MESSAGE FROM FR. EMMANUEL OBENG CODJOE
WELCOME TO ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH, OSU - ACCRA!
It is my prayer for all Parishioners to partake in the activities organised for December. Do not miss any programme outlined for this month.
The absence of a Catholic Church in the Cantonment, Labone and “Regional Engineers” area required devoted Catholics to
join their fellow brethren at the St. Peter’s Parish in Osu to celebrate mass. It soon became clear that distance was a
difficulty causing parishioners despite all efforts to miss important session of the Sunday Mass.
A temporary solution was found at St Maroun’s Catholic Church, in central Osu. Although the Mass was spoken in Arabic, Mr. Osei Asibey, still an active parishioner and fellow Catholic parishioners were welcomed in 1961 by Fr. Abdullah to the Lebanese Catholic Community.
The Ghanaian parishioners at St Maroun grew over the ensuing year and included the late Mr. J H Allasani, late Mr. Bright Michael Opoku and Mr. Owusu Sarfo. In 1965, led and supported by the late Mr. J H Allasani and Mr. Owusu Sarfo, a request was made to His Grace, Emeritus Archbishop Dominic Kojo Andoh for permission for the Ghanaian elders to serve at Mass under the guidance of the Maronite Missionaries. His Grace, Emeritus Archbishop Dominic Kojo Andoh granted the request and Mass was conducted in English by visiting priests.
The late Mr. J H Allasani livened the Mass by organising a church choir interestingly made up of members of his household and later joined by the family members of Mr. Osei Asibey. Mr. Lawson later joined the choir as Choir Master.
The zeal and commitment of our fellow parishioners was recognised during a visit by His Grace, Emeritus Archbishop Dominic Kojo Andoh who conferred with Rev Fr Abdallah to arrange for accommodation and the appointment of a resident Priest to join Fr. Abdullah in serving the English speaking parishioners.