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Mr Theo Angelo April is to be ordained a Transitional Deacon and Rev Alfredo van der Schyff and Rev Joseph Malama Chimfwembe are to be ordained Priests on Saturday 10th August at Our Lady Help of Christians, Landsdowne
Auxiliary Bishop Elect Fr Sylvester David OMI will be ordained to the episcopate on Sunday 25th August at Cape Town City Hall at 14h00
The Sunday School is in desperate need of volunteers for the 6-8 age group. If you can help, please contact Orlanda Butler on 071 626 1544 or call the parish office.
The Taizé Community have asked if families in the parish would consider hosting participants in the Taizé Pilgrimage. They are generally hosted in pairs. If you can respond to this request, please contact the office via email with your details.
Help the Rural Child is looking for volunteers. Please see Parish notice board for details.
If you are interested in participating in this project to renew the mission of the parish, please contact Barry Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 071 360 9969.
Available at the back of the church – Please be sure to use the honesty boxes provided. Thank you!
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!
Many parishioners love the Nazareth House Jams, so we thought we would find out the story about how these yummy jams came about.
The story behind the Jams!
It all started in 2001 when I was sent to Nazareth House in Kimberley. An elderly resident in the house used to make different kinds of jams and marmalade depending on the season, to raise funds for the work done in Nazareth House.
She asked me if I would be interested to learn and, me being of an inquisitive nature, was delighted to have someone teach me something new. The lady was delighted too – as she mentioned later- that her recipe would continue even when she was gone. We managed to make only one lot of marmalade in Kimberley Nazareth House before we learnt that it was going to be closing within 6 months. Fortunately when the House eventually closed, the lady was transferred to our Nazareth House in Pretoria and it just happened that I was stationed there when the Kimberley House eventually closed.
So we continued with this hobby after settling down in Pretoria but sadly, the lady died 2 years later at the age of 88. I have not looked back since I came to actually enjoy doing this as a hobby and in each House that I am sent, the sisters try to make these different kinds of jam/marmalade to raise funds to assist us in some ways. Now it is not an individual hobby but a community one since as demonstrated by the scanned picture, the sisters get involved at different stages of the process according to what each can and is able to do. The photo shows the early stage of cutting, squeezing and slicing the lemons.
We are happy to bring this story to you. We were not able to pries the secret recipe from Sr Gladys – but then why would we! We hope that the secret recipes stay safe and we continue to enjoy these special and scrumptious jams for years to come.
We desperately need another 2 volunteers to join our team for the younger group of 3-5yrs old. Lesson plans are provided. If you can commit to 2 Sundays per term, then join this great group of parishioners by contacting Orlanda Butler at email@example.com or at 0716261544.
The Phoenix Burns Project is still looking for old/non-functioning kettles, toasters, microwaves, 2 or 4 plate stoves/ovens, gas heaters, gas bottles, multi-way plugs, etc to be used for education purposes.
Please contact Jacquie Lukic on 072 236 2689 to arrange collection, or leave your donation with Deborah during office hours.
If you have not already done so, please complete a census form and post it in the box provided. Pens and forms are available at the back of the church. Many thanks!
Congratulations to Natasha Norman and Sharivan Moodley who were married in our Parish Church on Saturday 27th April. May God continue to bless them as they begin their married life.
According to Archdiocesan regulations, the Parish Priest must be informed of the intention to marry at least 6 months prior to wedding date. All couples are required to complete a course of instruction or an Engaged Encounter Weekend before their marriage will be solemnised.
…please contact the parish office to make an appointment with the Parish Priest.
Congratulations to Raymond Ntunzwenimana and Pascaline Bigirimana on the baptism of their son, Harry Hegel, in our parish on Sunday 3 March 2019.
Congratulations to Lee & Nicola Dobes on the baptism of their baby daughter, Nicola Jane, in our parish on Sunday 24th February 2019.
Congratulations to Cecco and Dorothy Giovannini on the birth of their granddaughter, Francesca May Dewailly, on 19th May 2018.
…please contact the parish office to let us know.
Congratulations to Garth and Ann-Marie Havers on the Baptism of their son Oscar Antonio on Saturday, 27th July, in our Parish Church.
Our congratulations to:
- Ashton & Luisa Hayes on the baptism of their daughter, Logan Isla Hayes.
- Julian & Joanne Mountain on the baptism of their twins, son Max Clive and daughter Sasha May Mountain.
- Philip & Simone Izzard on the baptism of their son, Alexander Ben Izzard.
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 the family and friends of Allan Johnson, who passed away on 20th July, 2019 and whose funeral was held in our parish church on Friday 26th July.
Our Prayerful Condolences to the family and friends of Frances James, who passed away peacefully on the 11th July. Her requiem will be held in our parish church on Wednesday 17th July at 10h00.
Our deepest sympathy to Kirsten, Grace and Charlie and all the family of Mark Lagan, who passed away on Saturday 8th June 2019, after a long illness. Mark’s requiem was held today in our Parish Church. He was a remarkable man and will be sorely missed.
Our Prayerful Condolences to Craig Elgar and family on the loss of his mother, Iola Weitz, who passed away in Port Elizabeth on 13th May 2019.
Our Prayerful Condolences to the family and friends of Lorna Rogers whose funeral was held at Silvermine Village Chapel on Tuesday, 19th February at 2.30 pm.
Prayerful Condolences to the family and friends of John Cameron-Dow who passed away suddenly. His Requiem Mass was held in our Parish church on Tuesday, 22nd January at 11.00 am. John was a very vibrant member of our Parish and will be sorely missed.
Our Prayerful Condolences to the family and friends of John Frank Largier, brother of Tim, who passed away on 14th January 2019.
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 2018. Tony’s Requim Mass was held in our parish on Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
Our Prayerful Condolences to the family and friends of John Vianney Rogers who passed away on Sunday, 2nd September 2018. The funeral service was held in the chapel at Silvermine Village on Tuesday, 11th September 2018.