Parish Priest:

Fr. Harrie Hovers

Contact the office:
021-686-8708

Parish Deacons

Rev. Les Ruhrmund
082-800-5569
Rev. Tony van Vuuren
082-774-8480

Youth 

Dominique Ducray
dominique.a.ducray@gmail.com

News Bulletin

NEW READERS: We are looking for additional readers at all Masses and there will be a training session for new readers on Saturday 26 October at 9.30am in the church. Should you be interested please contact Tracey Davids by email for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

VACANCY: Accountant The Finance Department of the Archdiocese or Cape Town is looking for an experienced, qualified Account. Read More.

Volunteers Urgently Needed Help The Rural Child Charity Bookshop in Mowbray is urgently looking for volunteers for a few hours per week. Please email Nicky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (021) 685 2810

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM invites you to the launch of his book @the Here and Now Christian. Walk with Christ. Build your Faith" on Monday 14th O tober 2019 at the Chancery Atrium, Cathedral Place, 12 Bouquet St, Cape Town and 18.30. rsvp - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Dawn 0835642929. Signed copies of the book will be on sale. Read More

COMBINED CHOIRS
With the St Michaels 9am choir and the Genesis Choir.
SUN 20 OCT
9am and 6pm masses
Followed by a 15 min concert after each mass.
Composers include Tin, Gjeilo, Rutter, Jenkins, Maher, Tomlin and Martin Smith.

PUBLIC ROSARY to be prayed in Rondebosch Park. Corner Camp Ground Rd and Oakhurst Ave. Saturday 12th October at 12.00noon. For more information: Pearl at 082 293 2565

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019  

GOOD SHEPHERD CATECHISM classes start again this week.

Genesis Kids reopens this weekend for Term 4

Sunset Beach Worship: A fun and musical day out at the beach with friends.
Date: Saturday 12th October 2019
Time: 15:00 pm till Sunset
Venue: Clifton’s 4th Beach
Genesis Music Pillar presents Sunset Beach Worship 2
Bring along some friends and family to come out for a fun and musical day at the beach, from 3pm there will be some fun fellowship beachy activities followed by praise and worship into the sunset. Bring blankets, matts and snacks as it is a bring and share. We look forward to seeing you there For more information contact Luis (081 022 0886)/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Parishioners’ Supper The St Michael’s Care Group warmly invites all new parishioners and their families to join them and the Parish Pastoral Council for a light supper in the Fraser-Ruffell Room on 8 October at 18h30. This invitation also applies to any parishioners who have never attended a New Parishioners Party before. PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAMES ON THE CLIPBOPARD IN THE FOYER OF THE CHURCH IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.

CALL FOR PEACE AND CALM A copy of the letter received from the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference 

ELECTRONIC BULLETIN If you would like to receive this bulletin electronically, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

See you on Sunday evening after Mass..

A Marriage Camino will be held at Schoenstatt, Constantia on Saturday 12 October 2019 from 09:00 to 16:30.
Cost is R50 per family (All inclusive).
Bring walking shoes and a picnic lunch.
The fifteen stations of the Marriage Camino shed light on your path through life with all its ups and downs and encourage you to strengthen your marriage as you enter into dialogue with each other.
Children will be under the close supervision of child-minders and kept busy with activities while you, as husband and wife, walk together through Schoenstatt’s beautiful grounds.
Advance registration is essential:
Marcel 0834542209 or Kathleen Barry 0824621178 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

 Schoenstatt Family Branch invite you to follow the pilgrim pathway of your marriage together – A Marriage Camino.r contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

: Careful how you evangelisation
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, starting Tues 17th Sept 2019 from 17:30 – 18:30 @ Salesian Life Choices, 314 Imam Haron Rd, Lansdowne.

The Cape Town Symphony choir will sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis on Tues. 15th Oct at 19h30 at UCT

International Food Fair 26 October 2019 Time: 12h00-17h00
Thank you to all who kindly donated food items. This is the final call for donations (tags available in porch)
Please save the date for the Food Fair. Families are invited to bring their picnic blankets along and enjoy foods from around the world.
Live entertainment for all throughout the afternoon. Flyers are available after Mass advertising all that’s on offer.
Tickets will be available for R100 or R50 a packet next weekend, Or at the door on the day: (Snapscan available
Amazing prizes:
1st Arniston Hotel a nights stay for two including breakfast.
2nd Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens family membership.
3rd Hand crafted beach bag & purse
4th Beautifully decorated Christmas cake
5th bottle of Prosecco 6th bottle of Prosecco

ST JOSEPH’S’S HOME FOR CHRONICALLY ILL CHILDREN – The annual NAPPY DRIVE arranged by St Joseph’s has begun. The nappies can be brought to the Parish Office or you can contact Alrika on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Every year St Michael's SVP supports U-turn's Voucher Initiative. From the period of January to June 2019 St Michael's sponsored 3659 of the 4560 amount of vouchers earned by homeless individuals at the service Center in Claremont. From January to June 2019 vouchers were redeemed in the following way: Supper - 4 300; Clothing 2 500; Toiletries: 1 140.
Thank you to our generous donors – it is through your generosity that we are able to support such a worthy cause.

Help the Rural Child Charity Shops Head Office is in need of volunteers with the following skills on their Board of Advisors: Finance, Marketing and Retail.
The role of the Board of Advisors is to assist Management with ideas and strategic planning for our charity shops so that they can continue to flourish in order to support the Geodgedacht Trust in building and empowering thriving and rural communities.
The board meets one a month, maximum 3 hours, at the offices of Help the Rural Child, Mowbray.
If you are passionate about your field and would like to dedicate some of your time to assist and make a difference, then this is for you!
Please contact Nicky on 021 685 2810

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR CATHOLIC FAITH?? RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS The next RCIA Programme began on Monday 29 July at 19:30 in the Kelly Room. Contact Gill Greenwood on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Clare Davies, 082 214 7114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Drop all goods at the hall.When: Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th October 2018
Time: Saturday 09h00-14h00
Sunday 09h00-14h00
TEL: 0738814053 FOR MORE INFORMATION

Small Faith Sharing Groups Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 082 871 6520

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.

LOOKING FOR O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS:Our baby daughter, Olive, has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder and she is not able to produce any red blood cells of her own. She requires regular blood transfusions every 3 to 4 weeks. We are looking for a pool of 8 donors who would donate specifically for her on a regular basis for the next few years (possibly for life). If you are aged 25-55, lead a healthy lifestyle and would be willing to find out more about what this would entail, please contact Kiera at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we would be so grateful to hear from you!

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.

The THEOLOGY COURSE takes place on Wednesdays at 7pm at the Chancery. For more information or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Altar servers We are looking for more altar servers for all our masses. If you have made your first holy communion and are interested in serving please contact Mike O'Donovan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0832602169. Training will be provided.

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).

ADORATION CHAPEL: One hour slots are available during the week.. Come and spend time with our Lord.Contact Renata 021 685 1297. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

FUNDRAISING NEWS
If you would like to join our fund-raising team,please contact Carol Rasmussen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Contact Gill Greenwood: 021-686-8251 or 072-546-6314.

FAITH-SHARING GROUPS: Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 082 871 6520

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.

THE CHURCH ON LINE South Africa has led the world in using cellphones to share teaching from Vatican II and from recent popes. For more information on this and on receiving regular emails, contact the Jesuit Institute at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also get messages on Twitter @hopejoy50.

FOSTERING? Have you ever thought of adopting or fostering? If you are interested contact Anne or Jackie on 021 4611635 or wlmailhtml:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Homilies of Deacons Les & Tony

A blog for those who want to digest or meditate on Sunday sermons a little longer.

Covenant of One

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

GOOD SHEPHERD CATECHISM 2019

The Catechism of The Good Shepherd resumes during the week of the 21st January. Classes are on the following days and times.
Group St Michael. (Gr 1)
Monday 3pm to 3.45pm
Group St Gabriel. ( Gr 2)
Monday 4pm to 4.45pm
Group St Raphael (Gr 3)
Monday 5pm to 6pm
Grade 4 Tuesday 4.30pm to 5.45pm
Friday. 2pm to 3.15pm
Grade 5 Thursday 5pm to 6 pm
Grade 6 & 7 Monday 4.45pm to 5.45pm.

Please contact Joy on joycarkeek@gmail.com not later than 14 January to register. If you have changed your contact details please let Joy know.

We look forward to welcoming the children of St Michael’s to our Atrium for another year of journeying towards God through His Son, Jesus
The Term dates for 2019 are:
Term 1. 21 JANUARY to week of 4 MARCH
Term 2. 8 APRIL to week of 3 JUNE
Term 3. 15 JULY to week of 9 SEPTEMBER
Term 4. 7 OCTOBER to week of 25 NOVEMBER

SUNDAY SCHOOL DURING THE 9am MASS DOES NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF GRADE 1 and 2 CATECHISM. Preparation to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion begins in Grade 1, with the familiarizing of the children with the Mass. Children after Grade 1 will only be accepted into the Good Shepherd catechism program if they are of families of new Parishioners to St Michaels. Parents have a strict moral obligation to ensure that their children regularly attend age appropriate Catechism classes.

Pope Francis on Child Abuse

If one member suffers all suffer together with it '(1Cor 12:26)

In full: Pope Francis' letter on child sex abuse and cover-ups

Genesis Young and Real

To find out more about Genesis at St Michael's click here

Genesis launch DVD, on YouTube

 To find out more about Life Teen @ St Michael’s Rondebosch click here

Catholic Leadership Academy

Visit Catholic Leadership Academy to learn about an exciting new project in the field of Catholic youth leadership development.
The project was initiated by St Michael’s Parishioners and is endorsed and supported by Archbishop Stephen Brislin. 

The prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

On 20 Years Of Democracy
The People Of God And All People Of Good Will

Genesis Tiny Tots, Tots & KIds

Genesis Mom’s Connect meeting for supper at Mykonos Taverna in Dean Street, Newlands, on Tuesday 15th of October at 7:30pm. All moms/grannies welcome for a fun kiddie-free evening. RSVP Nicole nicole@vonbratt.com.

We welcome all Parents - come and sign your children up for Genesis Kids. We would love to meet you and have your children join and meet others, creating relationships and fostering life long friendships.

Genesis Kids Sunday School takes place during the 9am Mass. Children 2-7 years old are welcome.

Genesis Tots playing Genesis Tots - alternate Tues mornings and Wed afternoons in the Kelly Room for moms/carers & tots 0-5 years. Please join us. Contact: Nicole & Paula bpboulle@gmail.com


 Genesis Tots

@ FAMILY MASS:

Parents Prayer

Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.

Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.

May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.

And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.

Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.

May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.

Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.

Make me fair and just and kind.

And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.

Child Safeguarding Policy

'The Archdiocesan Child Safeguarding Policy, promulgated in October 2015 seeks to support this celebration of life and to guide us in our interactions with the children and youth entrusted to our care.

This Policy states that: Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all.

1.1. The Archdiocese is committed to safeguarding all children who interact with the Church; Should you wish to read the full policy you can access it on the Archdiocesan website at http://adct.org.za/child-safeguarding-policy-resources/

Our Parish Council has adopted the Child Safeguarding Policy and has begun the implementation of the policy in 2017 through ensuring that all those who are required to have the necessary clearance to minister in the parish have done so. This is an ongoing process and will be repeated each year. The contact details of the Archdiocesan Contact persons are on display in the Parish Centre and the the Church Foyer.'