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.
Assistance and care is given to the elderly which may be highlighted by the dedicated and remarkable work done by Matron Monica Rappaport who runs a clinic at Welverdiend taking blood pressure, injecting those who have need of insulin, or simply massaging feet to assist with circulation. Our care extends to other elderly people for whom we provide some social interactions with tea parties and an annual Christmas party. However it is not only the elderly that we visit, but the sick, lonely or troubled or those who might be in need of some emotional support. If transport to and from hospital or other appointments is a problem, contact Ros Dachs on ph. 689-2537. We also offer lifts to those needing them, and one of our members runs a prayer service at the Woodside Frail Care.
To be effective in these areas of outreach we need to be informed, so please don't hesitate to let us know of a parishioner is in need or if you are motivated to join us and spread some care in our world, you would be most welcome.
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.
'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 http://adct.org.za/child-safeguarding-policy-resources/
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.'