Fr. Harrie Hovers
Contact the office:
Rev. Les Ruhrmund
Rev. Tony van Vuuren
076 189 3524
ECCLESIA - A JOY FILLED VISION OF LOVE
ST MICHAEL’S FOOTBALL CLUB is looking for new players this season, of zero experience and beyond! We practice on Mondays at 17:30 at St Joseph's school, Belmont Road, Rondebosch. Match Days: Saturdays. All ages welcome.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING
The next PPC Meeting takes place on Tuesday 21st February in the Ruffell Room.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE
The next meeting of the CWL is on Monday 20th February at 19:00 in the Gill Room. All ladies of the Parish we welcome
All St Michaels families! FAMILY MASS. Sunday 26th February at 9am. We will celebrate our gift of LOVE for one another! This Mass will include all children from the Tots through to Grade 7 of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Please bring the children to this Mass.
PANCAKE EVENING – SHROVE TUESDAY SAVE THE DAY – TUESDAY 28th February 2017 There will be a NEW PARISHIONERS welcome table at all Masses on the 11th/12th February. Please introduce yourself to us and join us for a cup of tea or coffee after the 9am Mass.
MINI-MARRIAGE COURSE If you intend getting married later this year, the next mini-marriage course (done in conjunction with Prepare) which you need to attend, will take place over 3 consecutive Mondays starting on Feb 20th , 27th and 6th March at 7.00pm in the Ruffell Room. To enroll please phone the Parish Office, or for more info, please speak to one of the Clergy
The JESUIT INSTITUTE will again hold a Day of Recollection on Ash Wednesday 1st March 2017. This will include Mass and distribution of the Ashes. Venue: St Bernard’s Catholic Church, cnr Protea and Buchan Road, Newlands, Cape Town. 9am - 4.00pm, led by Fr David Rowan SJ.
Cost: R200. Reduced Rates for students and pensioners on request.
The 2017 Lent Book will also be available at a cost of R100 each.
❤❤❤Fundraising Valentine raffle❤❤❤ Congratulations to the winners of our Raffle: 1st Prize – Anne Krawczyk: 2nd Prize – Jenny Daly; 3rd Prize – Bernard Seymour-Hall 4th Prize – Alan Allison
Discernment Classes for 2017 Should you be considering a Vocation to the Priesthood, discernment classes at the Chancery will start soon. Please speak to Fr Harrie.
URGENT – If you, or one of your family members, or a friend, are admitted to Hospital, or need a home visit, please phone the Parish Office so we can arrange for the Hospital Chaplain to visit you, or Father to visit you at home. Hospitals no longer ask your religion on admittance.
CONFIRMATION CLASS 2017 – GRADE 11. Confirmation Classes for 2017, with Fr Harrie, will take place on Thursdays from 18h45 – 19h30 in the Ruffell Room. Attending these classes is a requirement for those who wish to be confirmed.
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL One of the projects St Michael’s SVP are involved with is done in conjunction with U-Turn. Street people are given food vouchers for meals. Between the 1st Jan 2016 and 31st December 2016, 1868 meals vouchers and 1846 clothing vouchers, 902 packs of u-turn vouchers (4510 in single vouchers) vouchers which were sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at the Claremont Power House (U-turn). 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. The U-turn vouchers at R40.00 per pack of 5 are available at the SVP table. These can be given out individually to people, instead of money, at the traffic lights.
* PS please save the date for our upcoming FUN Family morning after the 9am mass on 12th Feb 2017.
Participating in Public Policy. Catholic Paliamentary Liasion Office Notice:
on 1st February 1997 the Choice on Terminaton of Pregnancy Act was passed by Parliament. Since then, many thousands of unborn children have been killed, their dignigty and humanity counting for nothing.
To mark this anniversary, and to pray for a change of heart on the part of all who disregard the right of unborn children, Holy Mass will be celebrated at St Mary's Cathedral (corner of Roeland and Plein Streets) on Wednesday, 1st February 2017 at 13h10 to mark this event.
Education: Do we give a damn?
By Russell Pollitt
While President Jacob Zuma prattled on about fixing the mistakes of the past, unity within the ANC and (ironically) fighting corruption during the party’s January 8th birthday celebrations, another crisis loomed: basic education. read more.
USE SnapScan TO MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE WEEKLY COLLECTION!!! Our Genesis teams have been asking us to make the option of paying money to the Parish available on SnapScan. As from this weekend, you can contribute to the Parish Collection using the SnapScan App on your phone. Please note that this is available for use with COLLECTIONS. However, should you wish to pay your Planned Giving Contribution, clearly indicate PG, your number and name. You can download the SnapScan App free of charge on your phone.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTION
Ladies … wish to grow spiritually – help the Church? Join us at CWL, 1st Monthly meeting 20th February 2017 at 7pm. Hope to see you.
BOOKSHOP NEWS the Repository has some new stock available : lovely children`s books, 2017 Liturgical Calendars. We have a few more (correct) Living Faiths available, as some of you bought faulty ones. Please come in and browse.
Editorial: Where’s the decency?
Bishops set family priorities
2. How to understand mercy
3. Would you get buried in a pod?
4. 23 thoughts from a saint
5. Fr Townsend: Why I tithe 10%
HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED MUSIC AS YOUR MINISTRY? The Genesis band and choir are recruiting. If you are a singer or musician, we’d like to invite you to join us in this rewarding ministry. It’s not a huge commitment (5pm on a Sunday) and it’s a wonderful way to make a contribution. If you are a singer, classical musician, guitarist, drummer or a sound engineer with some experience, we’re excited to welcome you. Please contact Adrian or Tinashe after 6pm the mass or by SMS. Adrian – 083 258 6571 Tinahse – 073 097 4932
The CWL Meet on the 3rd Monday of each month. You are invited to join us to grow spiritually, help the church and make new friends.
Tea and coffee servers urgently needed to help at Parish functions and funeral teas – Men and women (no washing-up!!). Contact Amanda on 021 685 3544.
If you would like a Mass to be offered for someone’s intentions or for the repose of the soul of someone, please phone the Parish Office to arrange this
DISABLED PARKING BAYS AT ST MICHAEL’S Please do not use the parking bays marked for the disabled unless you qualify to use them. On several occasions the people for whom they are intended have had to park far away from the Church and it is difficult for them to then get into the Church.
Bequest perhaps you would like to consider a bequest to St Michaels (St Michaels Catholic Church, Rondebosch) in your will? Contact Father Harrie for further advice. KIDS – please collect more envelopes in the foyer if you have run out.
TOO MUCH STUFF, TOO LITTLE SPACE, JOIN HELP THE RURAL CHILD CHARITY SHOPS: The revolution against rural poverty has begun. Come and join us! We need clothing for men, women and children,books, bric-a brac and furniture to sell in our shops. The proceeds will go towards the running cost of the POP Centres at Goedgedacht. www.goedgedacht.org.
WHAT IS A MENTOR? Would you like to know more about mentoring a student? LIFE CHOICES is looking for the right people to help give support and guidance to Grade 11/12 Students from less privileged backgrounds. It is a truly worthwhile cause. For more information and contact details please read the Poster in the foyer of the church or phone Gill 021 686 8251
ROSARY SUNDAYS: There is no love like a mother’s love. You’re invited to sing Mary’s praises through the Rosary every Sunday at 5.30PM in the Kelly Room. Beginners and devotees equally welcome.
IN MEMORIAM On the rear wall of the Church next to the visitors confessional, a board has been put up displaying the leaflets from 12 recent funerals of Parishioners. This is in order to encourage us to pray for the souls of our departed brothers and sisters.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY One of the projects St Michael’s SVP are involved with is done in conjunction with U-Turn. Street people are given food vouchers for meals. Between the 1st June 2015 and 30th Oct 2015, 1583 of the vouchers which were sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at the Claremont Power House. 906 items of clothing were also 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. The U-turn vouchers at R40.00 per pack of 5 are available at the SVP table. These can be given out individually to people, instead of money, at the traffic lights
U-TURN MEAL VOUCHERS: For non-toxic and guilt-free giving at traffic lights - U-turn vouchers at R40.00 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.
NOTICE ABOUT HOSPITALS: When you, or a family member, are admitted to hospital, it is the responsibility of the family to notify the Parish we will then notify the Chaplain of that particular hospital, even if you are admitted to the Vincent Pallotti Hospital. They no longer ask patient’s religion.
ST MICHAEL’S FOOTBALL CLUB is looking for new players this season, of zero experience and beyond! If you want to join a group of men growing in faith, while practicing soccer together, you are invited to join the team. Practice days: Mondays at 17:30 at St Joseph's school, Belmont Road, Rondebosch. Match Days: Saturdays.
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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL There are two Sunday School groups. They take place during the first part of the 9am Mass, and two parents are on duty in each class. The class for 24 year olds is held in the Gill Room, and the one for 5–7 year olds in the Kelly Room. Please bring crayons to Mass, and take a work sheet from the back of the church before Mass starts. Children from both classes return to Mass at the Offertory. For more information contact Kim or Paula at
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.
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
Share your food with the hungry and … provide the poor wanderer with shelter – Isaiah 58:7
Please join us in praying for a greater awareness of those in need
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.