Annual Diocesan Grotto

HO DIOCESAN END OF YEAR PILGRIMAGE TO THE GROTTO ENDS.

Several hundreds of Catholic faithful from all parishes and outstations participated in the 2018 Ho Diocesan End-of-Year pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Kpando-Agbenorxoe over the weekend.

The pilgrimage which was climaxed on Sunday 9th December, 2018 with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary had in attendance various groups and confraternities in the diocese.

Among them were, the Catholic Women Association, Catholic Men Fellowship, Perpetual Help Confraternity, Charismatic Renewal, Knights of St. John International and Ladies Auxiliary, Knights and Ladies of Marshall as well as the Diocesan Mass Choir.

Also present were, Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church (SMMC), student groups from some Senior High Schools and tertiary institutions including the Ho Nursing Training College.

A team from the Diocesan Health Service were on standby and attended to medical emergencies at the Grotto.

The Bishop of Ho Diocese, Most Rev. Fianu Emmanuel Kofi, SVD in a homily, emphasized and explained the dogma of the Immaculate Conception while giving its historical background. The consequence of this divine and singular privilege was what Mary was to become; the mother of Jesus Christ.

He called on all Christians to follow the will of God and the teachings of Christ in order to avoid sin because it disorganizes our lives. They are to imitate Mary and become shining examples in the world through their way of life.

He also used the opportunity to give a brief catechesis on the structure of Catholic liturgical celebrations as well as rubrics guiding them. The solemnity of the day, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he said, is one of the highly ranked celebrations in order of rank which requires the singing of the "Gloria", a song forbidden during the season of Advent.

Earlier on Saturday, faithful commenced the pilgrimage with a rosary procession from Kpando-Fesi to the grotto.

This was followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), Holy Mass led by Bishop Fianu, Prayer and Deliverance session as well as the Stations of the Cross.

The Bishop, before imparting the end of year blessings on pilgrims, outdoored a committee to take charge of the development of the grotto.

DEPSOCOM, HO - 2018

GROTTO DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OUTDOORED

A nine-member committee has been constituted by the bishop to oversee the holistic development of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Kpando-Agbenoxoe.

The committee is made up of the following members;

BISHOP FIANU COMMISSIONS CLASSROOM BLOCK AT BIAKPA

Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD, Bishop of Ho, has commissioned a six- Unit Classroom Block for the St. Joseph R.C Primary School at Avatime Biakpa with a call on stakeholders to continue resourcing schools with teachers, teaching and learning materials.

HOMILY OF THE THANKSGIVING MASS

HOMILY AT THE THANKSGIVING MASS ON 4TH OCTOBER 2015 (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, both the First Reading and the Gospel invite us to reflect on the indissolubility of marriage.
We all know that this is one of the thorny issues in contemporary society. We are all witnesses to the high rate of divorce in our society today. As Christians, we uphold the dignity and sacredness of the union between man and woman. We defend the right of every child to a family that reflects the biblical teachings that we heard today in the First Reading and the Gospel.

INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY THE BISHOP

ADDRESS OF GRATITUDE BY BISHOP EMMANUEL KOFI FIANU, SVD ON THE OCCASION OF HIS EPISCOPAL ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION AS THE SECOND BISHOP OF THE HO CATHOLIC DIOCESE.

ARTISANS EQUIPPED TO START BUSINESS

The Development Office of Ho Catholic Diocese, has presented start-up tools and equipment to 66 selected artisans in the Volta Region.
Catholic Bishop presenting the donation. The items are to help the beneficiary hairdressers, carpenters, dressmakers, bakers and kente weavers, establish their own “community level businesses.”

15 COMMUNITIES IN VOLTA REGION EMBRACE ADR

A protracted land boundary dispute between two families of Kpando has successfully been resolved through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to the satisfaction of members of the community. The two-year dispute between the family of John Zikpi and that of Sena Mireku was resolved within five days by trained mediators

HO CATHOLIC DIOCESE GETS DORMANT ARTISANS BACK TO WORK

The Ho Diocese of the Catholic Church has brought together some skilled but dormant artisans from 30 communities and given them tit-bits on entrepreneurship and working tools to enable them fend for themselves.

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