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



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




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.




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




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.


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