Renew Africa, April 2019

To all Clergy, Sisters and lay leaders

Renew Africa

I would like to acknowledge your efforts in encouraging your parishes to be part of Renew Africa. Please read my previous Pastoral Letter dated 01 March 2019, where I once more explained what Renew Africa is. Your parish should be doing season 1, Book 1. On the 30th of June we will be launching Renew Africa, Season 2 Book2.… Read more

PASTORAL LETTER: March 2019

1 March 2019

Dear People of God

Laudetur Iesus Christus (Latin for “Praised be Jesus Christ”)
“in saecula saeculorum! Amen” (Latin for “Now and forever! Amen”)
A go bakwe Jesu Kriste, Jaanong le ka bosena bokhutlo, amen.

  1. LENT:

What is Lent? Above all else, Lent is the season for the experience of giving your life over — in each moment, bodily, deliberately — to Christ and to what the Spirit is showing you.… Read more

BISHOP’S DIARY

Activity DATE TIME VENUE
Pastoral Visit 03 March 2019 08:00 Bloemhof
Preparatory Meeting for Police day 04 March 2019 17:00 Cathedral
Bishop’s Retreat 04-11 March 2019
General meeting of Parents
St. peter’s Crèche Ledibeng
16 March 14h00 St Peter
Ecumenical meeting of priests and pastors R100 per person
Our Structure and Leadership
Elections of South Africa
Partnership with the police
21 March 2019 10:00 Rabbuni
Police Day Mass 17 March 2019 09:00 (Procession) Cathedral
Diocesan Finance Meeting
19 March 2019 14:30
Chancery office
SACOP MEETING
Mass (Fr.
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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

Declaration on Ecumenism Ottmaring, February 21, 2017

One of the main goals of the Focolare Movement is Christian unity. Chiara Lubich first engaged the Movement in ecumenical dialogue in 1961 in Germany. Since that time, through fostering a “dialogue of life”, there has been fruitful collaboration with more than 300 Churches and ecclesial communities. For almost 50 years in its Ecumenical Centre in Ottmaring (Germany) the Focolare Movement and the ‘Fraternity of Communitarian Life’ (Vereinigung vom Gemeinsamen Leben) have been bearing witness to the deep fellowship that unites Christians in the one Body of Christ, despite divisions still existing between the Churches.… Read more

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