St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Bator marks 75 years

The St. Maria Goretti Catholic church, Bator and its outstations were overwhelmed for the 3-day pastoral visit of His Grace Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, Cssp, The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra on the occasion of the diamond jubilee climax of the Church.

The Church which was established by the work of the Divine Word Missionaries SVD, to spread the Good News of Christ currently has 19 outstations.
The colourful celebration was also witnessed by Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu, Chiefs of Bator traditional council, other dignitaries and parishioners was well attended.
Mr. Vincent Hadzor, the PPC Chairman welcomed all and sundry to the memorable occasion and also gave a brief history about St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church.
According to Him, the Catholic Church did not reach the Tongu area until the nineteen twenties (1920).Work at the mission house did not begin until 1943while the earliest of the church did not take root until 1930. However missionaries travelled from the then Trans Volta Togoland and they met challenges with the crossing of the Volta Lake to evangelize in the outstations.
The PPC chairperson Mr.Vincent Hadzor said the only hospital in the Archdiocese is located at Bator while the St. Kizito Senior High Technical School was absorbed into the public system in January 1993 and was put into the management of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.
The main celebrant, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp was the homilist. He charged the people p of Bator to talk little but do more especially on corruption and that it is not okay to only blame government officials but the ordinary person as well. It may be market women, security officers, teachers, and nurses, all of us he added.
Jesus gave His life as an example of love and He donated his life so that we shall have peace. What is worrying is that “many of us believe in God; what is the quality of “our believe” either Muslim or Christian.” if we continue to engage in corruption.
The Archbishop also spoke on the introduction of Comprehensive Sexuality Education which the government through the Ministry of Education intended to introduce into the basic school curriculum come next academic year . He noted that this plan is unhealthy and he urged the Ministry of Education and the education unit to involve and hear the views of parents on matters concerning their wards educational development.
After the homily was Holy Sacrament of confirmation for over 100 candidates.
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu, expressed gratitude to the Catholic Church for continuous support to humanity.
Hon. Richard Collins Arku, The District Council Executive, entreated parents to be interested in their wards education.
Togbe Patamia Dzekle VII the Paramount Chief of Bator Traditional council cautioned the decision to include the Comprehensive Sexuality Education to pupils.
Also on the behalf of the SVD , the Provincial Superior, of Ghana-Liberia Province, Very Rev. Fr. George Amgbor, SVD delivered a goodwill message.
The 75th anniversary cake was cut to climax the celebration.

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