St Joseph’s Happy Nappy campaign

The Happy Nappy campaign started two years ago as a way of saving on the cost of purchasing disposable nappies. This year, our campaign includes Mandela Day on July 18 inviting corporates and others to give nappies or to pre-arrange a visit to SJH. We can only accommodate a limited number of volunteers.

The campaign will run from the 1st of July to the 30th of September.

Every 24 hours we use more than 1000 disposable nappies in our five wards.

We appeal to all OUR FRIENDS to help us and make this a brilliant campaign for the children. Click on our newsletter and follow the link.

This year we would like to double the nappies! This means: double the cash, double the in-kind nappies and deliver in an even bigger way.

We hope to raise R100 000 and collect 50 000 nappies!

Thank you

Alrika Hefers
Resource Development Manager
St Joseph’s Home for Chronically ill Children
Tel: +27 21 934 0352
Fax: +27 (0)86 605 9366
P.O. Box 21, Howard Place, 7450 South Africa
NPO: 002/908 and PBO: 130000399

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.'