PASTORAL LETTER – June 2016

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BISHOP PASTORAL LETTER JUNE 2016
“CALLED TO TRANSFORMATION, SENT TO EVANGELIZE”
JUNE 2016

1. RENEW AFRICA

After our diocesan consultations in 2015, we identified pastoral challenges and the needs of our diocese. It is now time to come up with a pastoral response. I have identified Renew Africa as a possible pastoral programme to answer of the needs of the diocese.… Read more

PASTORAL LETTER NO 1/16 – April 2016

Bishop Phalana C of A

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KLERKSDORP

PASTORAL LETTER NO 1/16 – APRIL 2016

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
PRAISED BE JESUS CHRIST! NOW AND FOREVER! Amen.
A MORENA JESUS KRESTE A TLOTLISWE, JAANONG LE KA BOSENA BOKHUTLO! Amen.
LAUDETUR JESUS CHRISTUS. IN SAECULA SAECULORUM! AMEN.

GREETINGS. This is my first letter in 2016 and it is a follow up letter to the one dated 20 December 2016.… Read more

THE JUBILEE PRAYER OF MERCY – BY POPE FRANCIS

Lord Jesus Christ,you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;

the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;

made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.… Read more

THE DIOCESE OF KLERKSDORP

MY VISION FOR THE DIOCESE AS I TAKE OVER AS BISHOP (2015)

PROVIDENCE HAS PLACED OUR DIOCESE UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL.

ST PETER: Christ himself gave him a name Cephas or Peter. We, as Catholics, believe that Peter is the Prince of the Apostles. He is the pillar of the faith, the foundation of the Catholic Church, and he received the keys of the Kingdom from our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.… Read more

PASTORIAL LETTER – Jubilee Year of Mercy, 08 December 2015

Bishop Phalana C of A

PASTORAL LETTER: JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY 08 DECEMBER 2015

Jubilee_of_Mercy_logo_smallDear People of God, Klerksdorp Diocese
It is with great joy to announce to you the Jubilee Year of Mercy, declared by His Holiness Pope Francis, starting from the 8th December 2015 – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to November 20, 2016 – the Solemnity of Christ the King (Misericordiea Vultus #5).… Read more

Benedict Daswa a Catechist: A call for the Church’s critical self-introspection

BENEDICT DASWA A CATECHIST:  A CALL FOR THE CHURCH’S  CRITICAL SELF-INTROSPECTION

It is good to note that Benedict Daswa was a catechist. The Church of Southern Africa, including the diocese of Klerksdorp is stronger today, as a result of many catechists who served and evangelized tirelessly in the past.

Bishop Emeritus, Hugh Slattery MSC, in his new book on Benedict Daswa, has this to say about this Servant of God “Nourished by prayer, the Word of God and the regular reception of the Sacraments, Benedict was deeply involved in the life of the parish.… Read more

Prayer for Evangelisation

PRAYER FOR EVANGELISATION

Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the mandate to evangelise.
We need your power for we cannot do it on our own.
Give us the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim and witness
God’s unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion for all people.
We ask you to renew your Church for this purpose.
Renew us and grant us the experience of your love, forgiveness and compassion.… Read more

Ven. T. Daswa: Implications for SA Catholics

VENERABLE TSHIMANGADZO DASWA:
IMPLICATIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CATHOLICS

(+ V.H. PHALANA)

It is my conviction that the Servant of God, Tshimangadzo Daswa is a martyr. In our Catholic Tradition, a martyr is someone who gave his or her life for the Christian Faith. The cult of martyrs arose early in the History of the Church. Altars and shrines arose over martyrs’ tombs and they were honoured during liturgical celebrations and through private devotions.… Read more

Solitude and Loneliness

(By Bishop V. Phalana)

(Psalm 46:10; Mk 6:46-47, 46-47; Jn 16:32-33)

Lonely people are at times desperate, angry and passionate.
Their passion at times lacks compassion.
Lonely people want to fill their emptiness with anything, anywhere and anyhow.
Lonely people have no boundaries;
They use people and love things.
Lonely people are not in control,
They lack objectivity and cannot see things as they are.
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