Parish Priest:

Fr. Harrie Hovers

Contact the office:

Parish Deacons

Rev. Les Ruhrmund
Rev. Tony van Vuuren


Dominique Ducray

News Bulletin

Radio Veritas on DSTV Audio Chanel 870 will have Holy Hour with Holy Mass everyday 12 noon to 1pm. Rosary at 6am and 6pm daily.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin’s pre-recorded Mass can be viewed on Sunday 22 March 2020 at 09h00. He invites the faithful to join him online at  The Mass can also be viewed on our Archdiocesan Facebook page

  Lenten programme 2020. All activities have been cancelled.
All Masses, services, confessions, stations of the Cross etc, have been cancelled untill further notice. 

This includes the Holy Week Services.

However, whilst Mass has had to be cancelled, the needs of the parish remain e.g. salaries to pay, utility bills, telephone etc. and other essential expenses, so please make your contribution to the collection via eft or snapscan, referenced “collection” Bank: Standard Bank, Rondebosch
Acc. Name: St Michaels Catholic Church
Account No.: 071 494 847
Branch Code: 025 009
Account: Current Account

The same applies to THE BISHOPS LENTEN APPEAL COLLECTION. They still continue with the work they do so please continue to support in the same way as above, but with the reference Lenten Appeal, and we will transfer this money to the Archdiocese

Covid News
  1. All Sunday and weekend masses must be celebrated privately by the parish priest without a congregation present. The laity and the deacons have been dispensed from their obligation to attend mass on Sundays for this period.
2. All parish events, meetings, public devotions and classes are cancelled:
• Sunday school
• Lifeteen
• Genesis
• RCIA, Baptisms
• Baptism Instruction
• The Genesis Young Adults Welcome Party
• Lifeteen Weekend
• Station of the Cross
• Youth Paschal Meal
• Penitential Service
• Adoration Chapel
• Confessions on Saturday
• Lenten Programme
• Easter Triduum and all masses and services leading up to that
• CWL Paschal Meal
• Spread Love  
• Mater Domini advert
• Genesis Young Adults 
• Welcome Desk              
• Archbishop Nurse & Health Day
• Library Committee
• Public Lecture
• MASS TIMES – all cancelled.

This is no doubt distressing for many of us but as the Archbishop says in his letter, “physicaly one speaks of social distancing but spiritually it is a coming together of the people of God to pray for healing.”

We wish you every grace and blessing during this testing time.

The Southern Cross (R12.00) and the Living Faith booklet (R25.00) are available from the Parish Office. Please have the correct amount available when you come to purchase them.

THIS WEEK'S EDITORIAL: Faith In Time Of Corona
1. Renovating rocks for Durban Passion Play
2. Where wine flowed out of the kitchen taps
3. Three lessons from the Annunciation
4. Parents' role in sex education
5. The story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
LINK TO SUBSCRIBE to The Southern Cross (print or digital)

All Cancelled. Just A Reminder of what was to be, to keep in your hearts and prayers.

  • Fridays - Stations of the Cross at 18:00 followed by the distribution of Holy Communion and thereafter every Friday during Lent – the last one being the 3rd April.
  • 21st/22nd March – 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
  • 28th/29th March – 5th Sunday of Lent
  • 1st April Wednesday – Make Palms after the 09:30 Mass
  • 2nd April Thursday – PENITENTIAL SERVICE at 19:00>
  • 4th/5th Sunday – PALM SUNDAY
  • 7th April Tuesday PASCHAL MEAL in the Parish Centre


  • 9th April CHRISM MASS at Lansdowne Parish – All Parishioners welcome
  • 9th April HOLY THURSDAY – Mass of the Lord’s supper 18:00 at St Michael’s
    Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be re-commissioned
    Opportunity for Adoration until 9pm
  • 10th April GOOD FRIDAY 10:00 Stations of the Cross for Children
  • 11th April HOLY SATURDAY – 20:00 EASTER VIGIL – (No Confessions)
  • 12th April – EASTER SUNDAY - Easter Sunday. Mass at 07:30 and 09:00.
  • 9th April HOLY THURSDAY – Mass of the Lord’s supper 18:00 at St Michael’s 
    Opportunity for Adoration until 9pm
  • 10th April GOOD FRIDAY 10:00 Stations of the Cross for Children
  • 11th April HOLY SATURDAY – 20:00 EASTER VIGIL – (No Confessions)
  • 12th April – EASTER SUNDAY - Easter Sunday. Mass at 07:30 and 09:00. 

Classes have resumed
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.
Grade 5 Thursday 5pm to 6 pm.
Grade 6 and 7 Monday 4.45pm to 5.45pm.
If you have not already enrolled your child in Grade 1 or as a new parishioner, please contact Joy Carkeek, Catechetical Coordinator . This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 083 675 8515
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 Contact Joy Carkeek for further information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cell: 083 675 8515. PLEASE NOTE. Catechism classes are obligatory in the preparation of the children to receive the Sacraments. Sunday school does not take their place.

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
The Catechists are appealing for a carpet that could be used when the children have their classes and need to sit on the floor. Please contact the Parish Office if you can assist.

 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.
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!

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR CATHOLIC FAITH?? RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS The next RCIA Programme will begin in July 2020 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.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…. 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

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.

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.

Would you like to receive the St Mike’s Life Teen update email? Sent out once a week with news, pictures, and articles about what is going on in Life Teen at St Michael’s. Join our mailing list”

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.

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.

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 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 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. .


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

Pope Francis’ prayer for this Missionary Month

Heavenly Father, when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations” and you remind us that through our Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church. Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world. Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Catholic Women’s League National Council NPO 000-681

A Prayer for our Priests

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to our call to priestly ministry. Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love. Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Lead them to new depths of union with your Son. Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us. Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will. O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son. Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

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.

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

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.'