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 

Steven Edwards
076 189 3524
steven@st-michaels.co.za

News Bulletin

THURSDAY 27th APRIL is a Public Holiday, Mass will be celebrated at 9am.

A very big thank you to all who donated Easter eggs to the Genesis united collection. We received 103 boxes! Thank you for your generosity.

Genesis Kids Sunday school begins this week, Sunday 23th April during the 9am mass. Genesis Tots groups begin Tuesday morning 25 th April and Wednesday 26 th April as usual. We look forward to a happy term!

To commemorate Mandela Day, the CWL are hoping to collect 67 adult jerseys and socks for distribution before the onset of the cold winter days. A box will be in the foyer over the next two weekends if you would like to donate a jersey

Life Teen will start again on Sunday 23rd April

Genesis Tots & Kids Sunday school lessons resume on Sunday 23rd April. Tots and Tiny Tots will reopen the week of 24th April.

DISASTER NETWORK – Hout Bay outreach – items can be brought to the Parish office

Editorial:A nation of disunity
1. Zuma: Now we play catch-up
2. Walk the Stations of the Resurrection
3. ‘Silence’ film: Interview and review
4. Doing violence in God’s name
5. How the Crusaders lived

ST MICHAEL’S FOOTBALL CLUB is looking for new players this season, of zero experience and beyond! We practice on Mondays at 17:30 at St Joseph's school, Belmont Road, Rondebosch. Match Days: Saturdays. All ages welcome.

Morning Market The next Morning Market will take place on the 7th May

Baptisms The next Baptism Instruction will take place on Sunday 7th May after the 9am Mass and the baptisms on the 14th May. If you are planning on having your baby baptized during May, please contact the Parish Office.

SAVE THE DATE!!!! 25th August, 2017 Parish fund-raising event – Dinner Dance & Auction.

ST KIZITO CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME would like to thank Genesis and the parishioners of St Michaels for their kind donation of Easter Eggs and toiletries. The Easter eggs were distributed to 6 of our groups as well as the Sisters of Charity in Khayelitsha The toiletries will be distributed during our Toiletry Drive later in the year. God bless. Wayne & Sonia.

LOOKING FOR O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS: Our 5 month old 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! 

SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL One of the projects St Michael’s SVP are involved with is done in conjunction with U-Turn. Street people are given food vouchers for meals. Between the 1st Jan 2016 and 31st December 2016, 1868 meals vouchers and 1846 clothing vouchers, 902 packs of u-turn vouchers (4510 in single vouchers) vouchers which were sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at the Claremont Power House (U-turn). 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. The U-turn vouchers at R40.00 per pack of 5 are available at the SVP table. These can be given out individually to people, instead of money, at the traffic lights.

 Education: Do we give a damn?

By Russell Pollitt
While President Jacob Zuma prattled on about fixing the mistakes of the past, unity within the ANC and (ironically) fighting corruption during the party’s January 8th birthday celebrations, another crisis loomed: basic education. read more.

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. 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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY One of the projects St Michael’s SVP are involved with is done in conjunction with U-Turn. Street people are given food vouchers for meals. Between the 1st June 2015 and 30th Oct 2015, 1583 of the vouchers which were sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at the Claremont Power House. 906 items of clothing were also 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. The U-turn vouchers at R40.00 per pack of 5 are available at the SVP table. These can be given out individually to people, instead of money, at the traffic lights


U-TURN MEAL VOUCHERS:  
For non-toxic and guilt-free giving at traffic lights - U-turn vouchers at R40.00 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.

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  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 24 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. For more information contact Kim or Paula at

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.

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.

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, 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.

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. .

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
Account 070413320
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

You can become a neighbour to whomever you meet in need – and you will do so if you have compassion in your heart – Pope Francis, February 2017/p>

 for the grace to heed Pope Francis’s call to ‘become a Samaritan’!


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.

 


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Homilies of Deacons Les & Tony

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

"My Home is Your Home"

MARCHING

In favour of migrants and refugees, Cape Town 2017 Saturday 6th May at 10:00am from Keizegrach, (Cape Peninsula University of Technology "CPUT") to Parliament.

Coordinators: Archdiocese of Cape Town, Saclabrini Centre, Catholic Ethnic Chaplains, Missinaries of St Charles/Scalabrinians

Tel 021 4614324,  email holycross1916@gmail.com

For the CSP booklet, poster and supplement please click:

please click here for informaion

 

Prayer for police officers

O Almighty God,
Whose great power and eternal Wisdom embraces the universe, Watch over all police officers that we today commend to your loving care. Grant them your protection as they risk their lives to keep us and our families safe and secure. Unite them safely with their families after their duty has ended. We pray, help them keep our streets and homes safe, day and night. Fill their spirit with strength to do what is right and needed in their daily assignments. For the police officers who have died in the line of duty, we ask that You show them your mercy and grant them eternal rest. We ask that their families be healed, comforted and protected from more harm.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

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

All high school teenagers are invited to join us at LIFE TEEN.

Life Teen takes place on Sunday evenings after the 6pm Mass until 8:45pm. For more information, click here or please contact Steven Edwards: steven@st-michaels.co.za or on 076 189 3524.

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. 

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

Genesis Tiny Tots, Tots & KIds

We welcome all Parents - come and sign your children up for Genesis Kids 2017. We would love to meet you and have your children join and meet others, creating relationships and fostering life long friendships.

Genesis Kids takes place during the 9am Mass and all are welcome! Genesis Tots takes place on Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm in the Kelly room.

Genesis Tots playing

Genesis Tiny Tots
 0-2 Year Olds

A very relaxed opportunity to connect with fellow parents while the babes interact in a home environment.
Who:  Moms/dads/grannies/grandpas and their babes
When:Every second Tuesday morning 9:30-11:00am
Where:At the homes of attending moms who have the facilities to host the group

Genesis Tots  2-4 Year Olds

Informal activities for the children (arts, crafts,  singing, Bible storytelling, outdoor play), tea and an opportunity for the adults to connect.
Who: Moms/dads/grandparents/au pairs and their young children
When:Every Wednesday afternoon 2:30-4:00pm
Where:The Kelly Room, St Michael’s Parish Centre

Genesis Kids (Sunday School)

2-4 Year Olds And 4-7 Year Olds
Singing and an age appropriate lesson based on that Sunday’s Gospel reading.
Who:2-4 year olds in the Gill Room AND
 4-7 year olds in the Kelly Room at St Michael’s Parish Centre
When:Every Sunday from 8:50-9:30 am during the 9:00 mass
(The children return to mass at the time of the Offertory)
Join us! Let’s get our children together and develop life long friendships.
For more information please contact Paula on bpboulle@gmail.com: Kim on kimmansonkullin@gmail.com
 Genesis Tots

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

DATES TO DIARIZE FOR 2017.

Grade 1: Monday 3 to 3.45 pm. Sarah Brooke: cell 0732365048
Grade 2: Monday 4 to 4.45 pm. Sarah Brooke
Grade 3: Monday 5 to 6pm. Joy Carkeek: cell 0836758515
Grade 4:Tuesday 4.45 to 5.45pm. Joy Carkeek
Grade 5: Thursday 5 to 6pm. Megan Potgieter: cell 0826566548
Grade 6/ 7: Monday 5 to 6pm. Steven Edwards: cell. 0761893524

For further information please contact:
Joy Carkeek, Catechetical Coordinator. joycarkeek@gmail.com. Cell: 0836758515  

Term 2: 24th April to 19 June
Term 3: 31st July to 18th September
Term 4: 16th October to 27th November.

FAMILY MASS
February 26
April 9 Palm Sunday
May 14. Mother's Day
June 18 Father's Day
August 27 First Holy Communion
October 15
November 26

Families are invited to read and take up the collection and offertories. Please contact Joy or Andrew Plastow 082 3203511 should you wish to be included on the roster.

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.