NEW PARISH COUNCIL: The candidates for election to the St Michael’s Parish Pastoral Council are Gerrard Boulle, Eugene Calitz, Jim Casey, Henry Chapman, Paula Howse, John O’Leary, Tom O’Reilly, Venessa Padaychee and Peter Soal. Details of the candidates are in the church porch.
The elections will take place next weekend (30th & 31st August).
100 CLUB: Only a week left to sign up for the 100 Club! Help the parish and stand a chance of winning a prize! Please contact Antoinette Navarra on 082 855 5372 if you would like to join.
THE LATEST EDITION OF THE ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS IS AVAILABLE IN THE CHURCH PORCH.
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
STATEMENTS FROM THE SA CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERNECE: The SACBC recently issued three statements which can be accessed through the following live links:
(i) On the persecution of Christians in Iraq: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ptgx1egmw5bgt39/Statement%20on%20IRAQ.doc
(ii) On the ongoing strife in Gaza:
(iii) On the proposed 'pornography channel' on SA television:
QUIZ EVENING: The CWL Quiz Evening takes place on Friday 12 September. Tickets are now on sale at R60 pp and include a fish and chips supper. Come and join in the fun and win prizes! Please bring your own refreshments and glasses.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Twelve St Michael's children are preparing to receive their first Holy Communion on 26 October. Please remember them and their families in your prayers. They will be presented to the parish community at the 9am Family Mass this week (17 August) and their names and photographs are displayed in the church porch.
SECOND HAND ROSE: We are 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.
BLANKET DRIVE: Winter is still with us and we continue our appeal to parishioners to donate a blanket – new or used (clean, and in good condition please) – to our Blanket Drive. Collection points are the repository/bookshop and the parish office. Cash donations (of any amount) for blankets can also be given in the church porch after Mass each weekend. The blankets will be given to the SVP Society who require approximately 500 blankets to hand out to the needy and the destitute during the winter months. THANK YOU.
CRISIS RELIEF: Catholic Welfare & Development provides 'crisis relief kits' consisting of a plastic basin (for washing), a blanket, food items (such as tinned fish, corned beef, baked beans, peanut butter, maize meal, nutritious cereal, sugar and tea bags), toiletry items (bath towel, face cloth, bath soap, Vaseline, sanitary towels, toilet paper, roll-on deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes). Please consider donating one or more of these items - and help a family in crisis start over. Please bring all items to the parish office. Thank you.
The Southern Cross is on sale at all Masses, at R7 a copy.
THIS WEEKEND (23-24 August): 1. Our bishops want laity’s input 2. CSI star Sinise on finding Catholic faith 3. Adoration: A cup of coffee with the Lord 4. The story of the hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ 5. Bishops condemn TV porn. THIS WEEK’S EDITORIAL: The mental health stigma.
BIBLE SUNDAY: 31st August. The Catholic Bible Foundation of Southern Africa celebrates Bible Sunday on the last Sunday of August each year. This year we celebrate the 10th year of Bible Sunday, and for the next three years focus is on the “Family”.
1. The Bingo evening scheduled for 29th August has been postponed on account of other parish social activities around this time.
2. Only a week left to sign up for the 100 Club! Please contact Antoinette Navarra 082 855 5372 if you would like to join.
3. INTERNATIONAL FOOD EVENING: This ever-popular event takes place on Friday 26 Sept from 6.30 pm.
A little background on the event: Each year we connect the International Food Evening as closely as we can to the Feast Day of St Michael. We are calling on enthusiastic parishioners to prepare a signature dish of a country - probably one they have a connection with. If you would like to host a table representing a country, please complete the information sheet on the clipboard in the church porch, and the committee will contact you.
Other proposed fundraisers:
Friday 26 September – International Food Evening. Diarise it now!
November – Christmas cake raffle.
First quarter 2015 – Race Day.
See below, and on the dropdown menu on the 'Enrichment' tag above.
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.
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.
GENESIS TOTS: A 'Tots group' is held twice a week:
(i) on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am. We rotate houses to host the meetings;(ii) on Wednesday afternoons from 2.30 till 4 pm.
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. Oh come, let us adore Him!
ADORATION CHAPEL: Contact person: Renata 021 6851297, 0824228001.
EMPLOYMENT OFFERED: The Holy Cross Sisters’ school in Bellville invites applicants to apply for two posts - an Intermediate Phase teacher and a Grade 1 teacher - commencing 1 January 2015. For more information see the notice in the church porch, or contact the school secretary at 021 919 4734.
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.
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.
MORNING MARKET: This takes place on the first Sunday of each month.
BAPTISMS and BAPTISM INSTRUCTION: Baptism instruction takes place on the first Sunday of each month, after the 9 o'clock Mass. Baptisms follow a week later, also after the 9 o'clock Mass. Please contact the parish office in advance if you would like to attend (021-686-8708).
BOOKSHOP NEWS: We have Margaret Blackie's book, "Rooted in Love" selling at R150.
FAITH-SHARING GROUPS: Contact Caitlin Scott on 073 177 1883.
LIBRARY NEWS: A parishioner writes: Practitioners of centering prayer may be familiar with Thomas Keating’s book Open Mind Open Heart (in the library under Green 2 KEA). The book describes the history of this prayer practice and provides good guidelines for following this type of prayer. Another recommended book from the library is David Frenette's The Path of Centering Prayer (Green 2 FRE).
The library theme for August is 'Love', and the August Book of the Month is Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong.
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).
SECOND-HAND CLOTHING DONATIONS: Two parish groups collect second-hand clothing: the St Vincent de Paul Society and the "Second-hand Rose" stall at the monthly morning market.
Second-hand Rose needs clothing in good condition. The money made selling these clothes goes straight into the parish coffers – and any clothes not sold by the end of the morning are passed on to SVP each month.
So we encourage parishioners to donate good quality clothing to Second-Hand Rose, and to send your more worn garments directly to SVP. (Please mark your packages accordingly when you bring them to the office!)
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:... if wealth is not dedicated to the wellbeing of the poor, and put to work in cooperation with them, then wealth becomes a road to condemnation – Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.
Please join us in praying for: the wisdom to acknowledge God as the giver of all good gifts, and the grace to share the gifts we have been given.
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.