ANCHOR OF HOPE
YEAR OF FORMATION: 1991
- To organise non-society members of the parish into a progressive body to help the church and improve the spiritual and social welfare of members.
- To promote unity, friendship and co-operation among members in the Parish.
- To co-operate with other societies in the Parish towards the developments of the Holy Spirit Cathedral parish in particular and the Catholic Church in general.
GREETING: by his grace response we shall overcome
NUMERICAL STRENGTH: 140
Mr. James Mensah Kwashie – President
Ms Cynthia Bulley – 1st Vice President
Believe A. Djaba – 2nd Vice President
Ms Eva Edna Bani – Secretary
Saviour Adomdja – Asst. Secretary
Ms Anna Patricia Sosu – Treasurer
Mrs. Dorcas Ackah-Mensah – Asst. Treasurer
Ms Doris M. Amehen – Organising Secretary
Joseph Mensah – Asst. Organising Secretary
Anthony Teiko – Welfare Officer
Mrs. Abigail Kwashie – Asst. Welfare Officer
Mrs. Elizabeth Ezan – Past President
CONTACT NUMBER: 0244214614
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY AUXILIARY #360 KNIGHTS OF ST. JOHN INTERNATIONAL
The ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St John brings together virtuous Catholic women in the Parish to compliment the work of the Commandery to support the church. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St John with their men counterparts work to spread the Catholic Faith through generous charitable works of mercy and promoting among its members a deeper and more abiding respect of the Catholic Church and the community.
In September 1981, a group of sister from St Bernadette Auxiliary No. 325, who worshipped at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, deemed it fit to form a branch of the ladies Auxiliary, Knights of St John International in the Cathedral. These sisters were Sisters Christie Dornoo, Monica Dodoo, Florence Corlley, and Eugenia Enyimayew; not forgetting our fallen sisters, Rita Cato, Theresa Andah, Theresa Aidoo, Mary Cato, and Regina Ekuban who were all instrumental in the formation of the Auxiliary at the Cathedral.
These sisters worked behind the scenes and applied for a charter from the Supreme Auxiliary in the USA. By 7th March, 1982; the Charter was received and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies Auxiliary No. 360 was formally inaugurated on 5th February, 1983 with 12 Chartered Sisters and twenty-nine (29) sisters also transferred from St Bernadette Auxiliary No. 325.
AIMS OF THE LADIES AUXILIARY
- To unite into fraternal sisterhood, Catholic women of good moral character;
- To instill in their minds, a fine sense of honour, love, truth and piety;
- To promote a more generous, filial respect for the spiritual authority of the Roman Catholic Church among members;
- To inculcate sympathy and charity by alleviating suffering conditions of such members of the sisterhood; and
- To encourage members to be active participants in parish activities.
OFFICERS (18th Administration) – 2016-2018
President: Sr Peace Bella Ketor-Tay
Past President: Sr Anna Appiah
1st Vice: Sr Emelyne Wright-Hanson
2nd Vice: Sr Josephine Enyonam Afflo
Rec./Corr. Secretary: Sr Yvonne Adonoo
Financial Secretary: Sr Paulette Adonoo
Treasurer: Sr Fausta Killian Ganaa
Messenger: Sr Georgina Dunoo
Sentinel: Sr Seraphim Teyi
Guard: Sr Irene Bumekpor
1st Trustee: N/S Regina Nelson
2nd Trustee: N/S Mary Wonkyi
3rd Trustee: Sr Margaret Palmer Buckle
The Founding Fathers came to realize that Gas were mere “floating” members in the Catholic Church and since the Church was on the soil of the Gas, they felt the Gas should be seen to playing a more significant role in the affairs of the Church. They realized that this could only be done if the Gas were mobilized and organized, hence the formation of St. Gabriel’s Guild in the year 1965.
Why the name St. Gabriel’s Guild?
Gabriel was the Archangel who was sent by God to bring His message to His chosen ones. Therefore, to mobilise the Gas, the name “St. Gabriel” was chosen from other suggested names so that the Guild members could carry out the duty which the Archangel Gabriel did, ie to spread the Good News among Gas and to bring then into the Church.
Aims and Objectives of the Guild
To this end, the Founding Fathers adopted the following aims and objectives of the Guild.
The Guild, which shall be a non-profit making organization shall seek speiritual and temporal welfare of its members. It shall mainly:
- Promote the spiritual upliftment of members by the practice of Catholic faith and doctrine
- Encourage active participation of members in the Lay Apostolate and Church activities
- Inculcate and foster the spirit of fraternity among members
- Organise such social and cultural activities that are compatible, with the Catholic Faith and discipline and good citizenship
- Actively assist in the evangelization, especially of Ga-Adangbe people.
First (1st) and Third (3rd) Sundays of every month after the second Mass.
Nii Noi Dowuona IV was the first president of the Guild with the following as the executives:
- F.O. Q. Abbey
- Sir E.C.P. Buckle
- Sir Jonathan Parker-Allotey
- Theresa Amassah
President – Bernard Quarcoo
Vice President – Mr. John Adams
Secretary – Ms Ophelia D. Harvey
Assist. Sec. – Augustina Turkson
Treasurer – Ivy Quarcoo
Financial Sec. – Anita Mensah
Porter – Patience Bonney
Brief History of St. Gabriel’s Guild Choir
The Guild has a Choir. In the mid-1970s during one of the Guild’s meetings, the President of the Guild announced that the Guild was going to start Bible Studies to enhance the spiritual growth of members. The idea was hailed by all, but the core group which started the Bible Studies after the announcement was made up of the late Mr. James Q. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. A.E.T. Adjei, Mr. and Mrs. E. Tetteh, Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Adjaye, Mr. Cecilia Robertson, Mrs. Nicholina Amu and Ms. Josephine Mottey. The Bible Studies began with a short prayer followed by a hymn and the harmonious blending of the few voices convinced us that we had the potential of a good choir.
In order to attract more members to join the Bible Studies, we told the other members of the Guild that in addition to the Bible Studies we were learning some hymns. Mr. A.E.T. Adjei had then offered to teach us hymns. We met once a week on Thursdays. As we predicted, a few more members joined the core group, but after a while, interest in the group waned and the Thursday meetings were discontinued; but the idea of forming a singing group still lingered in the minds of the core group.
In those days, apart from reading of the lessons in Ga and the interpretation of the homily in Ga, there was no other sign of a Ga presence in the Church and the only way we could project this image was to sing some Ga songs during liturgical celebrations.
With this in mind, we tried to involve the whole group in the singing by devoting some few minutes to practice some hymns during the normal meeting days on Sundays. However, this did not go down well with some members since the singing practice tended to prolong the meetings.
The Sunday singing practices were also discontinued and the core group came together in the early 1980s and sought the assistance of Mr. Peter Nii Dan-Okine. This was precisely in 1982. Mr. Archibald Okine of the Sacred Heart Parish also assisted us on a few occasions.
One of the Guild members, Madam Elizabeth Mensah, not satisfied with this ad-hoc arrangement, offered to ask her cousin, Mr. Andy Addo to assist us. Andy’s arrival, with his golden baritone voice, re-kindled interest in the choir as he taught hymns and secular songs. On a few occasions when the Choir performed at wakes, the public, having gotten used to Catholic Lartin songs, wondered the Group was actually Catholic.
Mr. Addo handled the choir from the early 1980s until about 1990 when his posting to Asahiman began to affect his attendance at practices. During this period, Mr. Joe Eddie Lamptey occasionally came in to lend a hand. Andy occasionally came with a friend whom we knew as Duke to teach us.
Given the difficulties to get Mr. Addo as the main director, the choir appealed to Mr. Peter Nii Dan-Okine to return and assume the leadership of the Choir. He had so many choirs under his tutelage but he did not hesitate to accede to our request and from 1991 he took over the choir which he transformed into what we have today.
The choir rehearsal days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Choirmaster/Organist – Mr. Peter Nii Dan-Okine
President – Mr. Samson Quarcoo
Secretary – Ms. Ophelia Harvey
Welfare Officer – Mrs. Catherine Addy
CATHEDRAL YOUTH CHOIR LEGION OF MARY
This group was founded in April 1956 primarily to visit relapsed Catholics and the sick and destitute in hospitals,home and prisons.It is also the objective of the group to promote and foster devotion to Mary.
Chairman: Francis Opoku
Founder Frank Duff: Joycelin HSC
ST. RAPHAEL FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY
The Francophone Community was founded in October 2011 by Rev. Fr. Anthony Adu-Mensah and a few francophones of the parish. The
Community’s objectives include bringing all Francophones of the parish and other interested parishioners together as a family, assisting members morally, spiritually and financially, and carrying out charity activities outside the parish.
It is also their objective to actively participate in parish activities, assist those interested in learning French and English, organise Masses and prayer sessions in French, and undertake social, cultural and educational activities for their members. The group celebrates Mass in French every 3rd Sunday of the month at 5:00pm and sings every 4th Sunday during evening Mass. The Community meets every 1st Saturday of the month at 5:00pm
President: Mr. Etienne Kouassi Yao
Secretary: Mr. Simon Apekey
Treasurer: Ms. Félicité Dahoui
Organiser: Mr. Andrews Amuzu
Contact: 024 341 0569 / 024 511 1702
ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC EWE SOCIETY
The group was formed primarily to spread the Good News and win souls for Christ. St. Joseph’s Society does not only aim at helping non-practising Catholics to become practicing Catholics, but also to educate members to know and live up to their responsibilities as Catholics and parishioners. It is the objective of the group to support members spiritually, morally and materially in times of need. As members, they work to ensure that there is cordial relationship and unity among themselves, and between them and other societies in the parish. Their vision is to develop spiritually to the level where they would be recognized as a worthy partner of the Holy Spirit Cathedral Parish in its quest to win more souls for Christ.
President : Francis Vidza
Secretary : Rose Klutse
First President: Sir Knight Bro. Francis I. Andoh Jnr.
Motto: Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Service
Aims and Objectives:
- To inculcate in its members loyalty and fidelity to the Holy Mother the Catholic Church and Country
- To promote and enhance fraternal Catholic Leadership
- To render assistance to members and their families
- To promote Catholic Education and Charity
Vision: To promulgate and deepen our aims and objectives
- Sponsor candidates at the seminary from the Holy Spirit Cathedral Parish
- Contribute towards the formation of Priests in the Accra Archdiocese
- Adoption of a ward at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital
- Contribute extensively towards infrastructure developments in the Parish
Current Executives Officers:
- President – Sis. Nerissa Ladzagla
- Vice President – Bro. Ebenezer Martey
- Secretary – Sis. Wendy Ahiadebor
- Assistant Secretary – Bro. Grant Desbodes
- Secretary of Finance – Sis. Francesca Yebuah
- Assistant Secretary of Finance – Sis. Alberta Aidoo
- Treasurer – Sis. Augustina Nikabs
Active members: Forty  Members
Meeting Days: Sundays after Council Meetings at 12:00noon.