Kindly be informed that His Grace Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI, grants permission that the FEAST OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD which is a Holy Day of obligation, will be celebrated this THURSDAY 21st May 2020 (only for this year). This is where it is usually celebrated (40 days after Easter) and not on the following Sunday, this day will take place as the normal 7th Sunday of the year.
Both our Bishops send their Blessings and pray that you are keeping safe during this coronavirus pandemic lockdown period.
St Charles, Victory Park, celebrated Ascension Mass here https://youtu.be/ZbQahMhhjaM
Jesuit Institute https://www.jesuitinstitute.org.za/
EWTN, Walsingham and Radio Veritas as given on the Online Resources page
St. John Paul Was A Good Shepherd, Pope Says On Saint’s Birthday
“Let us pray to him today that he may give all of us – especially shepherds of the church – but all of us, the grace of prayer, the grace of closeness and the grace of justice-mercy, mercy-justice,” the pope said May 18, the 100th anniversary of the Polish pope’s birth.
Before releasing a written decree later that day, Pope Francis also announced during the Mass that the Oct. 5 liturgical memorial of St. Faustina Kowalska would no longer be optional but would be an obligatory feast day for the whole church. St. John Paul canonised St Faustina and promoted her devotion to Divine Mercy.
Pope Francis marked his predecessor’s birthday by celebrating morning Mass at the saint’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica.
With just a few dozen people – most of whom were wearing face masks – spread out in the pews, it was the first day after almost two months that Masses were open to the public throughout Italy as part of an easing of restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus. The pope, concelebrants and lectors did not wear face protection, but they did abide by social distancing rules.
In his homily, Pope Francis said that just as the Lord visited his people because he loved them, “today we can say that 100 years ago the Lord visited his people — he sent a man, he prepared him to be a bishop and to guide the church” as a shepherd.
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