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Sunday : 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM

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Bishop Victor Phalana

Catholic Church Celebrates 200 years of existence in Southern Africa

Bi-centennial Celebration of the Church in Southern Africa

Historical traces of the development of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa

In June 2018 Catholics in Southern Africa will celebrate the bi-centenary of the establishment of the Catholic Church in the region of Southern Africa.

From the time of the discovery of the Cape, ecclesiastical jurisdiction over it belonged to the Portuguese mission under the authority of the king of Portugal. After the establishment of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape in 1652, the practice of the Catholic religion was de facto prohibited.

It was only in 1804 that Jacob Abraham de Mist, the Commissioner-General of the Cape Colony, decided that “all religious societies which for the furtherance of virtue and good morals worship an Almighty Being, are to enjoy in this Colony equal protection from the laws” and in 1805 three Dutch priests arrived to minister to the Catholics of the Cape. One of them, Fr Johannes Lansink, was appointed Prefect Apostolic. The following year, however, the British colonial authorities, which had taken over the Colony in the meantime, ordered them to leave the region.

On 7 June 1818, Pope Pius Vll erected the Vicariate Apostolic of the Cape of Good Hope and adjacent territories. Subsequently the Island of Mauritius was added, and so were New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land (effectively, modern day Australia).

In 1820 the first Vicar Apostolic, Bishop Bede Slater OSB, stopped at Cape Town for three weeks on his way to Mauritius where he was to reside, leaving behind Fr Patrick Hurst Scully as chaplain to the local Catholic Community. By then, religious tolerance had made some progress. Fr Scully was succeeded by Fr Theodorus Wagener who was later joined by Fr Thomas Rishton OSB. Bishop Slater was succeeded by Bishop William Placid Morris OSB, who also resided at Mauritius.

On 6 June 1837, Pope Gregory XVI constituted the Cape of Good Hope (i.e. the entire region of southern Africa) a separate vicariate and appointed Bishop Patrick Raymund Griffith OP as the first resident vicar apostolic.

On 14 April 1838 (Holy Saturday) Bishop Griffith stepped ashore at Cape Town. While initially interested in evangelizing black people, he essentially ministered, quite successfully, to white settlers. He can be considered as the founder of the Catholic Church of South Africa.

In 1847, the Vicariate of the Cape of Good Hope was divided into the Vicariates of the Western District and the Eastern District of the Cape of Good Hope, of which Fr Aidan Devereux became the first Vicar Apostolic. It was he who invited, in 1849, the first group of religious sisters to South Africa.

In 1852 the first four Oblates of Mary Immaculate arrived to establish a mission in Natal. They later set out to evangelise Lesotho.

On 24 May 1872, the Prefecture of the Central District of the Cape of Good Hope was detached from the Western Vicariate. Further subdivisions took place in subsequent years. It was not until the 1880s that the first Southern African mission in what is today South Africa was successfully established by the Trappists. Indeed, long absent from the missionary scene, the Catholic Church’s missionary thrust in Southern Africa started to grow rapidly in the 20th century.

Also belatedly, but with increasing vigour, various sectors of the Church began opposing the apartheid regime in the second half of the century.

On 11 January 1951, Pope Pius XII established by Papal Bull the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy in the then Union of South Africa, and set up the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Cape Town (comprising the suffragan sees of Aliwal, Oudtshoorn, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown and De Aar); Durban (comprising the suffragan sees of Mariannhill, Eshowe, Kokstad and Mthatha); Pretoria (comprising the suffragan sees of Johannesburg, Lydenburg, Swaziland and Pietersburg); and Bloemfontein (comprising the suffragan sees of Kroonstad, Bethlehem, Kimberley, Keimoes and Lesotho).

Further growth has taken place in the Church of Southern Africa since then: new dioceses have been created; Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Namibia – which had been part of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference – left the Conference to establish their own Conferences in 1969, 1972 and 1996 respectively; and the ecclesiastical province of Johannesburg was created in 2007 with the diocese of Johannesburg being raised to the status of an archdiocese.

The Catholic Church in Southern Africa Today and Bicentenary Celebration

Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Faith

It was on June 7, 1818 that Pope Pius VII erected the Vicariate Apostolic of the Cape of Good Hope and Adjacent Territories, thus constituting for the first time a formal presence of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa. While the first beginnings of the Church in Southern Africa had their origin in Cape Town, in the almost 200 years since then, the presence of the Catholic Church has grown to the extent that there are now twenty-eight dioceses and one vicariate apostolic in our Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) which includes South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland.

To commemorate the bi-centenary of the formal establishment of the Church within our Bishops’ Conference, we shall inaugurate our celebrations with a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3.00pm. Because of the limited space, invitations to this celebration are to be sent to priests and deacons in the Archdiocese, to chairpersons of parish pastoral councils and three parishioners in each parish, to religious superiors, to the lay leaders of each of the three sodalities in the Archdiocese, to the Regional Grand Knight of the Knights of da Gama, to the Magistral Delegate of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and to a representative of the Migrant and Refugee Communities in the Archdiocese.

Moreover, an invitation has also been extended to all the bishops of the SACBC since, while the origins of the Church have their roots in Cape Town, the intervening 200 years have witnessed the spread of the Church throughout Southern Africa. It is worth noting that the “adjacent territories”, referred to in the papal document of June 7, 1818, included both Australia and Mauritius and for this reason, an invitation will be sent to the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of both territories to visit Cape Town during the bi-centennial year.

During this Mass of Thanksgiving, tribute will be paid to the selfless contributions of those heroic early pioneers, both priests, religious and laity from far-off lands, by whose dedication and untiring efforts, the seeds of the Church were first planted in the Cape of Good Hope, as it was then known, and throughout Southern Africa.

We owe an immense debt of gratitude that can never be expressed adequately to so many religious congregations for their establishment of schools in our Archdiocese and throughout Southern Africa as a whole, and their invaluable contribution in the field of education during these two hundred years.

We owe much too to those members of religious congregations who have established hospitals and hospices for the sick and the dying and also to those whose charism is to minister to the poor and the destitute. At the offertory procession during this Mass, symbols of their contributions to the Southern African Church will be brought up and displayed in the sanctuary.

To further celebrate these heroic contributions by so many who, in face of much difficulty and often opposition, have brought the light of Christ into Southern Africa, during the Mass of Thanksgiving a specially decorated candle will be blessed and given to every bishop (or his delegate) to be taken back to his Cathedral and placed in a prominent position during this bi-centennial year. We hope to be able to present to every parish priest a copy of the papal document of June 7, 1818 for display in his church.

During the twelve months following upon the Mass inaugurating the bi-centennial year, there will be other large Archdiocesan celebrations. We are presently looking for a sufficiently large venue to accommodate 8000/9000 people for the celebration of a Mass. This would then be our principal celebration. Since we have not yet found such a suitable venue at a reasonable cost, we may have to extend our search further away from the city centre. This would be a Conference celebration at which all the bishops of the SACBC would be present.

As a secondary Archdiocesan celebration in the course of the bi-centennial year, there will be a Eucharistic procession starting from the Holy Cross parish, District Six and ending at the steps of our Cathedral with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. During the procession, there will be prayers for the enrichment of family life in our Archdiocese, for our young people and youth, for the elderly, for the sick and for migrants and refuges. Our prayers will reflect the Church in human solidarity with everyone. The details of this event will be advertised in due course.

There has also been a request for a national celebration in Cape Town at which all the bishops of the SACBC would be present. The possibility of such a celebration is currently being investigated.

During the bi-centennial year, there will be at least one large celebration in each deanery in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. There are eight deaneries in the Archdiocese and each, under the leadership of a dean who is a priest elected by the priests of each deanery, consists of a cluster of between eight and ten parishes. The dean’s role is to promote pastoral co-operation among the parishes that constitute the deanery.

On the Solemnity of All Saints celebrated on Sunday, November 5 this year, there will be a celebration in each deanery focussing upon Our Forefathers and Foremothers in the Faith. Also, as part of our year of celebration, Archbishop Stephen Brislin has agreed to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at deanery level in 2018, where requested, rather than in individual parishes, thus promoting a greater sense of Church among those who are to receive the Sacrament.

Special liturgies are also to be arranged in parishes during this year of celebration. These could include a Lenten penitential celebration where the Church’s Failures of the Past are considered, an Advent or Lenten parish mission focussing upon the Renewal and Awakening of Faith, and an Easter celebration emphasising our personal invitation to Share in the New Life of our Risen Saviour.

Two special projects to include our Youth and School-going Children and their involvement in the celebration of 200 years of the Church in Southern Africa have also been arranged. The first includes two ‘Bi-centennial Catholic Schools Choir Festivals’ which will be held in the Cape Town City Hall on Sunday, August 27, 2017 and on Sunday, October 27, 2017. These choral festivals will showcase the talent of our Youth and recount the story of Catholic Education in South Africa.

The second project concerns a Youth competition entitled ‘Exploring our Catholic Heritage’. Parishes and Catholic Schools will soon be inviting our Youth to tell their story through a heritage research project. The best entries will be published in the Archdiocesan News. Details of this project will be circulated to Catechetical and Religious Education Co-ordinators shortly.

To close the bi-centennial celebrations, there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving at noon on Sunday, June 10, 2018, hopefully in every Cathedral, parish and mission station throughout Southern Africa. At that Mass, a recorded message from Pope Francis will be aired, and the special candle distributed at the opening Mass on June 25, 2017, will be lit in every Cathedral in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland, and bells will be rung, thus symbolising the solidarity of faith between all of us.

A media committee has been established to advertise the events planned for this year and produce a bi-centennial brochure with a calendar of events. This committee will also take responsibility for advertising major events during the year of celebration in the printed media and for ensuring that the archdiocesan website is up-to-date as far as events planned for the year of celebration are concerned. A prayer card reflecting a special prayer for the bi-centenary year in Xhosa, English and Afrikaans will soon be made available through the media committee.

An exciting year in which we shall celebrate our faith and those who have been instrumental in bringing it to Southern Africa is soon to be inaugurated. Let us prepare well through our prayers and the offering of our Masses for this grace-filled time of remembrance of those who have gone before us in the faith.

Compiled by Mgr Clifford Stokes

Vicar General in the Archdiocese of Cape Town 15/07/2015

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Catholic Archdiocese of Pretoria


“As for me and my family,
We will serve the Lord”
(Joshua 24:15)

This Calendar is mainly at the service of the parish priest and catechists and promotes the coordination of the catechists in the entire Archdiocese of Pretoria.
This Calendar gives you
• dates of the meetings of formation for all catechists, in centres, distributed through all the archdiocese so that the catechists can easily attend these important meetings
• dates of other meetings of catechists most of those who are serving Christian Initiation of Youth
• dates of Christian celebrations related to catechesis, and of the days of KABELANO

In this catechetical calendar, here and there you will find windows with the following title:
It is a help for the catechists to pay attention to a special event ahead in the calendar which need preparation.
It is an help for the catechists to remember important principles, advises or directives to be kept in mind when catechists are going through relevant times or events in the liturgical calendar

The ongoing formation throughout the year will be focused on the following words of Jesus:
“The Light of Faith in the family”
The Notes will be a further help to deepen the theme of the ongoing formation.


Christian Initiation of Youth
Christian Initiation Journey of Youth 2015 (i.e. those youth who are supposed to start the Confirmation Journey in the beginning of 2015).
The catechists, who will lead these youth, have to get familiar with or revise the new vision of the Christian Initiation journey of youth. Therefore a study meeting is absolutely necessary for the catechists before they start their work.
Pay attention to this meeting, further on in the calendar.
Christian Initiation Journey of Youth 2014 (i.e. those youth who started in February 2014 )
The catechists, who continue to serve the youth of this journey, have to realize that in this second year the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation is the step 3 of the journey.
According the new programme of Confirmation Journey the sacrament of Confirmation should be celebrated during the Easter Season in order to give good time to stage 4 of the journey so important in order to make youth experience day to day the responsibility to be witnesses of Christ.
Be sure that, already at this time, the date of Confirmation is fixed within the Easter Season.

Christian Initiation journey
An important event is the opening of the catechetical year to be held on the 8th February 2015
Study the suggested liturgy of this celebration. It will help you to check on everything that must be in place for an effective start of the catechetical year (registration of children, list of the catechists and their specific task, catechetical material). Do not forget that a meeting with the parents of the beginners (those small ones who begin this year their journey of Christian initiation of Children) in order to re-hearse the liturgy of the official opening of the catechetical year is to be held.

In the beginning of February all the meetings of on going formation for catechists start. All the catechists should consider the duty of attending these meetings a very serious one; Notice in fact that, before commissioning the catechists, the Bishop has asked the catechists to make a promise to be faithful to the meetings of formation. The General Directory for Catechesis underlines the importance of ongoing formation of catechists: “The instruments provided for catechesis cannot be truly effective unless used by trained catechists. Consequently diocesan pastoral programmes must give absolute priority to the formation of lay catechists.” (Cf. GDC, No 234). The attendance to the meetings of formation not only gives an opportunity for each catechist to deepen his/her Christian spirituality but also makes all the catechist share the common policy of catechesis of the Archdiocese.
The centres of formation are located in such a way that the catechists of different parishes may find easy to attend the meetings. It is left to the catechists to decide when and where (compatibly with their duties) to attend the formation meetings.


Adults of Christian Initiation 2013
“Batho ba Tsela”, or Christian Initiation of Adults, 2013 have their rite of election. Prior to this celebration the Parish Priest, together with the catechists and sponsors should do an interview in order to assess the preparation of each and every candidate in accordance with the directives of RCIA: “At the beginning of Lent, which is the time of the proximate preparation for the sacraments, the election of names is celebrated After the catechumens reaffirm their intention, then the Church passes judgment on their state of preparation and states whether they may go on to the Easter Sacraments” The rites of scrutiny of the elected are to be celebrated on the third, fourth, and fifth Sunday of Lent.
The presentations of the “Creed” and of “Our Father” are to be celebrated respectively during the week of the first and second scrutiny. These two celebrations can be anticipated towards the end of the Catechumenate

The celebration of the Beginning of the Catechetical year includes: reception of the children starting Catechesis, with the promise of their parents; the celebration of “I Believe” by Catechists (with candles); the presentation of the Catechists in front of the Community, commitment and empowerment.

31st January Mandate of: Southern, Eastern and Western Deaneries. Venue Sacred Heart Parish-Cathedral-time 14h00.

01 February Mandate: North West Deanery venue Ss. Anne & Joachim Parish-time 09h30.
01 February: Mandate North Eastern deanery Venue: St. Oliever-time 09h00

02 February Ga-Rankuwa: Formation – 18h00.
04 February Letlhabile: Formation – 18h00
07 February: Mandate Northern Deanery Venue Holy Cross-Temba, time 11h00.
07 February Meeting of catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2013 &2014 at 09h00-11h00-Pretoria North.
07 February Midrand Formation-14h00
08 February Official opening of the Catechetical Year
12 February S. Charles Lwanga: Formation 18h00
14 February Moya': Formation: 09h00.
14 February St. Mary’s 14h00.
14 February Holy Rosary 15h00
15 February Kabelano Tsela 2013-Mass 07h30
15 February Rite of election youth 2014.
17 February Mmakau Formation 18h00
18 February Ash Wednesday
It is recommended that Youth of Confirmation Journey 2013 attend as a group the Ash Wednesday Mass. They should have in advance a meeting in order to study the liturgy of the Word of this Mass, which is a good way to understand the goal in stage 3 of their journey.
21 February Atteridgeville: Formation: 09h00.
21 February Marapyane: Formation: 09h00.
21 February Jericho: Formation: 18h00
20-22 February IFJ 2015 1st Retreat at Bronkhorspruit ,
Fee R500.00
22 February Ten Morgen Formation: 14h00.
22 February Siyabuswa Formation
22 February Hebron Formation

The people of Christian Initiation of Adults and of Confirmation Journey, through the rite of election enter the period of purification, in which all the parish community should take part. At the prayer of the lighting of the Easter Candle we pray God and say: “Dispel the darkness of our hearts and of our minds”. Adults and youth preparing for sacraments of Christian Initiation have the great task of purifying their hearts and their minds in order to receive fruitfully the sacraments. This will be the task of every Christian during Lent.

Outline of Lent
On the 18th February LENT begins. In the liturgical calendar, Lent is an intense period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, which aims at a spiritual renewal.
All the catechists involved in any form o catechesis should do their best to make continuous connection with the liturgical celebrations during Lent in order to help the catechised people to profit spiritually from the richness of the liturgy. The words of Jesus at the beginning of his ministry are the best way to realize what we should be committed to do during Lent: “The Kingdom is close at hand; repent and believe the Good News” (Mk 1, 15)

22 February 1st Sunday of Lent, Rite of election of Christian Initiation of Adults, Tsela 2013, for North Eastern deanery, at Siyabuswa at 09h00.
22 February Rite of election of Christian Initiation of Adults, Tsela 2013, for Northern deanery, at St Dominic Stinkwater at 09h00.

24 February Mabopane: Formation: 18h00.
28 February Workshop for Coordinators in Pretoria North from 09h00-15h00.

28 February Lynwood formation 09h00
28 February Klipan formation
28 February Morokolong formation 09h00.


01 March 2nd Sunday of Lent, Rite of Election of Christian Initiation of Adults, Tsela 2013, for North Western deanery at St Ann & Joachim, Hebron/Erasmus at 10h00 and for, Southern, Eastern & Western deaneries at the Cathedral at 14h00.

02 March Ga-Rankuwa: Formation – 18h00.
07March Midrand Formation
07 March Sacred Heart Cathedral Formation 12h00
07 March Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2014 09h00 – 11h00.

11 March Letlhabile: Formation – 18h00
12 March St. Charles Lwanga: Formation 18h00.
14 March Moya: Formation: 09h00.
14 March St. Peter Clever Mamelodi : Formation: 14h00
14 March Holy Rosary Formation-15h00.
15 March Hebron Formation 14h00.
16 March Mmakau Formation 18h00
17 March Mmakau: Formation.
18 March Mothutlung Formation
21 March Atteridgeville: Formation: 09h00.
21 March Marapyane Formation
21 March Jericho Formation 18h00
22 March Hebron Kabelano Tsela 2014 Mass 07h30.
28 March Lynwood: Formation: 09h00.
28 March Mothutlung Formation
28 March Marokolong: Formation: 09h00.
28 March Klippan: Formation:

29 March Palm Sunday.


Christ’s Passover, the centre of the liturgical year.
Beginning with the Easter Triduum, as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. The EASTER is not simply one feast among the others, but “the feast of the feasts”. Just as the Eucharist is “the sacrament of the sacraments”. St. Athanasius call Easter “the Great Sunday”, as the Church calls the Holy Week “the Great Week”.
In the Council of Nicaea in 325, all the Churches agreed that Easter should be celebrated on the Sunday following the first moon after the vernal equinox (14 Nissan in the Jewish calendar) (CCC. Nn. 1168-1170)
It is fundamental for our faith to keep in mind the strict connection between Christ’s Passover and Christian Baptism, which is in fact a spiritual Passover in union with Christ (Romans, Chapter 6)
The baptismal catechumenate is also permeated by the mystery of Christ’s Passover. For this reason all initiation must reveal clearly its paschal nature.
The Easter Vigil, focal point of the Christian liturgy, and its spirituality of baptism inspire catechesis (GDC, n.91). It is in the light of this vision that it is stated that: ”The rite of initiation is normally arranged so that the sacraments will be celebrated during Easter Vigil.”

02 April Holy Thursday.
03 April Good Friday.
04 April Easter Vigil.
05 April Easter Sunday

05 April Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2013 09h00 – 11h00.
06 April Ga-Rankuwa: Formation – 18h00.
09 April St. Charles Lwanga: Formation 18h00.
11 April Moya: Formation - 09h00
11 April St. Peter Clever Mamelodi: Formation, 14h00.
11 April Holy Rosary: Formation: 15h00.
12 April IFJ 2015 First Study Day, Mass 15h00.
13 April Mmakau: Formation
15 April Mothutlung: Formation:

18 April Atteridgeville: Formation: 09h00.
25 April Lynwood: Formation: 09h00.
25 April Marokolong: Formation: 09h00.
25 April Klippan: Formation:
26 April Rite of acceptance of Christian Initiation of Youth 2015.
This rite can be anticipated or postponed according to the time necessary for the motivation of each candidate.
26 April Ten Morgen Formation: 14h00.
26 April Hebron: Fromation: 14h00.
26 April Siyabuswa Formation:
28 April Mabopane: Formation: 18h00.


01 May General Gathering of all previous years IFJ graduates at Pretoria North from 09h00 – 15h00 ( Bring and Share ).
03 May Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2014 09h00 – 11h00.
02 May Midrand: Formation 14h00.
04 May Ga-Rankuwa: Formation – 18h00.
05 May Letlhabile: Formation – 18h00.
07 May St. Charles Lwanga: Formation 18h00.
09 May Moya: Formation - 09h00
09 May St. Mary's Mamelodi: Formation – 14h00.
09 May Holy Rosary: Formation: 15h00.
13 May Mothutlung: Formation:
16 May Atteridgeville: Formation: 09h00.
16 May Marapyane: Formation: 09h00.
16 May Jericho: Formation: 18h00.
18 May Mmakau: Formation: 18h00.
23 May Lynwood: Formation: 09h00.
23 May Marokolong: Formation: 09h00.
23 May Klippan: Formation:
24 May Ten Morgen Formation: 14h00.
24 May Hebron: Formation: 14h00.
24 May Siyabuswa Formation:
24 May IFJ 2014 2nd Study Day, Pretoria North, Mass at 15h00
26 May Mabopane: Formation: 18h00.
01 June Garankuwa Formation 18h00
03 June Letlhabile Formation 18h00

06 June Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2014 09h00 – 11h00.
06 June Midrand: Formation 14h00..
06 June Sacred Heart Cathedral Formation at 12h00
11 June St. Charles Lwanga: Formation 18h00.
13 June Moya Formation: 18h00.
13 June St. Raphael Mamelodi Formation 14h00
13 June Holy Rosary Formation 15h00
17 June Mothutlung: Formation:
20 June Marapyane: Formation: 09h00.
20 June Atteridgeville: Formation: 09h00.
20 June Jericho : Formation-18h00.
21 June Ten Morgen Formation: 14h00.
22 June Mmakau: Formation: 18h00.
22 June Mabopane: Formation: 18h00.
23 June Mmakau Formation 18h00
23 June Mabopane Formation 18h00
27 June Workshop of the catechists coordinators
at Pretoria North at 09h00 – 15h00.
27 June Marokolong: Formation: 09h00.
27 June Lynwood: Formation: 09h00
27 June Klippan Formation
28 June Hebron: Formation: 14h00.
28 June Siyabuswa Formation:

04 July Diocesan commission team meeting at Julievet House at 09h00.

12 July IFJ 2014 Third Study Day, Pretoria North, Mass at 15h00.
24-26 July THE GREAT RETREAT – Woord en Aksie
Open to 100 Catechists only.


01 August General Assembly of the Catechists, Parents & Sponsors of Youth (2014 only), Pretoria North: 09h00.
01 August Cathedral Formation 12h00
03 August Ga-Rankuwa: Formation – 18h00.
04 August Letlhabile: Formation – 18h00.
06 August St. Charles Lwanga: Formation 18h00.
08 August Moya: Formation - 09h00
08 August St. Peter Clever Mamelodi: Formation – 14h00.
08 August Holy Rosary: Formation: 15h00.
15 August Atteridgeville: Formation: 09h00.
15 August Marapyane: Formation: 09h00.
15 August Jericho: Formation: 18h00.
16 August Ten Morgen Formation 14h00
17 August Mmakau: Formation: 18h00.
19 August Mothutlung: Formation: .
22August Lynwood: Formation: 09h00.
22August Marokolong: Formation: 09h00.
22 August Klippan: Formation:
23 August Hebron: Fromation: 14h00.
23 August Siyabuswa Formation:
25 August Mabopane: Formation: 18h00.
31 August Garankuwa Fromation 18h00.

On a Sunday of September, possibly the third Sunday, the Catechetical Sunday should be celebrated in the Parishes.
Catechists will prepare the Day with the catechetical groups in order to remind the Community of the Catechetical program and its requirements.
Main elements: explanation of the Catechetical programs (best if done before Mass); penitential rite by different people; special prayers of the Faithful; offertory procession with banners; testimonies after Communion and Community promise.

02 September Letlhabile: Formation – 18h00.
05 September Midrand: Formation - 14h00.
05 September Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2013 09h00 – 11h00.
06 September Hebron Kabelano Tsela 2014, Mass at 07h30.
10 September St. Charles Lwanga: Formation 18h00.
12 September Moya: Formation - 09h00
12 September St. Mary's Mamelodi: Formation – 14h00.
12 September Holy Rosary: Formation: 15h00.
13 September IFJ 2014 4th Study Day, Pretoria North, Mass at 15h00
14September Mmakau: Formation: 18h00.
16 September Mothutlung: Formation:
19 September Atteridgeville: Formation: 09h00.
19 September Marapyane: Formation: 09h00.
19 September Jericho: Formation: 18h00.
20September Ten Morgen Formation: 14h00.
22September Mabopane: Formation: 18h00.

24 September Catechetical Cultural Day
26September Lynwood: Formation: 09h00.
26 September Marokolong: Formation: 09h00.
26 September Klippan: Formation:
27 September Hebron: Fromation: 14h00.
27September Siyabuswa Formation:
28September Ga-Rankuwa Formation


03 October Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2014 09h00 – 11h00.
03 October Midrand: Formation 14h00.
03 October Sacred Heart Cathedral Formation 12h00
07 October Litlhabile Formation 18h00.
08 October St. Charles Lwanga: Formation 18h00.
09 – 11 October Final Retreat of IFJ 2015 ( Woorde en Aksie)
10 October Moya: Formation - 09h00
10 October St. Raphael/Clever Mamelodi: Formation 14h00.
10 October Holy Rosary: Formation: 15h00.
11 October Ten Morgen Formation: 14h00.
13October Mothutlung: Formation:
17 October Atteridgeville: Formation: 09h00.
17 Octber Marapyane: Formation: 09h00.
17October Jericho: Formation: 18h00.
18 October Hebron Kabelano Tsela 2015, Mass at 07h30
19 October Mmakau: Formation: 18h00.
25 October Day of Sending of Youth of 2013.
Venue: Church of the Beatitudes
24 October Lynwood: Formation: 09h00.
25 October Marokolong: Formation: 09h00.
25 October Siyabuswa Formation.
25 October Klippan: Formation:
27 October Mabopane: Formation: 18h00.


07 November Diocesan Commission of Catechesis Jolivet house at 09h00.
13-15 November IFJ 2016 1st Retreat.
Venue: To be confirmed.


Lord Jesus,
Son of the living God, splendour of the Father,
In your great love
You wanted to share our human condition
And to show the mystery of God’s life and love to us
In human ways
We stand before you, as your disciples, with wonder and faith
We believe that you have the good news of eternal life
And you are the Holy One of God
Increase our faith
So that we may be drawn
into an ever growing intimacy with you,
our beloved Saviour.
Confirm our faith
So that we may stand steadily
Against all the challenges
Of the present time
Make our faith touch deeply our hearts
And shape our way of living
So that we may become
A living example of your gospel
For all the people



569 Sreve Biko Road
Capital Park