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ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, OSU, LAUNCHES CENTENARY ANNIVERSARY.

On Sunday 7th July 2024, the St. Peter Catholic Church, Osu, in the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra launched their centenary year anniversary with the theme: 100 years of Catholic mission in Osu; celebrating our faith, renewing our hope, and strengthening one another (1st Thes. 1:2-3).

The Auxiliary Bishop of Accra, Most Rev. Anthony N. Asare, who was the main celebrant of the occasion, in his homily told parishioners that they do not have to know someone before they treat them well. “It is good to treat people well no matter where they come from”, he said. He added that others have done their part and gone, it is now their time to leave behind a legacy of hope, love, and faith.  He urged the parishioners to speak the truth to themselves, the environment, and others because at the end of time, God will judge us all.

During the launch, the parish pastoral council chairperson Mrs. Cherie Lawson-Adamu in her speech told the church that the launch ushers them to the 100 years of existence of the Catholic Church in Osu. Therefore, from Sunday 7th July 2024 begins the celebration with the launch which will be climax on Sunday 29th June 2025 on their feast day. They shall celebrate in thanksgiving to God the 100 years existence of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Osu. 100 years of God’s faithfulness and journeying together in faith and making Christ known to others in the Osu community.

She added that, in the past years, they have experienced spiritual growth, nurtured people in a way of the Lord, touched many lives, and seen physical development. This achievement collectively, under the guidance of their priests and religious, is worthy of celebration. She further said, as a church community, they have over the years proven that nothing is impossible when each of them is resilient and fully committed to what they set their hearts and minds to do.

Also, she added that, as they begin the celebration of the centenary year, it must be a time of reflection and thanksgiving. She called on each other to fully and actively participate in the program scheduled for the year.

The member of parliament for the Korley Klotey constituency, Hon. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings also graced the occasion. In her message to the church, she encouraged them to push their politicians and their leaders in their communities to speak the truth even when they are campaigning. She was of the view that the time for speaking the truth is long overdue.

She also said, “what Ghanaians are looking for is integrity. What Ghanaians are looking for is truth. If we can speak the truth, then it means God is in us. As we speak the truth, we speak it kindly but we also guide those who are the mouthpiece in our communities to stand for what is right and what is true”.

In attendance at the launch were Rev. Fr. Bernard A. Kwarteng, the assistant parish priest, Very Rev. Fr. John K. Amoah, the dean of Osu Deanery, Very Rev. Fr. Abraham Dzebitor, SVD, the secretary to the SVD Provincial for Ghana-Liberia province, and some priests in the Osu deanery. Also in attendance were Isaac Adumuah Owuo (Nii Mantse Otsame), and Justice Anum Sai (Anorhor Gyase Spokesperson), and also some representatives from other parishes in the Osu deanery, and the parishioners of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Osu.

The official anniversary logo and cloth were unveiled. Rev. Fr. Wisdom Larweh, the parish priest, thanked the bishop, the priests and religious, representatives from the various parishes in the Osu deanery, the Hon. Member of Parliament, the representatives of the Osu stool, and the whole congregation and the guests for their presence and participation.

By Sr. Alberta Rabbles, HDR

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