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

SPRINGFIELD CONVENT SCHOOL, Applicants are invited for the post of CARETAKER From 1 November 2018. Read more.

A new scandal
1. Pope film not coming to SA.
2.What SA bishop told Africa’s Church.
3. Uganda martyrs inspire Daswa cause.
4 What you must know about Assumption.
5 Of credit cards and other curses

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.

Book Launch; ‘Triumph and Tragedy’ by Nicki von der Heyde
Discover a hidden chapter in South Africa’s fascinating History with best-selling author and historian, Nicki von der Heyde.

  •  von der Heyde is presenting a talk and a first look at her new book ‘’Triumph and Tragedy: Trappist Missions in South Africa, in the hall at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Rondebosch, on 16 August 2018.
  •  Uncover the little-known history behind the Trappist movement in South Africa and the reasons behind its tragic end. Discover the hauntingly beautiful churches that have remained ‘hidden jewels, in South Africa’s historical landscape’ waiting to be appreciated.
  •  This lecture is free and open to the public. A treat for historians, armchair travellers and South Africans of all ages and backgrounds.
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QUOTE: ‘Triumph and Tragedy’ is a valuable contribution towards realizing the value of these tourism assets and ensuring their survival. Date: 16th August 2018 Time: 6.30pm Location: St Michael's Catholic Church

ARCHDIOCESAN ASSUMPTION CELEBRATION Presided over by ARCHBISHOP BRISLIN - SUNDAY 19th August at 14:30 at Our Lady Help of Christians, Lansdowne. “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word “. Lk 1:38
Everybody is Welcome!

Genesis Gather
A night of musical worship, fellowship and prayer Date: Friday 17 August 2018 Time: 7:00 pm Gather is our music worship night where we sing, build community and pray together. The theme this week is "Extraordinary". It is a great time to centre ourselves after a long week, and reflect on the presence of God in our lives. It is also a wonderful opportunity to experience #Time and #Together for your Covenant of One commitment. See you there! For more information contact Tinashe(073 097 4932)/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The next Parish Pastoral Council Meeting will take place on Thursday 16th August at 19:30 – please note starting time change!

Finance Council Meeting – Monday 20th August at 12:30.

Genesis Tots and Kids On Sunday 19th August PARENTS are invited to visit the Atrium of St Michael (on the stage in the Hall) from 10:15-11am. Please collect an information leaflet from Nicole, in the porch, at the end of mass. Any moms or dads interested in joining a Small Faith Sharing Group please contact Paula Boulle on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MINI-MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
If you intend getting married in the next 6-8months, the next mini-marriage course (done in conjunction with Prepare) which you need to attend, will take place over 3 weeks starting on August 14th then the 21st and 28th at 7.00pm in the Ruffell Room. To enroll or for more info, please speak to one of the Clergy.

SAVE THE DATE  – International Food Fair – Saturday, 1 September from 12:00 18:00.

Life Teen continues this Sunday evening, after the 6pm Mass in the hall until 8:45pm. Life Teen 2018 Camp: *Save the date* 14-26 September at Hawequaas. More details at Life Teen.

 GATHERING FOR CATHOLIC HEALTH CARERS WITHIN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CAPE TOWN. (Doctors, nurses, auxiliary health professionals, paramedics, community health care workers etc.) SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST 2018
VENUE: NAZARETH HOUSE, VREDEHOEK (021 4611635)
Registration at 09h30; Mass at 10h00
Theme: Mary, Our Mother.
Guest Speaker: Lynette Petersen from Legion of Mary.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR FAITH?? RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
The next RCIA Programme begins on 30 July at 7:30 in the Kelly Room. THERE ARE GREEN LEAFLETS WITH MORE INFORMATION ON THE TABLES IN THE FOYER OF THE CHURCH or contact Gill Greenwood on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 686 8251 OR Clare Davies, 082 214 7114 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Couples Community Counselling Services Rosalia Cranfield, a Catholic, is completing her final semester to obtain her Bachelor of Applied Social Science undergraduate degree. She is eligible to complete 200 hrs Community Service and is offering her services, free of charge, to Catholics of the Archdiocese. See notice in the porch for more information, and on our website.

Discernment Dates for 2018
Dates:   25 August, 8 September, 22 September, 6 October.
Please note the Vocations Festival will take place on Saturday 21 April 2018. So there won't be discernment class on that day. The venue and time for the Festival will be confirmed in due course.
My contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 903 6961

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. 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.

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.

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.

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: 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: 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

Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be – Thomas à Kempis c. 1430
Please join with us in praying again for the grace to translate our beliefs into action.

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

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

For Gr 8 – 10. Sunday evenings 19:15 – 20:45 in the Hall. Friends always welcome. Contact Steven - 076 189 3524. Confirmation class (Gr 11) Wed. 19:00 – 19:45 in the Fraser-Ruffell Room . Post-Confirmation – Gr 11 upwards – you are welcome to attend LifeTeen & Gensis Young Adults events.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

GOOD SHEPHERD CATECHISM 2018
Classes began on Monday 22nd January.
MONDAY
Grade 1. 4pm to 4.45pm. Sarah Brooke.
Grade 2. 3pm to 3.45 pm. Laura Solkow and Jane Cox.
Grade 3. 5pm to 6pm. Sarah Brooke
Grade 6 and 7. 5pm to 6pm. Steven Edwards. Ruffell Room
TUESDAY
Grade 4. 4.30 to 5.45 pm. Joy Carkeek
THURSDAY
Grade 5 5pm to 6pm. Megan Potgieter and Nathalia Nieuwenhoff
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIMES FOR GRADES 1 AND 2 . This is due to the relevant Catechists being available only to teach at these times.
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.

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

We welcome all Parents - come and sign your children up for Genesis Kids 2018. 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.'