Thought for the day:  Beginning again is an invitation to look in two directions.  What happened for me in the last year, both in my ordinary life and in my life as a believer, as a person of faith?  For what do I ask forgiveness?  For what do I give thanks?  We also look forward and the new beginning gives us a chance to start again on the Way of discipleship. Both thanksgiving and renewal are to be found in today’s readings.  The Gospel is in invitation to wake up, to keep watch, to live fully the present moment under God, in whom we live and move and have our being.

Prayer:  Wake us up, O God, and rouse us from the slumber of the everyday; that we may recognise you in every moment and in every person, today and every day of our lives.

 

PAROCHIAL NOTICES

  • SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND is towards the ADVENT APPEAL.

 LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTIONS

Collections    R 7 179, 20    Planned Giving   R 5 830, 00     Southern Cross      R      80, 00     Mortuary List   R 8 835, 90    Repository    R    360, 00

  •  ADVENT FAITH SHARING – The Nazareth House Faith Sharing Group will meet during the Season of Advent for a period of three weeks. The first gathering was on Thursday 30th November at 10h00.  For further information, please contact Greg Landman on 082 598 4095.    
  • IN THIS WEEK’S SOUTHERN CROSS Mini World Youth Day in Durban set to start; Priest who helped mediate Mugabe’s exit; Pope: Don’t Text and Drive; No true Christmas without Christ; Advent: What are we waiting for? THIS WEEK’S EDITORIAL: Sowing seeds at South Africa’s Youth Day   INCLUDED in this week’s Southern Cross is UPPER ROOM Booklet of daily devotions for January and February 2018 
  • The Young Adults Group of the Cathedral Parish will be visiting the Fikele Children’s Centre in Khayelitsha on 10 December to celebrate Christmas with the children at the home. The Centre looks after 40 HIV+ children aged between 0-8 years old.  They hereby make an appeal to all parishioners to donate toiletries and/or non-perishable food.  A basket will be placed at the entrance of the church over the coming Sundays.  Feel free to contact the Parish Office in case you wish to make a monetary donation.                             
  • LITURGICAL CALENDARS FOR 2018 ARE ON SALE AT R20 EACH.

NEW HYMNBOOKS – As a matter of urgency the hymnbooks in the Cathedral need to be replaced.  Since the hymnbooks are only printed in England the cost of a hymnal is about R140 each; which means we have to raise R42 000.  Thus far we have raised R35 060.  Donations towards this fundraising drive, please deposit the monies into the Cathedral Restoration Account with the reference HB followed by either your Planned Giving Number or Surname 

Here are the banking details:   Name A/c    St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration

Bank                       Standard Bank

Type A/c               Current Account

Branch Nº              02 09 09

Account Nº            070 624 623 

UPCOMING EVENTS OF IMPORTANCE 

  • HOUSE MASS this Wednesday 06th December at 19h00. The venue is the Choate Family.  The address is 16 Rocklands Avenue, Highlands Estate, Vredehoek.  There will be a Bring and Share afterwards. 
  • HOLY HOUR to prayer for the Priests of the Archdiocese on Saturday 09th December at Villa Maria Shrine from 16h00 – 17h00. 
  • ADVENT CAROL SERVICE IN THE CATHEDRAL on Sunday 10th December at 19h00. The Choir for the Advent Carol Service is from St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Observatory under the direction of Mr Deon Irish. 
  • PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL MEETING on Tuesday 12th December at 18h30 
  • THE ITALIAN CONSOLATE CHRISTMAS CONCERT at the Cathedral on Thursday 14th December at 18h00, followed by a reception afterwards in the Leslie Johnson Memorial Centre. 
  • THE ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD of Reverend Shaun Addinall on Friday 15th December 2017 at 19h00 in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Lansdowne. 
  • CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL – The Encore Chamber Choir will be in concert on Tuesday 19th December at 19h00. Tickets cost R50 per person and will be on sale at the door. 
  • ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE on Thursday 21st December at 19h00. The venue of the penitential service is Nazareth House Chapel. 

THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE

 16th December      at 14h00                Kirk Fortuin & Caroline Arendse

at 16h00                Glen Marie & Danielle le Roux

at 16h00                Thomas Brennan & Nina Dreyer

23rd December      at 14h00                Lanston Foster & Uvathi Siripal

 

CHRISTMASTIDE 2017 TIMETABLE

Sunday 24th December        00h00    Midnight Mass at the Cathedral

00h00    Midnight Mass at Nazareth House Main Chapel

Monday 25th December      07h30    Holy Mass at Villa Maria Chapel

08h45    Holy Mass at Nazareth House Main Chapel

10h00    Holy Mass at the Cathedral

Saturday 30th December     18h00    Holy Mass at the Cathedral

Sunday 31st December        07h30    Holy Mass at Villa Maria Chapel

08h45    Holy Mass at Nazareth House Main Chapel

10h00    Holy Mass at the Cathedral

17h00    Holy Mass at the Cathedral

00h00    Holy Mass at the Cathedral

Monday 01st January           08h00    Holy Mass at Villa Maria

09h00    Holy Mass at Nazareth House Main Chapel

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