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.



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 

ordinationCalled to Serve

Rev. Runaine Radine

On Heritage Day, 24 September 2018 Bishop Zungu ordained three transitory deacons for our diocese. This occasion was marked by noble simplicity. Processing into a packed St Augustine’s Cathedral, to the signing of that appropriate hymn, “Holy God we praise Thy Name”, together with my fellow ordinands, Patrick Misomali and Xolile Mafu, was a moving experience, especially after each of our unique journeys. In my case, having spent eight long uninterrupted years in formation, not without its fair share of challenges, this moment felt like the fulfilment of an era and the opening of another more exciting one. It was a celebration of the community, with the presence of people from all the areas of our lives, beloved family, friends, past educators, parishioners of our home parishes as well the communities in which we currently serve. All gathered around the Altar with the Bishop and clergy of PE diocese and beyond.

Those Catholics who were “schooled” prior to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) often speak about the seven steps to priesthood/preparatory stages in the reception of sacred orders: the tonsure, the minor orders (offices of porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte), and the major orders (subdiaconate, diaconate, and the priesthood).

Pope Paul VI, now Saint, in his Apostolic Letter, Ministeria Quaedam (of 15 August 1972), addresses the first tonsure, minor orders, and the subdiaconate, which were closely related to the liturgical celebration (word and altar) and the practice of charity from the earliest times in the history of the Church. The Pope suppressed the first tonsure and renamed minor orders as ministries. Furthermore, having suppressed the subdiaconate, only the ministry of lector and acolyte are retained in the Latin Church and these ministries can now be conferred, by institution rather than ordination, on both those men who are candidates for holy orders as well as those who are not. Nonetheless, candidates for ordination as deacons and priests must receive the ministries of lector and acolyte prior to ordination (as we do prior to the pastoral internship at St John Vianney Seminary). Since ministries are no longer strictly reserved to the clergy but are opened to lay Christians, four categories of ministries have emerged:

(i) hierarchic ministry of the ordained – bishop, priest, and deacon (the permanent diaconate was restored by Pope Paul VI in “Ad Pascendum” of 15 August 1972)
(ii) instituted (lector and acolyte)
(iii) deputised (e.g. readers, special ministers of Holy Communion)
(iv) recognised ministries (such as commentator, altar server, etc).

The aim of this reflection is to consider in greater depth the Order of the Diaconate, by which men become members of the clergy. If this is the final step to the priesthood, it is certainly a step down, in the sense that a deacon is a servant (from diakonia in Greek). Indeed, from its origins, deacons were typically servants; they were the assistants of the bishop and involved in a great diversity of services. The Acts of the Apostles (6:1-7) relays a prime example of this ministry which arose out of the needs of the local church. The duties associated with this new ministry would entail serving at the tables while the Apostles would continue to devote themselves ‘to prayer and the service of the word’ (v.4) to the faithful who were ever-increasing in number.

The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium), of the Second Vatican Council, explains the meaning of the diaconate as follows: ‘At a lower level of the hierarchy are deacons, upon whom hands are imposed "not unto the priesthood, but unto a ministry of service.” For strengthened by sacramental grace, in communion with the bishop and his group of priests they serve in the diaconate of the liturgy, of the word, and of charity to the people of God (LG 29). In his homily during the Mass of Ordination, Bishop Zungu explained this key understanding of the diaconate as a ministry of service. Going through the Rite of Ordination itself, will illustrate this aspect:

Ordination, which takes place during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, begins after the Gospel, with the calling of the candidates by a deacon. Following this, the candidates are presented to the Bishop. This was done by Fr Peter Whitehead, who is responsible in our diocese for seminarians and their formation. He was thus in a privileged position to respond to the rather direct question of the Bishop, “Do you judge them to be worthy?” His testimony allows the bishop to elect the candidates for the Order of Deacons to which the people consent, “Thanks be to God.”

After exhorting the candidates in the homily, the rite of ordination continues with a series of questions, pertaining to the life and ministry of deacons, which expresses the free will with which we approach this order. In our case, since we are transitioning to the priesthood, and therefore unmarried, we make a public commitment to celibacy, “as a sign of...interior dedication to Christ...for the sake of the kingdom and in lifelong service to God and mankind.” The response of the bishop to this commitment shows that it cannot be done without the help of God’s grace: “May the Lord help you to persevere in this commitment.”

The Examination of the Candidates underscores essential elements of the office of deacons: humility and love; assisting the bishop and the priests; serving the people of Christ; prayer (especially the Liturgy of the Hours) - all of this in imitation of Christ - who came not to be served but to serve (cf. Mark 10:45).
At this point, each individual candidate approaches the Bishop in order to make a Promise of Obedience, by placing his hands into that of his “father”. It is worth mentioning here that we are members of the secular clergy (diocesan clergy) who are attached to a diocese under the direct authority of the diocesan bishop unlike religious clergy (such as Franciscans/Domincans) who belong to their religious order.

The Litany of the Saints comes at the right time – with all these kinds of commitments – we now need the prayers of Our Lady and all the saints! The candidates prostrate during this part, a sign of their resolve.

Then comes the essential element of ordination, the Laying on of hands and Prayer of Ordination, for a candidate is ordained for the Church's ministry by the laying on of hands and the gift of the Holy Spirit. For diaconate ordination only the Bishop imposes hands, in silence. If this ministry is received kneeling, it says something about how it is sustained through dependence on God’s grace, in prayer and the sacraments.

The Prayer of Ordination acknowledges that the Father enriches the Church of Jesus Christ with a variety of ministries through the Holy Spirit. The threefold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons, closely associated with divine worship, has been established for the glory of God’s name. It traces the origins of the diaconate in the scriptures, beginning with the selection of Levi’s sons for the ministry of the tabernacle. After recalling the institution of the diaconate in the early Church, for the service of tables, the Holy Spirit is invoked, so that the ordinand may carry out the ministry faithfully, “excel in every virtue; in love that is sincere, in concern for the sick and the poor, in unassuming authority, in self-discipline, and in holiness of life.” This prayer brings together everything that is expected of deacons.

What follows are the explanatory rites, since they show how the minister will carry out the order just received, such as the investiture with Stole and Dalmatic. I asked Fr Max Salsone, who celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his own priestly ordination a few years ago, to vest me since he was the one who baptised me as an infant. Then, for one who “resolved to hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience, as the Apostle urges, and to proclaim this faith in word and action as it is taught by the Gospel and the Church's tradition”, the Presentation of the Book of the Gospels is significant, not only because a deacon primarily reads the Gospel during Mass but because he is to believe what he reads, teach what he believes, and practice what he teaches.

The duties of all deacons include, proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily, assisting the priest at Mass, administering Baptism, distributing Holy Communion. He may also preside over funeral and burial services, act as the official witness at weddings, administer sacramentals and bless articles of popular devotion. His pastoral ministry may include bringing Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, preparing the faithful for the sacraments, and so forth. Furthermore, ‘dedicated to duties of charity and of administration, let deacons be mindful of the admonition of Blessed Polycarp: "Be merciful, diligent, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who became the servant of all"’ (LG 29). Charitable works, especially the Works of Mercy, must be part of the deacon’s life.

Since this is the final “step” to the priesthood, for PE diocese’s recently ordained transitory deacons, we can only pray: May God who has begun the good work in us bring it to fulfilment. Amen.

Picture :L to R: Rev. P.Misomali, Bishop Vincent Zungu OFM, R. Rev. Radine & Rev. X. Mafu

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: or call 041 373 2854

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Join us as we grapple with this issue and look for ways to bring about change that will help improve the lives of so many in our city and Country.

You are invited to join the discussion on poverty with Dr Nonthando Hadebe and Prof Janet Cherry on Thursday the 29th November, at St Augustine’s Cathedral’s MacSherry Hall from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. 

Please feel free to share with people whom you think may be interested.

It is open to all denominations and all who have an interest in overcoming poverty.

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