Ikhanya Newsletter: Catholic Church Weekly Activities

 

SACBC Briefing 07-09-2018

  1. Caritas South Africa is a little baby of Southern Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). It has been endorsed by SACBC Bishops to be an umbrella body for all welfare and charity activities of the Catholic Church in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland. From 3 – 7 September 2018, the first Caritas South Africa Workshop for SACBC Caritas Coordinators Coordinator from different dioceses was conducted in Padre Pio Retreat and Conference Centre in Pretoria. For more information about the workshop kindly contact Fr Patrick Rakeketsi on this: praketsi@sacbc.org.za or +27 12 323 6458. Read more

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Catholic Church Condemns Xenophobic Attacks Against Foreign Nationals

Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI (Picture by Spotlight Africa)

The Chairperson of the Office of Migrants & Refugees, at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), Archbishop Buti Tlhagale has condemned strongly, the recent attacks on foreign nationals that occurred recently in Soweto and Zeerust.

“Once again, we had to see media images of well dressed, well fed South Africans looting foreign owned shops, assaulting the owners, threatening them with death and leaving destruction and shattered lives in their wake” said Archbihop Tlhagale. Read more… Read the rest of Catholic Church Condemns Xenophobic Attacks Against Foreign Nationals »

Novena in Preparation for the Day on Care of Creation Celebration on the 1st September

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AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

CRY OF THE EARTH ;

CRY OF THE POOR

 

NOVENA ON CARE OF CREATION

25th to 3rd October 2018

 (The Novena on Care of Creation can be prayed by individuals, families, sodalities and by the parish. Each day begins with the same format from the entrance hymn to prayer for our earth and the Novena concludes with benediction all nine days if possible.)

Entrance Hymn

 Sign of the Cross:

 In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. Read the rest of Novena in Preparation for the Day on Care of Creation Celebration on the 1st September »

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Join the Catholic Church in Celebrating Care for Creation Day on the 1st September

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LITURGICAL TEXTS PROPOSED FOR 1 SEPTEMBER,

THE CELEBRATION OF WORLD DAY OF CREATION

 COLLECT PRAYER

Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

  1. R. Amen.

 READINGS

  • Genesis 1:26 – 2:3 (#907.1, page 920 in Vol. 3 of Lectionary)
  • Psalm 104 (#914.2, page 930 in Vol. 3 of Lectionary)
  • Romans 8:18-30 (#939.1; pages 974-5 in Vol. 3 of Lectionary)
  • Alleluia (#915.1; page 930 in Vol. 3 of Lectionary)
  • Mark 4:35-41 (#942.2; page 980 in Vol. 3 of Lectionary)

 

HOMILY

Earth Day – September 1, 2018,

Everyone in South Africa is aware of the three-year old drought in the Western Cape. While we are praying that the rains this year will fill the dams, it is recognised that this is not just a once-off event. Our climate is changing and water is becoming scarce, especially in the Western and Northern Cape. It is forecast that South Africa is going to become a dry country, beginning in the Cape and gradually moving inland. We cannot wait and see what happens. It is essential for the future of our country that we assess the present situation and plan for the future. A long-term solution needs to be found. Elsewhere in the country we cannot presume that clean water will always be available. Read the rest of Join the Catholic Church in Celebrating Care for Creation Day on the 1st September »

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Catholic Church Embarks on Care for Creation Project

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August 2018

Dear Brother Bishops and Archbishops,

PREPARATION FOR THE CELEBRATION OF DAY OF CREATION (01 SEPTEMBER 2018)

At the recent Plenary in Mariannhill I reported briefly on the work of the Laudato Si’ Sub-Committee in preparing for the celebration of Day of Creation on 01st September and the Novena in preparation for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, 25 September to 3 October 2018. Read More…

Together with this letter please find the following:

  • Liturgical texts proposed for 01 September, the Celebration of World day of Creation
  • Homily outlines which can serve as a guide for priests and deacons for the occasion of 01 September
  • Novena texts as revised for this year.

Please pass these texts on to your priests as well the religious and in your Dioceses and please request your Diocesan Administration to see to it that the text of the Novena is distributed as widely as possible so as to bring everyone on board with the nine days of prayer leading up to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

The Laudato Si’ Sub-Committee is presently engaged in preparing the programme for reflections for Lent next year and these will be presented to the Administrative Board in November 2018 before being finalised for the Lenten Season next year.

I thank you once again for the reception that this report was given in most recent Plenary. It is my hope that we spread the Good News of Creation as Pope Francis has proclaimed it in his ground-breaking encyclical on “care for our Common Home”.

As always, yours in Christ and Mary Immaculate,

+Edward Risi OMI

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