Should you need to contact Fr Tony use the office phone number – 011 640 3154
Beatrice is continuing RCIA classes online. Anyone who would like to join the class should message or phone her on 082 450 4798
We appeal to our parishioners to continue donating to the parish and we suggest that your contributions be paid directly into the Parish Bank Account. The Parish banking details are as follows: Bank – Standard Bank Acc Name – Maryvale Catholic Church Acc Number – 001832670 Branch = 004105
If anyone would like to buy a copy of Living Faith July – Sep 2020 booklet (R30) please contact Ann (083 660 5608).
Pray With the Pope: July 2020
Pope’s Universal Prayer Intention: That today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.
The great value of family connections
Being connected is the key
………………………… A certain measure of independence is important, but being connected is what it’s really all about—and being connected is healthier, safer and more satisfying.
Hence it is important for nuclear families to have the necessary connections with the extended family as well as with friends, colleagues and acquaintances. This seems to me—speaking as a complete amateur of course—why the first need of a family, especially a young one, is to feel connected.
For example, a young mother looking after her firstborn needs the support and advice of an older, more experienced mother to reassure her that she’s getting things right. There are many books on parenting these days, but there’s no substitute for wise advice from a real person.
My nephew and niece are blessed to have a full deck of grandparents, all of whom are in South Africa. They also have a good spread of siblings which makes for myriad uncles and aunties for their children, which is great for their socialisation. As more children arrive, this makes for a network of cousins among the younger generation.
We are social animals, not self-sufficient individuals. The family network is where we grow and learn. People who subscribe to the theory of the sovereign individual should ask themselves who changed their nappies and brought them through the dangers and challenges of childhood to the relative security and independence of adulthood.
It is simply and obviously not good for us to be alone. The Covid-19 pandemic is teaching us this again through the pain of separation.
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