Thought for the day

The cultural dismissal of faith as illusory consolation or opium has left its mark on us all. Is it all projection? Has God truly spoken and revealed God’s self? In Christian faith, our response is a resounding yes and, while we should be wary of facile solace, at the same time we should not deny ourselves the good and wholesome reassurance of faith. After all, one of the most repeated phrases throughout the Bible is “Do not the afraid” (though not in John, curiously). There are grounds for fear; but we, of all people, should not be overwhelmed by the negative.


 Lord Jesus, risen from the dead, guide us to listen deeply to your voice, your word, that we may know you and, that knowing you, we may enjoy life in abundance, now and into eternity with you. Amen.

  1. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND. Because it is Good Shepherd Sunday, we have a second collection.  The purpose of this collection is towards the education of priests in our National Seminaries.  Thank you for your consideration and financial support. 

Collections                    R 5 152, 20                      Planned Giving                 R 8 520, 20

Southern Cross          R       80, 00                       

Thank you most sincerely for your generosity! 

  1. We wish all the Mothers of our Parish a Very Happy Mother’s Day!
  1. THE SOUTHERN CROSS – New Pretoria Archbishop was prepared for the call; Archbishop Tlhagale: Mandela’s legacy trampled upon; Pilgrims go to Our Lady of the Bushveld; Three South African Deacons on their vocation; Evangelising by Hitch-hiking; How a priest lives and works with autism. THIS WEEK’S EDITORIAL: The state of Vocations.

PLEASE NOTE: that The Southern Cross is scheduled for a price increase as from 12th May 2019.  The cost of the weekly newspaper will be R12 per copy.  The newspaper is also available in digital format at R420 per annum

  1. ** Since Father Michael Clement SAC will be travelling to Rome on Sunday afternoon and Father Luigi Benigni is only returning from Rome on Monday afternoon, PLEASE NOTE that there is NO HOLY MASS at 06h45 in Villa Maria on Monday 13th 
  1. NAZARETH HOUSE CHARITY MARKET DAY on Saturday 25th May from 08h30 until 13h00. Entry is free! 
  1. THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION is celebrated on 16th June at 10h00 
  1. THE SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION is celebrated on 23rd June at 10h00 
  1. The Women’s Choir from Cologne Cathedral will be singing at the 17h00 Holy Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday 18th They will give a short concert after the Mass. 


The Banns of Upcoming Marriages

 25th May        @ 14h00       Ivan Joubert & Zahnne Fullerton

08th June        @ 17h30       Roberto Berardo & Christina Lubrani

03rd August   @ 14h00       Rudiger Moser & Kim Moser                            Convalidation


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 intention to do so.  Please contact the Cathedral office to set up an appointment with one of the Cathedral clergy to complete the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry and to arrange the required Marriage Preparation Classes.



  • The Schoenstatt Sisters are having a Fun Day for Girls aged 8 – 14 Years on the 25th May, from 09h30 – 15h30 at The Schoenstatt Provincial House. Indemnity forms available from the Cathedral Office.  The cost of the day is R30 and for further information please contact Sr Ann-Marie Nicholas ISSM on 021 423 8136 or
  • WINTER LIVING THEOLOGY 2019 is from 11 – 13 June 2019. The theme of this year’s workshop is HOW TO LIVE A HAPPY LIFE (The Spirituality & Psychology of well-being).  It is presented by Jesuit Father and Clinical Psychologist David Marcotte, SJ, PhD who is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training at Fordham University, New York.  Book your seat either via telephone (011 482 4237) or email (

The Taize Community here in Cape Town is hosting a pilgrimage from 25 to 29 September.  All parishes are supporting this initiative and our parish has been asked to host 30 to 50 young people from 18 to 35 years of age by giving them a place to sleep and a light breakfast.  They will be collected from this area to be transported by bus to the pilgrimage venue in Rondebosch, where they will take part in a full day’s programme.  They will be given lunch and supper there and be transported back to the parish at approximately 9 pm.  If you able to accommodate at least 2 people please would you contact Margie Cook on 0824618607.

God, our Father, through our baptism, you invite us into relationship with the person of Jesus, in which we are to become like him and to do what he does.

We ask you to open the hearts and minds of young men and women to living in this relationship with Jesus, so that they may hear his call on their lives and may respond generously.

May those who are discerning a vocation to priesthood or the religious life be guided by the Holy Spirit, so that they can know how best to serve you and to respond to your call.
May they have the courage to say “yes” to serve you and to become instruments to spread the Good News of your Son, Jesus Christ. He who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.



The Cathedral Parish is completely committed to ensuring the safety of our children. For further information consult the website of the Archdiocese: using the Ministries Tab or contact our Coordinator, Margie Cook on 0824618607.

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