Fr. Harrie Hovers
Contact the office:
Rev. Les Ruhrmund
Rev. Tony van Vuuren
076 189 3524
As Monday (17th December) is a Public holiday, mass will be celebrated at 09:00am
Confessions – 15th Dec at 17:30 – NOT 9am
3rd Sunday of Advent – 15th/16th Dec
Penitential Service – 20th Dec at 19:00
Confessions – 22nd Dec at 9am & 5:45pm
4th Sunday of Advent – 22nd/24th Dec
24th December –
Mass at 19:00 – starting with Carols at 18:45
Mass at 23:00 – starting with Carols at 22:30
25th December –
Mass at 09:00 – starting with Carols at 08:45
26th December – Mass at 09:00am
Welcome back Father Harrie.
The Advent Collection take place each Sunday during Advent. This money is allocated towards the many charitable outreaches, pastoral training and catechetical needs of the Archdiocese
THE ADORATION CHAPEL WILL CLOSE on the 14th December, and re-open on the 7th January 2019
This year, for a variety of reasons, we will not have our usual “thank you” function for the representatives of the various groups in the Parish However, I would like to extend a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped in the Parish in some way during 2018. Thank you for so generously giving your time, which has helped create a wonderful spirit of togetherness here at St Michael’s.
Parish Library: The parish library will close for the Christmas break on 9 Dec. Parishioners should return all oustanding books before this date. The library will reopen on 12 Jan 2019.
Children's Nativity: ALL WELCOME! ! Please join us on Sat 22nd Dec 9:30-11am in the Parish Centre. All children are welcome to come along dressed up as a character from the Nativity story. They will form part of the Nativity scene. Moms, Dads, older siblings, Grannies, Grandpas & friends are welcome to come along and join in the Carol singing! Looking forward to seeing you all there. ***Please note Rehearsal for speaking parts: Wed 19th Dec 9-10am bottom classrooms, parish centre.
NEXT WEEK: OUR BIG CHRISTMAS ISSUE
1.Bishop: Sacraments are not for sale. 2. What the pope told kids with cancer. 3 A different kind of bucket list. 4. Three habits of effective evangelising. 5.How a pop classic was born in a church
TOO MUCH STUFF, TOO LITTLE SPACE, JOIN HELP THE RURAL CHILD CHARITY SHOPS: The revolution against rural poverty has begun. Come and join us! We will be having a massive drive at your parish. We need clothing for men, women and children, books, bric-a brac and furniture to sell in our shops. The proceeds will go towards the running cost of the POP Centres at Goedgedacht www.goedgedacht.org Drop all goods at the hall.When: Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th October 2018
Time: Saturday 09h00-14h00
TEL: 0738814053 FOR MORE INFORMATION
NOAH (Neighbourhood Old Age Home)
based in Woodstock, are offering takeaway meals. If you work in the area you could consider supporting them. See this notice . NOAH is a progamme of the Archdiocese to support Social Pensioners whose Income is R1690.00. Archbishop Brislin is the Patron.
As you are all aware we are experiencing water restrictions in Cape Town because of the drought. At the Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday night, and also in line with a directive received from the Archbishop, it was agreed that we have to limit the use of our facilities to drastically reduce our water usage.
Our account has already been identified as “high” usage and a restrictive device has been fitted which cuts off our supply as soon as we reach our limit on any given day. In view of this, we have to advise that the kitchen is out of bounds in the Parish centre.
Parish meetings can still happen, although limited, but no refreshments may be served using our water. Should you wish to continue with your meetings, please advise those attending to bring their own water and all garbage will need to be collected and removed from the premises.
One of the projects St Michael’s SVP are involved with is in conjunction with U-Turn. Street people are given vouchers for meals or clothing and from 1 January 2017 to 30 September 2017 a total of 4278 vouchers made up as follows: 2nd Hand clothes: 1945 Meals 1879; Toiletries: 454 which were sponsored by the St Michael’s SVP were redeemed at either the Claremont or Wynberg premises. Thank you once again to all our generous donors. It is through you generosity that we are able to assist with projects such as this. God bless you. The U-turn vouchers at R40.00 per pack of 5 are available at the SVP table. These can be given out individually to people, instead of money, at the traffic lights.
USE SnapScan TO MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE WEEKLY COLLECTION!!! Our Genesis teams have been asking us to make the option of paying money to the Parish available on SnapScan. As from this weekend, you can contribute to the Parish Collection using the SnapScan App on your phone. Please note that this is available for use with COLLECTIONS. However, should you wish to pay your Planned Giving Contribution, clearly indicate PG, your number, and name. You can download the SnapScan App free of charge on your phone.
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HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED MUSIC AS YOUR MINISTRY? The Genesis band and choir are recruiting. If you are a singer or musician, we’d like to invite you to join us in this rewarding ministry. It’s not a huge commitment (5pm on a Sunday) and it’s a wonderful way to make a contribution. If you are a singer, classical musician, guitarist, drummer or a sound engineer with some experience, we’re excited to welcome you. Please contact Adrian or Tinashe after 6pm the mass or by SMS. Adrian – 083 258 6571 Tinahse – 073 097 4932
The CWL Meet on the 3rd Monday of each month. You are invited to join us to grow spiritually, help the church and make new friends.
Tea and coffee servers urgently needed to help at Parish functions and funeral teas – Men and women (no washing-up!!). Contact Amanda on 021 685 3544.
If you would like a Mass to be offered for someone’s intentions or for the repose of the soul of someone, please phone the Parish Office to arrange this
DISABLED PARKING BAYS AT ST MICHAEL’S Please do not use the parking bays marked for the disabled unless you qualify to use them. On several occasions the people for whom they are intended have had to park far away from the Church and it is difficult for them to then get into the Church.
Bequest perhaps you would like to consider a bequest to St Michaels (St Michaels Catholic Church, Rondebosch) in your will? Contact Father Harrie for further advice. KIDS – please collect more envelopes in the foyer if you have run out.
TOO MUCH STUFF, TOO LITTLE SPACE, JOIN HELP THE RURAL CHILD CHARITY SHOPS: The revolution against rural poverty has begun. Come and join us! We need clothing for men, women and children,books, bric-a brac and furniture to sell in our shops. The proceeds will go towards the running cost of the POP Centres at Goedgedacht. www.goedgedacht.org.
WHAT IS A MENTOR? Would you like to know more about mentoring a student? LIFE CHOICES is looking for the right people to help give support and guidance to Grade 11/12 Students from less privileged backgrounds. It is a truly worthwhile cause. For more information and contact details please read the Poster in the foyer of the church or phone Gill 021 686 8251
ROSARY SUNDAYS: There is no love like a mother’s love. You’re invited to sing Mary’s praises through the Rosary every Sunday at 5.30PM in the Kelly Room. Beginners and devotees equally welcome.
IN MEMORIAM On the rear wall of the Church next to the visitors confessional, a board has been put up displaying the leaflets from 12 recent funerals of Parishioners. This is in order to encourage us to pray for the souls of our departed brothers and sisters.
U-TURN MEAL VOUCHERS: For non-toxic and guilt-free giving at traffic lights - U-turn vouchers at R40.00 per pack of 5 are available at the SVP table in the church porch after all masses. These can be given individually to people begging at traffic lights instead of money.
NOTICE ABOUT HOSPITALS: When you, or a family member, are admitted to hospital, it is the responsibility of the family to notify the Parish we will then notify the Chaplain of that particular hospital, even if you are admitted to the Vincent Pallotti Hospital. They no longer ask patient’s religion.
ST MICHAEL’S FOOTBALL CLUB is looking for new players this season, of zero experience and beyond! If you want to join a group of men growing in faith, while practicing soccer together, you are invited to join the team. Practice days: Mondays at 17:30 at St Joseph's school, Belmont Road, Rondebosch. Match Days: Saturdays.
MORNING MARKET: This (almost always) takes place on the first Sunday of each month from before the 7.30 am Mass until about 11 am. We are always in need of good second-hand clothes to sell at our Morning Market. Please bring these, clearly marked, to the Parish Office.
MASS INTENTIONS If you would like a Mass to be offered for your Intention, or for a deceased friend or relative, please phone the Parish Office 021 686 8708) to arrange this.
SUNDAY SCHOOL There are two Sunday School groups. They take place during the first part of the 9am Mass, and two parents are on duty in each class. The class for 2-4 year olds is held in the Gill Room, and the one for 5–7 year olds in the Kelly Room. Please bring crayons to Mass, and take a work sheet from the back of the church before Mass starts. Children from both classes return to Mass at the Offertory.
GENESIS JUNIORS Can we think of ways to help someone who needs to get better? Talk with your children about this. What can you as a family do to help?
Try to do something for someone else each week.
BAPTISMS and BAPTISM INSTRUCTION: Baptisms take place on the second Sunday of the month, with preparation the previous Sunday both after the 9 o'clock Mass. Please contact the parish office in advance if you are interested (021-686-8708).
SECOND HAND ROSE: We are always in need of donations of clothes to sell at our Morning Market Second Hand Rose stall. Please bring contributions to the parish office, clearly marked for Second Hand Rose.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Contact Gill Greenwood: 021-686-8251 or 072-546-6314.
WOOL FOR NOAH: NOAH coordinates fourteen Catholic-based Neighbourhood Old Age Homes in Khayelitsha and Woodstock. We are always looking for donations of wool for our elderly who knit various items. Please contact Ian Veary or Bea Jordan on 021 447 6334 (and see www.noah.org.za for more information).
CATHOLIC BUSINESS NETWORK: The CBN is group of Catholic men and women who endeavour to support and promote each other’s professional and business undertakings. Our Mission Statement encourages us to operate within the ethos of Christian morals, ethics and values. The group meets every fortnight at the Italian Club, at 7.30 pm. and we welcome new members. See http://statrs.co.za for more information, or contact Sinclair on 083 300 6747 or Vic on 083 308 4014.
Archbishop Brislin's Building Fund:
If you would like to make a donation towards the building of new churches, the bank details are:
Standard Bank Branch 020909
Ref: Your name (or Anon).
Note: Through a very generous donation, the Archbishop's fund has been able to pay for the extension of St Catherine’s Church in Kleinvlei.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts – Eleanor Roosevelt
for our leaders, that they may have the courage to do what will lead to justice and peace for the people of our country.
PRAYER TO ST MICHAEL
Saint Michael the Archangel,
Defend us in battle;
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil -
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
By the power of God, thrust into hell
Satan and all evil spirits
Who wander through the world
For the ruin of souls. AMEN.