In the Old Testament, priests, prophets, and kings were anointed for their offices. The baptized person is anointed with sacred chrism in these words: ‘’As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.’’ ‘’The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ’s mission as priest, prophet, and king’’ (Catholic Catechism 1546).
1 In Baptism a person becomes ‘another Christ’, sharing in his mission as ‘priest’ (obviously not ordained), ‘prophet’ and’ king’. Am I aware of my mission?
2 I am a ‘priest’. A priest offers sacrifice to God in atonement for sin. Do I ‘’offer up’’ to God all my works, prayers, my family and married life, my daily work and sufferings? Do I pray the ‘Morning Offering’ prayer? Do I participate in the sacrifice of the Mass by ‘placing myself on the altar’, uniting myself to Christ’s self-offering to the Father?
3 I am a ‘prophet’. A prophet boldly proclaims the Word of God. Do I know, meditate on and keep the Word God? Do I proclaim God’s Word, by word and example - at home, at work, in society?
4 Family catechesis precedes, accompanies and enriches parish catechesis. Do I teach my children the faith?
5 I am a ‘king’. Is Jesus really king, governing my life? Am I using the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist to be freed from the grip of the Evil One?
6 Is Jesus King of my parish? Am I helping as a liturgical minister/member of a society or prayer group/member of maintenance, PPC or Finance Committee/catechism or Life teen teacher etc?
7 “Fight the good fight of the faith’’ (1 Tim 6:12). Our fallen world increasingly condones abortion, assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, transgenderism and sex outside marriage. How can the light of Christ be spread by me, our parish, and the Church?
8 ‘’If in the liturgy we encounter Christ in the depths of our hearts and allow ourselves to be transformed into Him…only then can we bring the living Lord into our families and the world, as at the end of Mass Christ sends us out with the words`: ‘’Go forth to announce the gospel of the Lord’’. (Pope emeritus Benedict). How can we make Holy Mass more prayerful?
Green Hat with ten tassels on either side: Archbishop Jwara will always be in communion with the College of Bishops under the Pope.
Gold cross: the five red stones represent the life-giving wounds of Christ.
St. Eugene de Mazenod (top left): founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the pioneers of the Archdiocese of Durban.
Abbot Francis Pfanner (top right): founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill (CMM) who also evangelized the local people of KZN. Archbishop Jwara, being CMM, is inspired by the words of Abbot Francis: “The kingdom of God has no boundaries."
The Good Shepherd: Archbishop Jwara will shepherd the flock the Lord has entrusted to him.
Motto: The Truth will set you free (Jn 8:32) Iqiniso liyonikhulula
1. Ensure that face masks cover your nose and mouth at all times.
2. Maintain social distancing.
3. Health, Safety and Environmental policies are posted at the entrance
to the Church.
4. Please ensure that temperature checks are done and Covid 19
compliance registers are filled in before entering the Church.
5. Once the above has been completed, please sanitize your hands.
6. Control measures implemented to ensure the safety of parishioners:
• Health and Safety Policy
• Health and Safety Plan
• Risk assessments
• Covid 19 compliance.
• Sanitization of the Church before each Mass.
7. If any person is observed deviating from the Covid 19 procedures set, they will politely be asked to comply or leave the premises.
8. Once our service is over, please maintain social distancing outside the Church and keep your masks on.
2021 Church Calendars R 25
Special St. Michael’s face masks R 30
Southern Cross (new monthly magazine format) R 30.
These items may be purchased before/after most Masses,
or from the Office (weekdays 8h00-14h00).
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and show you his mercy. May he turn his countenance towards you and give you his peace.
Office Hours Mon - Fri (8h00-14h00)
Tues 18h30: Fri 8h30; Sat 17h00; Sun 7h00; Sun 9h30; Sun 11h30 (Zulu)
Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Parish Telephone Numbers: (031)5635618; (031)5630729. Emergency No: 0833810870.
*New archdiocesan website: https://www.catholic-dbn.org.za/
Because of the lockdown most of us are struggling financially.
Our parish is also struggling because we are losing the weekly Plate Collection (about 30 % of our income) while still having to pay all our fixed costs.
A most sincere thank you to those contributing by EFT or Debit Order.
Thank you also to those who have brought their stewardship envelope to the door.
Some have requested our parish account number.
It is:- FNB; Acc Name: St. Michaels Catholic Parish
Branch Code: 221426
Acc No: 50844573466
Since lockdown, I have been celebrating Holy Mass (privately) seven days a week, usually at 6 am.
Do you have a Mass intention?
If so, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with your requested date.
The customary stipend can be handed in once the Office re-opens after the lockdown. Alternatively, you may drop it off at the parish Office.