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With the recent reports of the sexual abuse crisis that is rocking the Catholic Church, we have received a pastoral letter from Archbishop Stephen Brislin and a letter from Our Holy Father where they denounce the inexcusable past recognising that no pardon for the harm done will ever be sufficient but looking forward with resolve and uncompromising resolve to prevent this from ever happening again.
Our Church is in crisis but it is in these times that we look to Jesus to keep our faith strong.
In line with Pope Frances’ letter to the faithful, in which he invites the entire holy faithful to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting, the pastoral letter from Archbishop Brislin calls for a day of prayer and fasting on 15th September, the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.
ARCHBISHOP’S PASTORAL LETTER – A CALL TO FASTING – 29 August
“My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
In recent days we heard with great sadness and remorse the report from the United State known as the “Pensylvania Report”. Detailed experiences of at least a thousand survivors over approximately 70 years – victims of sexual abuse by clergy – were made public. The wounds of the survivors who have suffered the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests never fully heal. As church we continue to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics and all those entrusted with caring for the most vulnerable, our children.” Read full letter – Pastoral Letter – 28 August 2018
LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD – 20 August
” ‘If one member suffers, all suffer together with it’ (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent the we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.” Read full letter – Pope Francis letter
“THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE!”
The Jesuit Institute’s weekly letter this week is entitled ‘Sex Abuse in the Church – “This is not who we are!” ‘ give us some meaning that this is not the Church Jesus founded. Our faith resides in Him and what He desires for us. Read the letter from the Jesuit Institute here
The Church has designated the next few weeks for focus on marriage and family, to underline their importance and to encourage our ongoing efforts to strengthen them. For the next four week ends there will be a leaflet inside the bulletin with suggestions on how couples can strengthen their marriages. They are in two broad categories: Love and Communication in Intimate Relationships will cover weeks 1 & 2. Hurt & Forgiveness in Intimate will cover weeks 3 & 4.
If you would like more information, please contact Brian and Francoise Robertson.
Our Parish Flower Group is looking for some help. If you’d like to join, we’d love to welcome you along, even if you’ve never tried flower arranging before. Please call or text Pat Danford on 082 781 1708
Congratulations to Michael Brooks who was installed into the Ministry of the Acolyte by Archbishop Brislin during Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians on Thursday, 14th June 2018. Thank you for your hard work and dedication Mike!
Thank you, also, to the many parishioners who turned out on a very stormy night to attend the installation.
If you are interested in participating in this project to renew the mission of the parish, please contact Barry Smith at email@example.com or 071 360 9969.
Angela Pinder thanks everyone who brought in Sunflower bandanas – greatly appreciated!
As this year our Patronal feast falls on a Thursday, we will be celebrating it on the weekend 9/10 June.
To mark the actual feast date, the Mass on Thursday 31 May at 18:30 will be followed by tea and coffee and a talk by Fr Zane Godwin on ‘Mary as the first disciple’. This will end just after 19:30.
Support Nazareth House and buy their delicious Irish Whiskey Marmalade, and various fruit jams, handmade by the Sisters. Jars are available at the back of the church – only R30 each!
The Easter Hamper was won by Yvonne Kapp and R1100.00 was raised for the Education of Seminarians. Thanks to all who supported this project.
To all our dedicated Altar Servers: Thank you for all you do for us. Please could you attend training on Sunday 25th March (Palm Sunday) after 9am Mass.
We are also looking for new Altar Servers – if you have ever considered joining this beautiful ministry, we need you NOW! The qualifications are simple: you need to have made your First Holy Communion. For those who are older and wish to join, we welcome you, too. To try it out to see if you want to join, please come along and with our regular team for training on 25th March after 9am. Meet in the church.
Baptisms are celebrated at our Church on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
Families not registered in our Parish must supply a letter from their Parish Priest.
Please contact the office for an appointment with the Parish Priest
Our Prayerful Condolences to Debbie and Dudley Flugel and family on the passing of Debbie’s dad, Bob Bellairs, on the 26th September in PE.
Our Prayerful Condolences to Lesley Alcock and family on the loss of Tony, who passed away on Sunday, 23rd September. Lesley would like to thank everyone for the prayers an support during his long illness. Tony’s Requim Mass will be held in our parish on Wednesday 3rd October, at 11am.
Our Prayerful Condolences to the family and friends of John Vianney Rogers who passed away on Sunday, 2nd September. The funeral service was held in the chapel at Sivermine Village on Tuesday, 11th September, at 11am.
Our prayerful condolences to Jill Bowden and family on the passing of her mother, Shirley Beyleveldt, on Tuesday, 19th June.
This year we have our Parish Mortuary List for remembering our dear deceased family and friends.