Father Harrie will be away this coming week. Communion services will take the place of mass every day. Confessions will not be heard on Saturday morning.
ADVENT MASS TIMES AND SERVICES
Sunday 14th Dec at 7:30pm in the Church. Please join us for 9 LESSONS & CAROLS
Tues 16th Dec – PUBLIC HOLIDAY Communion Service will be held at 09:00am.
Wed 24th Dec - 1st Christmas Mass at 7.00pm – carols from 6.45pm (Brass Quintet)
2nd Christmas Mass at 11:00pm – carols from 10:40pm (St Michael’s Choir)
Thurs 25th Dec Christmas Mass at 9.00am – carols from 8.45am (Genesis Band and Choir)
(no other masses on Christmas day)
PENITENTIAL SERVICE – Pinelands Catholic Church Thursday 18th December at 19:00.
ALTAR SERVERS - Could all those who are interested in serving at one of the three Christmas masses please put their names on the list in the Sacristy.
Pope Francis has called for a Year of Special Prayer for the increase of Vocations to the Consecrated Life.
Lord, teach me to be generous; 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. Amen St Ignatius
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL: 2014 GROCERY VOUCHERS FOR CHRISTMAS:
It is that time of year again to think of those less fortunate than ourselves. Please consider either donating vouchers or give a donation to the people manning the grocery table each weekend, till the weekend before Christmas (20/21 Dec).
Fri. 12th Dec: St Michael’s SVP, St Paul’s Anglican Church&U-turn will be hosting a Christmas Party for the homeless at the Rondebosch Police Station
Sat. 13th Dec: The Rondebosch SVP Society, the GENESIS group and members of the FOLK CHOIR will be hosting the annual Christmas Party at VALKENBERG.
Thank you to all our Parishioners for your generous support during the year which enables us to organize projects such as these. God bless all of you!
The Southern Cross is on sale at all Masses, at R7 a copy.
The fallout from postal strike
1. Jesuits: Shine a light on Eskom
2. Be thankful for your church organist
3. Lutherans and Catholics pray over beer
4. Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka helps hospice
5. Gushwell Brooks on superfast cars and fast Internet
6. 28 page Christmas issue on sale next week – R15.00
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 note we will be closing the Chapel over the Christmas season as usual. CLOSING on FRIDAY 12th Dec. and RE-OPENING on MONDAY 5th JAN. 2015 at 8 am.
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:
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
Mercy and faithfulness have met; justice and peace have embraced. Faithfulness shall spring from the earth, and justice look down from heaven – Psalm 84/85 10–11
Please join us in praying that, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, so may our actions help prepare the way for the coming of Peace
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.