Parish Priest:

Fr. Harrie Hovers

Contact the office:

Parish Deacons

Rev. Les Ruhrmund
Rev. Tony van Vuuren


Dominique Ducray

News Bulletin

The Feast Of The Assumption Of The Virgin Mary is transferred to this weekend. The Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 August) is the patronal feast of South Africa and in our country the celebration of this feast is transferred to the nearest following Sunday.
This year it is 18 August.
At all the Masses on this weekend, we honour and pray very especially to our Mother, Our Lady, to intercede for our country so desperately in need of prayer and God's grace to guide us through these very troubled times.
In the liturgy of the Mass we should highlight this significance:
- Inclusion of Marion hymns (9am and Sunday 6pm)
- Include in The Prayers of the Faithful
- Our national flag to be brought down the centre isle to the sanctuary in the Offertory procession at all Masses and we will sing the national anthem at 9am and 6pm Sunday Mass. (after which the flag should be positioned at the baptismal font). The significance here being that we are not only offering to God ourselves and our gifts but also our country.
- The Mass will conclude with a special blessing.

South African National Anthem:
Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika - South Afrika.

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION of Bishop Elect Sylvester David OMI. The Ordination of Bishop Elect Sylvester David will take place on Sunday 25th August 2019. As Father Harrie will be attending the Ordination, our Mass at 6pm on Sunday 25th will be replaced with a Communion Service. Please note, you cannot attend the Ordination without a pre-booked ticket. This event will be live-streamed at this link.

ELECTION FOR THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL The bio pages with photo of the nominees who have agreed to stand for election to the Parish Pastoral Council are on display in the foyer. Please take a look at who you might like to elect next week. We need 3 additional members.

SAVE THE DATE – International Food Fair Saturday 26th October from 12:00 until 18:00

The CWL Our next meeting takes place on Monday 19th August at 18:30 in the Ruffell Room, all ladies welcome.

In all things, charity
1. Bishop: Get out of the sacristies
2. What Pope Francis wrote to priests
3. How to make things right with Our Lady
4. Why we need the Word of God
5. Where the homeless tell their stories

Anyone who would like to host or join the Taize pilgrimage from 25-29 September, please see the forms at the back of the church (pink and blue). Anyone who would like to join the preparation team, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Genesis Gather: A night of musical worship, reflection and prayer
Date: Friday 30 August 2019
Time: 7:00 pm: Venue: Griffith Room
Genesis Gather is back, and this will be our 10th instalment! Gather is our musical worship night where we sing, engage in fellowship, reflect, meditate and pray as one body of Christ. The theme this Gather is "Spirit of Peace". It is also a wonderful opportunity to experience #Time and #Together for your Covenant of One commitment. All are welcome to attend. When life’s stresses and pressures begin to overwhelm us, let us come and be still with the Father in worship! #GMP #GATHERTEN For more information contact Luis (081 022 0886)/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Karaoke Evening To help raise funds for Mater Domini home in Claremont.
Date: Friday 9th August 2019
Time: 19:30
Venue: St Ignatius Catholic Church, Lansdowne Rd, Claremont
Cost: R50.00
Contact Mary Walsh For More Information 083 583 4773

Archdiocese Of Cape Town, Catholic Health Carers Association (ACHCA)
Gathering Of All Catholic
Health Carers (Doctors, nurses, auxiliary health professionals, paramedics, community health care workers etc.) IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CAPE TOWN
SATURDAY 17th August, 2019
(Above Gardens Centre – take Vredehoek /Devils Peak taxis from Grand Parade Nazareth House in on the MyCity Route)
Registration at 09h30
Mass celebrated at 10h00 by Father Mark Pothier
Motivational Speaker - Ingrid Jones – “Empowerment of Women” Bring And Share Lunch
Contact details of committee members Veronica Petersen – 082 575 4121 / St Faith Esau – 073 952 5557

Archdiocese of Cape Town, Catholic Health Carers Association. Gathering of all Catholic Health Carers on Sat.17th August 2019 at Nezareth House, Vredehoek. Read more

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 13th then the 20th and 27th at 7.00pm in the Ruffell Room. To enroll or for more info, please speak to one of the Clergy

Enquiries: Fr John Enslin SJ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Judy Everingham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
LED BY : Fr Jim McGloin SJ, an American born Jesuit priest who has worked for many years in different parts of Africa, and has recently moved to Cape Town.
TIME : 9.30 Registration, coffee and catch up
10.00 - 3.30 Times of input and time to reflect
• Tea, coffee and crunchies provided.
• Suggested donation: R50 Students free
• Please park outside: there is usually lots of parking on a Sat am.
• We regret no children.
• NB! NB! Dress up warmly for the Cape winter. We suggest you bring a blanket!
We look forward to seeing you on the 17th August!
Very best wishes,
Fr John Enslin SJ, Nan Martin, Judy Everingham, Veronica Miller, Hugh Fynn and Yolande Trainor (who will be away in Australia, on the 17th with first grandchild!)

Genesis Kids. All 2-7 year olds are welcome to join us during the 1st half of 9am mass in the Parish centre.

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.

Has intimacy left your marriage? Is your marriage tearing the two of you apart? Is there little or no meaningful communication? Are you considering seperation or divorce? Join us

PLANNED GIVING : If you contribute to the Parish via Planned Giving and have returned your form, require envelopes or we don’t have an email address for you, please collect the envelope in the foyer which is addressed to you.

Life Teen See you in the Hall after Mass on Sunday.

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

 We are happy to announce that Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr Sylvester Davids O.M.I. as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town. Episcopal Ordination arrangements to follow.

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* Parish Pastoral Council Report

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR CATHOLIC FAITH?? RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS The next RCIA Programme begins on Monday 29 July at 19:30 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 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 Drop all goods at the hall.When: Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th October 2018
Time: Saturday 09h00-14h00
Sunday 09h00-14h00

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.

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

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


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 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

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

 Genesis Tots


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.'