Archbishop Slattery on the Feast of the Assumption

Archbishop Willliam Slattery, the Archbishop of Pretoria and also the Spokesperson of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) explains why the Feast of the Assumption of Mary has been moved to Sunday in the SACBC region. He also speaks about the significance of this day to all South Africans.

SACBC AIDS Office Networking for Social Impact, Offering Signs of Hope

Sr Alison Munro OP

SACBC AIDS Office Networking for Social Impact

  Offering Signs of Hope

Sr Alison Munro OP, Former Director, SACBC AIDS Office, Pretoria, South Africa

July 2018

The SACBC AIDS Office

The SACBC AIDS Office was established as a direct response by the bishops of Southern Africa to AIDS, a crisis spiralling out of control in the general population. The response at diocesan level was overwhelming as parishes, religious congregations and retired nursing professionals offered care and support to people through education about the modes of transmission of HIV and ways to prevent infection, about home based care to the sick and dying, and about care of orphans and vulnerable children.  It was not until 2004 that the Church, and indeed South Africa, was in a position to offer anti-retroviral treatment as a means of arresting the progress of HIV from full blown AIDS to death. By then it was clear too that Church programmes needed the support of professionals from various disciplines in the provision of high quality clinical services. Read more….  Read the rest of SACBC AIDS Office Networking for Social Impact, Offering Signs of Hope »

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“Bringing Back Hope”: How Faith-Based Responses to HIV and AIDS Differ from Secular Responses

Faith Based Organisations Bring Hope

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Marriage and Family Weeks

Marriage and Family WeeksThe Marriage and Family Life Office is inviting the local Church in the SACBC region to emphasize the beauty of marriage and family life, and the role God gave to humanity towards creation. JOL 16 LS 13. ‘The family is thus the place where parents become their children’s first teachers in the faith. They learn this “trade”, passing it down from one person to another’, said Pope Francis in The Joy of Love (AL16). In Laudato Si the Pope says, ‘The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home’, (LS13).

The office proposes the following six themes starting from the 21st to the 27th Sundays of Ordinary Time:

21st Sunday of Year B
Theme: Free to choose Christ

22nd Sunday of Year B
Theme: The Law of God and the Traditions of the Ancients

23rd Sunday of Year B
Theme: Jesus Cures the Deaf and the Dumb

24th Sunday of Year B
Theme: Messiah, but What Kind of Messiah?

25th Sunday of Year B
Theme: A Community that Embraces the Least Privileged

26th Sunday of Year B
Theme: They Do Good…But Are Not of Our Group

 

Please note that further reflections will be published in the weeks corresponding with the above-mentioned themes. 

Naledi Pandor commends Good Shepherd Community Learning Centre

Sr Colleen Simpson and the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, during her visit at Good Shepherd Community Learning Centre in Madidi.

It will probably be a long time before the people of Madidi in the North West Province see the Minister of Higher Education and Training again, but they are hoping that her visit on the 14 of August 2018 will bring about more positive changes to the community. She made a surprise promise regarding the development of roads.

The minister went to visit the Good Shepherd Community Learning Centre, run by the Good Shepherd Sisters under the auspices of the Catholic Church.

Archbishop William Slattery of Pretoria Archdiocese, who is also the spokesperson of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), was present to welcome the minister with great appreciation on behalf of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa. Read the rest of Naledi Pandor commends Good Shepherd Community Learning Centre »