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

In the 1930's and until the War intervened, the Parish structure included the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Catholic Womens League (CWL), Cubs, Scouts, Rovers, tennis, badmington and social clubs, amateur dramatics, and the Devereux Choir (which lasted 33 years). And in 1950, a rugby club!
St Michael's has always been a devotional Parish, thanks to the exceptional priests who served long years in the Parish: Frs Griffiths (4), Meagher (28), Kelly (37), Morris (30), Gill (20), and Ruffell (24). The Dominican sisters and Miss Barry taught in the school for 42 years.
In the days before Vatican 11, Masses were daily at 7h30, four or five Masses on Sundays, which had to be completed by 12h00. There was also Benediction and a sermon on Wednesday and Sunday evenings and statins of Fridays with a sermon.
The present St Michael's congregation continue to build on the solid foundation of a rich past.


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.'