WEEK OF PRAYER FOR LASTING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Pope Francis has asked the Church across the world to hold a Week of Prayer for Lasting Peace in the Middle East, starting on Sunday 21st September. You can access the 2-page details produced by the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (which you might like to print out – and fold!) at https://www.dropbox.com/s/bc5zn7myk42ee1f/Week%20of%20Prayer%20brochure.pdf?dl=0 .
The SACBC asks us to pray for peace, especially in the Middle East during this week: “We urge Catholics and all people of good will to pray for the people of the Middle East – that there may be an end to war and violence, that discrimination may cease, that healing and reconciliation be experienced in the hearts of people, and that PEACE may reign."
PRAYER FOR REFUGEES AND VICTIMS OF WAR: The candle that burns 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.”
'SLOW MOTION' MASS: Have you ever wondered about the significance of some of the things we do in Mass? Are you feeling a bit rusty regarding some parts of the Mass? Join us for the Genesis Mass at 6pm next Sunday (21st September), where the Mass will be explained as we go along. This is a great opportunity to bring friends and family who may want to know more about the Mass.
The Southern Cross is on sale at all Masses, at R7 a copy.
THIS WEEKEND (13-14 September): 1. Bishop’s sermon raises R100,000
2. Calvary film: Interview with director 3. Priest dies at 101 years 4. St Augustine head resigns 5. Regrets? Time for an inner spring clean. THIS WEEK’S EDITORIAL: Saint Denis Hurley?
INTERNATIONAL FOOD EVENING:
Stallholders meeting: Tuesday 16th September at 6 pm in the Kelly Room.
This ever-popular event takes place on Friday 26 September from 6.30 pm – in the parish hall and adjoining buildings. Join the crowds to enjoy dishes from Japan, China, Italy, Mexico, Lebanon, South Africa, Cape Malay, Holland, USA, Greece, Ireland, Indonesia, Poland, Germany, Scotland, France and Thailand, as well as Sweet Treats and Patisserie.
Thank you to everyone for always making this such a special evening!
ST JOSEPH'S MARIST COLLEGE: The school's Special Needs Unit is holding an Open Day on Friday 19th September from 11 am till 2 pm. All welcome! (The school is located in Belmont Road, Rondebosch.) Details on the notice in the church porch, or see https://www.dropbox.com/s/7h4xswwl1h9sf6c/Special%20Needs%20Unit%20Open%20Day.jpg?dl=0 for more information.
Please join us – you really do make a difference – and try to bring someone with you!
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
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Twelve St Michael's children are preparing to receive their first Holy Communion on 26 October. Please remember them and their families in your prayers. Their names and photographs are displayed in the church porch.
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.
GENESIS TOTS: Please join Genesis Tots and Kids for our Family Spring Picnic on Sunday 28th September at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens at 10:30am, We will meet by the big tree and bench, next to the path and main duck pond. Bring: Your own picnic and blanket, hats and suncream. To rsvp, please email Kim or Wendy (see below), or sign up after Mass.
ADORATION CHAPEL: We are looking for people to make use of this wonderful opportunity to spend a quiet hour each week in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The following slots are open: Wed. 9–10 am; 12 noon–1 pm; 4–5 pm; Thurs. 11–12 am. Please contact Renata on 021 685 1297.
HOLY FAMILY SISTERS CENTENARY: The Holy Family Sisters have been a presence in Cape Town for 100 years! Please check the noticeboard in the church porch (or see https://www.dropbox.com/s/ramxr7ew5otsg73/HOLY%20Family%20IN%20CAPE%20TOWN%201915.docx?dl=0 ) for information about their ongoing work here. Details of the centenary celebrations will be announced later.
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).
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.
100 Club Draw: Congratulations to our winners: 1st prize: Lori Colussi, 2nd prize: Betty O’Donoghue, 3rd prize: Bevin Steele.
Proposed future fundraisers:
November – Christmas cake raffle.
First quarter 2015 – Race Day.
STATEMENTS FROM THE SA CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERNECE: The SACBC recently issued three statements which can be accessed through the following live links
(i) On the persecution of Christians in Iraq: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ptgx1egmw5bgt39/Statement%20on%20IRAQ.doc
(ii) On the ongoing strife in Gaza:
(iii) On the proposed 'pornography channel' on SA television:
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.
BOOKSHOP NEWS: We still have some copies of Margaret Blackie's book, "Rooted in Love", selling at R150.
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.
FAITH-SHARING GROUPS: Contact Caitlin Scott on 073 177 1883.
LIBRARY NEWS: A parishioner writes: Practitioners of centering prayer may be familiar with Thomas Keating’s book Open Mind Open Heart (in the library under Green 2 KEA). The book describes the history of this prayer practice and provides good guidelines for following this type of prayer. Another recommended book from the library is David Frenette's The Path of Centering Prayer (Green 2 FRE).
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
There is no easy answer for what we should do to aid our fellow brothers and sisters who are in need, but there is a biblical injunction that we should do something. At the very least we should be aware of the pain in the world – Frances Correia (Jesuit Institute of South Africa)
Please join us in praying for: Wisdom in finding our own ways of aiding those around us who are 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.