The Accra Archdiocesan launching of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization, 110th anniversary has been held on Sunday 15th August 2021.
The event took place during the Eucharistic celebration on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. James Catholic Church, Osu-Re; this comes few weeks after the national launching transpired at the Conference Hall of the National Catholic Secretariat, (NCS) under the theme “Let us care for the family in difficult times”.
The Priest in charge and the Chaplain of the Accra Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obeng Codjoe warmly welcomed all present.
The Homilist, Very Rev. Fr. John K. Louis focused on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “Mary is sinless and was in the state of grace that is why her womb was chosen to bring forth the saviour. since the body is sinless upon her death could not perish but taken body and soul into heaven, the mystery celebrated by the church today” he further stated three points to learn
Hope-He explained that the Assumption of Mary gives hope to Christians that heaven is possible hence the need to avoid sin and confess our sins always.
Comfort– Mother Mary went through obstacles but kept her faith in God and was rewarded.
Trust- Christians must trust in the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The launching was graced by the Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, Very Rev. Fr. John K. Louis on behalf of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp.Other representatives of various organizations in the Church were present to grace the occasion.
Mrs Mary Baffoe-Ashun, the Accra Archdiocesan president (AACCW) said the mandate of the council is to coordinate and collate the activities of the various women societies from the Parish level to the Diocese then to the National level; The National also sends reports to the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC)
Every year during the WUCWO DAY celebration, the council at least undertake a social charity donation, so far donations have been sent to the Prisons and Centre of Hope at Abossey Okai, a centre managed by Rev. Sr. Colette Mwaakpaar that takes care of the aged, vulnerable, street children, as well as Aids patients, many others. She added
It is obvious that their activities are in line with its mission statement: WUCWO aims to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of the Catholic women in society and the Church; to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelization, to work for human development, particularly in increasing educational opportunities, poverty reduction, and advancement of human rights.
Brochures containing activities of the council were sold and there was an appeal to parishioners to support the councils’ functions.
Mrs Perpetual Oppong in a short speech said Jesus use all the women to glorify God. She also advocated monetary support to save the church and the country.
Juliette Manomey// Depsocom Accra