Altar Servers

Altar servers provide a very special ministry. They assist the priest and in so doing help everyone to praise God in a meaningful and dignified way.

We need and welcome the generous service of boys and girls. New faces are always welcome. Training and support is provided.

Contact: Mike O’Donovan: 083 260 2169 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion

This is a ministry in which we assist our priest in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ and by our conduct we must be examples of Christians living in faith. We must strive to grow in holiness through this sacrament of unity and love.

While normally this ministry is by invitation only, you are welcome to indicate your willingness to be a minister of the Eucharist.

When we invite friends for a meal, we do much more than offer them food for their bodies.  We offer friendship, fellowship, good conversation, intimacy, and closeness.
When we say:  "Help yourself ... take some more ... don't be shy ... have another glass," we offer our guests not only our food and our drink but also ourselves.
A spiritual bond grows, and we become food and drink for one another other.

In the most complete and perfect way, this happens when Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as food and drink.  By offering us his Body and Blood, Jesus offers us the most intimate communion possible.  It is a divine communion.

- Henri J. M. Nouwen

The Genesis Choir

The Folk Choir/Genesis Choir has been in existence for over thirty years and while sometimes small in size, it has always had a very big heart.

Some say that its success over the years lies in the fact that it is there not to perform to the congregation but simply to lead it in song.

That is probably the reason the congregation at St. Michael's itself sings so heartily. The choir is first and foremost a ministry and we invite all those, young and old, to come and join us. If you like singing, we would love to have you.

If you play an instrument, whether it is guitar, piano, brass, woodwind, string or percussion, we encourage you to come and have some fun with us.

The commitment is not huge - Sundays at 5.00pm and a practice once every few months in the evening. Contact: Adrian van Stolk - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flowers

A small, skilled group takes turns to arrange and care for the beautiful arrangements which grace our altars. Influences from the liturgical time of year and/or special feasts are borne in mind. With the increasing cost of flowers, the demands of providing something beautiful for God is challenge we are still able to meet. If you want to test and stretch your creative flower arranging skills, and help us maintain the high standard for our beloved Church please contact

- Pattie Fehrsen on 021 681 2734  or 083 470 0760, or

- Lindsay O'Connor on 021 696 1617 or 072 691 7543.

The Sacristan

The ministry of the sacristan provides a vital service to the community. The alter and sanctuary are prepared for every liturgy, be it for a week day mass, baptism, funeral or wedding. All those things necessary to keep the sanctuary and sacristy clean and orderly, with each different liturgy in place has been carefully prepared by our sacristans.

Our sacristan is Margaret Kieswetter. 

Ministers of The Word

You probably noticed some time ago that the readers were no longer saying ‘This is the Word of the Lord’ at the end of the readings, and now simply say ‘The Word of the Lord’.
This change was made so that ‘The Word of the Lord’ would be in a form parallel with the words ‘The Body of Christ’, ‘The Blood of Christ’ and ‘The mystery of faith’ (in the Eucharistic Prayer).
The Mass readings are the word of the Lord proclaimed – not just in written form, but as they are spoken. God is present to us in the speaking of the Word; in its proclamation. This is why we should listen and not switch off and simply read from our Missals – and why our readers need to practice well, and to proclaim, with faith and love, the Word of the Lord.

The Word is "alive and active" and readers should be able to stand before the congregation, confident in the Lord, and read powerfully and convincingly. For Readers to understand their ministry is to understand that God speaks through them; that God actually uses the reader's voice to communicate with his gathered people. 
Contact Margaret Blackie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Role as Ministers of the Word as outlined by the DVD "Become One Body One Spirit In Christ"

 

 

Comments from Ministers of the Word about the above video clip:

"the video clip is excellent, if a bit daunting…!!"

Gavin Smith

"I decided to watch the video again and it really is a truly beautiful video. It really helps to create a greater understanding of our ministry. "

Sarah O'Leary

The St. Michael's Choir

It is not surprising that Pope Benedict XVI who plays the piano and has a preference for the music of Bach and Mozart, should have requested that excellence of music in services should be one of the special aims of the worship in our churches.

We have always been proud that our St Michael's Catholic Church Choir is one of the very few choirs left in the Cape area that tries to provide the finest in the rich heritage of Catholic church music.

The choir has a large repertoire of motets and mass settings and is proud of all its members. The choir invites those interested in joining to contact our choirmaster Simon Bethell after 9am mass on Sunday, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As the psalmist wrote - 'Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises.  For God is the King of all the earth: sing to him a psalm of praise.' New International Version, Psalm 47 vs 6  & 7.

Prayers of the Faithful

The Constitution on the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council restored the “universal prayer” – more familiarly called “prayer of the faithful” – especially to be used on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.

By this prayer, the people are bidden to make intercessions containing at least one petition from each of the following four intentions: the needs of the Church universal; national and world affairs, those beset by poverty or tribulation; the congregation and members of the local community.

These prayers take place after celebration of the word of God; possibly after the Creed has been said. Having been “instructed, stirred and renewed by the word, all stand together to offer prayer for the needs of the whole Church and the whole world”. Thus, this prayer is the fruit as it were, “of the working of the word of God in the hearts of the people”.

“Firm in its faith in the communion of saints and in its all-embracing vocation, the gathered Church in offering this prayer stands as the great entreater and advocate appointed for all humanity"

"The holy people of God exercise their royal priesthood to the fullest, above all by sharing in the sacraments, but also by joining in this prayer.”

For the last few years, three groups, numbering about 8 people, have prepared the St Michael's Prayers of the Faithful for the Sunday liturgy.

 

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.