Accra, 17 December, 2020 / 3:18 pm (ACI Africa).
For long, members of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) serving in Ghana’s Catholic Diocese of Sunyani have been unable to meet the demand of hosts used in celebration of Holy Mass in Sunyani and in other surrounding Dioceses where they run various apostolates.
A report provided by Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International indicates that the monthly demand for small hosts for the laity in the areas where the Sisters operate is 1.5 million while that of the members of the Clergy is 15,000 larger hosts.
The Sisters have only been able to make a negligible percentage of the total number of this amount because of lack of proper equipment, a gap that ACN has come in to fill.
“With their twenty-five-year-old and frequently malfunctioning machine, the sisters could not manage to supply more than 15 percent of this demand, since the whole process of mixing the dough, cutting and baking the hosts was a long and painstaking one,” ACN says in a Wednesday, December 16 report.
Using the worn and damaged electrical cables that have been left of the machine also poses a danger to the Sisters who risk being electrocuted.