By Justina Paaga, GNA
22, GNA - Monsignor Francis Abuah Quansah, Delegate Administrator of the
Sekondi -Takoradi Diocese has stressed the need for families to maintain their
family ties to ensure peace and tranquillity.
He pointed out
that if families were able to stay together peacefully, it would enable them to
cater for the needs of their sick and aged members.
Quansah said this during Easter Monday church service held for the aged and
sick members of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral in Takoradi.
organised by St Vincent de Paul Society in the church in collaboration with the
Cathedral administration, was also used to fete the aged and sick and gave them
the opportunity to socialise with other parishioners.
The more than
300 aged and sick who participated in the programme were each served with
packed lunch, provisions and an undisclosed amount of money and were treated to
melodious music provided by the Marian Choir of the church.
organises the programme annually so that all the aged and sick members who were
not able to attend church services regularly were sent to Church for Mass to be
celebrated for them.
anointed with Holy oil, given Holy Communion and blessings.
Quansah asked families to take good care of their aged and sick members and
endeavour to accord them the needed respect and dignity just as Jesus did.
them to stop tagging their aged family members suffering from dementia and
depression as witches, stressing that "dementia is a disease which must be
treated and not witchcraft as perceived by some people".
He urged the
sick and aged not to forget their God, noting that he would always address
their needs if they asked.
burden on to the Lord".
Administrator urged care givers to the aged to empathise with them, exercise
patience and treat them with respect and dignity, stressing that "there is
blessing in taking care of the aged and sick".
He called on
families to use the Easter festivities to ensure true reconciliation, sharing,
respect for each other as well as peace and tranquillity.
He announced to
them that the diocese would be celebrating its golden Jubilee this year and
urged them to bring to bear their expertise and ideas to make the celebration
of the jubilee a success.
Peter Ekow Kaitoo, the Cathedral Administrator, commended Monsignor Quansah for
participating in the programme, stating that his presence brought hope to the
aged and sick.
He also thanked
the aged and sick for making it to the programme, adding that the programme had
come to stay and would be celebrated annually.