Thought for the Day

 The journey of life inevitably brings up the question what should I be, who should I become? Is life a maze or a labyrinth? Is it just round and round or is there a way out? How will I be as a spouse, a parent, a partner, a church member? Within the Christian project, do I feel myself called to “activate” my baptism is some particular ministry or contribution? Such discernment will take in the grateful acknowledgement of my gifts as well as an examination of my inner generosity of spirit. In reality, we are all called by the Lord to build up the body of Christ. It is not a question of if but rather of how.


God of surprises, take me by surprise once more and let me see how my special gifts could be part of your project of the Kingdom in Jesus. 



Collections              R 7 665, 30      Planned Giving  R 4 157, 77     

Southern Cross        R      68, 00      Calendars          R     280, 00    

 Thank you most sincerely for your generosity! 

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  • PLEASE NOTE: Mrs Carlene Weitz, the parish secretary, will be away on her annual leave until 31st 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Michael Clement SAC is away on his annual leave until 21st January 
  • DISCERNMENT CLASSES for those who are contemplating Priesthood or Religious Life are held at the Chancery, next to the Cathedral Offices on Saturday mornings starting at 11h00. The first of these sessions will be on 03rd 
  • ST JOHN VIANNEY NATIONAL SEMINARY’S ANNUAL MAGAZINE – Faith & Reason – is now on sale at R50 each. Should you wish to purchase one, you may do so at the entrances of all churches in the parish. 
  • SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM IS CELEBRATED ON THE FIRST WEEKEND OF EVERY MONTH – If you wish to have your child baptised please contact one of the priests and set up an appointment.



 27th January at 09h00  ALTAR SERVERS PRACTICE MEETING in the Cathedral 

06th February at 18h30 CATHEDRAL FINANCE COUNCIL MEETING in the Cathedral Office Boardroom. 

07th February at 18h30 CATHEDRAL PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING in the Parish Room at Nazareth House, Vredehoek



25th January at 18h00   Annual Teachers Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Parow.  This Mass is for all teachers,

not only those who educate in Catholic Schools

27th January at 12h15  BINGO TEA at Zonnebloem Home for the Aged.  The address is Nº 61 Caledon Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town.

Retreat day of quiet prayer from 10h00 until 15h30, hosted by CLC, at Springfield Convent in Wynberg.  All are welcome.  For further

information contact Jane on 082 783 0331 or Jill on 083 282 6763

01st February at 13h10 The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office will host Holy Mass at the Cathedral on Thursday, 01st February

to mark the anniversary of the passage through Parliament of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1997, and to pray for

a change of heart on the part of all who disregard the rights of unborn children.  The Celebrant will be The Very Reverend Peter-John Pearson,

the Vicar General of the Archdiocese.

03rd February at 09h00 The Schoenstatt Family Branch invite you to follow the pilgrim pathway of your marriage together –

A Marriage Camino.  The 15 Stations shed light on your path through life with all its ups and downs and encourage you to strengthen your marriage.

From 09h00 until 16h30 at Schoenstatt, Constantia Main Road, Constantia at a cost of R50 per family.  Bring a picnic lunch.

Please RSVP by 30th January.  You may contact Marcel Barry on 083 454 2209 or Kathleen Barry on 082 462 1178 

04th February 2018       THE PATRONAL FEAST OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CAPE TOWN – Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt.  Please note that there are special readings for the Solemnity which are not found in your pew missals.

Please note that there will be a EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION from Holy Cross Catholic Church to the Cathedral.  The theme is

The Importance of Marriage and Family in the life of the Church and Society.  It will begin at 14h00.  After Introductory Prayers

the procession will follow the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Cape Town and will end at the steps of the Cathedral where

the Archbishop will give a Benediction to all those who are assembled.  Please take your own bottled water with you.

08th February 2018       THE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT AND THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS.  Please note that the Chancery and the Cathedral Offices will be closed for the day.  There is also no lunchtime mass on that day.

 14th February 2018       ASH WEDNESDAY.  Mass times, with the distribution of ashes are as follows:   06h45    Villa Maria

07h00    Nazareth House

09h00    The Cathedral

13h10    The Cathedral

19h00    The Cathedral

15th February at 19h00 THE RITE OF ELECTION in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt, Cape Town

16th February at 19h00 THE RITE OF ELECTION in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt, Cape Town

18th February at 15h00 ORGAN BENEFIT CONCERT at the Cathedral in aid of the OUTREACH of Holy Family Catholic Church in Manenberg.  The organist is Dr Martin Welzel who is the titular organist at the Frauenkirche Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.  Cost of tickets to be advised shortly.



27th January at 14h00          Sean Smith & Charlotte de Kock

10th February at 14h00        Xavier McKechnie & Maxine Thomas

25th February at 12h00        Liam Sherman Moses & Zenahrea Damon

24th March at 15h00            Peter Peté & Nicola Stockley

Please note that if it is your intention to get married in the Catholic Church, you need to give the Church at least six months notice of your intent to get married.  Please contact the Cathedral office to set up an appointment with one of the Cathedral clergy to complete the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry


The Western Cape Province is supplied with water by 44 main dams.  These dams collectively hold a maximum storage capacity of 1870.4 million cubic meters.

To date, many of the dams in our province have reported levels drastically lower than levels recorded at the same time during previous years.  The average storage across the province on 17th January 2018 is 28.3%.


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