Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD begun his canonical visit to Holy Parish, Hohoe Ahado on the 14th of June, 2021. In the late hours of the day at 3:15pm after his arrival, he was welcomed by the Priest in charge, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Debre and the Parish Pastoral Council(P.P.C.)
His Lordship paid a courtesy call on the chiefs and elders of Gbi-Ahado. There he was warmly welcomed by Togbe Kutor VIII and his elders. In his address, he thanked the people of Ahado for allowing the church to grow on their land. The Chief, Togbe Kutor VIII also expressed his gratitude to the Bishop and the Parish Pastoral Council members for the historical visit to them. He again prayed for continuous collaboration between the Church and the people of Ahado.
Right after the meeting with the chiefs and elders, His Lordship was given a surprised colourful birthday celebration. He was joined by the Priest in charge and the Chairman of the P.P.C. to cut a cake to mark his 64th birthday celebration.
Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD was joined in a Eucharistic celebration by the Priest in charge of the Parish, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Debre at 5:45 am on Tuesday, 15th June, 2021. In his homily, His Lordship admonished the faithful to let their attitude toward others not to be one of hatred, rejection or indifference.
"We should always have a commitment of goodwill, whether the people love us or not. This is only possible if we are people of faith and if we really take the words or teachings of Jesus to heart. We may be moved to act in this way if we take note of the reason that Jesus gave for recommending the love of enemies", He said.
Right after the Eucharist celebration, he held a meeting with the Catechists of the Parish. He also had a meeting with headteachers as well as teachers of Holy Rosary R.C Schools to address some of their pressing issues.
In the afternoon, his Lordship met the Parish Finance Committee (P.F.C.) to discuss issues concerning the finances of the Parish.
The bishop ended the second day of his week long visit with a meeting with Choirs in the Parish where they interacted concerning some pressing issues.
Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD had a Eucharistic celebration at St. Michael Church, Adabraka at 6:00am on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. In his homily, His Lordship admonished the faithful not to look for the acknowledgment of people when they give alms.
"Moments of alms-giving should also not be turned into occasions of publicity to let people know what we are doing. A true and faithful Christian who wants to follow the teachings of Christ will be discreet in offering alms.
We should be happy that God knows what we are doing in secret", He said. After the Eucharist celebration, he had a meeting with the Local Pastoral Council (L.P.C.). He also held a meeting with Strategic Planning Development and Maintenance sub committee.
His Lordship also had a meeting with the women of the Parish and wrapped up the third day of his canonical visit with a meeting with men in the Parish.
The Shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Ho, Most Reverend Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD together with Rev. Fr. Kenneth Debre met with parishioners on Thursday morning to celebrate Mass at Holy Rosary Church.
In his homily, his Lordship beseeched the faithful to learn to develop the right attitude to prayer and know how to blend praise and supplication to the greater glory of God.
"Just as our alms-giving is a private affair and should be treated as such, so also our private or personal prayers. We should not turn moments of private prayer into public shows. This only makes us hypocrites and not people of faith", he added.
His Lordship met with various community leaders after the Eucharist celebration where he charged them to assist the Priest to bring Christ to the people they are leading. His Lordship also had a meeting with the various youth groups and the non-aligned youths in the Parish where he provided answers to all their questions.
He ended his day with a meeting with the Local Pastoral Council (L.P.C.) of Holy Rosary Church.
Friday, 18th June, 2021 in the eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD continued his canonical visit to Holy Rosary Parish, Hohoe with a morning Mass.
In his homily, his Lordship advised the faithful to learn to faithfully follow the Lord Jesus Christ so that they can store treasures in heaven. He added that, "The treasure to be stored in heaven is gained by obedience to God and his commandments".
The Bishop paid a visit to an all day Parish Pastoral Council (P.P.C.) leadership training been held for members of the various P. P. C's in the denary at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Gbi- Abansi.
Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD began his sixth Day canonical visit to the Holy Rosary Parish, Hohoe Ahado with a Eucharist celebration on Saturday, June 19 2021.
He advised the faithful not to despair in life but put their trust in God who cares for them because they are of value more than the flowers in the field or the birds in the air.
"What Jesus wants us to learn from the birds of the air and the flowers in the fields is how we are to combine hard work with quiet confidence in God for all our future needs.
This attitude contrasts with those who look on their material possessions and think they have no need of God.
They think their wealth can procure them food, health and shelter so they do not need God. People of this kind are certainly mistaken.
No matter our socio-economic standing, we all need to be thoughtful and careful about our future provisions. We cannot however do this without making God part of our planning", He added. His Lordship paid a visit to Holy Rosary Parish lands at Avega and Galikope respectively. He later had a meeting with the Parish Pastoral Council (P.P.C.) and a town hall meeting with parishioners.
The Shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Ho, Most Reverend Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD ended his week long visit to the Holy Rosary Parish, Hohoe Ahado with a Holy Mass. In his homily on the twelfth Sunday in ordinary Time, Year B, he invited the faithful to place all their trust in Jesus. In this way, they are sure that he will calm all the storms that they encounter in their lives.
"It is important to know how to call on Jesus Christ in prayer and wait for his response in faith", He added. The Parishioners who could not hide their joy at his visit, thanked him very much and also pleaded with him to return to the Parish as soon as possible to cut sod for the commencement of their Mission House and Parish Hall Complex.
The Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council, Mr. Cherubim Anthony Tsogbe thanked the Bishop on behalf of the parishioners for his visit and presented him a pyrography portrait of his Lordship as well as some cash. many other gifts were presented to his Lordship by the some of the parishioners .
He beseeched his Lordship to ask for God's blessings for Miss Veronica Abigail Obum and her family for her generosity towards the purchase of granite stone to complete the main Altar.
The Bishop also expressed his gratitude to the congregation for the warm reception offered him during his visit.