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  1. Archbishop Stephen Brislin has sent a message of support to his counterpart in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama.  Please click here to read it.
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14 – 20 April

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14. Purple MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK (Psalter week II).

Liturgy of the day.
LH of the weekday.MASS of the weekday, Preface of the Passion II.R 1 Is 42, 1-7; Ps 26, 1. 2. 3. 13-14. Go Jn 12, 1-11.Other celebrations are not permitted, with the exception of funeral Masses.

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“What the SACBC secretariat gets up to?”

1. Associate Secretary-General (Fr Grant Emmanuel) addressed the priests of the Archdiocese of Durban on the recent survey for the Synod on the Family and the general workings of the SACBC.

2. Catholic Health Care (CATHCA) is hosting a conference in Koinonia (Johannesburg) on the theme “Maternal Healthcare and Childcare” (7-10 April). Delegates from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa are expected.

3. Aids Office’s PEPFAR grant is extended for another year. Orphan programme and two of the six treatment sites will continue to get funding.

4. Aids Office is facilitating a training in home-based care in Mbombela (Witbank) and another training on food gardening in Klerksdorp.

5. Aids Office staff is having a retreat at Good Shepherd Centre, Hartbeespoortdam during the Holy Week.

6. Aids Office is hosting 16 Dutch donors and volunteers. This week, they are in Pomeroy (Dundee) with Johan Viljoen and HomePlan sharing the life of the caregivers and OVCs as well as helping to construct houses for the latter. They will be interviewed by Communications and Media on Radio Veritas from 10:00 to 11:00 on Thursday (10 April) morning.

7. Family Life working group is meeting on Thursday.

8. Family Life is co-facilitating a workshop on “Abuse of Older Persons” in Rustenburg this coming weekend.

9. Communications and Media will have an in-house meeting on Friday.

10. Communications and Media will collect ideas and liaise with the Secretariat of the Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life (LCCL-SA) for the celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life which runs from October 2014 to November 2014.

11. Evangelisation will have its departmental meeting on Thursday.

12. The Association of Catholic Tertiary Students (Acts) are hosting a National Health Awareness Week by promoting the ABCD lifestyle and screening for chronic diseases.

13. The Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) is having its Board Meeting on Wednesday.

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7 – 13 April

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7. Purple Monday, 5th Week of Lent (Psalter week I).Liturgy of the day. LH of the weekday.MASS of the weekday, Preface of the Passion I.R 1 Dan 13, 1-9. 15-17. 19-30. 33-62 (or 41c-62); Ps 22, 1-3a. 3b-4. 5. 6.Go Jn 8, 12-20.

[De la Salle Brothers: Patronal Feast].

The memorial of St John Baptist de la Salle, Priest, may be commemorated as set out on pp.34, n. 10.

In order to promote baptismal catechesis, it is permissible to take once more on the most suitable day within this week the Gospel of Lazarus (provided it does not coincide with a solemnity or a feast), assigned to the previous Sunday, instead of those of the weekday. Where this is done, the readings are as follows:

R 1 2 Kgs 4, 18b-21. 32-37; Ps 16, 1. 6-7. 8b and 15. Go Jn 11, 1-45.

The matching proper preface of the preceding Sunday should also be used.

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This Week @ KhanyaPlus

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1. Liturgy, Catechetics and Culture (DLCC) holds their executive committee meetings.

2. Restructuring Committee commissions a panel of theologians to propose applications of Africae Munus and Gaudium Evangelii to the ad extra and ad intra priorities adopted by the Conference.

3.  Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM is appointed a Member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life.

4. Lumko board gets a report that Lumko centre is becoming financially stable and is almost fully-booked for 2014.

5. Youth, Evangelisation, Family Life and Education for Life meet to discuss the proposed Department of the Laity.

6. Denis Hurley Peace Institutes attends and presents at the Peace Conference in South Sudan.

7. Communications and Media interviews Aids Office on HSRC report, CTIP on workshop on human trafficking and Family Life desk on the Year of the Family and materials available.

8.  Communications and Media partakes in preparations for Catholic Media Expo to be held on 26th July 2014.

9.  Karl-Heinz Herchmann of the Aids Office is recovering at home after a successful operation.

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