Thought for the day
The liturgical cycle helps us not only by telling once more the story of salvation but also by underlining movements of the heart appropriate for each season. Thus, Lent invites us to conversion and Easter promotes joy in believing. What of Advent? The season encourages us and takes us back to our original longing and quest which brought us to God in the first place. Especially in the readings from the prophets, the lectionary explores again that restlessness of heart and helps us name our desire for the One who alone fills our hearts with his peace “which surpasses all understanding.”
THE PAROCHIAL NOTICES
- LAST WEEKEND’S FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Collection R 7 864, 60 Planned Giving R 6 839, 18
Southern Cross R 108, 00 Calendars R 60, 00
Mortuary Lists R 4 270, 00
Thank you for your continued generosity and support!
- Please note that Fr. Luigi Benigni is away for his annual leave until the 16th of December
- Starting this weekend and throughout the Advent Season, there will be a Second Collection for the Advent Appeal.
- THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM – Our next Baptism will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Sunday, 05th January at the 10h00 Mass. The date of the Preparation class must still be determined. Should you wish to baptize your child please arrange an appointment with the Parish Clergy before then.
- On Saturday 7December there will be an Advent Day Rally from 09h30. It will be held at the Schoenstatt on Constantia Main Rd. For more information please check the flyers.
- On Saturday 7 December Nazareth House will be holding a Market Day from 09h00 to 13h00. More information available on the flyers in the back.
- This Week in the Southern Cross: Catholic view of Sex-Ed in Schools; Bishop Sipuka: What we need to fix South Africa; New Bishop on his job ahead; The Immaculate Conception explained; Flashback to 1923: When Padre Pio made news. EDITORIAL: Peace amid the season’s noise
THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE
07th Dec at 14h00 Sean Ferrier & Faranaaz Miller
14th Dec at 09h00 Matthew Thyssen & Michaele Theunis
14th Dec at 14h00 Luis Carlos Yerena Contreras & Elrechia Michaels
21st Dec at 10h30 Rufaro Njekete & Engline Menasi (Convalidation)
28th Dec at 15h00 Luigi Di Martino & Heather Ford (Convalidation)
03rd Jan at 14h30 Oledayo Oyekanmi & Tonia Osadebe (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.
PLEASE NOTE THE FORTHCOMING EVENTS
- NAZARETH HOUSE PRAYER GROUP, during the Season of Advent, will meet on Thursday mornings (05th, 12th and 19th) at 10h00 in Nazareth House. Please join them as they prepare meaningfully and spiritually for Christmas. Please contact Greg Landman on 082 598 4095 for further information.
- The Bellville Catholic Charismatic Prayer Group will be hosting a HEALING AND DELIVERANCE CONFERENCE at Our Lady of Fatima Community Hall on 14th – 16th December 2019 from 09h00 until 17h00. Costs are R100 per person and for further information contact either Susan Hartzenberg on 072 202 0470 or Druscilla van Niekerk on 082 409 4378.
- 16th December from 17h00 at Nazareth House, Cape Town – join them for a picnic followed by Carols by Candlelight. Please see the posters advertised for further information.
- There will be a Parish Penitential Service on Wednesday 18th December at 19h00 at Nazareth House.
- FESTIVAL OF CAROLS AND LESSONS in the Cathedral on Sunday 22nd December at 18h30
- THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS will take place on Thursday 13th Please note that the Cathedral, Cathedral Offices, Chancery and Precincts will be closed on the date.
- SHONA MASS FOR JANUARY 2020 will be on 12th January at 11h45
- CANADIAN CHOIR CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL ON WEDNESDAY 15th JANUARY 2020 AT 19H00. Tickets are R100 per person. The 30 member Choir is composite of two choirs, Song Routes and Village Harmony from Canada and the USA and will be touring South Africa between 06th – 18th January 2020.