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.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL 2014 . We congratulate John O’Leary who was elected as Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council. Congratulations as well to Deacon Tony Van Vuuren who was elected as Vice-Chair.
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING, Monday 27th October 2014 at 12:30.
1st HOLY COMMUNION:
The following children are to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion for the1st time on the 26th October at the 9am Mass.
Grace-Ann Brand, LiamClavaux, Lauren Downard, Nika du Preez, Amber Hindmarch, Anna Mackenzie, Ashley McLagan, Connor O'Mahony, Kieran Oozeer, Matthew Sharples, Zach Sinclair, Serena Tarantello, Trae Turner
Please join them as they begin praying their Novena this weekend.
SECOND COLLECTION: A second collection will be taken this weekend (18, 19 October) for MISSION SUNDAY. The offerings collected on World Mission Sunday are destined for a common fund of solidarity distributed, in the Pope's name, by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith among the missions and missionaries of the entire world. Envelopes for donations are available at the back of the church.
PRAYER FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD ON THE FAMILY: As the bishops meet in synod in Rome from 5th to 19th October, let us pray for blessings on the Synod:
In the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we contemplate the splendour of true love. May we, like them, turn with trust to God the Father, so that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, become authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches. May families across the world no longer experience violence, rejection or division. May all who have been hurt or scandalised find ready comfort and healing. As we contemplate the Holy Family of Nazareth, let us pray that the approaching Synod of Bishops may make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Amen
ST POPE JOHN XXIII'S ADDRESS AT THE OPENING OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL IN 1962: http://conciliaria.com/2012/10/mother-church-rejoices-opening-address-of-john-xxiii-at-the-council/#more-2134
PRAYER FOR REFUGEES AND VICTIMS OF WAR: The candle that is burning next to the baptismal font is for those affected by war. It will burn at all masses to remind us to pray.
“Lord God, no one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care. In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war, those separated from their loved ones, your people who are lost, and those who have left home or who have run away from home. Bring them back safely to the place where they long to be and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and to all in need Grant this through Christ our Lord.”
The Southern Cross is on sale at all Masses, at R7 a copy.
THIS WEEK’S EDITORIAL:Mission Sunday’s bishop
1.Special focus on Mission Sunday
2.SA woman ‘priest’ excommunicated
3.Journalist recalls St John Paul II’s SA adventure
4.Boko Haram’s war on churches
5.MphuthumiNtabeni on prosperity cults
* Taking part in this campaign will give you the opportunity to join other Christians, fasting and praying for 40 days for an end to abortion; standing for life during a 40-day peaceful public witness outside the abortion clinic, and bringing a positive pro-life message to our city through media efforts, advocacy and public visibility – speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
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
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little – US President Franklin D Roosevelt, 1937.
Please join us in praying: for the grace to discern where we ourselves can help provide “for those who have too little”.
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.