Fr Tony has resumed public masses at Maryvale. A reminder of mass times:
Weekday Morning Mass – Mon to Sat 07h00 / 7am Weekday Evening Mass – Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 18h00 / 6pm
Weekend Mass – Sat 17h30 / 5:30pm Sun 08h00 / 10h00 / 17h30
We welcome Deacon Vusi Khumalo who is working at Maryvale until his ordination on 19th December 2020.
Cardinal Sarah – ‘Let us return to the Eucharist with joy’
Letter on the celebration of the liturgy during and after the COVID 19 pandemic to the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church.
The pandemic caused by the Covid 19 virus has produced upheavals not only in social, family, economic, educational, and work dynamics, but also in the life of the Christian community, including the liturgical dimension. To prevent the spread of the virus, rigid social distancing was necessary, which had repercussions on a fundamental trait of Christian life: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Mt 18:20); “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And all who believed were together and had all things in common” (Acts 2:42-44).
While the pagans built temples dedicated only to the divinity, to which people had no access, Christians, as soon as they enjoyed freedom of worship, immediately built places that were domus Dei et domus ecclesiae, where the faithful could recognize themselves as the community of God, a people summoned for worship and constituted as a holy assembly. God can therefore proclaim: “I am your God, you will be my people” (cf. Ex 6:7; Dt 14:2). …………………….
The Lord remains faithful to his Covenant (cf. Dt. 7:9) and Israel becomes for this very reason the Abode of God, the holy place of his presence in the world (cf. Ex 29:45; Lv 26: 11-12). For this reason, the house of the Lord presupposes to the presence of the family of the children of God. Today, too, in the prayer of the dedication of a new Church, the Bishop asks that it be what it should be by its very nature:
“[…] make this for ever a holy place […]
Here may the flood of divine grace
overwhelm the offenses of humanity,
so that your children, Father, being dead to sin,
may be reborn to heavenly life.
Here may your faithful people,
standing around the table of the altar,
celebrate the memorial of the Passover
and be refreshed by the banquet
of Christ’s word and body.
Here may the joyful offering of praise resound,
the voice of men and women be joined to the song of the Angels,
and continual pray rise up to you for the salvation of the world.
Here may the poor find mercy,
the oppressed discover true freedom,
and all people be clothed with the dignity of your children,
until they come rejoicing
to that Jerusalem which is above.”
The Christian community has never sought isolation and has never made the Church a city with closed doors. …………….
As soon as circumstances permit, however, it is necessary and urgent to return to the normality of Christian life, which has the church building as its home and the celebration of the liturgy, especially the Eucharist, as “the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed, at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10)………….
— We cannot live, be Christians, fully realizing our humanity and the desires for good and happiness that dwell in our hearts without the Word of the Lord, which in the celebration of the liturgy takes shape and becomes a living word, spoken by God for those who today open their hearts to listen;
— We cannot live as Christians without participating in the Sacrifice of the Cross in which the Lord Jesus gives himself unreservedly to save, by his death, humanity which had died because of sin; the Redeemer associates humanity with himself and leads it back to the Father; in the embrace of the Crucified One all human suffering finds light and comfort;
— We cannot be without the banquet of the Eucharist, the table of the Lord to which we are invited as sons and daughters, brothers and sisters to receive the Risen Christ himself, present in body, blood, soul and divinity in that Bread of heaven which sustains us in the joys and labours of this earthly pilgrimage;
— We cannot be without the Christian community, the family of the Lord: we need to meet our brothers and sisters who share the sonship of God, the fraternity of Christ, the vocation and the search for holiness and the salvation of their souls in the rich diversity of ages, personal histories, charisms and vocations;
— We cannot be without the house of the Lord, which is our home, without the holy places where we were born to faith, where we discovered the provident presence of the Lord and discovered the merciful embrace that lifts up those who have fallen, where we consecrated our vocation to marriage or religious life, where we prayed and gave thanks, rejoiced and wept, where we entrusted to the Father our loved ones who had completed their earthly pilgrimage;
— We cannot be without the Lord’s Day, without Sunday which gives light and meaning to the successions of days of work and to family and social responsibilities.
Let us therefore continue to entrust ourselves confidently to God’s mercy, to invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, salus infirmorum at auxilium christianorum, for all those who are sorely tried by the pandemic and every other affliction, let us persevere in prayer for those who have left this life, and at the same time let us renew our intention to be witnesses of the Risen One and heralds of a sure hope, which transcends the limits of this world.
From the Vatican, 15 August 2020 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Robert Card. Sarah
Maryvale Parish Notices
The Southern Cross monthly magazine will be available at Maryvale at the beginning of October for R30. Please continue to support the Southern Cross by buying a copy each month.
Opening of Maryvale Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated in the hall (50 people) and sound projected in the car park.
ATTENDEES COME TO MASS ENTIRELY AT THEIR OWN RISK AND NEED TO FOLLOW REQUIRED PROTOCOLS:
- Wear a face mask to and throughout mass
- Sanitize hands at the entrance to the hall
- Fill in personal details list
- Observe/keep social distance at all times (2m all round)
WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND MASSES WILL BE CELEBRATED AT THESE TIMES:
Weekday Morning Mass – Mon to Sat 07h00 / 7am
Weekday Evening Mass – Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 18h00 / 6pm
Weekend Mass – Sat 17h30 / 5:30pm
Sun 08h00 / 10h00 / 17h30
Should you need to contact Fr Tony use the office phone number – 011 640 3154 or visit the office.
Maryvale Charismatic Prayer Group is inviting you for Online Fellowship,
Date: Every Tuesday Time: 19:00 – 20:00
Topic: Various encouraging talks with scriptures.
Meeting ID: 893 9889 0504
You may also join by dialing any of the numbers below.:
Dialing from Cape Town
+27 21 426 8190
+27 21 426 8191
+27 87 550 3946
Dialing from JHB
+27 87 551 7702
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
A collection will be taken at all weekend masses.
YOUCAT are working to offer bonus material for children for every question in YOUCAT for Kids to ensure that the content can be learned in an inspiring and entertaining way. Do use the material available on https://www.youcat.org/bonus-material
https://www.catholicjhb.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/AD-News-Sep-2020.pdf for the September 2020 AdNews
The Southern Cross monthly magazine will be available at Maryvale at the beginning of October for R30.