Father James Kelly

Taken from the Southern Cross, Wednesday May 3 1933.

Father James Kelly

An appreciation by Arnold Weisbecker

The leaves are falling.  We older people notice it.  I did this beautiful autumn morning as I went down the oak-lined lane to St Michael’s Rondebosch, for news of Fr Kelly. Yesterday, I saw him at Matroosfontein: he was sinking. He recognized me; that was all.  The fullness of that brief moment epitomized half a century of friendship. His amiable “Yes” through pain and semi-consciousness, meant everything to us.  Heart spoke to heart …… He is dead. Another leaf has fallen

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Some Proud Facts:


• The Southern Cross and Kolbe Society were born in the Presbytery.
• St Vincent de Paul Society (established in 1907, fourth in South Africa).
• St Michael's is the Mother Church for Wynberg, Claremont, Athlone, Phillippi, and Matroosfontein.
• St Michael's launches a move to bring all local Church leaders together in dialogue.
• 1995 First Permanent Deacon appointed: Rev Allan Herbert

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Early Days


Early Days…. Catholic Church in Rondebosch
Quick Reads by Jack Rivers

The cold winter winds howl through the trees and driving rain pelts the faithful as they trudge forward along the muddy road to Cape Town. The road bordered by vineyards that run along the sides Devil’s Peak. The vines stand waving their spindly branches like scarecrows in the winter landscape. Come summertime the vines will yield sweet hanepoort grapes. But now, they offer no comfort to the cold pedestrians as they trudge onward to St. Mary’s Cathedral.

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At a glance

In 1853, Fr J J Griffith was appointed priest of what was to become St Michael's Church. Mass was first celebrated in a house on the site of the present Dutch Reformed Church at the corner of Edison Road.

In 1854, a section of Rouwkoop Estate was bought and the building of a new church began. The land included the present church property, as well as that on which Welverdiend and Avondust stand today.

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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.