Fr. Harrie Hovers
Contact the office:
Rev. Les Ruhrmund
Rev. Tony van Vuuren
076 189 3524
THE ARCHBISHOP’S ADVENT APPEAL The Collection will be taken each weekend during Advent.
ADVENT MASS TIMES AND SERVICES
Sunday 4th December - 2nd Sunday of Advent
Sunday 11th December - 3rd Sunday of Advent
Sunday 18th December - 4th Sunday of Advent and at 19:45 – 9 LESSONS & CAROLS
Wednesday 21st December - 19:00 PENITENTIAL SERVICE
Saturday 24th December - 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)
Sunday 25th December 3rd Christmas Mass at 9.00am - carols from 8:45am. (Genesis Band and Choir)
(no other masses on Christmas day)
is on break for the school holiday- we hope all our teens and their families have a blessed Advent!.
2016 is coming to an end, please take note of our year end dates. Genesis Tots: Wed 30th Nov: Genesis Tiny Tots: Tues morning 6th Dec 9:30-11am
Genesis Kids (Sunday School): Sunday 11th Dec 9am mass
“Please extend our most grateful thanks to Genesis and all involved at St Michaels Parish for the wonderful Children’s Christmas party on Saturday 26th November 2016. It is always wonderful to see the delight on the children’s faces. It is an event they talk about for many weeks. God bless and have a blessed Christmas. Wayne and Sonia at St Kizito Children’s Programme.”
BOOKSHOP NEWS the Repository has some new stock available : lovely children`s books, Advent calendars and Advent candles. 2017 Liturgical Calendars. We have a few more (correct) Living Faiths available, as some of you bought faulty ones. Please come in and browse. Christmas cards will be stocked a bit later.
2016 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, from next weekend until 17th/18th December
Saturday 10th December St Michael’s SVP Society, the GENESIS group and members of the FOLK CHOIR will be hosting the annual Christmas Party at VALKENBERG
Thursday 15th December: 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. 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!
in support of The children of St Kizitos& the vulnerable adults of the Umoya Project. A big thank you to ALL who have taken home tags. Please return your contribution by Friday 18th November.*Remember all are welcome to attend the Christmas Parties...
Umoyo Adults party: Sat 10th December in Khayelitsha (more info to follow)
Life Teen continues during exams after the Sunday 6pm Mass. All teenagers invited to join the core team in the Ruffell Room till 8:45pm.
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Calling the entire parish to please support THE GENESIS UNITED YEAR END OUTREACH.
Genesis Kids (Sunday school) during the Sunday 9am mass
2-4s in the Gill Room
5-7s in the Kelly Room
Genesis Tiny Tots (moms and 0-4 babes) on Tuesdays 9:30-11am
Genesis Tots (moms/dads/grans/nannies and 0-4 tots) on Wednesdays 3-4:30pm in the Kelly Room
BLANKETS We are appealing for money towards blankets. This can be handed in at the Repository.
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 Good Shepherd Catechesis Training Level 1
The Archdiocese will be using The Atrium of St Michael this year for the initial training of those beginning this enriching course.
Date: 1st Saturday of each month from February to June and August to November. Time: 9.30 to 2.30pm
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
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
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
So then, let us follow after things which make for peace, and things by which we may build one another up – Romans 14:19 Please join us in praying for peace in our troubled world – especially in Syria
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.