Warning! To those who have their phone numbers up on our website or in the news bulletin. Tony and Joy have received calls asking for money – both their numbers are in the bulletin and on the website. A man with a story about being civil engineering student at UCT writing a paper tomorrow but is in JHB renewing refugee papers and has to get back to Cape Town urgently who needs R1500.00. This is a very similar story as to the last time this scam took place, please warn other parishes as it happened to them too. Spread the word.
This Tuesday, 11th November, is the last Catechism Lesson for the year.
Training will be provided.
MORTUARY LIST - November is the month dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory and the Mortuary List for the year 2014-15 is now open.Envelopes are available in the porch of the church. Those who wish to have their deceased relatives and friends included in the Mortuary List Mass – which is celebrated once a week during the year, are invited to place their offerings into these envelopes,along with their name and tel. number on the front of the envelope, and return them via the collection plate.
FUNDRAISING NEWS: Rich Christmas Fruit Cake Raffle. Made and donated by Lindsay O'Connor
R10 a ticket. Tickets on sale after all Masses this weekend. Should any Parishioner be able to assist by taking a raffle sheet with 10 numbers to sell, please speak with a Fundraising Member, who will kindly assist.
The Southern Cross is on sale at all Masses, at R7 a copy.
ECCLESIA: The new Ecclesia series is starting soon. Some young adults from St Michael's were involved in different parts of the segment for youth and young adults. You can watch the 'Ecclesia Brave New Church' previews on YouTube. Here's a video link to one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVUgWRS8U0E
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Please join Genesis in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church every first Thursday of the month, from 6.30 to 7pm.
ROSARY SUNDAYS: Do you want to grow spiritually? You might like to join the Genesis group who pray the Rosary each Sunday evening from 5.30 to 5.55, in the Kelly Room.
We need more parents help with the Sunday school classes. This would entail taking a lesson or two each term. Lessons are planned and you would be given a guide. There are always two parents on duty. Your help would be greatly appreciated! Please speak to Kim or Wendy or email us (see above).
GENESIS JUNIORS: Can we think of ways to help someone who needs to get better? Or to keep warm this winter? Talk with your children about this. What can you as a family do to help? Try to do something for someone else each week.
BAPTISMS and BAPTISM INSTRUCTION: Baptisms take place on the second Sunday of the month, with preparation the previous Sunday - both after the 9 o'clock Mass. Please contact the parish office in advance if you are interested (021-686-8708).
MORNING MARKET: This takes place on the first Sunday of each month from before the 7.30 am Mass until about 11 am. Contact the parish office for more information.
SECOND HAND ROSE: We are always in need of donations of clothes to sell at our Morning Market Second Hand Rose stall. Please bring contributions to the parish office, clearly marked for Second Hand Rose.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: One of the projects that St Michael’s SVP is involved with is done in conjunction with U-Turn. Street people are given food vouchers for meals. U-turn meal vouchers, at R30 per pack of 5, are available after all Masses, at the SVP table in the church porch. These can, for example, be given out individually to people, instead of money, at the traffic lights. From November 2013 to May 2014, 1524 vouchers sponsored by St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at the Claremont and Wynberg U-turn premises.
Your donations of unwanted clothing can be brought to the parish office (please mark them "For SVP"). From November last year to this May, 457 items of clothing were handed out. Thank you once again to all our generous donors. It is through your generosity that we are able to assist with projects such as this. God bless you.
Proposed future fundraisers:
November – Christmas cake raffle.
First quarter 2015 – Race Day.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Contact Gill Greenwood: 021-686-8251 or 072-546-6314, or Julia Shelley: 021 689 2455 or 082 290 3633.
FAITH-SHARING GROUPS: Contact Caitlin Scott on 073 177 1883.
LIBRARY NEWS: Please visit our table at the Morning Market on Sunday 5th October.
The Library theme for October is the Bible, and the October Book of the Month is Bible Basics for Catholics by Dr John Bergsma.
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).
CATHOLIC BUSINESS NETWORK: The CBN is group of Catholic men and women who endeavour to support and promote each other’s professional and business undertakings. Our Mission Statement encourages us to operate within the ethos of Christian morals, ethics and values. The group meets every fortnight at the Italian Club, at 7.30 pm. and we welcome new members. See http://statrs.co.za for more information, or 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.
LAST WORD from the Justice & Peace group
We are all diminished when any of us are denied proper education – Election speech of Gough Whitlam (later Australian Prime Minister) in 1969. Please join us in praying for wisdom and selflessness in those making decisions about how our country’s money is to be spent
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.