Message from Fr. Andrew Campbell
Christ the King Catholic Church was officially established on Trinity Sunday, May 22 , 1951 by its founder and rst
priest, Rev. Father Charles Erb; with a total of six hundred (600) worshipers. It was dedicated and consecrated by Bishop Oliver Bowers as the fourth mission station in the Diocese (now Archdiocese) of Accra.
Those whose sweat and toil helped found and construct this Church handed down to us and those who served God through it faithfully throughout the years as members, leaders and pastors have made it possible for it to be a great and strong parish spiritually and socially.
Spiritually, the Holy Mass has become the center of our faith and lives at Christ the King Church. Our new splendid granite altar with new baptismal font and lecterns will help us appreciate more, the greatness of the Holy Mass and help us to worship and adore the Lord in total reverence and humility.
To cope with the rapid growth in the population of the parish and ensure that all home bound and sick parishioners receive Holy Communion at least once a week, Christ the King Parish enrolled initially, ve (5) parishioners for training at Sowutoum Major Seminary, to assist the Priests in the distribution of Holy Communion.
This was when the Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion began their work in the Archdiocese of Accra in 2001.
The number of Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion currently stands at nineteen (19).
As a parish, we also thank God for the wonderful treasure and gift of the Adoration Chapel. Thousands of worshipers come regularly, both young and old, to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Adoration Chapel is one of the greatest joys of my 45 years of priesthood in Ghana. When I see people come early morning, at noon, in the evening and spending the night in prayer, I feel the presence of God all around us.
Furthermore, devotional societies have sprung up and perhaps for the reward of ceaseless prayers for vocations, our Church has been blessed with eight (8) of our sons and a DAUGHTER being ordained to the priesthood and called to Religious Service.
Sister Julia Anokye: The rst Religious from Christ the King Parish. Sister Julia Anokye was with Christ the King Parish for about twenty (20) years. Sr. Julia was very instrumental in organizing the Christ the King Praesidium of the Legion of Mary. She belongs to the Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and is currently working at Holy Child Clinic at Fijai near Secondi in the Western Region of Ghana.
It is our hope that the lives of these Priests and our Sister, will continue to inspire our youth to answer God’s calling. Moreover, since its inception, the Parish has become known for its higher level of social conscience, reaching out to the poor and the underprivileged. Christ the King Parish will continue to live up to its responsibilities in promoting pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical mission of the Catholic Church in the Parish and beyond.
We will strive harder 11 to identify the priorities of the Parish to focus on and address issues pertaining to the Youth, Catholic Faith Formation, New Evangelization and outreach to non-involved and non-participating parishioners.
Christ the King Catholic Parish, has had two outstation Churches namely, Mary Mother of Good Counsel Church, established in December 1991 (Now a Parish), with Rev. Fr. David Arko Amissah as the Parish Priest, and Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Okponglo in August 2004; currently with Rev. Farther Destiny Amenuvor as the Priest-in-Charge.
We pray that as a Parish, within the Extraordinary year of Mercy, we will continue to strive to be a faith community whose gratitude to God’s countless blessings is manifested in our prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ.