THE CATHEDRAL: Currently by appointment only
NAZARETH HOUSE: Thursdays before the First Friday of each month 09h15 – 10h00 or anytime on request.


COMMUNION TO THE SICK IN THE PARISH – Is there someone in your family who is sick at home or in hospital, kindly contact any of the parish clergy will arrange for the Sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion.


 The First Reading

Wisdom 6:1 2 – 16               

 The Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 63: 2 – 8


R/ My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.


O God, you are my God whom I


for you my flesh pines and my soul


like the earth, parched,

lifeless and without water.  R/.


Thus I have gazed toward you in

the sanctuary

to see your power and your glory, for your kindness is a greater good

than life;

my lips shall glorify you.  R/.


Thus will I bless you while I live; lifting up my hands, I will call upon

your name.

As with the riches of a banquet

shall my soul be satisfied,

and with exultant lips my mouth

shall praise you.  R/.


I will remember you upon my


and through the night-watches I

will meditate on you:

you are my help,


and in the shadow of your wings I

shout for joy.  R/.


The Second Reading                  

1 Thessalonians 4: 13 – 18 


The Gospel Reading                  

Matthew 25: 1 – 13    


Thought for the day


To engage with today’s readings, it might helpful to go back in your own mind to someone in your life whom you regard as really wise.  When did you become aware of it?  Have you benefitted from it?  If someone were to ask how would you recognise wisdom and what are its marks, what would you say?  Have you learned from your encounters with wise people?  Do you desire wisdom for yourself ?  Perhaps as parent or friend or family member or colleague.  Do you nourish your hunger for the qualities and attitudes which we associate with people who have learned from life?




All-wise and loving God, the desire for you lies deep within us.  Awaken us to the quest for true wisdom that by being true to ourselves we make come home to you, the source of all wisdom.  Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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 note that current regulations in the Archdiocese limits Church attendance at Weddings to 25 people.  Please contact the Cathedral office either telephonically or via email 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.





Collection              R 1 842, 20                   Planned Giving                 R 11 569, 99

2021 Calendars       R      40, 00                   Prison Ministry     R      440, 00


  1. LITURGICAL CALENDARS FOR 2021 are on sale now for R20 each.


  1. PLEASE NOTE that Fr Rohan will be supplying in the Parish of Vredenburg on weekends. Since the parish consists of five churches in five areas, he will assist Bishop Emeritus Francisco de Gouveia, who is resident in Langebaan, with the celebration of their weekend masses. 


The Chancery wish to thank the Cathedral parishioners for their sacrifice during this time of transition until a new Parish Priest is appointed to the Vredenburg Parish.


  1. Fr Luigi Benigni is away on his annual leave and Retreat and will return on 26th We thank Rev. Fr. John Bartmann for assisting in the celebration of the weekend Holy Masses in the Cathedral Parish.


  1. BAPTISMS – Those who wish to have their children baptised, please contact the Cathedral Office so that arrangements can be made for instructions and the celebration of the Sacrament. Current Covid regulations decree that no group baptisms will take place but only one child per celebration.


  1. MORTUARY LISTS – A SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE MORTUARY LIST OF 2021 will be held on the weekend of 21st & 22nd Please forward your new Mortuary Lists to  The Cathedral Clergy will celebrate weekly Holy Masses for the repose of all the faithful departed. Mass Stipends can be deposited in the Parish Bank Account with the reference MOR



Name      St Mary’s Cathedral           Bank        Standard Bank

Branch    020909                                  Acc Nº     071 564 780


 Monday 09November

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Titus 1:1-9  Writing some generations after Paul but in his name, the writer gives a picture of emerging ministries.  What qualities do we look for in our pastors?


Luke 17:1-6  Our Gospel is made up of three brief teachings.  The expression “little ones” means, in the context, those just beginning the Christian life.


Tuesday 10 November

St Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor

Titus 2:1-8,11-14  We may smile (or otherwise!) at some of the time-bound advice given here, but behind it all is a vision of life transformed by the Good News of Jesus: grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race.


Luke 17:7-10  This passage is unique to Luke.  It seems to be aimed at emerging “clergy” who feel important or, as we say, are losing the run of themselves.  It should be read in conjunction with a contrasting passage in Luke 22:24-27 (NB).


Wednesday 11 November

St Martin of Tours

Titus 3:1-7  After the turmoil of the first paragraph – recognisable in any age – the writer reminds us that all is grace.


Luke 17:11-19  Three little expressions can help in all contexts: “May I?”, “I’m sorry” and “Thank you.” Thanksgiving – Eucharist – is at the heart of our worship and our relationship with God.


Thursday 12 November

St Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Philemon 1:7-20  A runaway slave sought refuge with Paul and, in the meantime, had become a believer.  Paul entrusted him back to his original master, but no longer as a slave but as a brother in Christ.


Luke 17:20-25 In this Gospel, Jesus says the Kingdom of God is among you, a better translation than “within you.”  It means the Kingdom is coming to be during the ministry of Jesus and even at the hands of Jesus, as he brings healing and forgiveness.


Friday 13 November

2 John 1:4-9  The reading combines great warmth and encouragement with a severe warning against heresy, especially that heresy which denies the true humanity of our saviour.  The core Johannine message is not lost, however: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.


Luke 17:26-37  Don’t be distracted by the last sentence, which is proverbial wisdom of unclear application.  Instead, the core teaching is to look forwards, not backwards, in hope and confidence. As usual, discipleship comes at a cost.


Saturday 14 November

3 John 1:5-8 Here we have a little window onto the world of early Christianity.  Those bearing the Gospel depended on the hospitality and good will of the communities they came to visit.  Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers (Romans 12:13).


Luke 18:1-8 The feisty widow is an appealing character and the parable does indeed illustrate the teaching on the need to pray continually and never to lose heart. The later reception of the parable may be noticed in the added verses.





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