The Thought for the Day
We may miss the shock factor in both stories today. Given the strict rules surrounding ritual purity, it was unprecedented that a woman with some kind of gynaecological complaint should actually touch a man. Conversely, Jesus touched a corpse, also strictly forbidden and entailing ritual impurity. Both acted courageously and against the established tradition for the sake of something greater
Help us, Lord, to know when to reach out, when to touch and welcome the excluded. Help us to know when to set aside received practices which hinder the Gospel in our day. May this woman’s example gives us courage!
The Divine Office – Week I
THE PAROCHIAL NOTICES
- LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTIONS
Collections R 3 646, 10 Planned Giving R 3 480, 00
Southern Cross R 90, 00
Thank you most sincerely for your generosity!
- SECOND COLLECTION – Peter’s Pence Collection on 7 & 8 July. Please take the envelopes for that collection with you this weekend.
- IN THE SOUTHERN CROSS – The Theological Formation of Pope Francis; Where we find water in the Bible; Pope to Oil Execs: ‘There is no time’; USA and Local Choirs to celebrate Madiba 100; Synod: Youth needs a Church that listens. The Editorial: Church, State and Moral Values.
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 Banns of Marriage
24 July at 13h10 Tendai Karima & Knowledge Katsande Convalidation
28 July at 10h00 Clever Mandeya & Addnice Kafemba Convalidation
25 August at 10h00 Josphat Benhura & Pauline Makato Convalidation
21 September at 16h00 André Dietrichsen & Lee-Anne Fredericks
20 October at 14h00 Garth Smith & Natalie Choto
20 October at 15h00 Nicholas Hayes & Stephanie Joubert
02 November at 14h30 Alberto-Maria Bernadi & Sonia Ramautar Convalidation
24 November at 11h00 Miles Arendse & Candice Cornelissen
24 November at 12h00 Brendan Shunmugan & Lauren Page
THE PRAYER FOR RAIN
O God, in whom we live and move, and have our being,
grant us sufficient rain, so that being supplied with what sustains
us in this present life, we may seek more confidently what
sustains us for eternity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
PLEASE NOTE THE FORTHCOMING EVENTS
03rd – 06th July Schoenstatt Girls Youth will be hosting their annual “Winter Camp” in Schoenstatt, Constantia. For further information, please check the noticeboards.
07th July at 14h15 BINGO TEA at Zonnebloem Retirement Home
08th July at 19h00 The University Of Warsaw Collegium Musicum Chamber Choir Concert at the Cathedral. Cost of tickets is R100 per person.
Soirée in the Cathedral Hall after the concert. Please see the posters for further information
14th July at 09h30 Saint Vincent de Paul Society Meeting at 09h30 in the Leslie Johnson Memorial Centre
16th July at 19h00 Parish Finance Council Meeting in the Leslie Johnson Memorial Centre
19th July at 18h30 Parish Pastoral Council Meeting at Nazareth House in the Parish Room
04th August at 18h00 Sacrament of Baptism
05th August at 10h00 First Holy Communion
12th August at 10h00 Sacrament of Confirmation
THE RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 30 (29 in the liturgical numbering) is a song of thanksgiving. It celebrates God’s faithfulness through a crisis which brought the person praying close to death. The poetry shows that the writing works with pairs of words (binomia) such as: God’s anger/ God’s favour; for a moment/ through life; weeping/ joy; night/ morning; mourning/ dancing; sackcloth/clothed with joy; silence/ praise. There are several words for the near-death experience: Sheol, the pit, and death itself. Thus, the Psalm is perfectly well chosen to respond to the First reading and the Gospel.