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The Archbishop has instructed that parishes may begin with a phased process of preparation for a return to public worship.  However, due to the risks still being too great, public worship will only be allowed after the peak of Covid has been reached.  This could still take a few months and an announcement will be made at a later date.

Our Mission

Our mission is to love God with all our hearts, minds and souls, to love others as we love ourselves and to actively respond to Christ’s commission to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Mt 28)

Love God, love others, make disciples.

At St Michael’s, we aim to be a welcoming, caring parish of disciples, growing in Christ and making His love tangible.

We believe in Orthodox Christianity, as taught by the Roman Catholic Church. The Eucharistic celebration is the source and summit of our faith, which we aim to live by so that we can serve with the whole of our lives in vibrant and creative ways.  Excellence in our worship honours God.

We believe that our Baptism makes us one family in which we learn to love one another as Christ loved us. We strive to build a caring community, where all members and visitors feel welcome and valued, not just at Mass, but in all spheres of our lives.  We strive to do life together.

We strive to be loyal followers of Christ, dedicated to lifelong learning about Him and His teachings, to be tangible in the way we live our lives and as a constant testament to His calling to each one of us.

We are committed to spreading the message of Jesus, beyond our parish campus, in three distinct ways:

  1. through ordinary pastoral ministry (to inflame the hearts of the faithful)
  2. through active, caring outreach to the baptised whose lives do not reflect the demands of Baptism; and
  3. through active, caring outreach to those who do not know Jesus Christ or who have always rejected him

At St Michael’s, we believe that as disciples, we should answer Christ’s call to serve, not only within our parish, but in the greater community of Rondebosch and Cape Town.

In the process, we strive to follow the principles and themes of the Church’s Social Teaching:

PRINCIPLES

  1.  Human dignity
  2.  Subsidiarity
  3.  Solidarity and the common good
  4.  Charity
  5.  Distributism and social justice

THEMES

The sanctity of human life and dignity of the person

A call to family, community, and participation and pursuit of the common good

Rights and responsibilities and social justice

Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable

Dignity of work and the rights of workers

Solidarity and the universal destiny of the goods of the Earth

Care for God’s creation

Our mission is to love God with all our hearts, minds and souls, to love others as we love ourselves and to actively respond to Christ’s commission to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Mt 28)

Love God, love others, make disciples.

At St Michael’s, we aim to be a welcoming, caring parish of disciples, growing in Christ and making His love tangible.

We believe in Orthodox Christianity, as taught by the Roman Catholic Church. The Eucharistic celebration is the source and summit of our faith, which we aim to live by so that we can serve with the whole of our lives in vibrant and creative ways.  Excellence in our worship honours God.

We believe that our Baptism makes us one family in which we learn to love one another as Christ loved us. We strive to build a caring community, where all members and visitors feel welcome and valued, not just at Mass, but in all spheres of our lives.  We strive to do life together.

We strive to be loyal followers of Christ, dedicated to lifelong learning about Him and His teachings, to be tangible in the way we live our lives and as a constant testament to His calling to each one of us.

We are committed to spreading the message of Jesus, beyond our parish campus, in three distinct ways:

1.through ordinary pastoral ministry (to inflame the hearts of the faithful)

2.through active, caring outreach to the baptised whose lives do not reflect the demands of Baptism; and

3.through active, caring outreach to those who do not know Jesus Christ or who have always rejected him

At St Michael’s, we believe that as disciples, we should answer Christ’s call to serve, not only within our parish, but in the greater community of Rondebosch and Cape Town.

In the process, we strive to follow the principles and themes of the Church’s Social Teaching:

PRINCIPLES

1.Human dignity

2.Subsidiarity

3.Solidarity and the common good

4.Charity

5.Distributism and social justice

THEMES

The sanctity of human life and dignity of the person

A call to family, community, and participation and pursuit of the common good

Rights and responsibilities and social justice

Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable

Dignity of work and the rights of workers

Solidarity and the universal destiny of the goods of the Earth

Care for God’s creation

Kids & Tots

The Genesis Kids’ programme runs on Sundays during the first half of the 9am mass and is a wonderfully nurturing place for young children to begin their journey with Christ.

Genesis Tots meets weekly during the school term on alternate Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons and caters for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Genesis Moms and Genesis Dads caters for the moms and dads, bringing them together as individual groups and collectively for events and fellowship.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Grades 1-5) is a sensorially rich experience for children from the ages of 3 –12 years. It gives them the opportunity to grow in the love and knowledge of God.

Catechism classes (Grades 6&7) are a hybrid of the methods of the Good Shepherd and LifeTeen programmes, which reflect the transitory stage of the children.

The Genesis Kids’ programme runs on Sundays during the first half of the 9am mass and is a wonderfully nurturing place for young children to begin their journey with Christ.

Genesis Tots meets weekly during the school term on alternate Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons and caters for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Genesis Moms and Genesis Dads caters for the moms and dads, bringing them together as individual groups and collectively for events and fellowship.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Grades 1-5) is a sensorially rich experience for children from the ages of 3 –12 years. It gives them the opportunity to grow in the love and knowledge of God.

Catechism classes (Grades 6&7) are a hybrid of the methods of the Good Shepherd and LifeTeen programmes, which reflect the transitory stage of the children.

Teens

LifeTeen is a successful, US-based faith formation programme which St Michaels has been running since 2015. With the aim of leading teenagers closer to Christ,  the programme focusses on building real and supportive relationships with and among the teens and, as best as possible, meeting them ‘where they are at’.

We also take Grade 11’s on a journey to Confirmation at St Michaels, meeting once a week for a year, at a time  chosen by the whole group.  Confirmation takes place in the fourth quarter.

LifeTeen is a successful, US-based faith formation programme which St Michaels has been running since 2015. With the aim of leading teenagers closer to Christ,  the programme focusses on building real and supportive relationships with and among the teens and, as best as possible, meeting them ‘where they are at’.

We also take Grade 11’s on a journey to Confirmation at St Michaels, meeting once a week for a year, at a time  chosen by the whole group.  Confirmation takes place in the fourth quarter.

Young Adults

Genesis is our vibrant young adults’ programme (post school to 30) and was designed to provide the young adults with a platform with which to experience and express their faith, with, and among their peers and within the greater parish community.

In existence since 2003, it is led by a team of young adults, is event driven and has four key pillars and three support pillars, each providing a series of events aimed at bringing young adults to a real and deeper encounter with Christ.

The programme has four main pillars (Spirituality, Service, Knowledge & Friendship) and three support pillars (Music, Marketing & Finance) with a pillar leader and sub-committee for each.

Genesis is our vibrant young adults’ programme (post school to 30) and was designed to provide the young adults with a platform with which to experience and express their faith, with, and among their peers and within the greater parish community.

In existence since 2003, it is led by a team of young adults, is event driven and has four key pillars and three support pillars, each providing a series of events aimed at bringing young adults to a real and deeper encounter with Christ.

The programme has four main pillars (Spirituality, Service, Knowledge & Friendship) and three support pillars (Music, Marketing & Finance) with a pillar leader and sub-committee for each.

Adult Discipleship

We strive to be loyal followers of Christ, dedicated to lifelong learning about Him and His teachings, to be tangible in the way we live our lives and as a constant testament to His calling to each one of us.

When you register with the parish, you will receive the Daily Devotion and weekly newsletter.  The newsletter will contain notifications of discipleship related events.  In addition, keep an eye out for the next Alpha course and RCIA.

Alpha

Alpha is a Christian course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of inspiring videos and discussion.  At last count, it was estimated it has been run in over 100 countries, in over 100 languages, with over 24 million people having taken the course.

The course is run once a week for ten weeks and a meal is served at every session. After the meal, an episode is screened and then everyone breaks into small groups for discussion.

RCIA

RCIA is a process that prospective converts to Catholicism undergo to come into full communion with the Church. It is aimed at adults and candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.  The process is also used for those Catholic and non-Catholics who want to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

The course runs for a year, every Monday night (apart from holidays) culminating in the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.

Faith Sharing Groups

A Small Faith-Sharing Group is a gathering together of the community in small groups to strengthen their faith.  Meetings generally take place in someone’s home and each session includes a bible reading, reflection, discussion and conclusion with prayer.

We strive to be loyal followers of Christ, dedicated to lifelong learning about Him and His teachings, to be tangible in the way we live our lives and as a constant testament to His calling to each one of us.

When you register with the parish, you will receive the Daily Devotion and weekly newsletter.  The newsletter will contain notifications of discipleship related events.  In addition, keep an eye out for the next Alpha course and RCIA.

Alpha

Alpha is a Christian course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of inspiring videos and discussion.  At last count, it was estimated it has been run in over 100 countries, in over 100 languages, with over 24 million people having taken the course.

The course is run once a week for ten weeks and a meal is served at every session. After the meal, an episode is screened and then everyone breaks into small groups for discussion.

RCIA

RCIA is a process that prospective converts to Catholicism undergo to come into full communion with the Church. It is aimed at adults and candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.  The process is also used for those Catholic and non-Catholics who want to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

The course runs for a year, every Monday night (apart from holidays) culminating in the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.

Faith Sharing Groups

A Small Faith-Sharing Group is a gathering together of the community in small groups to strengthen their faith.  Meetings generally take place in someone’s home and each session includes a bible reading, reflection, discussion and conclusion with prayer.

Our Team

Father Harrie Hovers

(Parish Priest)

Deacon Les Ruhrmund

(Adult Discipleship)

Deacon Tony Van Vuuren

(Support)

Adrian van Stolk

(Parish Council Chairman)

James Collett

(Finance Council Chairman)

Dominique Ducray

(Youth Coordinator)

Gill Greenwood

(Belong)

Danilo Acquisto

(Service)

Laura Irvin

(Reach)

Eric von Bratt

(Marketing)

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Father Harrie Hovers

(Parish Priest)

Deacon Les Ruhrmund

(Adult Discipleship)

Deacon Tony Van Vuuren

(Support)

Adrian van Stolk

(Parish Council Chairman)

James Collett

(Finance Council Chairman)

Dominique Ducray

(Youth Coordinator)

Gill Greenwood

(Belong)

Danilo Acquisto

(Service)

Laura Irvin

(Reach)

Eric von Bratt

(Marketing)

Music

St Michael’s is renowned for its music and has a rich tradition going back many years.

The St Michael’s choir (9am mass) is lead by choir master and organist, Johann Swanepoel, and comprises over 20 singers, singing traditional and classical music.

The Genesis Band and Choir sings at the 6pm Sunday mass.  Led by Adrian Van Stolk, the style is contemporary gospel and the band comprises drums, keys, guitar and bass and a range of classical instruments including wind, strings and brass.

St Michael’s is renowned for its music and has a rich tradition going back many years.

The St Michael’s choir (9am mass) is lead by choir master and organist, Johann Swanepoel, and comprises over 20 singers, singing traditional and classical music.

The Genesis Band and Choir sings at the 6pm Sunday mass.  Led by Adrian Van Stolk, the style is contemporary gospel and the band comprises drums, keys, guitar and bass and a range of classical instruments including wind, strings and brass.

Service

At St Michael’s, we believe that, as disciples, we should answer Christ’s call to serve, not only within our parish, but also within the greater community in Rondebosch and in Cape Town.  We strive to follow the principles and themes of the Church’s Social Teaching:

PRINCIPLES

  1. Human dignity
  2. Subsidiarity
  3. Solidarity and the common good
  4. Charity
  5. Distributism and social justice

THEMES

  1. Sanctity of human life and dignity of the person
  2. A call to family, community, and participation and pursuit of the common good
  3. Rights and responsibilities and social justice
  4. Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable
  5. Dignity of work and the rights of workers
  6. Solidarity and the universal destiny of the goods of the Earth
  7. Care for God’s creation

At St Michael’s, we believe that, as disciples, we should answer Christ’s call to serve, not only within our parish, but also within the greater community in Rondebosch and in Cape Town.   We strive to follow the principles and themes of the Church’s Social Teaching:

PRINCIPLES

  1. Human dignity
  2. Subsidiarity
  3. Solidarity and the common good
  4. Charity
  5. Distributism and social justice

THEMES

  1. Sanctity of human life and dignity of the person
  2. A call to family, community, and participation and pursuit of the common good
  3. Rights and responsibilities and social justice
  4. Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable
  5. Dignity of work and the rights of workers
  6. Solidarity and the universal destiny of the goods of the Earth
  7. Care for God’s creation

Sacraments

The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church were instituted by Jesus and are an outward sign of an inward grace. They are often organised into three categories:

INITIATION

Baptism

Confirmation

Eucharist

HEALING

Reconciliation

Anointing of the Sick

SERVICE

Holy Orders

Matrimony

The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church were instituted by Jesus and are an outward sign of an inward grace. They are often organised into three categories:

INITIATION

Baptism

Confirmation

Eucharist

HEALING

Reconciliation

Anointing of the Sick

SERVICE

Holy Orders

Matrimony

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