Holy Family Parish and Her Children

First Layer of Expansion

From the history of the parish its quite easy to understand why Holy Family parish has always been over populated and needed to promptly attend to the pastoral needs of Catholics in the surrounding communities. The area of quest was from Mile 2 to Badagry, and also extending to Igando; Holy Family planted the seeds for the development of many parishes in this axis. Some of the its children include: –   

  1. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael Catholic Church, Satellite Town
  2. St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Agboju
  3. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Alaba
  4. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Amuwo-Odofin
  5. St. Thomas Aquinas’s Catholic Church, Okokomaiko
  6. St. John’s Catholic Church, Igando
  7. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Iba Estate
  8. St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Iba Estate
  9. Joachim & Anne catholic Church, Ijegun
  10. Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Isasi
  11. Madonna Catholic Church, Egan
  12. St. Hilda’s Catholic Church, Obadore
  13. Timothy & Titus Catholic Church, Isheri-Oshun
  14. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Ijegemo
  15. St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Abaranje
  16. Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church, Ilogbo-Elegba
  17. Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Aiyetoro
  18. St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Ije Ododo
  19. Perpetua & Felicity catholic Church, Era-Awori
  20. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church, Okerube
  21. Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic , Iba Town
  22. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Akesan
  23. St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Isheri-Olorin
  24. Queen of all Saints Catholic Church, Adaloko

In October 1987, when the Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers came to Lagos, they set up their centre in Satellite Town and took with them the churches on that side of the expressway. With the coming of Augustinian Fathers, Amowo Odofin was taken from the parish. By 2003, the parish has nurtured and weaned the remaining out stations with only Holy Ghost Catholic Church Aiyetoro still under her. Most of the out stations are now full-fledged parishes with others placed them for further nurturing.

The birth of the various out stations would be credited to the outstanding evangelic efforts of Rev. Fr John Burke and Rev. Fr. Patirck Adegbite – in planting and nurturing of some of the these outstations must be acknowledged and commended. Did the church stop here, no! The church has continued to acquire land and monitor the development of the surrounding emerging communities. It has also sought the need to managed the over populated parish by planning towards the second phase of expansion.

Second Phase of Expansion

The Vine and the Branches

Under Very Rev. Monsignor Benard Okodua and Rev. Fr. Anthony Obadina, as parish priests, The following outstations were formed and nurtured toward becoming full-fledged parishes.

  1. Church of Nativity – 6th Avenue, Festac Town. Established 15th February, 2014 as Outstation to Holy Family Parish and made a Quasi-Parish 18th November, 2007
  2. Church of Annunciation, 7th Avenue, Festac Town. Established 2nd October, 2005 as Outstation of Holy Family Parish and made a Quasi-Parish 18th December, 2010
  3. Church of Visitation – 1st Avenue Festac Town, was established 19th March 2008 as Outstation of Holy Family Catholic Church; and seeded as Outstation of Church of Annunciation Quasi-Parish 2010 and made a Quasi-Parish 30th August, 2011
  4. Church of the Presentation, 23/402 road, Festac Town, established as outstation of the Holy Family Parish, on 26th July, 2008 and made a Quasi-Parish in 2011
  5. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11th Avenue, Abule-Ado, established March 19th 2009 as Outstation of Holy Family Catholic Church, seeded as Outstation of Church of Annunciation Quasi-Parish in 2010and made Quasi-Parish under the administration of the Priest-in-Charge of Church of the Annunciation