The Thought for the Day

Familiarity breeds…well, sometimes blindness.  We do need familiarity – we couldn’t be working things out for the first time all of the time.  What is regular and known can help us get on with the day or the job or the relationship.  But there are times – we all have them – when sheer familiarity impedes our understanding and prevents our encounter with the new, the different and the radical.

Our case is, perhaps, the diametric opposite of that of the people of Nazareth.  Our too comfortable faith familiarity with Jesus can hinder us from seeing the radical, the new, the disturbing.  Sometimes a bit of defamiliarisation would be good for us!!


Lord, take away dull familiarity and shake us up that we may ask ourselves honestly, “Who then is this?” Amen.


 The Divine Office – Week II



Collections                   R 5 139, 40   Planned Giving                  R 14 487, 77

Southern Cross          R      80, 00           

Thank you most sincerely for your generosity!


  • SECOND COLLECTION TODAY – Peter’s Pence Collection on 7 & 8 July. 
  • IN THE SOUTHERN CROSS – Bishop: Politicians don’t respect the Church; Karoo Priest works miracle healing; Daily life in a Benedictine Abbey; Finding Jesus at the waters in the Holy Land; Beyoncé Mass: Is it a good idea? The Editorial: The Invisible Church.


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.



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

17th – 18th July        Winter Living Theology by Fr. Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University in New York, on Racial Justice

and the Demands of Discipleship.  For more information please contact

 22nd July at 10h00    THE SEATTLE CHILDREN’S CHORUS will be singing at the 10h00 Holy Mass in the Cathedral

26th July at 18h30         Parish Pastoral Council Meeting at Nazareth House in the Parish Room

27th – 29th July              Marriage Encounter Weekend in Maryland, Hanover Park.

Interested couples con contact Graham and Patuele Maart on 076 930 3818 or 084 502 3805 respectively.

04th August at 18h00    Sacrament of Baptism

05th August at 10h00    First Holy Communion

 12th August at 10h00    Sacrament of Confirmation



I would like to thank all those who have contributed towards our beanie drive, especially all those who knitted beanies or blankets.  We have given 80 beanies for distribution by the Young Adults Group who are giving them out to a Home in Khayelitsha.  Another 50 beanies and some knee blankets have been given to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society to be given to a Home in Riebeeck West.  Just in time for the Big Chill!

Thank you, thank you for all your hard work and love in knitting these articles.  Thank you too to those distributing.  Until our next donation wool. Love, Anik Broadhurst



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