aimed to provide accessible potable water for learners in the Catholic Basic School adding that the project will benefit the Church and the community at large.

He thanked the donors, the JOX family for their charitable works in the Diocese, pointing out that this was the third borehole they had constructed.

While admonishing the beneficiaries to take good care of the facility, Bishop Attakruh cautioned that if care is not taken, the country will experience perennial water shortage in the near future, due to the activities of galamsey that is gradually destroying our water bodies. 

The Bishop explained that water is life and very precious, urging the learners to grow up to become good citizens who will resolutely protect the water bodies.

Nana Angamatse Vl, the Chief Of Kejabil who was represented by Hon. Timothy Ampem, the Assembly Man thanked the Catholic Church for bringing this project to the town.

The Diocesan Coordinator for Women and Gender issues, Miss Linda Aggrey advised Parents and Teachers to see to the maintenance of the water project and assist learners to take good care of it.

Present at the commissioning ceremony were, Very Rev. Fr. Francis LeMaire, Vicar General; Rev Msgr Joseph Gyim Austin, and Very Rev. Fr. Gordon Buadi Miezah, Chancellor and Priest-in-charge of Kejabil.