arch CTLetter from Bishop Sylvester David OMI

Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town

To all the Faithful in the Archdiocese of Cape Town

It is with great sadness and alarm that we confirm the news that has been doing the rounds on Social Media viz. that the Cathedral had been vandalized and that a ciborium, a pyx, four silver candelabra, a gold plated chalice, and two gold plated patens have been stolen together with some money from the votive candles box. The consecrated hosts from the ciborium have been left inside the tabernacle but the host from the pyx has been removed. There has been desecration.

Although we are victims in this case, reparation has to be done and so we request all the faithful in the Archdiocese to join in with the Cathedral parishioners and to engage in the prayer which will soon be sent out to the Parish priests for distribution. It is important that the entire local Church engage in this as the Cathedral is the Mother church. This prayer does not replace other daily prayers but supplements them.

A further act of reparation is optional, but strongly recommended viz. those who have the means are asked to make an extra contribution to the account set up to feed the poor. The details are as follows:

Bank: Standard Bank

A/c name: Archdiocese of Cape Town Collections

A/c Number: 070248036

Branch name: Thibault Square

Branch code: 051001

For those who require it this is a current account.


We wish to thank you for the many expressions of the faith especially during this difficult time of the shutdown and wish you a meaningful Easter season.


Bishop Sylvester David OMI

VG: Archdiocese of Cape Town

Blessed Sacrament soft edgeMy Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,  and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.


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.

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

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.

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