Fr. Harrie Hovers
Contact the office:
Rev. Les Ruhrmund
Rev. Tony van Vuuren
076 189 3524
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION Because of the way the Feast of the Assumption falls this year, our Archbishop has dispensed with the obligation to attend Mass for the Assumption this year (it falls on a Saturday). At St Michael’s there will only be one Mass for the Assumption and that will be the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Friday 14th August. The Saturday evening and Sunday Masses will be for the normal Sunday of the Year. (20th Sunday).
DINNER AND LIVE BAND ---- Next weekend!
Brighten up your winter, and attend our Dinner, Auction, and enjoy the sounds of the Irish Band Shenanigans.
Exciting spot prizes too!
DAVID FILHO who has worked as a Security Guard here at St Michael’s for many years, is leaving us and returning to Angola, his home country, at the end of this month. Thank you David for the many years you have watched our cars and seen to the needs of the people in and around the Church. We wish you well, and ask God to bless you and your family..
“LET ME TELL YOU A STORY” – a book of inspirational short stories written by Fr Ralph de Hahn, is available from the Repository - R100.00 - proceeds will go towards the building expenses of the Year of Faith Churches.
The next BAPTISM INSTRUCTION takes place on Sunday 2nd August after the 9am Mass, and BAPTISMS the following Sunday. Please contact the Parish Office to give them your detail if you wish to attend.
Term 3 Genesis Kids Sunday school begins today, Sunday 19th July. All kids from 2-4years are welcome in the Gill room and children in Gr R- Gr 2 to join us in the Kelly room during the 9am mass.
Genesis Tots will be in the Kelly room 2:30-4pm on Wednesday 22 July. All welcome
MINI-MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
If you intend getting married soon, the next mini-marriage course (done in conjunction with Prepare) which you need to attend, will take place over 3 weeks starting on August 3rd then August 11th (10th is a public holiday) and 17th at 7.00pm in the Ruffell Room. To enroll or for more info, please speak to one of the Clergy.
The celebration of the BEATIFICATION OF BENEDICT DASWA ,THE MARTYR will take place on 13th September 2015 in the Diocese of Tzaneen. We have been asked by Archbishop Brislin to take a 2nd collection next weekend, 25/26th July to help with the expenses that will be incurred on this occasion. We are also asked to pray special prayers during August . Prayer cards, including information about BENEDICT DASWA are available in the Church Porch
ALPHA MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT COURSE
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
THIS WEEK’S EDITORIAL The Lord’s Table
1. 1. Priest slams ‘hijacking’ of ubuntu
2. Books: Beer, Hollywood and a deaf-blind priest
3. SA home’s long trek to return young boy to Europe
4. Jesus’ baptismal site now UNESCO-protected
5. How to heal our flaws
DONATIONS FOR BLANKETS We are asking for donations to buy blankets now that the cold weather is setting in. This can be handed in at the bookshop.
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.
SMFC: Keep warm this winter on the St Michael’s Football Club fever pitch. We are always looking for young men who want to join up. Contact Jason on 079 952 8542 for more info.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS:The next RCIA Programme begins on Monday 20 July at 7.30pm in the Kelly Room.THERE ARE WHITE LEAFLETS WITH MORE INFORMATION ON THE TABLES IN THE FOYER OF THE CHURCH or contact Gill Greenwood on (021) 686-8251 or 072-546-6314.
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 is involved with is done in conjunction with U-Turn Street people are given food vouchers for meals. A pack of 5 costs R30.00 per pack and is available at the SVP table in the church porch. These can be given out individually to people, instead of money, at the traffic lights. Between the 1st Jan 2015 and 31st May 2015, 1187 of the vouchers which were sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at the Claremont Power House. 634 items of clothing were also handed out. 180 Vouchers were handed out at the Rondebosch Police Station.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. Last year 866 vouchers sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at the Claremont or Wynberg premises. 442 items of clothing were also given out.
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.
DONATIONS FOR BLANKETS We are asking for donations to buy blankets now that the cold weather is setting in. This can be handed in at the bookshop
Our Planned Giving Campaign will only be renewed in August this year. We appeal to you to please continue contributing as you are currently doing until such time as the new campaign is implemented. For those of you who contribute by envelope each month, envelopes for the months of July and August have been prepared and these are available at the back of the Church.
Annual Accounts - a spreadsheet reflecting the current state of the Parishes’ finances up to the end of March 2015 is attached.
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
In each of our families and in the shared family that we all make up, no one should be discarded, everyone has worth - Pope Francis in Ecuador on July 6
Please join us in praying for the grace to express our love of God by helping those around us who are in any kind of 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.