Thought for the day

The feats of engineering hinted at in the citations from Isaiah may seem physically daunting but are even more of a challenge on the intended spiritual level.  The highway is for our God — and we could ask what in me impedes his way, how do I block the arrival of the Lord in my life?  More positively, I could ask myself what do I do so that the Gospel may come alive in my life? With such cooperation from me, the Lord can and will bring to completion what he has begun.


 O God, you search me and you know me.  Help me to know myself better; help me acknowledge and set aside the blocks to your coming.  You have indeed begun a good work in me and, in spite of my hesitations and resistance, I too want it to be brought to completion under your graceful care.  Amen.



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The Banns of Upcoming Marriages


15 December @ 14h00            Terence Atkins & Valnay Jones

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

12 January     @ 14h00           Enrique Jaipal & Kim Riley


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.



08th Dec. at 19h30        CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL.  Entrance Fee/Tickets is R50 per person 

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

13th Dec. at 18h00        ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT HOSTED BY THE ITALIAN CONSULATE followed by a short reception in the Leslie Johnson Memorial Centre.

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

24th Dec. at 23h30        Advent Carols and Lessons                Cathedral

                                          Advent Carols and Lessons                Nazareth House


25th Dec. at 00h00        MIDNIGHT MASS                            Cathedral

                                         MIDNIGHT MASS                            Nazareth House


25th Dec. at 07h30        Christmas Day Mass                           Villa Maria

at 08h45          Christmas Day Mass                           Nazareth House

at 10h00          Christmas Day Mass                           The Cathedral


26th Dec. at 08h00        Holy Mass                                           Villa Maria

                   at 09h00        Holy Mass                                           Nazareth House


27th December              Normal Mass times resume until 31st December 2018


31st Dec. at 23h55        Holy Mass                                           Cathedral


01st Jan. at 08h00        Holy Mass                                           Villa Maria

                 at 09h00         Holy Mass                                           Nazareth House


02nd January                  Normal Mass times resumes in all three Mass Centres



 A parishioner is requesting assistance with the following items: Gas or Electrical Stove, Fridge/Freezer Combination, Two Single Beds, Wardrobe, Washing Machine.  They have recently moved from a furnished place to an unfurnished one.  If you are able to assist in any way, please contact Mrs Gail Bester, SVP President – Cathedral on 072 591 8812

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