News from the Chancery Offices - August/September 2017

Rebecca Huntly

caritas“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).

ctcathedralBicentenary of Catholic Church in South Africa

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.

womensdayWomen's Day Celebration

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.

biblesundayBible Sunday - August 27th      

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.

Click HERE to down load the eBook, and HERE to download the Resolution

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.

100 Year Celebration of the Apparitions at Fatima    

Bishop Vincent Zungu and Fr Peter Whitehead will be leading a  Pilgrimage from Port Elizabeth Diocese to be a part of the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of the Apparitions at Fatima. 

The Pilgrimage will take place from May 10th - May 17th 2017, and includes the celebrations of the Anniversay on May 13th, at which Pope Francis will be present. 

Price is R30 995 per person.

The pilgrimage is being organised by Micasa Tours, and more information contact them at

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A number of parishes have submitted their Holy Week 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.

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

St Augustine's Cathedral

Tuesday 11th April: 6.30pm Meditation on the Seven Last Words: Pierre Malan and his string quartet lead Hayden’s musical meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus. All are welcome. No cover charge. 
Thursday 13th April 6.30pm Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Friday 14th April 2.00pm Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday 15th April 6.30pm Holy Saturday Vigil - Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection
Sunday 16th April 9.30am Easter Sunday - Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection

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

Palm Sunday: St Clare of Assisi; Jeffreys Bay. Procession 09h00; Mass 09h30
Holy Thursday: St Clare of Assisi, Jeffreys Bay Mass: 18h30
Good Friday: St Francis of Assisi; Humansdorp. Service: 15h00
Easter Vigil Mass: St Clare of Assisi; Jeffreys Bay. Mass: 18h30
Easter Sunday: St Francis of Assisi; Humansdorp. Mass: 09h00

Mater Dei, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth

April 8th: Holy Week rehearsal
Palm Sunday : 8.00 a.m., 5.30 p.m.
Holy Thursday: 8.00 p.m.(Please bring an item of non-perishable food for the poor)
Good Friday: Stations of teh Cross 10.00  Godd Friday service: 3.00 p.m.
Holy Saturday Vigil: 7.30 p.m.(Followed by Bring & Share in the Parish Hall)
Easter Sunday:9.00 a.m. (No Evening Mass)

St Bernadette's, Walmer, Port Elizabeth


Click on the picture to see the full schedule.

Sacred Heart, Kabega, Port Elizabeth

Wednesday 12th: Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction and Confession  - 17h00
                          Holy Mass with Annointing/Laying-on of Hands - 18h30
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 19h00
                       Night Vigil until 9.30pm (watch and pray)
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross - 14h30 leading into
                    The Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord: 15h00
Holy Saturday: The Great Easter Vigil: 18h30
                      Ceremonies of Fire, Light and Water with the 1st Mass of Easter. – Alleluia!
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of Our Lord: 08h00

St Joseph the Worker, Chatty and St Rita's, Bethelsdorp

Palm Sunday: Saturday 8 April: Procession 16h45 and Mass at St Rita's 17h00
                      Sunday 7 April: Procession from Habelgaarn School - 07h30 to Mass at St Joseph's - 08h00 
Holy Thursday 13 April: Mass of the Lord's Supper at St Joseph's - 20h00 
Good Friday 14 April: Celebration of the Passion at the Bethelsdorp Old Age Home - 09h30 ; 
                                Stations of the Cross from Haberlgaarn School - 13h30; 
                                Celebration of the Passion at St Joseph's - 15h00
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at St Joseph's - 20:00
Easter Sunday: Easter Mass at St Joseph's. - 09:00

Our Lady of the Assumption, Somerset East:

Palm Sunday- 7.30 am 
Holy Thursday- 6.30 pm
Good Friday - 2:45 pm
Easter Sunday - 8 am

St John the Baptist, Bedford

Palm Sunday- 10.30 am 
Mass of the Last Supper will be Celebrated on Wednesday Evening at 6 pm
Good Friday- 10 am 
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil at 6.30 pm

St Andrew's Parish, Breidbach, King Williams Town

Reconciliation Serivce: April 6th - 6.00pm
Palm Sunday - 9am
Holy Thursday -  7.00pm
Good Friday - Morning Prayer - 8.00am
                    Passion Adoration Service - 3.00pm
Easter Saturday - Morning Prayer - 8.00am
                         - Vigil Mass - 9.30pm

St Peter’s, Swartkops, Port Elizabeth

Palm Sunday: 8AM
Holy Thursday: 6.30PM
Good Friday: 9AM
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil): 6.30PM
Easter Sunday: 8AM

St Patrick's, Vincent, East London

Palm Sunday: 8.00am & 5.30pm
Holy Thursday: 6.00pm
Good Friday: 3.00pm
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil): 7.00pm
Easter Sunday: 8.00am

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Parish, Cambridge, East London.

Palm Sunday: Vigil: Saturday 8th April: 5.30pm
                      Sunday Mass: 9th April: 8.15am
Holy Thursday: MAss of the Last Supper: 6.00pm
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: 10.00am 
                    Passion Service: 3.00pm.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil: 6.00pm
Easter Sunday: Holy Mass: 8.15 am.

Holy Spirit Parish, Stirling, East London
8th April – Palm Sunday: 8:00 am
13th April - Holy Thursday: 5:30 pm
14th April – Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: 10 am
Passion & Veneration: 3 pm
15th April - Holy Saturday: 6pm
16th April - Easter Sunday: 8:30 am

Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Humewood, Port Elizabeth
Holy Thursday: April 13th - Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7.00pm (Followed By Adoration Of The Blessed Sacrament Until 10.00pm)
Good Friday: April 14th - Celebration Of Our Lord’s Passion And Death - 3.00pm
Holy Saturday: April 15th - Easter Vigil And Holy Mass - 6.00pm
Easter Sunday: April 16th - Mass Of The Resurrection Of Our Lord - 9.00am

St Kevin's, Windvogel, Port Elizabeth
09 April 2017 Palm Sunday: Procession starts at 9am for Mass to commence at 9:30am
13 April 2017 Holy/Maundy Thursday: 7pm
14 April 2017 Stations of the Cross: 10am
Adoration : 11am to 2pm
Good Friday Service : 3pm
15 April 2017 Easter Vigil : 6:30pm
16 April 2017 Easter Sunday : 9:30am

St Bernard's, Gonubie, East London
Palm Sunday 09.00am Blessing of Plam Leaves and procession and Mass
Holy Thursday07.00pm whasing of the feet, Mass and Eucharistic procession and Adoration
Good Friday 09.00am service and stations of the cross for children
3.00pm Good Friday Service
Easter Vigil 07.00pm Mass
Easter 09.00amHoly Mass
11.30am Mass at Kei Mouth

Pawulos Oyingcwele in Motherwell and Holy Name in New Brighton.

On Palm Sunday: St Don Bosco, Church of Resurrection, Holy Name and Pawulos Oyingcwele will be having the Palm Sunday Mass celebration at 10am at Pawulos Oyingcwele.
Holy Thursday: The Mass of the last supper will be celebrated by Pawulos Oyingcwele and Holy Name, at Holy Name, New Brighton at 18:00
Good Friday: Pawulos Oyingcwele and Holy Name will celebrate this service at Pawulos Oyingcwele. We are starting with the last Seven Words of the Lord at 12:00. At 14:00 Stations of the Cross and at 15:00 Service.
Holy Saturday: Pawulos Oyingcwele and Holy Name will celebrate the Easter Vigil at Midnight, this will take place at Pawulos Oyingcwele. Mass finishes at 7am and everybody goes home.

San Francesco Catholic Church, Chalo, Port Elizabeth

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper - 7pm
Good Friday: Children's Stations of the Cross - 10am
Stations of the Cross in the grounds - 2pm
Celebration of the Lord's Passion - 3pm
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil - 7pm
Easter Sunday - Mass - 9am
There will be no Mass at 8.30am on Holy Thursday & Good Friday.
There will be no confessions on Holy Saturday.

Christ the King, East London

Palm Sunday : 10h00
Holy Thursday: 18h00
Good Friday: 10h00
Holy Saturday Vigil: See St Aidan's
Easter Sunday: 08h30

St Aidan's, East London

Palm Sunday : See Christ the King
Holy Thursday: 16h00
Good Friday: See Christ the King
Holy Saturday Vigil: 19h00.
Easter Sunday: 10h30

St Vincent's, Algoa Park, Port Elizabeth

Palm Sunday- 08h00
Holy Thursday- 19h00
Good Friday- Stations of the Cross at 14h00 followed by Holy Mass at 15h00
Easter Saturday Vigil- 19h00
Easter Sunday- 09h00

Immaculate Conception

Palm Sunday 9th April - 7.30am and 10.00am
Holy week Tuesday 11th April  - 5.30pm
Holy Week Wednesday 12th April  - 9.00am
Holy Thursday 13th April  - 6.30pm
Good Friday 14th April – Children’s Service at 10.00am 
                                                Passion Service at 3.00pm
Easter Vigil 15th April - 7.00pm
Easter Sunday 16th April - 7.45am and 10.15am

Nazareth House

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper: 6pm 
Good Friday: Passion Liturgy: 3pm
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil: 6pm

Holy Redeemer, East London

Palm Sunday: Saturday 17h00, Sunday at 7h00.
Holy Thursday: At 16h00.
Good Friday: Stations of the cross at 10h00. Passion Service at 15h00.
Easter Virgil at 17h00
Easter Sunday at 7h00.

Moja Oyingcwele and St Mary's, East London

Palm Sunday at St Mary's at 10h00.
Holy Thursday at Moya at 18h00
Good Friday at Moya at 15h00.
Easter Virgil at St Mary's at 20h00.
Easter Sunday, 9h00 at Moya and 11h00 at St Mary's. 

Holy Family, KwaNobuhle

Palm Sunday: 9 am
Holy Thursday: 6 pm
Good Friday: 1 pm
Easter Vigil: 6 pm
Easter Sunday: 10 am

St. Colmcille's, Kirkwood

Holy Thursday at 7pm.
Good Friday at 3pm
Easter Vigil at 6pm

Christ the King, Addo

Holy Thursday 7pm
Good Friday 3pm
Easter Vigil 6pm

Sacred Heart, Dunbrody

Holy Thursday 7pm at Addo
Good Friday 3pm at Addo
Easter Sunday 10am


Palm Sunday- 08h00
Holy Thursday- 19h00
Good Friday- Stations of the Cross at 14h00 followed by Holy Mass at 15h00
Easer Saturday Vigil- 19h00
Easter Sunday- 09h00

Kimberley 249x300Bishop Abel Gabuza, the chairperson of SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, has cautioned that the current uncertainties around the future of the finance minister and the treasury are not in the interest of the poorest of the poor.
“In the context of the current fragile economy, and given the enormous hardships that the poor are already facing in our country, it is ethically improper of our political leaders to create uncertainties around the treasury and diminish the country’s ability to avert a credit-rating downgrade that would hurt the poor. That is why we are calling on the presidency and the parliament to do more to intervene in the current crisis around the treasury.”
A group of business leaders and academics made similar calls last week.
But President Zuma said on Thursday that, while he has confidence in the finance minister, he could not bring a halt to the probe even if it was negatively affecting the economy.
Bishop Gabuza has however insisted that the President can and should do more.
“We ask the president to intervene in the current impasse in a manner that assures the country that the probe against the finance minister is not politically motivated.”
He added: “As there is a lot at stake for the economy and the poor, we ask the president to offer the country a greater level of assurance that the Hawks’ probe against the finance minister was not initiated as a part of a broader ploy to remove the finance minister from office and weaken treasury’s capacity to fight tender corruption and inefficient governance of state owned enterprises.”
“The statement that the presidency issued last week has failed to offer such a high level of assurance. More needs to be done.”
Gordham is accused for allegedly breaking anti-spying laws by setting up an unauthorized unit at the South African Revenue Service, or SARS, and facilitating a generous early-retirement package for the unit’s leader.
Analysts have argued that the probe of the finance minister is politically motivated and is designed to justify his removal from his post in a broader cabinet reshuffle.
They have also argued that the charges mentioned in the police summons to the finance minister have no basis in facts and in law.
Commenting on this development, Bishop Gabuza has said that “we continue to affirm and emphasize that all South Africans, including the finance ministers, are not above the law.”
At the same time, while, as Church leaders, we do not have the competence to determine the merits and demerits of the alleged criminal case against the finance minister, we strongly caution our political leaders against the use of state agencies and judicial processes to fight their factional battles and advance their narrow interests, without regard to its consequences on the economy and the poor.”
The police summons to Gordhan came just days after the government handed oversight of South Africa’s state-owned enterprises, including the national airline (SAA) and energy company (Eskom), to the president.
This move may make it harder for Gordhan to complete the promised overhaul of the state owned enterprises, which is a part of a broader plan to control government spending and avert a credit-rating downgrade.
One key policy disagreement between the treasury and the presidency has been a plan to build a fleet of nuclear power plants, estimated to cost around $60 billion.
“We wish to state without reserve that we support the finance minister and the treasury in their efforts to clean up tender irregularities and to end inefficient governance of the state owned enterprises, which is a part of a broader plan to avert a credit-rating downgrade. We also support him in his insistence on the need to act in a fiscally responsible manner in relation to the nuclear power plants.” Says Bishop Gabuza.

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