Thought for the day

As such, ambition is not quite neutral. We are called to be ambitious, that is, to use our gifts, to inhabit our strengths, to be of real service.  St Paul says, be ambitious for the higher gifts. It is not that ambition as such is harmful; however, in the common experience, ambition can be destructively egocentric and based on distorted motivation.


 Set our hearts free, O Lord, that we may desire what you desire and love what you love.  Amen.

Divine Office – Week I




Collections           R 6 937, 80      Planned Giving                        R 2 407, 77     

Southern Cross  R      70, 00      Fundraising                               R 1 750, 00

Thank you most sincerely for your generosity! 

  1. Farewell for Fr. Celestine on Sunday 28th October after the 10h00 Holy Mass. Parishioners are invited to a bring and share.
  1. SECOND COLLECTION this weekend is in aid of MISSION SUNDAY. Thank you for your generosity in this regard! 
  1. THE SOUTHERN CROSS – Countdown of Top 40 Marian Shrines begins; What’s needed for a good lay spirituality; History of Religious Orders in South Africa; Why Mary is the Mother of God; Fr. Townsend asks ‘What is our mission today?’ EDITORIAL – Our Missionary Mandate


The Banns of Upcoming Marriages  

02 November @ 14h30      Alberto-Maria Bernadi & Sonia Ramautar        Convalidation

03 November @ 12h00      David Madlala & Jodi Gordon

24 November @ 11h00      Miles Arendse & Candice Cornelissen

24 November @ 12h00      Brendan Shunmugan & Lauren Page

01 December @ 14h00      Matthew Guerreiro & Lara-Ann Ramos

15 December @ 14h00      Terence Atkins & Valnay Jones

22 December @ 11h00      Adrian de Beer & Andreina Salazar                    Convalidation

29 December                        Michael Kyazze & Margaret Nantongo

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.



CLERGY TRANSFER NEWS – The Archbishop has appointed Fr. Celestine Okekeofojebe as the Parish Priest of Vredenburg.  His appointment will be effective as from Wednesday 31st October.  We express wish him much success in his new appointment.  In addition, the Archbishop has appointed Fr. Luigi Benigni as the new assistant priest at the Cathedral who will start on 05th November.  

ECCLESIA – The theme for the upcoming Ecclesia Season is “The Church is an Open Door” which is scheduled to start in October.  We are invited to go out into the world and to truly live the Gospel.  To join a group for the five sessions please contact either Michael Baker (082 493 8493) or Margie Cook (082 461 8607) or Ninette Irakoza (073 963 2556)

21st October                          We welcome the ERUB’s Children’s Choir to the Cathedral and thank them for their Music Ministry at the 10h00 Holy Mass.

27th October                          ROYAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC will be having a workshop in the Cathedral from 14h00 until 17h00.  Thereafter, the participants will be responsible for the music ministry at the 18h00 Holy Mass.

01st November at 11h00     ANNUAL MASS FOR DECEASED CLERGY, RELIGIOUS AND BENEFACTORS at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Rondebosch.

02nd November                     ALL SOULS DAY – Please note that the Mass schedule is as follows:    06h45                    Villa Maria

07h00                    Nazareth House (Main Chapel)

09h00                    Nazareth House (Residents Chapel)

13h10                    The Cathedral

19h00                    The Cathedral**

**At the 19h00 Holy Mass for All Souls Day at the Cathedral, The Requiem Mass Setting arranged by Jeremy Quickfall will be sung by the Choir of Christ Church Constantia 

03rd November at 15h00  St Mary’s Cathedral is delighted to invite you to a FUNDRISING HIGH TEA  AT THE LESLIE JOHNSON MEMORIAL CENTRE. Gather together with friends and family to relax and enjoy an afternoon of refreshments and entertainment.  There are also lots of prizes to be won, so remember to bring your ticket with you!. Tickets on sale for R80 at the entrance to the Church, or contact Eloise Baker on 082 957 6631.

04th November                      SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM  at the 10h00 Holy Mass.

24th – 25th November           MORTUARY LIST SECOND COLLECTION.  Please note that during the month of November you will be afforded the opportunity to submit names of your deceased relatives and friends to be added to the Parish’s Mortuary List.  Weekly masses are celebrated in the parish for their repose.

01st December at 10h30     WORLD AIDS DAY – The Archdiocesan Healthcare Association invites everyone to join them for the Celebration of Holy Mass at the Cathedral to pray for all those who are either affected or infected by HIV/AIDS

08th December at 19h30     CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL  

09th December at 19h00     ADVENT CAROLS AND LESSONS at the Cathedral, led by the Choir of St Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church, Observatory.

20th December at 19h00     PARISH PENITENTIAL SERVICE at Nazareth House Main Chapel        


Please note that for our Christmas Midnight Mass this year at The Metropolitan Cathedral, the mass setting is Messe Solenelle, Opus 16 by Louis Vierne

Composed in 1899 and published in 1900, it was first performed at Saint-Sulpice, Paris in December 1901.


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