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. Envelopes are available in the porch.
ADVENT MASS TIMES AND SERVICES
Thursday 10th Dec at 19:00 PENITENTIAL SERVICE
Wednesday 16th Dec PUBLIC HOLIDAY Mass will be celebrated at 09:00
Sunday 20th Dec at 7:30pm in the Church. Please join us for 9 LESSONS & CAROLS
Thurs 24thDec - 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)
Friday 25thDec - Christmas Mass at 9.00am – carols from 8.45am (Genesis Band and Choir) (no other masses on Christmas day)
2015 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 (19/20 Dec).
This Sunday: Life Teen is after the 6pm Mass until 8:45pm. Next weekend is the last Life Teen for this year.
*All Genesis Kids (Sunday school children) Don’t forget to return your "I Love Giving" envelope each week. Sign up for our Genesis Kids Sunday school programme 2016 will be held in the Kelly room this Sunday 29th November after the 9am mass. Please come and sign up your child/children if they are 2-7years of age. We look forward to seeing you there!
BAPTISM INSTRUCTION – The next Baptism instruction takes place next Sunday, 6th December after the 09:00 Mass. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to attend this instruction.
ADORATION: There will not be Adoration this Thursday after Mass.
St. Michael’s CARE GROUP invites all Senior Parishioners to a CHRISTMAS PARTY with entertainment by Rondebosch Boys’ Prep School at the Church Hall on Wednesday 2nd December at 10:00am Please put your name on the list provided in the church porch if you would like to join us.
“Grateful thanks are extended to Genesis and all involved at St Michaels in the planning, organisation and generous support of the Christmas Party for St. Kizito Children’s Programme on last Saturday. The delight on the faces of the children was a wonderful sight to see. One child in particular was so excited he arrived at a SKCP member’s house at 06h30, so as to ensure he would not miss the party! God bless and have a peaceful Christmas season.” From the Admin Staff at St Kizito. 2015 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 (19/20 Dec). CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets @ R10 on sale after weekend Mass. Prizes: 1st: Christmas themed fruit cake; 2nd: Christmas hamper; 3rd: New Image beauty salon voucher
The CHRISTMAS Morning Market will take place on Sunday Dec. 6. Come and enjoy a cup of tea with us and browse around. Christmas goodies will be on sale.We are always in need of curtains, linen and children’s clothing to sell. We are also looking for 2nd hand school uniforms. All monies come to the Parish. There will be aLibrary Table at the Craft market on Sunday Dec. 6In future, reference books and atlases of biblical lands, will be available for loan on the same basis as any other books. Books taken out, may be renewed. The Library will close for the holidays after Dec 13.
YEAR OF MERCY A special Mass will be celebrated on 13 December at St Mary’s Cathedral at 14h00 to mark the beginning of the Year of Mercy. On this occasion we will also open the “Door of Mercy”. In doing so we join the Basilicas all over the world and the universal Church in embracing the challenge of going deeper in our experience of God’s mercy and our imitation of Jesus’ work of mercy for others this Advent, this Year of Mercy and all the days to come.
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets @ R10 on sale after weekend Mass. Prizes: 1st Christmas themed fruit cake; 2nd Christmas hamper; 3rd New Image beauty salon voucher
St. Michael’s CARE GROUP invites all Senior Parishioners to a CHRISTMAS PARTY with entertainment by Rondebosch Boys’ Prep School at the Church Hall on Wednesday 2nd December at 10:00am Please put your name on the list provided in the church porch if you would like to join us .
CHARITY BOOK SALE Help the Rural Child are participating in a Charity Book Sale next weekend at St Paul’s Church, Main Road Rondebosch. Please support them
From all of us at HELP THE RURAL CHILD we would just like to thank you, St Michaels Parish for your support towards our Stock Drive, where we collect almost 300 bags of goods. Thank you for this amazing support and please continue giving.
All Genesis Kids (Sunday school children) Don’t forget to return your "I Love Giving" envelope each week.
Sign up for our Genesis Kids Sunday school programme 2016 will be held in the Kelly room on Sunday 29th November after the 9am mass. Please come and sign up your child/children if they are 2-7years of age. We look forward to seeing you there!
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 will be having a massive drive at your parish. 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. Drop all goods at the hall. WHEN: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 14th and 15th November 2015 TIME: SATURDAY 09H00-16H00 and SUNDAY 09H00 – 16H00 TEL: 0711934945 for more information.
The CWL are collecting religious books to assist Sr Alma in her work with prisoners. There is a box in the foyer in which you can place your books
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing. Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayers. Amen
A sincere thank you to those of you who have returned your “100% 2016” Pledge Card. If you currently give to the Parish on the existing Planned Giving campaign and will continue to do so, please complete a PLEDGE CARD and place it in the box in the foyer. Thank you too to the children who returned their envelopes – R210.00 was given by you this past weekend – well done! (Please note that in the weeks ahead, the children will be able to hand in their envelopes at Sunday School).
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 R30.00 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
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.
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.>
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.
NEW READERS AT MASS If you'd like to be part of this very rewarding ministry please contact Tracey Davids on 021 672 3121 for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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
We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbour or not – St Teresa of Ávila
Please join us in praying for grace to love both God and our neighbour to our utmost.
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.