PASTORAL LETTER, October 2018

18 October 2018

Dear Priests, Deacons and People of God,
I have just come back from the pilgrimages with renewed energy to serve you in this diocese with joy. Thank you for your prayers.

VOCATION PROMOTION
Those who have been discerning their vocations may apply with immediate effect so that we can meet the registration deadline with St. Francis Xavier, Orientation Seminary, Cape Town.… Read more

Prayers for Christian Unity

An excerpt from the Prayer for Christian Unity – 2018 – From the Carribean.
In a manner typical of their shared culture, our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean put this faith to music with The Right Hand of God.

The right hand of God
is writing in our land,
Writing with power and with love;
Our conflicts and our fears,
Our triumphs and our tears,
Are recorded by the right hand of God.… Read more

Celebrating Bible Sunday: 26 August 2018

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word’ (Heb l: 3 NIV)

Bible Sunday is a reminder of the call of the Church to make the Holy Bible the centre and the source of our spirituality. Take time to read the Bible – the Word of God – for it can be compared to
listening to a Symphony being played out by the God of all that is created – a single Word is expressed in many ways: in Jesus Christ, in Creation, in Sacred Scripture, in the Eucharist.… Read more

Letter to the Moderator, Uniting Presbyterian Church in South Africa

11 JULY 2018

To The Uniting Presbyterian Church In South Africa,
Emseni Brentwood Park, Benoni;
To the out-going moderator Dr R. Munthali;
T0 The General Secretrary Rev Lungile Mpentsheni,
Greeting from the Catholic Church in Southern Africa and from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in particular.

I am bringing greetings, prayers and best wishes to you on your special General Conference.

The Church of Scotland
On the 26th of October 2017, The Pope met the Church of Scotland delegation at the Vatican, just four days before Reformation Sunday.… Read more

Renew Africa

UNDERSTANDING RENEW AFRICA:  THE AIMS OF RENEW AFRICA

The aim of Renew Africa is to promote Pastoral renewal by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life and to connect faith with action through Small Christian Communities (SCC). It is a parish-centred, diocesan-wide process, focusing on evangelization and spiritual renewal. It aims at building SCC’s that can help build a self-sustaining church.Read more

Lutherans & Catholics: Celebration

COMMEMORATION OF THE 500 YEARS OF THE REFORMATION

CELEBRATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION

(Bishop Victor Phalana)

On October 31 2016, Lutherans and Catholics agreed on the need for unity that can be built through 5 common commitments. Working together for the suffering and for the protection of Creation.

The fact is that the success of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reform went beyond every expectation.… Read more

Corpus Christi – Corpus Domini Website

Dear Brother/Sister!

“Together – through Him, with Him, in Him”

When establishing the Eucharist Jesus took the bread and said: TAKE IT, THIS IS MY BODY! He invites us to be in communion with Him, and through Him with each other as well. I invite you to worship together Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist.

On Saturday of the feast of Corpus Christi, 2nd of June 2018 starting at 5 p.m.… Read more

PASTORAL LETTER – April 2018

PASTORAL LETTER – APRIL 2018 BY BISHOP VICTOR PHALANA

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

BECOMING AN “E” DIOCESE

Two years ago I was in Rome at a special seminar for bishops. During that seminar I got an inspiration to lead our diocese to become an “E” diocese. During the Mass of the 200 years of Catholicism in South Africa and the 40 years since we became a diocese, I requested all of us to be part of turning this diocese into an”E” Diocese.… Read more

The Christian life – A Call to Holiness BY ASIEL · NOVEMBER 8, 2017

What does it mean to be ‘holy’? What does the Christian life look like when we are disciples of Christ? Joachim Anakwenze looks at the road we must all walk when we say ‘yes’ to the Lord.
Our daily lives are constantly filled with many struggles. Some struggles may seem insurmountable, others can be dealt with by slow and steady work.… Read more

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