Fr. Harrie Hovers
Contact the office:
Rev. Les Ruhrmund
Rev. Tony van Vuuren
076 189 3524
PARISH LENTEN PROGRAMME
ASH WEDNESDAY 10th February 2016 – Mass at 09:30 & 18:00. You are reminded that this is a day of fast and abstinence.
Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday at 18:00, followed by a Communion Service.
The 2nd Collection for the Annual Lenten Appeal takes place every weekend.
YEAR OF MERCY PARISH MISSION
Fr FATHER LARRY KAUFMANN CSsR
15-18 FEB 2016
DAILY MASS TIMES: 6am & 9am – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
MISSION SERVICES: 7pm each evening
Monday “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy” (Pope Francis)
Tuesday Healing as an experience of God’s mercy
Wednesday Forgiveness as an experience of God’s mercy
Thursday Eucharist as a celebration of God’s mercy (Mass)
Apart from the Penitential Service on Wednesday evening, Father Kaufmann will make himself available for confessions after the services at times to be announced.
CONFIRMATION CLASS 2016 – GRADE 11. with Fr Harrie, Mondays at 18:45 in the Ruffell Room.It is also warmly recommended that you attend LIFETEEN on Sunday nights as well.
FAMILY FUN DAY!
Sunday 21st Feb
Join us after the 9am Family Mass in Fr Harrie's garden.We'll have a jumping castle, splash pools for the toddlers and games for the older kids.
Bacon & Egg rolls, Tea & Coffee, Muffins & Cake, Cold drinks & Ice lollies will be on sale. Bring picnic blankets & sunhats
ALL WELCOME ... see you there!
FINANCE MEETING 8TH FEBRUARY 2016
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
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE –
Meet on the 3rd Monday of each month. The next meeting takes place on Monday 15th February. 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 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 Thursdays starting on Feb 25th, then the 3rd and 10th 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
WHAT IS AN ICON? Lecture by Brother Richard Maidwell CSsR, as part of the Summer School Extension programme – Tues 16th Feb at 18:00. See notice in the porch for more information.
Editorial: A test of leadership.
1. Napier: Drugs the new oppressor
2. Is ‘Spotlight’ film fair to Church?
3. What Lent means in Year of Mercy
4. The hijacking of Catholic carnival
5. God’s kiss on our soul
DAY FOR THE SICK AND AGED IN THE YEAR OF MERCY – Sunday 14th February 2016 at Schoenstatt Constantia. See poster in the porch for more information.
Life Teen starts for all Teenagers this Sunday - 31 January after the 6pm Mass. Registration takes place after the 9am and 6pm
Genesis Kids Sunday School - during the 9am mass
2-4 year olds in the Gill Room
5-7 year olds in the Kelly Room
*Please diarise our FAMILY FUN MORNING in Father's garden after the 9am mass on Sunday 21st Feb* ALL ARE WELCOME!!
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.
Catechism for Grades 1 to 7 begins during the week of the 18th January. Class days and times remain the same as last year:
Grade 1: MONDAY 3.00 to 3.45 pm
Grade 2: MONDAY 4.00 to 4.45pm
Grade 3. MONDAY 5.00 to 6.00pm
Grade 4: TUESDAY 4.45 to 5.45pm
Grade 5: THURSDAY 4.45 to 5.45pm
Grades 6 and 7 : MONDAY 5.00 to 6.00 pm (please note change of time)
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
Thank you to those who have responded to our request for assistants. We are most grateful and will be contacting you personally in early January. Will you and other interested Parishioners please diarise the Evening in the Atrium on Thursday 14 from 7 to 8pm. Contact Joy Carkeek 0836758515.
SHROVE TUESDAY – PANCAKE DAY SAVE THE DATE!!! TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2016.Please put your name on the list in the porch if you are able to help in anyway. Tickets on sale this weekend.
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.
YEAR OF MERCY -
Jubilee Prayer for the Year of Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whosoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money, the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman, "If you knew the gift of God".
You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy; let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error; let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate everyone of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen
BOOKSHOP NEWS : We have lots of new stock in the Repository : lovely new Rosaries, Bibles, Holding Crosses, Advent Candles, Children`s books and articles, and more. Please come in and browse.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.>
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.
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
As we celebrate the Jubilee year of Mercy, we encourage all parishes to commemorate Police Day on 31st January 2016 – to show appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime, and to remember the sacrifices that our men and women in blue have made and continue to make as they provide safety for all who live in South Africa – Fr Stan Muyebe OP, Director, Justice & Peace Dept of the SA Catholic Bishops’ Conference
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.