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History

History

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF PENTECOST

JAKANDE, ILASAN, LEKKI.

The Catholic Church of Pentecost (CCP) was created as an outstation of the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy (CCDM) Lekki, on Saturday 18th April, 2015. Following an evangelistic outreach carried out around the Jakande-Ilasan area; Holy Mass was celebrated on Saturday 18th April, 2015. The first Sunday Mass was celebrated on 19th April, 2015 by the Parish Priest of the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy (CCDM); Msgr. Paschal Nwaezeapu with 132 people in attendance. Some parishioners from the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Lekki joined the new church community for several weeks; assisting in every part of the liturgy (public worship) as the community tried to find its feet.

We began our worship on a piece of land here in Ilasan measuring 7plots but had to relocate to the present site measuring 10 plots because of space and more so, because we were informed that the first parcel of land falls within the coastal road even though the same Surveyor General’s office had given us the impression that the land was free before we concluded the transaction.

Our first Mass at the new site was celebrated on Sunday, 21st August, 2016. This was preceded by two outdoor evangelisation activities by some of the parishioners of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Lekki (especially the Charismatics and Legionaries) on two Saturdays; 6th and 13th August, 2016. Since then, the church has been growing both in faith and in population. On the 30th of November, 2018 we were raised to the status of a quasi-parish by the Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins with Rev. Fr. Anthony Oyeniyi as the first Parish Priest.

On the 1st of June, 2021, we were made a full parish.

We had a total population of about 700 parishioners (not counting children) from when we were made a Quasi- Parish on 30th November, 2018 till March 2020 (before the Covid-19 lockdown). However, since after the lockdown our population has stood at about 600 or 650 adults averagely every Sunday. This is due to the fact that some have relocated in search of greener pastures or gone to school. Our parish is made up of many young adults under the age of 40.

Parish feast day: Our Parish feast day is Pentecost Sunday every year because the name of our parish is, Catholic Church of Pentecost.

Parish Anniversary: The anniversary of our parish is 18th April every year because the parish started as a catholic community on 18th April, 2015.

Parish Logo: Our Parish logo is one that captures the first Christian Pentecost event as recorded in Acts of the Apostles chapter two where the Holy Spirit descended in the form of tongues of fire on the apostles together with some other believers in Christ (That is, the early Christian community as at that time). It is instructive to point out that the logo for Pentecost is different from the logo for the Holy Spirit. The Pentecost logo depicts the Holy Spirit coming down and resting on the apostles and the other believers. The logo for the Holy Spirit can be any of the biblical symbols for the Holy Spirit such as the dove, or the tongues of fire or pillar of fire etcetera