Members of the Cape Coast Archdiocesan women Association (CWA) have ended their annual Holy Family Feast celebration at Cape Coast wit
h a call on all persons to b
e merciful. The three-day event which took place at St. Augustine College, saw over three thousand women in attendance. The annual festival of the women was celebrated under the theme: ‘Blessed are the M
erciful’ (Matthew 5:7) As part of their activities, some of the members paid a courtesy call on the Oguamanhen who appealed to them to pray for the nation and also urged them to do everything within their power to help curb the canker of immorality eating deep into the lives of the youth today.
Delivering the Keynote address, Rev. Sr. Faustina Hasford (SIJ) said that the theme they had chosen was a very important one since it defined the foundation of peaceful co-existence. Sr. Faustina said that when Jesus told his disciples to be merciful, he knew it would be difficult for them to carry it out but he urged them to make the effort. According to her, for anyone to succeed in showing mercy, the person needs to be closer to Jesus Christ in prayer. ‘Each one of you must learn to forgive one another so that our heavenly Father can also forgive us’, she said.
Dr. Joseph Arko, the National Lay Director, told the women to participate in the activities of the Laity Council in their various parishes and stations in order to deepen their Catholic faith and be ever ready to defend the Church. Dr. Arko intimated that every baptized Catholic has been given a vocation and a duty to carry out, therefore, they should see anything they did in their churches as doing it for Christ. Thus, he encouraged them to carry out their duty of cleaning, decorating and washing linens of their churches with joy and enthusiasm. He also admonished them against engaging in any form of unhealthy competition among the women groups in the church. The Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Very Rev. Fr. Bonaventure Annan in his address also told the women to show great mercy towards their fellow human bein
g. Father said that nobody could live in this world without offending someone, therefore, everybody should see the need to forgive when he or she had been offended. He advised members to love their enemies and pray for them too as Jesus commanded his disciples to do.
Giving the homily on the last day, Most Rev. Matthias kobena
Nketsiah, the Metropolitan Archbishop, called on the women to acknowledge Jesus as their Saviour and place their trust in Him. As children of God, the Archbishop continued, they should try to live a life that would enable them to pass through the narrow gate. He encouraged them to promote the devotion to the Holy Family but should not confuse the respect and honour given to the Blessed Virgin Mary as worship. He expressed the gratitude of the the Archdiocese to the women groups for their wonderful contribution towards evangelisation and growth of the Catholic faith in the country.
Priests who came to support include Very Fr. Louis Hammond, Manso Hamilton, James Afoakwa Donkor and many others.