Fr. Harrie Hovers
Contact the office:
Rev. Les Ruhrmund
Rev. Tony van Vuuren
ADVENT APPEAL COLLECTION Each Sunday during Advent. The proceeds are allocated by the Archdiocesan Finance Committee towards many charitable outreaches, pastoral training, for catechetical needs and for building and development projects in the Archdiocese of Cape Town.
7th/8th Dec – 2nd Sunday of Advent
13th Dec – Carols with Christ at Schoenstatt
14th/15th Dec 3rd Sunday of Advent
18th Dec. Nine Lessons & Carols at 7pm in the Church
19th Dec.- Penitential Service at 7pm
21st Dec Children’s Nativity Play 10:00. 21st/22nd Dec. 4th Sunday of Advent
24th Dec Mass at 7pm and 11pm preceded by Carols
25th Dec Mass at 09:00 preceded by Carols.
FATHER HARRIE WILL BE ON LEAVE from MONDAY 2nd DECEMBER TO TUESDAY 17Tth DECEMBER. During the first week he is away, weekday Masses will be replaced with a Communion Service, however during the next week, we are hoping to have Mass said. Our weekend schedule does not change. Fr John Enslin SJ will be saying our Masses. However, Confessions will not be heard on Saturday mornings whilst Father Harrie is away, only in the evening.
Congratulations to our Parish Organist & Choir Master, Johan Swanepoel on being awarded his music licentiate. Johan will give an organ recital on 20th Dec. At 19:30 in St George’s Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.
The Core team wishes all our LifeTeen families a happy holiday and Blessed Christmas.
THE ADORATION CHAPEL WILL CLOSE on the 20th December, and re-open on the 7th January 2019
BOOKSHOP/REPOSITORY: We have Advent readings, Advent wreath candles, and Advent calendars in stock. Also the 2020 “Springs of Carmel” books: Everyday Mass Readings and Reflections and small open space for writing personal notes. Special Family Prayers for various needs, Celebration of Sacraments and Novena Prayers. An excellent Christmas gift for R100.
THE CATECHESIS OF THE WAY OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
REGISTRATION on line for 2020 GRADES 1 to 7. All children in grade 1 and new parishioners children in grades 1 to 7 should be registered as soon as possible.
If your child is already registered there is no need to complete this unless your details have changed in any way.
Please complete the Catechism Registration Form for each child attending. Please also let us know if details change during the year. All information is confidential and will not be used for anything but catechism admin purposes. Catechism Registration Form
SAVE THE DATE
CAROLS WITH CHRIST
FRI 13 DEC
Carols with Christ is an evening for the whole family with a picnic on the lawns followed by carols in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be organised activities for the children. Music by the 9am and 6pm choirs.
There will be a 'Carols by Candlelight' at the Mater Domini Home. Address: 10, 1st Avenue, Claremont
Donation at Door:
5.30 pm Stalls open with refreshments for sale
Carols begin approx 6.30 pm / 7pm approx : Nativity Play
At close - candles lit for babies born at Home during the year.
Sex-ed in schools
LINK TO SUBSCRIBE to The Southern Cross (print or digital)
Let’s Meet and Move - Connecting communities through music and movement. Salesian Life Choices and Move It invite you to free Biodanza classes that seek to unite Cape Town’s diverse communities in dance and movement. Our sessions build bonds in a safe, non-judgmental, alcohol and drug free space. Participants can have good, clean fund and be inspired to reach their full potential. We meet every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month from 17:30 – 18:30 @ Salesian Life Choices, 314 Imam Haron Rd, Lansdowne.
Retrouvaille Cape Town A lifeline for marriages next programme begins on 28th Feb 2020. See notice in the porch and on our websites.
St Vincent de Paul Society. 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 until 22nd December. Saturday 14th December St Michael’s SVP Society, the GENESIS group and members of the FOLK CHOIR will be hosting the annual Christmas Party at VALKENBERG Friday 20th December: St Michael’s SVP & U-turn will be hosting a Christmas Party for the homeless at the Rondebosch Police Station. Thank you to all our Parishioners for your support during the year which enables us to organize projects such as these. Holy Mass on Christmas day at 9am will be offered for Intentions of our generous donors. God Bless all of you!
NAZARETH HOUSE, CAPE TOWN, MARKET DAY Sat 7th December from 09:00 to 13:00
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure… Help The Rural Child will be having a massive drive at your parish between 9am & 2pm on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November. We need clothing for men, women and children, books, bric-a brac and furniture to sell in our Charity shops. Please drop all goods at the hall. Proceeds go to programmes supporting & strengthening rural children from conception to school leaving. TEL: 0711934945 FOR MORE INFORMATION
NOAH (Neighbourhood Old Age Home)
based in Woodstock, are offering takeaway meals. If you work in the area you could consider supporting them. See this notice . NOAH is a progamme of the Archdiocese to support Social Pensioners whose Income is R1690.00. Archbishop Brislin is the Patron.
As you are all aware we are experiencing water restrictions in Cape Town because of the drought. At the Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday night, and also in line with a directive received from the Archbishop, it was agreed that we have to limit the use of our facilities to drastically reduce our water usage.
Our account has already been identified as “high” usage and a restrictive device has been fitted which cuts off our supply as soon as we reach our limit on any given day. In view of this, we have to advise that the kitchen is out of bounds in the Parish centre.
Parish meetings can still happen, although limited, but no refreshments may be served using our water. Should you wish to continue with your meetings, please advise those attending to bring their own water and all garbage will need to be collected and removed from the premises.
One of the projects St Michael’s SVP are involved with is in conjunction with U-Turn. Street people are given vouchers for meals or clothing and from 1 January 2017 to 30 September 2017 a total of 4278 vouchers made up as follows: 2nd Hand clothes: 1945 Meals 1879; Toiletries: 454 which were sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at either the Claremont or Wynberg premises. 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. U-TURN VOUCHERS available from the Bookshop – cost of a pack of 5 is now R100.00 which equates to R20.00 per meal.
USE SnapScan TO MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE WEEKLY COLLECTION!!! Our Genesis teams have been asking us to make the option of paying money to the Parish available on SnapScan. As from this weekend, you can contribute to the Parish Collection using the SnapScan App on your phone. Please note that this is available for use with COLLECTIONS. However, should you wish to pay your Planned Giving Contribution, clearly indicate PG, your number, and name. You can download the SnapScan App free of charge on your phone.
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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 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
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.
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: This (almost always) takes place on the first Sunday of each month from before the 7.30 am Mass until about 11 am. 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 2-4 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.