A number of parishes have submitted their Christmas Schedules.
A link is provided with each one to that parish's Directory entry for contact details, maps etc. - click on the name of the church for these details.
Christmas Eve - Sunday 24th December: Carols 8.00pm followed by Mass 8.30pm
Christmas Day - Monday 25th December Mass 9.30am
Feast of Holy Family - Saturday 30th December Mass 5.30pm; Sunday 31st December Mass 9.30am
Mary, Mother of God - Monday 1st January Mass 9.30pm
Throughout the Year - Saturday Vigil Mass 5.30pm; Sunday Morning Mass 9.30am
Kouga Catholic Community (Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay)
Sunday, 24th December – 4th Sunday of Advent - 8.00am
Christmas Eve; 8.30pm Carols - 9.00pm - Vigil Mass
Monday, 25th December - Nativity of Christ 9.00am
No Masses- 27th, 28th and 29th December 2017
Sunday, 31st December – Holy Family - 8.00am; 5.30pm
Monday, 1st January 2018 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - 9.00am
SUNDAY 24th, CHRISTMAS EVE:
Exposition and Benediction 17:30
Vigil Mass: 18:00
Carol Service: 22:30
MONDAY 35th: CHRISTMAS DAY
CHRISTMAS SEASON PROGRAM
Wed 20th 5.30pm Adoration & Benediction with confessions; 6.30pm Healing Mass
Thurs 21st 6.30am Mass
Fri 22nd 8.30am Mass
Sat 23rd 5.00pm Mass
Sun 24th 8.00am Mass
Sun 24th 8.00pm Night Mass of Christmas
Mon 25th 8.00am Mass of Christmas Day
Tues 26th 8.30am Mass
Wed 27th 8.30am Mass
Thurs 28th 8.30am Mass – Feast of the Holy Innocents
Fri 29th 8.30am NO MASS
Sat 30th 5.00pm Mass – Feast of the Holy Family
Sun 31st 8.00am Mass – Feast of the Holy Family
Mon 01st 10.00am Mass – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Tues 02nd 8.30am Mass
Saturday 23 December: 5pm Vigil Mass for Sunday at St Rita's & Sunday 24 December: 8am Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent at St Joseph's
Christmas Eve: Vigil Mass Sun 24 Dec at St. Joseph’s @ 8pm
Christmas Day: Monday 25 December: 8am @ St Joseph’s, 10:30 @ St Rita’s
Saturday 30 December: 5pm Vigil Mass at St Rita's; Sunday 31 December 8am Mass of the Holy Family at St Joseph's
Old Year’s Eve Mass at St. Rita’s @ 7pm (Vigil of Mary, Mother of God)
Mon 1 Jan 2018: Mass at St. Joseph’s @ 9am (Mary, Mother of God)
Children’s Celebration of the Three Kings: Sat 6 Jan 9am: Waiting for the Kings;
Sun 7 Jan after Epiphany Mass: Celebration of the Three Kings. All children welcome!
Christmas Eve, 24 Dec. 2017 Midnite Mass at 10.30 pm;
St Stephen- 26 Dec. 9 am,
St John- 27 Dec. 5.30 pm;
Holy Innocents- 28 Dec. 9 am;
St Thomas Becket- 5.30 pm;
Holy Family- 31 Dec. 8 am & Mater Dei-1 Jan. 2018 at 9 am.
Christmas Day- 25 Dec, 8 am;
St John- 27 Dec. 9.30 am
Holy Family- 31 Dec. at 10.30 am.
24th Dec 6:00 pm
25th Dec 7:30 am
31st Dec 7:30 am
24th December: 7.30pm Carols; 8.00pm Holy Mass
25th December: Carol 8.30am; 9.00am Holy Mass
St. Peter's Church - Kei Mouth
24th December, Sunday. Holy Mass at 11.30am
24 December 2017 at 9.00am - fourth Sunday of Advent
24 December 2017 at 6.00pm - Christmas Vigil Mass starting with Carols
25 December 2017 at 9.00am - Christmas Day Mass
31 December 2017 at 9.00am - Holy Family Mass
31 December 2017 at 7.00pm - “Midnight Mass”
CHRISTMAS EVE: Christmas Carols will begin at 8.00pm followed with Mass at 8.30pm.
CHRISTMAS DAY: Christmas Day Mass will be at 9am.
NEW YEAR’S DAY: New Year’s Day Mass will be at 9am.
Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve, Christmas Carol Service starts at 8.00pm followed by Mass.
Monday 25th December Mass at 9.00am.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Arcadia, Port Elizabeth
Christmas Vigil Mass: 7.pm.
Christmas Day Mass: 8 am
24th: Christmas Carols 11:30pm and Midnight Mass 12 midnight
25th: Christmas Day - 9am Mass
1st January - 9am Mass
20th Dec 2017 Wednesday Evening Carols by Candle Light at 6:30pm
24th Dec 2017 Sunday Morning Mass at 9:30 am
24th Dec 2017 Christmas Eve Vigil starts with Carols at 8pm, Mass will follow from 9pm
25th Dec 2017 Christmas Morning Mass at 9:30 am
Sunday 24th: 7.30pm Carols; 8pm Mass
Monday 25th: 7.30am Carols; 8am Mass
No evening Mass.
31st December 2017: Mass Times as normal - 8.00am & 5.30pm
1st January 2018: Mass 9.00am.
Next weekend, the 2nd and 3rd of December, we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent.
This year the Bishop has chosen the Clergy Benevolent Fund as the beneficiary.
“The Clergy Benevolent Fund takes care of the various needs of the Clergy, especially those who are retired over a long period. It is compassionate and humanitarian in nature. This year, (2017) five of our priests retired gracefully, bringing the total number of retired Clergy in our Diocese to thirteen. Three of those are in Ireland.
“Due to the critical shortage of vocations to the priesthood, many of our retired priests continue to minister full time to the best of their ability and as far as their health permits.
“Some make themselves available for part-time supplies, they offer mentoring and share their valuable wealth of knowledge and experience with our recently ordained priests. Some also make themselves available for spiritual direction and assistance to individuals and different lay movements and sodalities, others offer special courses and retreats- the list is just endless.
“In fact the Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth would be greatly disadvantaged and impoverished without them. The Clergy Benevolent Fund also helps mitigate the expenses of poorer parish communities.
“The Directory for the Pastoral Care of Bishops says: ‘Assisted by his regional Vicars, the Bishop should seek to anticipate and to resolve any human or spiritual difficulties that priests might experience. He should come lovingly to the help of any priest who finds himself in a difficult situation, especially the sick, the elderly, and the poor, so that they all sense the joy of their vocation, with gratitude towards their Shepherd. When they are sick, the Bishop should comfort them with a visit or at least with a letter or a telephone call, and should ensure that they receive proper material and spiritual assistance. When they die, their funerals should be celebrated by the Bishop himself, if at all possible, or else by his representative.’
“Your valuable contribution to the Clergy Benevolent Fund will certainly go a long way towards empowering and assisting me to fulfil my daunting but joyful responsibility of looking after our Beloved priests who have distinguished themselves for many years at your service.
“May the Lord Jesus Christ, who came so that we may all have life to the full bless you abundantly and reward you a hundred fold for your generosity!”
+ Vincent Zungu OFM
“Caritas is rooted in the faith of the church in charity. It spreads itself within the wider mandate of the ordered service of charity in a given community (diocese, parish, small Christian community) under the leadership of the Local Bishop.”
From the 19th to the 23rd of June, Alberto and I attended the SACBC Caritas workshop at the Padre Pio Conference Centre in Rietvlei, Pretoria. It was conducted by Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Africa. The purpose of the workshop was to find the best way of implementing the Caritas Management Systems for all the charity activities operating under the Catholic Church in the SACBC region. The SACBC has mandated each Diocese to introduce and set up Caritas within three years. There is a lot of work ahead but once Caritas is established we are sure it will be highly beneficial to our Diocese.
(Photo from L to R: R. Huntly, Sr. Hermenigild Makoro, Fr. Patrick Rakeketsi, A. Trobec and Bishop Duncan Tsoke).
On Sunday the 25th June Bishop Vincent attended the SACBC launch of the Celebration of 200 years of the official Foundation of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa. The launch was hosted by the Archdiocese of Cape Town, where the Catholic Church first started in 1818. Archbishop Stephen Brislin was the main celebrant, accompanied by more than 10 Bishops including the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter Wells. The Celebration ended with the reading of a message From Pope Francis by His Excellency Archbishop Peter Wells, wishing the best for the Church in Southern African. Special Candles were blessed during the celebration and will be sent to the SACBC Cathedrals as a sign of unity of the Church in Southern Africa. These candles will be lit during liturgical celebrations during this year of celebrating the foundation of faith in Southern Africa.
O God, sanctify us, your Church in Southern Africa and pour out the gifts of your Spirit upon us, who have been consecrated to you in baptism.
Increase our faith that we may never cease to give thanks for your infinite treasures of mercy and goodness.
Root us in your Son Jesus Christ, that with hearts burning with desire to fulfil your will, we may share the joy, peace and abundance of life he gives us.
Open our hearts to each other and remove our prejudices that the walls of injustice and division which your Son has destroyed may give way to the healing of the ethnic, racial and unjust divisions of our painful past.
Let the bright sun of hope never set on our communities of faith, as we endeavour to follow always the example of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, by consecrating our lives to the service of our brothers and sisters.
St Mary’s Cathedral in Cape Town in the late 19th century.
On Wednesday 9th August, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish held a Mass in honour of Woman’s Day. After the Mass all the ladies went for a walk, then they returned to the Parish for a scrumptious breakfast. Two of the ladies from the Chancery attended, Inez Harper and Denise Steenkamp and they reported back that it has been a beautiful Mass followed by great fellowship and comradery. Thank you to all at Mother of Perpetual Help for arranging such a special morning for the ladies! And thank you for the invitation to join in the celebrations!
Inez & Denise on the Woman’s Day walk.
The production of Fr Paul Fahy’s book began about nine months ago, joyously and full of excitement. Fr Paul was very excited about the project and deposited tons of material on me, for possible inclusion in the book. Sadly, it ended in a way none of us could have predicted. However, I feel that the book has even greater relevance now than ever before – hopefully it does his life justice.
It ended up on 126 pages, and I received the last bit of material from Fr Paul during his last weekend here in the Kouga. A final chapter about his last days and the funeral has been added. In all, the book contains just under 300 photographs, plus numerous tributes, and his own reflection on his ministry.
I have compiled a video preview of the book, which you can see below. As you will see from the preview, all the Fr Paul’s Pastoral assignments in the Diocese are covered, and there is quite an extensive chapter depicting his clerical colleagues and friends over the years.
The book is in full colour throughout, and is in softcover A4 format.
Should you like to have one, the book costs R250 (excluding postage) and I can either invoice you (email me at this address), or you can actually order and pay for the book online at http://www.kouga-catholic-church.co.za/.
Books will be available for collection at the Chancery, Sacred Heart Kabega. Or here in the Kouga. If you would like me to invoice you, please include a delivery address or indicate if you will be picking it up at one of those points.
I have to close orders for the book by October 15th in order to get it printed before the December Holidays, so your cooperation in getting your orders back to me is truly appreciated.
Thank you and God Bless
This year, Bible Sunday will be celebrated on 27th August 2017.
To assist parishes and outstations in our Diocese prepare for this important celebration in the calendar of the Church, we attach an electronic copy of this year’s Bible Sunday booklet and the SACBC resolution on Bible Sunday. The booklet contains all the information, prayers, readings etc for the day.
Bible Sunday posters will also be distributed.
Further, we welcome any photographs and or short videos of the Celebration which will be sent to the Catholic Bible Foundation and put on our website.