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:
- Human dignity
- Solidarity and the common good
- Distributism and social justice
- 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
The Care group is a hospitality ministry and aims to help create a sense of community and to foster an attitude of mutual concern. Assistance and care is given to the elderly including medical assistance, transport and the arranging of social activities. The sick, lonely or troubled or those who might be in need of some emotional support are also cared for. .
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE
The CWL aims to unite Catholic women in their service for God, the Church, the Family and the country, to be involved in the work of the church and to serve the community in social, civic or moral issues.
We are determined to build a community free of divides and particularly one that includes and uplifts the homeless. We create a fun and safe space for volunteers to engage with the homeless and encounter the humanity in our brothers and sisters, and in ourselves. At Simunye, we take to the streets to share a meal, we play music, and we bond through conversation and simply listening.
St VINCENT DE PAUL
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Christian voluntary organisation, working with poor and disadvantaged people, inspired to bring the love of Christ to those in need. Activities include food tickets distribution, working with the homeless, elderly visits, sponsorship of the poorest of the poor in the twin conference of Matroosfontein and support of Valkenberg Mental Hospital though visits and an annual Christmas party.
The uMoya project is a community-based project that focuses on multiple elderly, disabled, abandoned and sickly men and women in Khayelitsha. It is a project for those who believe in loving through boundaries and restoring hope and dignity to those abandoned by society, to take up the call to serve. We create a fun and safe space for volunteers to engage with the marginalised and encounter the humanity in our brothers and sisters, and in ourselves. We take a group of volunteers to the Missionaries of Charity Home, in Khayelitsha, where we serve 50 differently-abled men and women. We facilitate a variety of interactive sessions as a way of building relationships and starting the dialogue.