CHURCH CRAWLER: St. Dominic Catholic Church, YabaMoreSeptember 7, 2010 | Oluwapelumi September 7, 2010 OluwapelumiMore By ‘Demola AdesinaI once had to take a cab to a friend’s apartment close to Sabo, Yaba on a Sunday morning.Upon asking the taxi driver why so many strange manoeuvres, he gave me that Nigerianquizzical look: you know, the ‘You don’t know Lagos look’ and then told me somethingabout ‘that Yaba Church’.On a normal weekday, this church is almost inconspicuous, but on a Sunday morning, theentire area opposite the Marda Barracks on Herbert Macauley Way is almost inaccessibledespite conscious efforts to keep traffic in control.The usual image an average non-Catholic has might have about Catholicism is of imagesand of solemn ceremonies, and I was in no way disappointed when I decided to visit ‘thatYaba Church’. In fact, in addition to the statue of the blessed Virgin standing abreast theChurch Jubilee Fountain, there were full size images of not less than ten other entitiesinside the Church.The air of jollity one finds in contemporary Christianity was missing. Which was just aswell. For me, the lure was more to discover what drew about 20,000 people, worshippingin six Masses (Services, to the uninitiated), to this church every Sunday. Arriving at the8:30am mass, I found it strangely easy to drop all appearances, there was the immediaterealization that no one would notice me in this mass of people anyway. They really camefor God.While, the early part of the Mass bordered on some regimentation, the priest took timeto be socially conscious, talking about how we all contribute to corruption and the needto continually pursue utmost good in relation to the scriptures. The order resumed rightafter the homily. Through and through, the entire mass felt like something out of a moviedepicting 400 years of culture blending. The aura of solemn worship and the many ritesand prayers do take some getting used to.The mass concluded and I realised I had only about 5minutes to leave the auditoriumbefore the next mass packed full again, begins. Something occurred to me: perhaps theneed to service such a huge focused crowd removes the personal touch one gets fromvisiting the more ‘cooler’ churches.Outside the church, I struggle into a huddle to realise that a brand new Hyundai Accent wasthe centre of attraction. Evidently, there is a yearly raffle draw with a brand new car as thestar prize. Of course, I bought a ticket and prayed like a million other people that it wouldbe the winning ticket when the draw holds in February – I could really use a brand new car.I hope to worship here again next year. Driving my new Hyundai Accent.Oluwapelumi Comments (9) Osvaldo MahraunInformative summary, saved the website in interest to read more information! February 18, 2011 - 11:38 pm Reply Shamika FabelThis formal article assited me a lot! Bookmarked the site, very excellent categories just about everywhere that I read here! I appreciate the information, thank you. February 14, 2011 - 11:08 pm Reply wonderThe yaba church indeed,nice concept.love to see my church on y!.thumbs up to adebola adeshina September 22, 2010 - 8:50 am Reply Y!Hi Olisa,Your comment is noted thanks! September 8, 2010 - 8:07 pm Reply olisaThis is interesting. I'm wondering if the idea of a magazine is to get scoop from churches for the sake of entertainment. Do we no longer fear God or respect christianity. Why must christianity have to be the softer religion, one to be ridiculed and caricatured. I have few questions for you: -What is the aim of getting scoop from churches? -can this be done in mosques. In terms of entertainment, i think it's fun and you did a good job. But, what is your point. My honest view is, religious issues are sensitive and should be addressed carefully and Y is young too and fragile. I think it's fun to read but is it worth it. Please weigh the pros and cons, if you think it's worth it go ahead. I got no grudges just giving my view and opinion. I love Y. Yes, i worship at 'the yaba church'. Nice one. OLISA September 7, 2010 - 9:35 pm Reply Steve ArifaloGuys, I am a Catholic and i do not understand your criticism of this man's writing.he crawled, yes, but he is just reflecting his experience in the church.you dont have to be so defensive over nothing. I think that is the problem with our religion these days sef September 7, 2010 - 8:47 pm Reply Tejirithe obligation to attend mass, the necessity to serve God, takes d innermost mind and God's Spirit to discern. through faith- do we have d assurance/confidence that we truly are one with Christ during worship. so to make the House lively, here comes d 'distraction'or 'attraction' as the case may be. God save ur ppl! Christ gracioulsy hear us! September 7, 2010 - 6:15 pm Reply madamAnd your point is…? September 7, 2010 - 12:29 pm Reply RaphaelWell I which next time you wouldnt just crawl in you would attend and if you need some help I can give you as I represent the youth body in 6the Church good to knw u learnt one or two, and had a great experience September 7, 2010 - 11:46 am Reply Leave a reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.