Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, on Sunday 2nd of August 1987 a congregation of eight adults and twelve children met at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Djameh for the celebration of the maiden mass of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The first eight adults were Mr. and Mrs. Djameh, Ms. Cecilia Yarley, Mr. W. E Annan, Ms. Helena Ameyaa Manu, Ms. Venerada Djameh and Ms. Pauline Marfo.
Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Richard Van Der Wuff SVD. Fr. Richard has earlier been looking for a place to start the church by asking some of the parishioners of St. Margaret Mary residing within Dansoman-Last Stop. It was therefore a big surprise when Mr. and Mrs. Djameh saw (Fr. Richard and others carrying benches to their house to start a new church on that memorable Sunday. It was quite significant to note that the parish now has a youth population of about 87%. This in fact is a practical manifestation of what took place during the maiden mass. The children present were twelve as against eight adults. After the maiden mass, many people started asking which church it was and whether it would be a permanent one. Ironically many wives who had earlier converted into Catholicism succeeded in bring their dormant Catholic husbands to join the congregation.
At the subsequent Mass, more than the double the number at the maiden mass was recorded. This was very encouraging and the members continued to increase tremendously. Subsequently the number of people who came for mass and sat outside outnumbered those inside. After a few months there was the need to develop a plot of land acquired by the then Bishop of Accra Most Rev. Dominic Kwadwo Andoh (of blessed memory to mobilize the Catholics in and around the Dansoman-Last stop. In 1988, the church advisory council was constituted. Members were sworn into office by Rev Fr. Van der Wuff(SVD with Mr. Peter K. Safo as the President since then, it has been working with committed and dedicated men and women of the church through specialized committees.
The following were the first Church Pastoral Council:
- Rev. Fr. Richard Van der Wuff, SVD
- Mr. Peter K. Safo President
- Mr. Ekow Ekwam Vice – President
- Mr. Michael Kra Gyamerah Secretary
- Mrs. Theresa Essien Member
- Mrs. Alexina Djameh Member
- Mr. Robert K. Affel Member
- Mr. Louis Nartey Member
- Ms. Edith Oddoye Member
- Mrs. Helena Ogunsanya Member
In August 1989 as part of the second anniversary, mass was celebrated on the plot of land acquired by the then Bishop of Accra after it had been cleared to serve as the church premises. The second church harvest was also celebrated under canopies at the same place. In one of such annual Church harvests, Capt. Rtd. Nkrabea Effah Darteh, former Member of Parliament for Berekum was asked to chair the function. At the end of the harvest the amount of money realized by a relatively few people was so astounding that Capt. Rtd. Nkrabea Effah Darteh gave the accolade “Miracle Church” to our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Since then we live as a church and pride ourselves with that accolade.
The last mass at the Djameh’s residence was celebrated on 5th August 1999. After the Mass, the congregation processed with the benches amidst drumming and singing to the new church premises where a classroom block had been prepared for a school and at the same time to serve as a place of worship.
The first mass on the Church premises was celebrated on the 12th August, 1991 with 63 worshippers, (9 of whom were communicants. That same year in October, the church opened the Star of the Sea Catholic Basic School with forty children (4 children in kindergarten). Rev. Fr. Richard Van der Wurff, the then Priest in-charge had to leave for his home country and for that matter, Rev. Fr. Marek Kowalik SVD who was posted to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church was given an oversight responsibility to Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Many visiting priests worshiped with the Church during the early stages of its existence some being; Rev. Frs. Paul Van Riel, Twum Barimah and Gabriel Otoo.
The plot acquired by the Bishop was walled by Rev. Fr. Marek Kowalik to prevent encroachment. He also built the foundation of the primary school with a two-classroom block and the head teacher’s office. In 1993, Rev. Fr. John Straathof, SVD was posted to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church to replace Rev. Fr. Marek Kowalik. He was given an additional responsibility as the Priest in Charge of the Star of the Sea outstation. During that period, the following priests and religious personalities assisted him: Rev. Frs. Eric Oduro Wiafe, Christopher Sackey, Samuel Filton-Mensah, Ignatius Ayivor SVD, the late Justin Toda SVD, John Tumawu, Bro. Pius Agyemang and the late Bro. Romeo from time to time.
On Sunday, 17th March 1996, under the auspices of the then Bishop of Accra, Most Rev. Dominic K. Andoh, mass was celebrated under erected canopies on the foundation on which later, the super structure was laid by the Archbishop. As part of that ceremony, names of some members were written on a tracing paper, placed in a bottle with some few coins in use at the time, and finally buried under the spot where the foundation stone was laid. The position of the stone is under the left arch pillar when entering the church. The construction of the church building was done during the time of Rev. Fr. John Straathof, SVD.
The following seminarians did their pastoral duties with the church: Rev Frs. Ignatius Ayivor SVD, Stephen Dogodzi SVD, John Amoah and Mathias King SVD.
Rev. Bro. Pius Agyemang, SVD has been of great support to the community from the onset till now. A census conducted in July 2007, indicated that membership, as at the time was around two thousand (2,000).
Rev. Fr. John Straathof was the priest in-Charge until May 2006 when the church was made a rectorate. Consequently, the current Priest in- charge Very Rev. Fr. Samuel Filton –Mensah took over the administration of the church. He saw to the construction of the rectory. Rev. Wisdom Larweh, a deacon, who after ordination was posted, initially assisted him as an Assistant Priest. Upon his transfer, Rev. Fr. Ebenezer Hanson was brought in as the Assistant Priest in November 2009. Rev. Fr. Ebenezer Hanson was replaced by Rev. Fr. Gabriel Ettiene.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC CHURCH GLEFE
This church, which is an outstation of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, started on the 10th February 2008. It is located at the premises of Debest Academy at Glefe, a suburb of Dansoman. Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 7:30am. The two priests at Star of the Sea Parish take turns to celebrate Holy Mass with the congregation every Sunday. They have made strides in putting up their own church with support from their mother Parish. They currently worship on the uncompleted church building close to DeBest Academy.
DEDICATION OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH
On Saturday, the 29th of October 2011, Our Lady Star of the Sea Church witnessed one of the greatest and indeed significant events that have ever taken place in our history. The Archbishop, most rev. Charles Gabriel palmer-Buckle consecrated and dedicated the Church to God at a very colourful and memorable ceremony, which was witnessed by several hundreds of people. He went further to declare Our Lady Star of the Sea Church a parish with Rev. Fr. Samuel Filton-Mensah as the first parish priest. On the same day, the Archbishop consecrated The Blessed Sacrament Chapel (Small Chapel); he then proceeded after the dedication ceremony to cut a sod to mark the commencement of the construction of a 5-bedroom storey building to serve as a Mission House. The Church Pastoral Council accordingly assumed a new status as Parish Pastoral Council and members were installed and blessed by the Archbishop. On Sunday, 30th October 2011, a total of 125 candidates received the sacrament of Confirmation from the Archbishop. An extensive renovation works in the church building preceded the dedication of the church. A new stone altar and an ambo were constructed. The altar was embedded with the relics of Saints Francis and Claire of Assisi and Bonaventure. The priest to celebrate mass in the newly dedicated church and altar was Rev. Fr. Ebenezer Kofi Hanson, the Assistant Priest. The mass took place on Monday, 31st October 2011 at 6:00am with 48 faithfuls.
25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH
The year 2012 marked the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the church. A year –long programme of activities to mark the occasion was put in place by the anniversary Committee. As part of the activities, the Parish Pastoral Council in collaboration with all the seven-day groups of the church organized a grand picnic on 29th April 2012. On the 2nd of June 2012, a delegation of the church made cash donation and presentation of assorted food items to the Sisters of Charity at Tema as part of the anniversary programme. Other anniversary activities included a float organized by the church during which parishioners paraded through some principal streets of Dansoman to announce the anniversary celebration. In July 2012, the Bishop of Wiawso, Most Rev. F.K. Essien, who also blessed the marriage of 14 couples, blessed the Star of the Sea church with a pastoral visit. Another visit followed shortly by His Excellency Leon Badikebele Kalenga, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana. The climax of the 25th Anniversary of the church took place on Sunday 2nd September 2012. The occasion was graced with the presence of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle. Indeed, he was the main celebrant of the thanksgiving mass. Several dignitaries including parishioners who have relocated to other parts of Accra and the traditional authorities whose land the church is situated on were present at the mass. Several categories of awards were presented to some parishioners (both old and new) who have contributed in one way or the other to the development and growth of the church.
In the year 2010, the church was blessed with the final profession of vows of two of our parishioners; Srs. Adeline Ayivor SSPS, on 29th May 2010 at Blessed Clementina Church, Ashaiman, and Agnes Gyimah OLA, on the 18th of September 2010 at the Queen of Peace parish, Fourth Ridge – Cape Coast. Also, Rev. Emmanuel Adjine was ordained a priest on the 25th September 2010 at the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Cape Coast.
On the 6th of January 2017, the church witnessed the deaconate ordination of one of her sons, Rev. Eric Asagba, who we looks forward to being ordained as the first Priest from Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish.
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