It is clear already in the Old Testament that it is not our misdeeds which accuse us before God, but our hearts, fractured and divided as they are.  Consistent with Israelite teaching, Jesus insists that we go deeper than our external deeds.  The important question is what is going on in our hearts, the source of inner thoughts and motivations?  The teaching is presented using various examples, presented sometimes with great simplicity, other times with irony and wit.




O God, you read our hearts and you know us even better than we know ourselves.  Let us trust your knowledge of us and your call to true conversion of heart, for you desire only our good that we may be both whole and holy.




Collection             R 9 630, 60     Planned Giving          R 2 788, 88

Southern Cross     R      72, 00    

Thank you for your generosity and support!


  1. CATECHISTS MEETING on Wednesday 19th February at 18h30 in the Leslie Johnson Memorial Centre.


  1. THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM – Our next Baptism will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Sunday, 01st MARCH 2020 at the 08h45 and 10h00 Masses. The date of the Preparation class will be on Thursday 27th February at 19h00.  Should you wish to baptize your child please arrange an appointment with the Priest before then.


  1. The Season of Lent begins on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Times of Masses in the various Mass Centres are:


06h45        Villa Maria                  Rev. Fr. Michael Clement SAC

07h00        Nazareth House           Rev. Fr. Luigi Benigni

09h00        Cathedral                     Rev. Fr. Luigi Benigni

13h10        Cathedral                     Very Rev. Rohan Smuts

19h00        Cathedral                     Very Rev. Rohan Smuts


  1. SHROVE TUESDAY (25th February) – Please join us at Nazareth House, the Parish Room, on Tuesday 25th February from 17h30 until 20h30. Sweet or Savoury Pancakes as well as drinks will be on sale. If you wish to assist in any way please contact Hanne Sangiorgio on 082 415 6615.


  1. Wool has arrived for those who are willing to offer their time and talent to knit or crochet for babies(jerseys, beanies and booties for new-borns), elderly (knee blankets , beanies and bed socks) and children and adult beanies. Please contact Anik Broadhurst on 021 4396987 or 083 977 1099 to organize delivery of wool.


  1. ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL FEEDING SCHEME: The Good Start Trust (PBO No 930061524) would welcome our support of our parish school in any of the following ways:
  • Donations of Full Cream Long-life Milk which can be dropped off at the School in Tuin Plein;
  • EFT transfers to Standard Bank, Branch: 024109, Account No: 421322071 (with Beneficiary Reference St Mary’s + Your Name) in order to purchase e’Pap;
  • Help with washing up from 08h00 to 09h00 on one or more days a week.

For more information contact Aletta on 076 324 6292.


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.




07th Mar at 13h30       Russell Kingwell & Sonia Nunes

09th Apr at 14h00        Chester Kruger & Lisa Schaffers

18th Apr at 10h30        Leslie Adigbo & Nnennia Ejebe

02nd May at 14h00      Carlo Caldeira & Genevieve da Silva





  • Next Saturday, 22nd February at 10h00 Reverend Theo April will be Ordained to the Priesthood. The venue is Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Parow.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO MORNING CONFESSIONS next Saturday!


  • THE SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY OF THE PARISH urgently requires non-perishable food and toiletries for their pantry. Any assistance in that regard will be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Mrs Gail Bester, Local President of the SVP on 072 591 8812.


  • THE RCIA RITE OF ELECTION on Friday 28th February at 19h00 in the Cathedral.


  • NAZARETH HOUSE CAPE TOWN is looking for volunteers to help in the Charity Shop. If you can give them some of your time, they would be very grateful.  Please contact the Sister Superior, Sr. Gladys Kubai CSN on 021 461 1635.







We would like to draw your attention to the Fundraising Project for the Cathedral Parish.  It is Liturgical in nature, specifically to raise funds to purchase new Cassocks and Surplices for the Altar Servers.  We call on your generous support in the coming months.



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