St. Mark Catholic Church, Ashongman-Estate in the Archdiocese of Accra recently launched its 25 year’s with tributes pouring out to great men and women whose courage and goodwill led to the establishment of the church in 1995.
The Priest in charge of the church, Rev. Fr. Francis Oteng-Bawuah together with the members of the pastoral council encouraged all present to devote their time, unwavering hope and the burning desire to making the celebration a success and to seeing God’s Word take root in the Ashongman area.
Tributes also went to the founding priests from Queen of Peace Parish Madina, Rev. Fr. Mouldes and the Archbishop Dominic Andoh for giving his blessing and support for the establishment of the church. The all year round celebration has the theme “The Good News of Jesus Christ; celebrating our past, committing to the future”.
The theme put together by the anniversary planning committee has the following activities: health promotion exercise within the Ashongman community, a night of hymns, a program of praise and worship, memorial service for all departed members of the church, heritage day in the form of a photo gallery of the church from inception till date, recount of the history of the church and children quiz based on the church.
Special days of celebration will also be set aside for all men, women, and for the Youth/Children, an open day with the Priest in charge and the Archbishop, a retreat, home coming for former priests, seminarians and old parishioners. Lastly, Street evangelization, Dedication of the church and thanksgiving mass to climax the 25th anniversary.
As part of the celebrations, a logo competition has kick started, especially for the youth to partake in the celebration by designing the 25th Anniversary official logo which will be used for all activities including the anniversary parish cloth, T-shirts, and other souvenirs. The design is expected to include the following; The Anniversary theme: UNITY and LOVE, ST. MARK, TOGETHERNESS. A very special prize awaits the winner of the competition.
Juliette Y. Manomey