St Michael's Care Group was established to help create a sense of community, and to foster an attitude of mutual concern. We welcome all new parishioners and invite you to 'our coffee table' after the 9 0'clock mass on the second Sunday of the month and hold a bi-annual party to welcome all new folk.
The St Michael's catering team has a well-earned reputation of providing "the best place in town" for the clergy to eat! This ministry was established a number of years ago, and during that time many wonderful women have given their time and talents in providing meals or snacks for functions hosted by the parish.
Communion to the sick
A few extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion regularly minister to the sick and housebound. If you or someone in your family is no longer able to attend Mass and would like to receive communion, please contact Deacon Tony van Vuuren: 082-774-8480.
For lifts to hospital etc. please contact Margaret Herron 021-685-5579.
The CWL is a national body with branches in all dioceses, the aims of which are to encourage women to enhance their spiritual lives and to be involved in the work of the church and to serve the community in social, civic or moral issues.
The St. Michael's Morning Market is held in the parish hall on the first Sunday of every month, from after the 7.30am Mass to 11.00am. The stalls are run by St. Michael's parishioners and range from fine needlework, white elephant, quality second-hand clothing, and books to home-baked goodies and delicacies.
There is also an opportunity to sit and socialise over breakfast and a cup of tea or coffee with a tasty treat. The Market has a wonderful vibe - if you haven't yet experienced it, we recommend a visit!
If anybody has a hobby and would like to earn a bit of money ... new stall-holders are welcome. 10% of takings go to the Hall Refurbishment Fund.
Prayer for those who have died a violent death
Loving God, Gather to your heart the victims of violence and hate.
In the wake of unexplainable suffering, walk with us.
Comfort those who lost loved ones unexpectedly and needlessly.
Renew their hearts with your grace. Wash them with your tears. Breathe your life into their spirits.
The St Michael's Justice and Peace group was formed in 2008. Because the parish is already active in many social issues areas, we see ourselves mainly in a ‘consciousness-raising’ role, basing this very firmly in Catholic Social Teaching.
The group meets from time to time. Activities include occasional discussion meetings, networking with other parish groups, working closely with the Archdiocesan Justice & Peace Commission, and maintaining contact with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office.
Contact person: Venessa Padayachee 082 20 20 20 2.
Archdiocesan Justice & Peace website
Too often Christian charity is understood in an entirely superficial way, as though it were no more than gentleness, kindness, and affability. It certainly includes all these things, but it goes far beyond them. When charity is regarded as merely "being nice to" other people, this is generally because our outlook is narrow and takes in only our immediate neighbors, who share the same advantages and comforts as we. This conception tacitly excludes those who most need our love--those who are unfortunate, who suffer, who are poor, destitute, or who have nothing in this world and who therefore have a claim upon everyone else who has more than he himself strictly needs.
There is no charity without justice. Too often we think of charity as a kind of moral luxury, as something which we choose to practice, and which gives us merit in God's sight, and at the same time satisfying a certain interior need to "do good." Such charity is immature and even in some cases completely unreal. True charity is love, and love implies deep concern for the needs of another. It is not a matter of moral self-indulgence, but of strict obligation. I am obliged by the law of Christ and of the Spirit to be concerned with my brother's need, above all with his greatest need, the need for love. How many terrible problems in relations between classes, nations, and races in the modern world arise from the sad deficiency of love! Worst of all, this deficiency has manifested itself very clearly among those who claim to be Christians! Indeed Christianity has repeatedly been called upon to justify injustice and hate!
. . . Christian charity is meaningless without concrete and exterior acts of love. The Christian is not worthy of his name unless he gives from his possessions, his time, or at least his concern in order to help those less fortunate than himself. The sacrifice must be real, not just a gesture of lordly paternalism which inflates his own ego while patronizing "the poor." The sharing of material goods must also be a sharing of the heart, a recognition of common misery and poverty and of brotherhood in Christ. Such charity is impossible without an interior poverty of spirit which identifies us with the unfortunate, the underprivileged, the dispossessed. In some cases this can and should go to the extent of leaving all that we have in order to share the lot of the unfortunate.
Moreover, a shortsighted and perverse notion of charity leads Christians simply to perform token acts of mercy, merely symbolic acts expressing good will. This kind of charity has no real effect in helping the poor: all it does is tacitly to condone social injustice and to help to keep conditions as they are--to help to keep people poor. In our day, the problem of poverty and suffering has become everybody's concern. It is no longer possible to close our eyes to the misery that exists everywhere in the world, even in the richest nations. A Christian has to face the fact that this unutterable disgrace is by no means "the will of God," but the effect of incompetence, injustice, and the economic and social confusion of our rapidly developing world. It is not enough for us to ignore such things on the ground that we are helpless, and can do nothing constructive about the situation. It is a duty of charity and of justice for every Christian to take an active concern in trying to improve man's condition in the world. At the very least, this obligation consists in becoming aware of the situation and of forming one's own conscience in regard to the problems it offers. One is not expected to solve all the problems of the world; but one should know when one can do something to help alleviate suffering and poverty, and realize when one is implicitly cooperating in evils which prolong or intensify suffering and poverty. In other words, Christian charity is no longer real unless it is accompanied by a concern with social justice.
Thomas Merton: Life and Holiness (1964).
1. South African Catholic Bishops Conference
- Counter-trafficking in persons desk: Sister Melanie
2. International Organization for Migration
- animated video for young internet users on the dangers of human trafficking
- what does human trafficking mean?
- international iom- http://www.iom.int
-IMPORTANT -24 Hour toll free hotline number for victims and members of public to report all cases of human trafficking
At this site you can access:
- Information on Human trafficking legislation
- Document – Human trafficking SA border
- Submission by CPLO on ‘The Prevention of combating of trafficking Bill’
- Document – The Church’s response to Human trafficking (Church office dedicated to Human trafficking at the UN, and the Vatican)
The Repository and Bookshop is situated in the church porch and is open after each Mass on weekends. We stock the latest Living Faith booklets at R13 (for a 3-month issue).
2014 liturgical and other calendars are available at R10. We also sell beautiful rosaries, booklets, children`s colouring books, medals, holding crosses, assorted cards, crucifixes, other religious articles - and Goedgedacht olive oil!
The St Michael's library provides very good reading material, and most adult parishioners draw their spiritual reading matter from there, so the reading matter in the repository is mainly for children - with stories of the saints, stories about Jesus, First Prayer Books, and so on. Orders may, however, be placed for books or other material not in stock. Please contact Renata Puccini - 021 685 1297.
The Library is situated in the room adjoining the church - at the end of the passage beyond the Sacristy.
The Library is open on weekends only at the following times: -
Note: There is a box in the Library where you can return books and DVDs if no one is on duty.
The Library theme for October is the Bible, and the October Book of the Month is Bible Basics for Catholics by Dr John Bergsma.
These two new library books are on the display shelf above the DVD display - unless someone has taken them out!
1. From Teilhaard to Omega, edited by Ilia Delio (Yellow 3 TEI)
2. Just Water by Christiana Z Peppard (Yellow 3 PEP)
A parishioner writes: Practitioners of centering prayer may be familiar with Thomas Keating’s book Open Mind Open Heart (in the library under Green 2 KEA). The book describes the history of this prayer practice and provides good guidelines for following this type of prayer. Another recommended book from the library is David Frenette's The Path of Centering Prayer (Green 2 FRE).
Another parishioner, who has read a good sample of the books in St Michael’s Parish Library, makes the following recommendations from our collection:
Spiritual and devotional reading; books by Richard Rohr (all under ROH in the ‘Green’ section):
Other titles in the same category that our reader recommends are:
What's in St Michael's library?
The parish library contains nearly 3000 books - of which many are recent additions - and a growing number of DVDs (currently 35). The material is predominantly Roman Catholic in its subject matter.
Topics covered include:
The library is managed by a committee currently consisting of 6 members and managed by a Library Co-ordinator. A list of current Committee members and their contact details is available both in the library and on the library notice board in the church porch. The Library Committee is responsible for the selection, purchase and processing of all library reading material.
The library is intended exclusively for the use of registered parishioners of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Rondebosch. Unfortunately it is not open to parishioners from other Catholic churches within the diocese, nor to the general public.
The Library is manned by a large group of volunteers who give generously of their time to provide a wonderful service to our parishioners.
Books are colour-coded for your convenience and are covered in plastic for protection and hygiene. An expanded version of the Dewey decimal classification system's 200 category (Religion) is used. Four manual indexes (red A4 files on the lower shelf on the left of the window) are available in the library for consultation - categorised according Author, Title, Classification and Accessions. They are updated at least two to three times a year. An online catalogue is currently in the process of being developed and should be available for use in the near future.
Unfortunately the location of the Library does allow for research or reference work at present.
Feastday: September 27
Patron of charitable societies
St Michaels branch of St Vincent de Paul's
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Christian voluntary organisation, working with poor and disadvantaged people.
Inspired by our principal founder, Frederic Ozanam, and our patron, St. Vincent de Paul, we seek to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those in need.