PALMS FOR PALM SUNDAY
We make an appeal for PALM BRANCHES for decorating the church on Palm Sunday as well as for making palm crosses. If you are able to supply branches for this occasion please let Fr Harrie know, or phone the parish office (021-686-8708). Thank you! Please deliver the fresh palm branches to the presbytery on Tuesday morning 21st March.
Join us in making PALM CROSSES – in the Ruffell Room in the Parish Centre on Wednesday 22nd March at 10 am (after Mass). We need as many pairs of hands as possible – and please remember to bring a pair of scissors with you! If you are not able to stay on Wednesday, then simply come along to find out how to make the palm crosses and take some palms home with you, to make your crosses there. Many thanks!
SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON THE FAMILY
Parishioners who would like to send their ideas for the Synod of Bishops on the Family which will meet at the Vatican in October are invited to complete the questionnaire online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/SACBC-family by 31st March.
If you would like to participate in a joint response to the questionnaire, please come to the Ruffell Room at 7 pm on Wednesday 25th March.
MINI MISSION and STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross takes place in the church each Friday during Lent at 18:00, followed by a Communion Service.
There will be a PENITENTIAL SERVICE at St Michael's on Thursday 26th March at 19:00.
PENITENTIAL SERVICES at nearby parishes:
Mowbray on Tuesday 24th March at 6.30pm
Newlands on Tuesday 24th March at 7pm
Pinelands on Tuesday 31st March at 7pm
A second collection for the bishops' Annual Lenten Appeal takes place at all weekend Masses during Lent.
HOLY WEEK and EASTER SERVICES
29th March – PALM SUNDAY Mass at the usual times (see below)
31st March – PASCHAL MEAL in the Parish Hall at 7.00 pm (see below)
2nd April – HOLY THURSDAY 10 am Mass of the Oils at Our Lady Help of Christians, Lansdowne
6 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper (at St Michael’s)
3rd April – GOOD FRIDAY 10 am Stations of the Cross (by children of the parish and their parents)
3 pm Passion of the Lord (A collection will be taken and sent to the Franciscans in the Holy Land for maintenance and upkeep of the Christian shrines there.)
4th April – EASTER SATURDAY 8 pm Easter Vigil
5th April – EASTER SUNDAY Masses at 7.30 am and 9 am
NO EVENING MASS
The Genesis UNITED EASTER EGG DRIVE! Share the Joy of Easter!
We are collecting marshmallow Easter eggs as part of the Umoya Project. Only two weeks left – please bring your eggs soon, to put in the box in the church porch.
MORNING MARKET The next Morning Market will be on Sunday 29 March from 7.30 am till 11.00 am, in the hall. Drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and see what is on offer at the various stalls.
There will be a LIBRARY TABLE at the Morning Market on Sunday 29th,
Theme for April: Easter
April Book of the Month: The Godless delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism by Patrick Madrid and Kenneth Hensley.
CWL PASCHAL MEAL On Tuesday 31st March the Catholic Women’s League will be hosting a Paschal meal in the Parish Hall at 7.00 pm. Tickets at R80 will be on sale from this weekend after each Mass. Contact Amanda Jones at 021 685 3544.
UMOYA PROJECT Are you feeling the desire to serve? The Umoya Project takes a group of volunteers to the Missionaries of Charity house in Khayelitsha to make a difference in the lives of society’s vulnerable. The next event happens on Saturday 28 March.
NEW READERS AT MASS We're looking for additional readers at the weekend Masses. If you'd like to be part of this very rewarding ministry please contact Tracey Davids on 021 672 3121 for more details.
Editorial: Pastoral incorrectness
1.Why St Teresa of Avila still matters at 500.
2. Xenophilia: To be friends with strangers 3. Pope on assassination fears.
4. Priests called to help police, army, prisons. 5. How God loves the unloved.
HELP THE RURAL CHILD Please do not bring your donations to the Parish Office any longer. Instead please deliver them directly to Help the Rural Child in Mowbray (corner of Main Road and Durban Road). Tel: 021 689 8392.
U-TURN MEAL VOUCHERS: For non-toxic and guilt-free giving at traffic lights - U-turn vouchers at R30.00 per pack of 5 are available at the SVP table in the church porch after all masses. These can be given individually to people begging at traffic lights, instead of money.
MORNING MARKET We are always in need of good second-hand clothes to sell at our Morning Market. Please bring these, clearly marked, to the Parish Office.
MASS INTENTIONS If you would like a Mass to be offered for your Intention, or for a deceased friend or relative, please phone the Parish Office (021 686 8708) to arrange this.
YEAR OF THE CONSECRATED LIFE
Pope Francis has called for a Year of Special Prayer for an increase of Vocations to the Consecrated Life.
Lord, teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek to rest;
to labour and to ask for no reward
save that of knowing I do your will.
LIFE TEEN (for high school teenagers) Life Teen takes place on Sunday evenings after the 6pm Mass.
LIFETEEN CAMP 10–12 April. Spaces filling up fast! Please return your form by next Sunday.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – LENTEN ACTIVITIES
The Simnel cake raffle was won by Inga Jwaai & family. Thanks to all who took tickets.
Tickets are still on sale for the iced Easter carrot cake raffle at R10 each. This raffle will be drawn on 30th March.
Iced Easter biscuits are on sale in the church porch after Mass – see what is on display to buy or order.
PALM SUNDAY Children from Grades 1 to 7 are invited to join the procession into the Church at the start of the 9 am Mass, forming an arch, with the palm branches which will have been blessed.
GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS As is customary, children and their parents are will do the readings and hold the Cross at the Stations on Good Friday. We also need readers. Please contact Joy on 083 675 8515.
GENESIS WELCOMES THE FRESHMAN CLASS OF 2015 All new or returning young parishioners are invited to refreshments right after the Palm Sunday 6pm Mass on 29 March. This is a chance to connect with other young people and hear what the Genesis Team has to offer. #YoureInvited .
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.
Next Sunday - Palm Sunday - will be the last Sunday School lesson for Term 1. There will be worksheets for the children at the back of the church on Easter Sunday so please bring colouring pencils along. Sunday School resumes on Divine Mercy Sunday (12th April).
GENESIS TOTS Please note that Wednesday 25th March will be the final Genesis Tots gathering for Term 1. We will start up again on Wednesday 15th April (2.30 to 4 pm in the Kelly Room).
Palm Sunday will be the last Sunday School lesson for this term, but there will be worksheets for the children at the back of the church on Easter Sunday, so please bring colouring pencils along. Sunday School resumes on 12th April.
GENESIS JUNIORS Can we think of ways to help someone who needs to get better? 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 (almost always) 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 Thank you for the generous donation received in our box last weekend. God bless you.
One of the projects St Michael’s SVP is involved with is done in conjunction with U-Turn. Street people are given food vouchers for meals. A pack of 5 costs R30.00 per pack and is available at the SVP table in the church porch. These can be given out individually to people, instead of money, at the traffic lights. Last year 866 vouchers sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at the Claremont or Wynberg premises. 442 items of clothing were also given out.
Thank you once again to all our generous donors. It is through you 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.
FAITH-SHARING GROUPS: Contact Caitlin Scott on 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).
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:
If you would like to make a donation towards the building of new churches, the bank details are:
Standard Bank Branch 020909
Ref: Your name (or Anon).
Note: Through a very generous donation, the Archbishop's fund has been able to pay for the extension of St Catherine’s Church in Kleinvlei.
LAST WORD from the Justice & Peace group
True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with license to do anything whatever, and which, in the name of freedom, proclaims a kind of general amorality - St Pope John Paul II
Please join us in praying for courage to speak up for the rights of the unborn.
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.