54135 Christmas Begins With Christ 300x300PARISHES IN THE DIOCESE - CHRISTMAS SCHEDULES 

A number of parishes have submitted their Christmas Schedules.

Port Elizabeth Area

St Augustine's Cathedral

Christmas Eve: Tuesday the 24th December:
Christmas Carols 8.30pm
Mass of the Nativity at 9.00pm.
Christmas Day: Wednesday the 25th December
Mass of the Nativity - 9.30am
New Year’s Day: Wednesday the 1st January
Feast of Mary the Mother of God, Mass at 9.30am
Throughout the Year - Saturday Vigil Mass 5.30pm;  Sunday Morning Mass 9.30am

St James Catholic Church Schauderville 

Christmas Eve (24th) Mass: 7:30pm
Christmas Day Mass, 9:00am

Mater Dei, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth

Christmas Eve; 8.30pm Carols - 9.00pm - Vigil Mass
Wednesday, 25th December - Nativity of Christ  9.00am

Kouga Catholic Community (Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay)

4th Sunday of Advent (22nd): St Clare of Assisi; Jeffreys Bay.  09h30
Christmas Eve Vigil, Tuesday 24th: St Clare of Assisi; Jeffreys Bay. Carols 18h30; Mass 19h00
Christmas Day, Wednesday 25th: St Francis of Assisi; Humansdorp. Carols 08h30; Mass 09h00
Feast of the Holy Family (Sun 29th) St Francis of Assisi; Humansdorp. Mass: 09h30 
Feast of Mary, Mother of God (Jan 1st): St Clare of Assisi; Jeffreys Bay.  17h00

San Francesco, Port Elizabeth

24 Dec 2019 -10: 30 – 11:00 – Carols. Mass at 11pm.
25 Dec 2019 – Mass at 9am

Nazareth House, Port Elizabeth (St Luke's)

Christmas Eve  - 5.30pm Carol Service; 6pm Vigil Mass
Christmas Day - 9am Mass

Mother of Good Hope, Booysen Park

24th Vigil 19h00
25th Mass at dawn 08h00

St Paul Kleinskool
24th Vigil 17h00
25th Mass at dawn 10h00am

Sacred Heart, Kabega, Port Elizabeth

Thurs 19th 8.30am Mass
Fri 20th 8.30am Mass
Sat 21st 5.00pm Mass - 4th Sunday of Advent
Sun 22nd 8.00am Mass - 4th Sunday of Advent
Tues 24th 7.30pm Carol Service
8.00pm Night Mass of Christmas (Readings of Midnight Mass)
Wed 25th 8.00am Mass of Christmas Day (Readings of the Day Mass)
Thurs 26th 8.30am Mass – Feast of St Stephan
Fri 27th 8.30am Mass – St John
Sat 28th 5.00pm Mass - Feast of the Holy Family
Sun 29th 8.00am Mass - Feast of the Holy Family
Mon 30th NO MASS
Tues 31st 7.00pm Vigil Mass - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Wed 01st 10.00am Mass - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Thurs 02nd 8.30am Mass
Fri 03rd 8.15am Mass

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Arcadia, Port Elizabeth

Tuesday 24th Dec: Vigil mass: 7:30 pm
Wednesday 25th Dec: Christmas day mass: 8 am.
Tuesday 31st Dec: New Year's Eve mass: 7:30 pm
Wednesday 1st January 2020: New Year's Day Mass: 8 am. (Mary, Mother of God).

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Malabar
Christmas Eve: Christmas carols at 9pm - Vigil Mass will be at 10pm
Christmas Day: Mass at 9am
31 December: 6:30pm Thanksgiving Mass for the end of the year
1 January: Mass at 9am. (Mary, Mother of God).

St Martin de Porres, Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth
Tuesday 24th December Christmas Eve, Mass at 8.00pm
Wednesday 25th December Mass at 9.00am.

Port Alfred Area

St James, Port Alfred
Tues. 24 Dec: Carols: 17:15; Mass 18:00
Wed. 25 Dec: Carols: 07:30; Mass 08:00

St Thomas, Port Alfred
Tues. 24 Dec: 19:30
Wed. 25 Dec: 09:30

St Anthony, Bushmans River
Tues. 24 Dec: 22:30
Wed. 25 Dec: 07:30

Sacred Heart, Alexandria
Sun. 22 Dec: 09:30
Wed. 25 Dec: 09:30

Grahamstown Area

St Patrick’s
Christmas Day at 8.00 am

St Mary’s
Christmas Eve at 8.30 PM
Christmas Day at 10.00

St Joseph's Joza
Christmas Day at 8.30 Am

St Peter Claver
Christmas Day at 10.30an

East London Area

St Bernard's, Gonubie, East London

24th December: 7.30pm Carols; 8.00pm Holy Mass
25th December: Carols 8.30am; 9.00am Holy Mass

St. Peter's Church - Kei Mouth
24th December: Holy Mass at 11.30am

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Parish, Cambridge, East London

24th Tuesday: 10.30pm. Carol singing and 11.00 pm Holy Mass
25th Wednesday Holy Mass at 8.15am

Immaculate Conception, East London

CHRISTMAS EVE 24 DECEMBER: Christmas Carols will begin at 8.30pm followed with Mass at 9.00pm.
CHRISTMAS DAY 25 DECEMBER: Christmas Mass at 9am.
THURSDAY 26 DECEMBER: Mass at 9.00am (NOT AT 6.30AM)
FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER: Mass at 9.00am (NOT AT 5.30PM)
NEW YEAR’S EVE 31 DECEMBER: New Year’s Eve Mass at 6.00pm
NEW YEAR’S DAY 1 JANUARY: New Year’s Day Mass at 9.00am

Christmas Rock
CHRISTMAS EVE 24 DECEMBER: Christmas Carols will begin at 5.30pm followed by Mass at 6.00pm.

St Patrick's, Vincent, East London

Tuesday 24th 7.30pm Carols  for 8.00pm Mass
Wednesday 25th 7.30am Carols for 8.00am Mass

Holy Spirit Parish, Stirling/Nahoon, East London

22nd Sunday Mass – 8.30
24th – Christmas Eve – 17.30
25th – Christmas Day – 8.30

Uitenhage Area

St Anthony's (Cannon Street Blikkiesdorp): 
Christmas Eve: 21h00 

 St Joseph's, Baird Street
Christmas Day: 08h30

 Marymount, Dalton Avenue
 Christmas Day: 09h30 (Xhosa/English)

Holy Family, KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage
Christmas Day: Mass @10.00 a.m.

Adelaide/Somerset East Area

St. Monica’s - Vigil Mass @ 19:00 Dec 24

Fort Beaufort:
St. Michael’s 08:30am Morning Mass Dec 25

St. Joseph: 10:30 Mass of the Day Dec 25

St. Patricks: 10:30 Xmas Communion service Dec 25

Somerset East-
Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, cnr of Beaufort & Henry Streets: 
All Sundays Masses at 8 am 
Christmas Eve- Midnight Mass at 10.30 pm 
Christmas Day- Mass at 8 am 

Mater Dei, New Years Day Mass at 9 am 

St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Hope Street
Christmas Eve- Vigil Mass at 5 pm (24 Dec. 2019) 
Mater Dei for New Years- Mass at 5 pm (31 Dec. 2019)
Sunday Masses are at 10.30 am

King William's Town Area

Sacred Heart Parish, King William's Town
24/12/2019: 10:30 pm - Christmas Eve
25/12/2019: 8:15 am - Christmas Day
31/12/2019: 6:00 pm - Thanksgiving Mass
1/01/2020: New Year - Mass/Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

St. Andrew's
24/12/2019: 7: 00 pm - Christmas Eve
31/12/2019: 6:00 pm - Thanksgiving Mass

Good Shepherd
25/12/2019: 10:00 am - Christmas

adventThe Season of Advent starts on the weekend of the 1st of December this year. 

For the 2019 Advent Appeal I would like to ask you to donate to the “Ongoing Formation of Clergy Fund”.  .  

Priestly formation begins in the seminary and obviously should not end there, it should rather be a lifelong process.  Lifelong learning/renewal of the Clergy should be essential for the effective ministry of our Clergy for the benefit of the people of God.  

Ongoing formation programmes and activities organised and promoted by the Diocese during 2019:  Further study at university level, Professional Conduct workshops, Orientation workshops for new Priests, SACOP – The Southern African Council of Priests, Marriage Tribunal training, Coolock renewal programme for Priests over 10 years in ministry, Exorcism Workshops, Annual Gathering of Recently Ordained Priests (AGROP) for all those Priests in ministry for five years and below, Ecumenism workshops, Vocations workshops, Child Protection Officers four-month course attended by one of our Priests in Rome, Annual Clergy Retreat, Annual Clergy Plenary Meeting, Aspirant Diaconate training and Sabbaticals.   

I appeal to your continued support and generosity in assisting me with the ongoing formation of the Clergy in the Diocese of Port Elizabeth.  

May God bless you and your loved ones as you prepare for the Birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  

Bishop Vincent Mduduzi Zungu.



A number of parishes have submitted their Holy Week Schedules.


Parishes are shown in the order in which the information was received.


St Augustine's Cathedral

Saturday 13th April, 5.30pm - Palm Sunday
Sunday, 14th April , 9.30am - Palm Sunday
Thursday 18th April , 6.00pm Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Friday 19th April , 2.00pm Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday 20th April  6.30pm Holy Saturday Vigil - Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection
Sunday 21st April 9.30am Easter Sunday - Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection

Kouga Catholic Community (Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay)

Palm Sunday April  25th: St Clare of Assisi; Jeffreys Bay.  09h00
Holy Thursday, April  29th: St Clare of Assisi; Jeffreys Bay. 18h00
Good Friday, April 30th: St Francis of Assisi; Humansdorp. 15h00
Easter Vigil, (Sat) April  31st  St Clare of Assisi; Jeffreys Bay. Mass: 18h30
Easter Sunday  (Sun) April  21st St Francis of Assisi; HumansdorpMass: 09h30

Mater Dei, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth

Sunday, 14th April  - Palm Sunday - 8.00am Sunday, (only)
Tuesday, 16th April  (Holy Week) - Chrism Mass at St Augustine's: 11.00am
Wednesday, 17th April  (Holy Week) - 8.30am
Thursday, 18th April - Holy Thursday - 6.30pm (only)
Friday, 19th April  - Good Friday - 10.00am (Stations) & 3.00pm
Saturday, 20th April  - Easter Vigil - 10.00am (Morning Prayers) & 6.30pm
Sunday, 1st April- Resurrection of the Lord - 9.00am

Immaculate Conception. East London

Holy Thursday – 18th April - 6.30pm
Good Friday - 19th April Children’s Service 10.00am & Passion Service 3.00pm
Easter Saturday - 20th April – 7.00pm
Easter Sunday - 21st April – 7.45am and 10.15am

San Francesco Catholic Church, Chalo, Port Elizabeth

Holy Thursday : 18th April: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm
Good Friday : 19th April: Children’s Stations of the Cross at 10am
                                        Adults Stations of the Cross in Matthew and Martin Streets  at 1:30pm                                       
                                        Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm
Holy Saturday : 20th April: Easter Vigil at 7pm
Easter Sunday : 21st April: Mass at 9am
There will be no Mass at 8:30am on Holy Thursday & Good Friday
There will be no confession on Holy Saturday

St Bernadette's, Walmer, Port Elizabeth

18:30: Confessions
19:00: Mass of the Last Supper (Choir)
Until 23:45: Compline (night prayer - use Fordyce Road entrance)

09:00 - 12:0O: Confessions
10:30: Stations of the Cross
15:00: Commemoration of the Lords Passion (Choir)

09:00 - 10:00: Confessions
18:30: Confessions
19:00: Easter Vigil (Choir)

06:40: Confessions
07:00: Holy Mass (Hymns)
08:00: Confessions
08:30: Holy Mass (Choir)
09:40: Confessions
10:00: Holy Mass (Extraordinary Form)

Sacred Heart, Kabega, Port Elizabeth

Mon 15th: 08.30 Mass
Tues 16th: 11.00 Chrism Mass and Renewal of Priestly Commitment – St Augustine’s Cathedral
Wed 17th: 17.30 Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction and Confession
18.30 Holy Mass with Anointing/Laying-on of Hands
TRIDUUM / Holy Three Days
Thurs 18th: 19.00 Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Night Vigil until Midnight (watch and pray)
Fri 19th: 10.00 Morning Prayer at the Altar of Repose in the Community Centre
14.00 Stations of the Cross leading into15.00 The Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord
Sat 20th: 10.00 Morning Prayer at the Altar of Repose in the Community Centre
18.30 (note time change) The Great Easter Vigil: Ceremonies of Fire, Light and Water with the 1st Mass of Easter – Alleluia!
Sun 21st: 08.00 The Resurrection of Our Lord


Holy Week:

Palm Sunday:
St Patrick’s 8.00
St Joseph’s Joza: 9.30
St Mary’s 10.00

Reconciliation Service St Patrick’s 6.30 pm

St Mary’s: 6.00 pm

St Patrick’s 1.15 pm

St Peter Claver 5.00 pm;
St Mary’s 6.00 pm

Good Friday
St Patrick’s 10.00 am
St Joseph: 3.00 pm
St Mary’s 3.00 pm

Holy Saturday:
St Peter Claver: 9.00 pm
St Mary’s: 6.00 pm

Easter Sunday:
St Peter Claver: 7.00
St Patrick’s: 8.00
St Mary’s: 10.00

St Patrick's East London

Holy Week & Easter:
Palm Sunday 8.00am & 5.30pm;
Holy Thursday18th Apr 6.00pm;
Good Friday – Stations of the Cross 9.00am and Passion Service 3.00pm;
Saturday 20th – Easter Vigil 7.00pm;
Easter Sunday Morning Mass only @ 8.00am ( No evening Mass).

Holy Redeemer, East London

Palm Sunday Mass at 8h00. 
Holy Thursday Mass  at 16h00, 
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: 10h00; Service of our Lord's Passion: 15h00 
Easter Virgil Mass Saturday at 17h00, 
Easter Sunday Mass at 8h00

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Parish, Cambridge, East London.

Holy Thursday - 06:00 pm (Washing of the feet and recommissioning of Eucharistic Ministers)
Good Friday - 10:00 pm Stations of the Cross 
                      - 03:00 pm Veneration of the Cross
Easter Vigil - 06:00 pm
Easter Sunday - 08:15 am

St Martin de Porres, Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth

Holy Week Masses

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Morning Mass at 6.00am
Wednesday Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm
Holy Thursday at 7.00pm
Good Friday at 3.00pm
Easter Vigil at 7.00pm
Easter Sunday at 9.00am

St Kevin's, Windvogel, Port Elizabeth

Palm Sunday procession 9 am, mass commences at 9:30 am
Holy Thursday mass; 18:30 pm
Good Friday Service: 15:00 pm
Stations of the cross on Good Friday  @ 9:00 am
Adorations on Good Friday from 10 am – 3 pm
Easter Vigil: 17:00pm
Easter Sunday: 9: 30 am

Holy Spirit Church, Nahoon, East London

Palm Sunday at 8.00am
Holy Thursday – 5.00pm.
Good Friday – Stations at 10.00am.
                       Veneration at 3.00pm.
Easter Saturday – Vigil at 5.30pm.
Easter Sunday – Holy Mass at 8.30am.

St James, Schauderville, Port Elizabeth

Palm Sunday – 8:30am
Holy Thursday (Triduum) at 7pm
Good Friday Service starts at 1:30pm
Easter Vigil – 6pm
Easter Sunday – 9am

Our Lady of the Assumption, Somerset East

Palm Sunday- Mass at 7.30 am 
Holy Thursday- Mass at 6 pm  Confessions from 4.30 to 5.30 pm
Good Friday- Service of the Passion at 3 pm  Confessions from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
Easter Sunday at 7.30 am 

St John the Baptist, Bedford

Palm Sunday - Mass at 10.30 am 
Wednesday for Holy Thursday at 6 pm 
Good Friday -Service of the Passion at 9 am  
Easter Sunday - Mass at 10.30 am 

baptisedExtraordinary Month of Mission

One hundred years ago, Pope Benedict XV released the encyclical Maximum Illud, which called on Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes). To commemorate this anniversary, Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples.

Revitalise, renew, reawaken

For the four weeks of October 2019, the Holy Father has approved four themes:

  • A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church
  • The witness of missionary saints and martyrs.
  • Biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation for mission.
  • Missionary charity as a commitment to support the Church’s missionary activity and communities too poor to support themselves, through Missio.

Through these dimensions, the Holy Father invites us to renew and reawaken our commitment to mission.

Personal Encounter with Jesus Christ Alive in the Church

“Celebrating this (Extraordinary Missionary) month will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism….

Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life…. This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always: you are a mission, always; every baptised man and woman is a mission…. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love…. From eternity (God) has destined each of His children to share in His divine and eternal life (cf. Eph 1:3-6).”

The Church invites us to set a personal “Mission Goal” for the month of October,

For example:

#MyMission is to feed the hungry.

#MyMission is to proclaim and witness Jesus Christ through the Gospel.

Laudato Si’ Lenten Reflection booklets 2019

These Lenten Reflections have been drawn up by the different departments of the Southern African Bishops’ Conference.  The format is simple to follow, using the Scriptures and references to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si to aid our reflections.  Focusing mainly on a change of heart in the way we relate to each other and to creation.

The booklets are R15 each and are available in all three official languages of the Diocese.  Please place your orders with Rebecca Huntly: secretary@catholic-pe.co.za or call 041 373 2854

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