The Ada-Battor zone of the Tema-Battor Deanery of the Accra Archdiocese earlier today held a Rosary procession and a Grotto Mass to climax this year’s Rosary month at a yet to be named Grotto (which is still under construction) at the St. Peter Claver Parish, Ada-Foah.
The Rosary Procession which started at 9 O’clock in the morning through some principal streets of Ada-Foah ended with a Grotto Mass led by Very Rev. Fr. Raphael A. Donkor, Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Parish, Koluedor.
The Mass was concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Gabriel Kojo A. Ettiene, Fr. Courage Senam Dogbey and Fr. Albert Apewe Amonzem.
Speaking in his Homily, Rev. Fr. Courage Senam Dogbey encouraged the faithful to endure in their suffering like Mary the mother of God. He noted that just like Mary, Christians will go through challenging situations but will emerge victorious when they endure.
“Mary is a woman who went though a lot of suffering. Yet in the midst of all that, she remained focused, seeking to do the will of God. Like Mary, we too will go through troubles in our family, relationships, professions and our social lives but like Mary, we must learn to endure,” he said.
Touching on the gospel reading, he opined that just like the fig tree, Christians have another chance to straighten their lives in order to be worthy before God or get chopped down. He said it is expedient that Christians conform their will to God just as Mary did.
“In today’s gospel, God gives us a second chance seeking to conform our will to that of God like Mary”, he added.
The spiritual exercise was attended by St. Peter Claver Parish and its outstations; Our Lady of Holy Rosary, Kasseh, St. Catherine of Siena, Big Ada and Our Lady of Fatima, Anyakpor.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Koluedor and its outstations; Our Lady of Apostles – Ahwiam, St. Anthony – Old Ningo and Christ the King Catholic Church-Tsopoli as well as Holy Trinity community at Sege.
The month of October each year is dedicated to the praying of the Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7 in the Catholic Church.
Also, in 1917, three Portuguese children were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, over a period of six months. The final visit was on October 13, when about 70,000 people witnessed the dancing sun, performed by Our Lady.