RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: The next RCIA programme begins on Monday 28 July at 7.30 pm in the Kelly Room. The course runs every Monday night (apart from holidays) over the course of a year. If you are interested in joining, or just in hearing more about it, please contact Gill Greenwood on 021-686-8251 or 072-546-6314, or Julia Shelley on 021 689 2455 or 082 290 3633.
NOMINATIONS FOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: Continuing to next weekend, you are asked to nominate parishioners to stand on our Parish Pastoral Council. However, the following parishioners are not available for election: James Collett, Hilary Botha, Joy Carkeek, Steven Edwards, Carol Rasmussen (all ex officio members already) and Biddy Greene (already done 2 terms).
MORNING MARKET: This takes place on the first Sunday of each month. The next Morning Market will be held on Sunday 3rd August, in the hall, from 7.30 till 11.00. Do pop in for a cup of tea or coffee - or even bacon and egg for breakfast! - and see what’s on offer at the various stalls.
We are always in need of good second-hand clothing and shoes to sell. If you can help, please bring your articles to the parish office, clearly marked “2nd Hand Rose”. Thank you!
Fr Harrie’s Confirmation class began again on Tuesday 22 July - at 18:45 in the Ruffell Room.
Genesis Tots started again last Wednesday, 23 July - at 2:30 in the Kelly Room.
Sunday School started again last Sunday, 20 July. All children from 2 to 7 years are welcome.
Catechism classes begin on Tuesday 29 July (and classes end on Tuesday 23 September).
Life Teen started again this Sunday (27 July) in the hall, after Sunday evening Mass. All high school teenagers welcome.
SECOND COLLECTION: Next Sunday (3rd August) is World Mission Sunday. There will be a second collection next weekend (2/3 August) for the Pontifical Mission Societies (aka St Peter, the Apostle). Envelopes will be available at the back of the church.
VACANCY: FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR: The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office invites applications for the post of Financial Administrator. Closing date: Midday, Thursday 31st July. For more information see https://www.dropbox.com/s/10gecotw2ju7133/CPLO%20-%20Financial%20Administrator%20advert.doc
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE: Through your generosity, the CWL collected more than the hoped-for 67 adult jerseys to commemorate Mandela Day, and they have already been distributed to those in need. Many thanks to all concerned.
BLANKET DRIVE: Winter is upon us and we are appealing once again to parishioners to please donate a blanket (new or used – clean & in good condition please) to our Blanket Drive. Collection points: the Bookshop or the Parish office. Cash donations (of any amount) for blankets will also be collected in the church porch each weekend in June. The blankets will be given to the SVP Society who require approximately 500 blankets to hand out to the needy and the destitute during the winter months. THANK YOU.
CRISIS RELIEF: Catholic Welfare & Development provides 'crisis relief kits' consisting of a plastic basin (for washing), a blanket, food items (such as tinned fish, corned beef, baked beans, peanut butter, maize meal, nutritious cereal, sugar and tea bags), toiletry items (bath towel, face cloth, bath soap, Vaseline, sanitary towels, toilet paper, roll-on deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes).
SEE THE SAMPLE IN THE CHURCH PORCH!
Please consider donating one or more of these items - and help a family in crisis start over. Please bring all items to the parish office. Thank you.
MINI MARRIAGE COURSE: If you intend getting married soon, you need to attend a "mini" marriage course (done in conjunction with Prepare). The next course will take place over three consecutive Mondays, starting on July 28th at 7.00 pm in the Ruffell Room (then on August 4th and 11th). To enrol, or for more information, please speak to one of the parish clergy.
The Southern Cross is on sale at all Masses, at R7 a copy.
THIS WEEKEND (26-27 July): * Archbishop speaks out on Gaza * Benedict Daswa - Good news soon? * Leading by Facebook - Yes we can! * Liturgy evolves with language * Our suffering can be redemptive * DRC parish breaks ground to promote peace. THIS WEEK’S EDITORIAL: The power of the pen.
BAPTISMS and BAPTISM INSTRUCTION: The next baptism instruction will take place on Sunday 3rd August, after the 9 o'clock Mass. Baptisms follow on Sunday 10th August, also after the 9 o'clock Mass. Please contact the parish office in advance if you would like to attend (021-686-8708).
Other proposed fundraisers: 26 September – International Food Evening; November – Christmas cake raffle; First quarter 2015 – Race Day.
BOOKSHOP NEWS: We have new stock of Margaret Blackie's book, "Rooted in Love" selling at R150. We also now have a small stock of Bibles, for those who were asking for them.
See below, and on the dropdown menu on the 'Enrichment' tag above.
GENESIS ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Join Genesis for Monthly Adoration in the church every first Thursday of the month, from 6.30 to 7pm. Oh come, let us adore Him!
PRAYING THE ROSARY: You might like to join the Genesis group who pray the Rosary each Sunday evening at 5:30, in the Kelly Room.
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: A 'Tots group' is held on a Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 till 4 pm. For more information please see under 'Genesis' in the dropdown menu of the Enrichment tab above.
School holidays: Tots groups began again on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd July.
LIFE TEEN: Life Teen and started again after the school holidays on Sunday 27 July.
Life Teen (for high school teenagers) is held in the hall after Sunday evening Mass. Come and join us! Food is on sale before each Life Night.
ADORATION CHAPEL: Contact person: Renata 021 6851297, 0824228001.
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.
FAITH-SHARING GROUPS: Contact Caitlin: 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).
The July Book of the Month is Silent Compassion by Richard Rohr. It is accompanied by a DVD of the same title.
The Library theme for July is “Warm Winter Reading”.
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).
SECOND-HAND CLOTHING DONATIONS: Two parish groups collect second-hand clothing: the St Vincent de Paul Society and the "Second-hand Rose" stall at the monthly morning market.
Second-hand Rose needs clothing in good condition. The money made selling these clothes goes straight into the parish coffers – and any clothes not sold by the end of the morning are passed on to SVP each month.
So we encourage parishioners to donate good quality clothing to Second-Hand Rose, and to send your more worn garments directly to SVP. (Please mark your packages accordingly when you bring them to the office!)
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: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you – Luke 6: 27.
Please join us in praying for victims of violence and hate, and for those who have lost loved ones unexpectedly and needlessly.
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.