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Sts Peter & Paul Anglophone Parish-Simbock Clocks 10 

By Yerima Kini Nsom with reports from Valentine Ntsungong — Christians of the Saints Peter and Paul Anglophone Parish Simbock-Yaounde began activities marking the 10th Anniversary of their Parish from the June 23 through July 1, 2012.

According to the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council, Prof. Michael Ndobegang, preparations have reached an advanced stage and all is being carefully put in place to ensure hitch-free and grandiose celebrations. 

The Anniversary Organising Committee, headed by Justice Helen Galega and Abel Wirngo, has released an elaborate programme which shows that week-long activities to mark the event kicked off on Saturday, June 23, with a Health Awareness and Sensitization Campaign organised under the auspices of the Health and Social Welfare Commission of the Parish. 

This activity has brought together a plethora of health practitioners, mostly medical doctors, nurses, and other Para-medical personnel to offer free medical health checks and education on such ailments as diabetes, cancer of the uterus, prostate, and general tips for a healthy living. From Tuesday, June 26, the parish was alive with several activities including organised talks on Parish history, choir and sports competitions, a penitential service and general clean up campaigns.

Other important attractions, which demonstrate the seriousness of the celebrations, are the production and launching of a high quality Anniversary magazine titled Footsteps of Sts Peter and Paul and the putting into circulation of a beautiful anniversary fabric (ashuabi) adorned with Parish logo and symbols. The Archbishop of Yaounde, Monsignor Victor Tonye Bakot, who is the Special Guest of Honour, will arrive in Simbock on Saturday, June 30. 

During his two-day visit, the Archbishop will preside at the celebrations proper, which will include the administration of the sacraments of confirmation and matrimony, meetings with the Parish Pastoral Council, the Youth, single parents in the church, and other constituted church groups. The D-day is on Sunday, July 1, when the Archbishop celebrates the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the Patron saints of the Parish and the 10th anniversary.

A civic reception will follow the mass during which parishioners will showcase the best they have reserved for the occasion through cultural displays by the Lebialem, Menchum and Mezam communities. The Parish Priest, Fr. Gilles Ngwa Forteh, and his Assistant, Fr. Kizito Forbi, are following up the preparations while ensuring that the doctrine classes for confirmation are properly followed.

It will be recalled that the Sts Peter and Paul Anglophone Parish was created in 2002 by the late Archbishop of Yaounde, Monsignor André Wouking, to take care of the ever-growing Catholic Anglophone Christian community in the Nsimeyong, Biyem-assi and Etougebe neighbourhoods. The Parish has a very large membership and its church house is an imposing masterpiece which, when completed, will cost over FCFA 600 million.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01354

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