Fr HARRIE HOVERS, Rev LES RUHRMUND, Rev TONY VAN VUUREN
and STEVEN EDWARDS our Youth Ministry Coordinator,
wish all parishioners and visitors
a very Happy and Holy Easter!
THANKS: A sincere thank you to all who donated Easter eggs for the Sisters of Charity to distribute in Gugulethu, at St Joseph’s Home and in Manenberg parish. God bless you.
FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY AND NOVENA: Following the canonisation of St Faustina in 2000, the Second Sunday of Easter is celebrated throughout the world as the Feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus made a request many times to St Faustina that this Sunday be dedicated to Divine Mercy, saying: "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy." Jesus also told St Faustina that the Feast of Mercy should be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday and asked that on each of the nine days, prayers be offered for a specific group of souls:
Day 1 (Good Friday) All mankind, especially sinners
Day 2 (Holy Saturday) The souls of priests and religious
Day 3 (Easter Sunday) All devout and faithful souls
Day 4 (Easter Monday) Those who do not believe in Jesus or do not know him
Day 5 (Easter Tuesday ) The souls of separated brethren
Day 6 (Easter Wednesday)The meek and humble, and the souls of children
Day 7 (Easter Thursday) Those who venerate and glorify Jesus' mercy
Day 8 (Easter Friday)The souls in Purgatory
Day 9 (Easter Saturday) The souls who have become lukewarm and indifferent
* For more information visit www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm
ADORATION CHAPEL: The Adoration Chapel reopens at 6 am on Tuesday 22nd April for adorers scheduled from 06.00 onwards. Contact person: Renata 021 6851297, 0824228001.
GUGULETHU CHOIR: In keeping with long-standing tradition, the marimba choir from St Gabriel’s, Gugulethu will sing at the 6 pm Mass on Saturday 26th April and at the 9.00am and 6.00pm masses on Sunday 27th April. We also welcome Fr Emmanuel Siljeur who will be celebrating the two evening masses.There will be a second collection for the choir taken up at these masses.
BAPTISMS and BAPTISM INSTRUCTION: The next baptism instruction will take place on Sunday 4th May, after the 9 o'clock Mass. Baptisms follow on Sunday 11th May, also after the 9 o'clock Mass. Please contact the parish office in advance if you would like to attend (021-686-8708).
CATHOLIC BISHOPS' STATEMENT ON THE NKANDLA ISSUE: The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference have put out a statement on President Zuma's response to the Public Protector's Report. You can view it at http://www.catholic-dbn.org.za/statement-on-nkandla/.
JUSTICE & PEACE GROUP: Crime and recidivism in SA is extremely high. As many as 80% of offenders – especially those who are unable to secure employment after their release – return to prison within 6 months. Join us in the parish hall at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 24 April to discuss strategies on how this cycle could be broken. Speakers: Venessa Padayachee (NICRO) and Welcome Witbooi (rehabilitated ex-offender).
SUNDAY 9 a.m. CHOIR: We have a new choirmaster, and now we need more voices! The choir practises each Wednesday at 8 p.m. for about an hour. New members are welcome!
GENESIS JUNIORS: Jesus, thank you that you are alive, and that we will live with you forever. Pray each morning to be filled with Jesus’ joy… Try hard to show this joy to everyone around you.
Don’t forget to bring your crayons / kokis / pencils to Mass each Sunday, and collect some pictures and worksheets from the back of the church when you arrive.
GENESIS MASS: The 6pm mass on 27 April (Divine Mercy Sunday) will be a Genesis Mass. Genesis Café will be selling boerewors rolls and hot drinks to raise funds for various Genesis projects. Please support us!
GENESIS TOTS: A 'Tots group' is held on a Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 am, for parents who are able to join us in the morning. See under the Genesis tab above.
CATECHISM: There will be classes on Tuesday 15th and 22nd April. Classes then close again briefly, and reopen on 6th May. They continue until term ends on 17th June.
LIFE TEEN: Life Teen (for high school teenagers) takes a few weeks break over the school and Easter holidays. Here are some important dates to remember:
Sun 20 April & Sun 27 April – no Life Teen.
Sun 4 May – LIFE TEEN DAY. Meet at St Michael’s at 8.30 a.m. We’ll be back in time for Mass at 6 p.m. There will be no Life Teen that evening. Keep this day free! More details to follow.
The Southern Cross is on sale at all Masses, at R7 a copy.
THIS WEEK: 1. SACBC’s Zuma statement not political 2. Easter: A time to let go
of grudges 3. Behind ‘Son Of God’ film 4. Pope to youths: I’ve made mistakes
5. Wedding photos special. THIS WEEK’S EDITORIAL: Fruits of a catastrophe.
MORNING MARKET: Our next Morning Market will take place on Sunday 4th May from 7.30 am till 11.00 am in the Hall. Do pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and see what’s on offer at the various stalls.
We are always in need of good second-hand clothing and shoes to sell. Please bring these to the parish office, clearly marked "Morning Market".
ONGOING SERIES: There are currently two 'spiritual growth' series running weekly:
* Prayer & Life Workshops on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.(contact Venessa 082 20 20 20 2), and
* 'The Life' on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. (contact Jared 083 266 5947).
LIBRARY: The library will be closed over the Easter weekend.
The library theme for April is Lent and Easter. The April Book of the Month is Pope Francis by Paul Vellely.
RCIA: The next RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) course will begin towards the end of July. Please contact Gill Greenwood (021 686 8251) or Julia Shelley (021 689 2455).
Help the Rural Child Charity Bookshop in Mowbray is looking for volunteers. Without volunteers our shops would not exist. If you love books and have four hours a week to give away, please contact Terry on 021 689 8392. All proceeds from our shops go to the Goegedacht Rural Youth Centres (see http://www.goedgedacht.org/hrc/about-us/).
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: U-turn meal vouchers, at R30 per pack of 5, are available at the SVP table in the church porch.
Your donations of unwanted clothes can be brought to the parish office (please mark them "For SVP").
BOOKSHOP NEWS: We have new stock of rosaries, crucifixes and holding crosses in our Repository. Also a new item: a wooden cross with biblical inscription on a stand with a candle. Please visit the Bookshop/Repository - it's open after every weekend Mass.
PRAYING THE ROSARY: You might like to join the Genesis group who pray the Rosary each Sunday at 5:30 pm in the Kelly Room.
FAITH SHARING GROUPS: Contact Caitlin 073 177 1883.
WOOL FOR NOAH: NOAH coordinates fourteen Catholic-based Neighbourhood Old Age Homes in Khayelitsha and Woodstock. We are always looking for donations of wool for our elderly who knit various items. Please contact Ian Veary or Bea Jordan on 021 447 6334 (and see www.noah.org.za for more information).
The SECOND-HAND ROSE stall, held at the Morning Market on the first Sunday of each month, needs clothes and shoes in good condition for men, women and children. Please bring any donations to the parish office, marked 'Morning Market'. Proceeds go towards blankets for the poor.
CATHOLIC BUSINESS NETWORK: The CBN is group of Catholic men and women who endeavor to support and promote each other’s professional and business undertakings. Their Mission Statement encourages them to operate within the ethos of Christian morals, ethics and values. The group meets regularly every fortnight and welcomes new members. For more info contact Sinclair on 083 300 6747 or Vic on 083 308 4014.
Archbishop Brislin's Building Fund: Following the presentation at Mass - and as an exception - there will be a Second Collection this weekend to support Archbishop Brislin's Building Fund for 'Year of Faith' new churches to be built in Old Crossroads and at Wallacedene.
If you would prefer to make your own donation, the bank details are:
Standard Bank Branch 020909
Ref: Your name (or Anon).
Note: Through a very generous donation, the Archbishop's fund is now able to pay for the extension of St Catherine’s Church in Kleinvlei.
HOUSE FOR RETIRED PARISHIONERS: A group of parishioners from St James Catholic Church is exploring the possibility of establishing a House for Retired Parishioners in conjunction with the Archdiocese. If you are interested, contact Janet Fernandez on 073 631 3210 for more information.
BUSINESS LEADERS: Download "Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection" from http://www.stthomas.edu/cathstudies/cst/VocationBusinessLead/.
LAST WORD from the Justice & Peace group:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – 1 Peter 1: 3.
PRAYER TO ST MICHAEL
Saint Michael the Archangel,
Defend us in battle;
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
By the power of God, thrust into hell
Satan and all evil spirits
Who wander through the world
For the ruin of souls. AMEN.