Tuesday December 12th 2017

PARISH PASTORAL PLAN

Issued October 2006

Published by Parish Pastoral Council of Holy Redeemer Parish

Introduction

It is Christ who tells us how his Church should live in these days.

His plan is our plan.

We find our way of being the Church
by listening deeply to the Gospel.

In this way we shall be evangelized so that we in turn
can evangelize others.

Our plan is to be a Church which is a true community,
where all feel they are brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our plan is to be a Church which serves all people,
helping them to a life which is truly human,
truly formed in the image of God

We believe that this is our humble share in God’s universal plan.

May God help us to fulfill this plan,
the plan God made before the world began.

(From SACBC Pastoral Plan document  May 1989 which forms and is acknowledged as the basis upon which this plan has been developed)

SECTION 1 . OVERVIEW OF THE PLAN

Our Pastoral Plan is built around 4 corner stones

  1. Co-Responsibility for our Parish and Church
  2. Building Community
  3. The Family as the Center of our Faith
  4. Serving Humanity in the Mind of Christ

Each of these elements create opportunity for each and every member of our Parish to play a small part in achieving our overall vision. The Church today faces a number of challenges and competition for our members time and beliefs. Together as a united Community we can support each other and ensure that we all work towards a common goal and vision. We are guided by the Spirit in our direction, but we can only benefit by active participation, in what ever small way.

God’s plan cannot be realized without Christ’s grace (Jn 15:5)

But it also cannot be realized without our effort (1 Cor3:5ff, 2 Cor 6:1ff),

Our effort to fill the world with Christ’s love and free it from its suffering.

That is why we have been called both to be a community and to serve humanity

Our Pastoral Plan is an Invitation to continuous growth

Sharing in God’s plan is an invitation to grow.

It does not mean drawing up a list of do’s and don’ts.

It means rather: reading the signs of the times,

Moving from stage to stage, listening to the Spirit

And responding to the needs of the moment.

SECTION 2. CURRENT STATUS of HOLY REDEEMER PARISH

Holy Redeemer covers a wide community and geographic border including Diep River, Heathfield, Bergvliet, Belle Constantia, Meadowridge, Dreyersdal, Retreat, Elfindale, Punts Estate.

No of Parishioners 1340 families
No of Priests (Redemptorist monastery) 3
No of Deacons 2
Religious Brothers (C.Ss.R) 1
Ministers of the Eucharist 27
Religious Institutions (Schools) 1
Hospitals 2
Old Age/Retirement Homes 2
Prisons 1
Basic Christian Communities 5
No of Catechism teachers 11
Budget expenditure R1.4 million pa
Facilities Church building , Parish Centre, caretaker cottage – owned by Redemptorist order
Active Ministries and Groupings Approx 40

As at July 2006

Factors that are favourable:

  • Active Ministries and Church Groups
  • Redemptorist Parish
  • Responsive parishioners
  • Active Youth groups
  • Self-sustainable
  • Liturgy for all ages

Factors that are challenges:

  • Geographical extent
  • Parental involvement in spiritual guidance
  • Coordinated Parish Structure
  • Home visiting
  • Communication

AREAS OF PRIORITY IDENTIFIED BY PPC IN NOVEMBER 2005

The following Priorities have been identified and highlighted by the PPC.

  1. Better and more communications between Groups and the Parish Community
  2. Creating a strong youth program involving the whole Parish
  3. Create an aligned structure of Ministries and Groups to facilitate individual Spiritual growth.
  4. Build Community and improve Parish Community inter action – Family orientated
  5. Create an inclusive culture with strong participation
  6. Bring lapsed Catholics back into the Parish community

SECTION 3. OUR VISION

To be a self sustaining Catholic community, through accepting co-responsibility for our Parish and Church, such that we are able to help each other grow as individuals and families both spiritually and personally within our own parish and the wider Community, whilst strengthening our faith in Christ and the Church and reaching out to those less fortunate than ourselves

WE ACHIEVE THIS BY MOVING:

FROM                                                                         TO

A number of individual Groups & Ministries Structured and aligned Parish Community covering all identified needs
Small networks and Personal inter-actions Regular, widespread communications
Small number of keen individuals with large number of interested but inactive others Large number of participating people led by highly motivated and knowledgeable individuals
Community with limited knowledge of Faith Community self-motivated by a clear understanding of their Faith
Sunday Catholics Living our Christian belief 24/7
Imposed youth initiatives Youth led pressure for activities & growth
Members of the Parish Using the Family as the Epi-Centre of Development of our Faith.

To this end we have agreed 4 corner stones upon which our Pastoral Plan is built:

  1. Co-Responsibility for our Parish and Church
  2. Building Community
  3. The Family as the Center of our Faith
  4. Serving Humanity according to the Mind of Christ

These are discussed in detail in Section 4

 

SECTION 4:THE FOUR CORNER STONES OF OUR PASTORAL PLAN

4.1 CO-RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CHURCH

The concept of co-responsibility is based on the premise that the full Parish Community i.e each and every member active and inactive must take responsibility for the Church. It cannot be only the Religious and Priests that drive the Church. The second Vatican Council made it clear that it is our Church and thus we collectively have a duty of co-responsibility for the Church and our Parish. The SACBC Pastoral Directive of 1994 defined 7 key areas of co-responsibility:

  • Co-Responsibility in EVANGELISATION
  • Co-Responsibility in TRANSFORMING THE WORLD
  • Co-Responsibility in THE LITURGY
  • Co-Responsibility in DECISION MAKING
  • Co-Responsibility through LAY MINISTRIES
  • Co-Responsibility through Small Christian Communities (BCC/SCC)
  • Participation in SODALITIES within the Parish

We propose to retain these defined areas of co-responsibility and use them as the basis for creating both an opportunity for, and a culture of, active participation in the Church by all our parish members.

 

4.2 BUILDING COMMUNITY

The call to build community is not a mere human urge.

It comes to us from the divine community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in whose image we are made.

Moved by the Spirit of love the early Christian community became a “group of believers united in heart and soul” (Acts 4:32).

This oneness is emphasized in countless texts. Thus we read in the letter to the Ephesians: “ Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that holds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were called into one and the same hope…There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all” (Eph 4:3-6)

It is of such a community that we are members. It is for the building up of such community that we are called.

Our Christian identity enriches the instinct for community built by God into our human nature.

The Second Vatican Council teaches us that: “the encouragement of unity is in harmony with the deepest nature of the Church’s mission.” (The Church in the Modern World 42)

Therefore  building up the wider community is of the utmost importance to us.

ARE WE A COMMUNITY OR NOT?

Having listened to what we are called to we must look at our actual experience in our Parish and Community.

Do we experience genuine community there?

HOW WE PLAN TO BUILD COMMUNITY IN HOLY REDEEMER

  1. Liturgy as a communal celebration

The supreme experience of community for our Parish should be the celebration of the liturgy.

Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations” in the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist, in the person of the minister, in the proclamation of the word, in the worshipping community. (The Liturgy 7)

We therefore wish the liturgy in our parish to reflect the vision of our Pastoral Plan. Our liturgy should be a community experience. We need to find ways to overcome anonymity in the liturgy. The conducting of the parish liturgy should not be the work of one person, but rather the celebration of a community.

We all need to be trained: celebrants and homilists, ministers and prayer leaders, directors and leaders of singing and music, readers and ushers, and the congregation as a whole.

All who are willing and able are encouraged to participate enthusiastically and fully.

  1. Using Associations to assist in community building

In a Parish such as our, the most effective way for our members to experience true community is by belonging to one or more of the many associations, solidarities, movements and groups that have flourished here in Holy Redeemer.

As a direct action in our Plan we want to extend such an experience to the wider community. Building some of these activities into neighborhood communities will be a powerful way to achieve our goal of full and active participation by all.

  1. Creation of Small Christian Communities

Small Christian Communities (SCC or Basic CC) are local neighborhood communities which are meant to be permanent, meeting as often as they choose, (minimum monthly) in members homes (can rotate) based on Gospel sharing and communal action. They can be coordinated by the Parish Pastoral Council if sufficient numbers are established. All members of the parish community are invited to participate. There is no blue print or universal form for such communities, (but good examples occur in our Parish)

  1. Catechesis forms, informs and transforms the community

It is often said that the quality of the Christian life of a community depends greatly on the quality of the catechesis given in the community.

Catechesis is a vital way in which the community forms itself according to the mind of Jesus, informs itself of the truth of his teaching and transforms itself and the world towards the Kingdom of God.

We envisage that catechesis becomes the task of the community, not only the task of its leaders and teachers. It should be the task not of the few, but of the many.

We aspire to catechesis including not only the children of the parish, but that all members become part of a continual learning process, which clarifies and deepens their faith.

  1. Gospel Sharing builds community

Gospel sharing has proven to be a valuable, scripture-based method of community building.

When done correctly Gospel-sharing can be an easy and yet very deep form of evangelization, since it helps communities to link the Gospel and their life situation.

  1. Ministries can create community

Many and varied Ministries have been created in our Parish and in them selves have created a spirit of community. To be effective the tasks within Ministries need to be shared out among the wider community. Decision making should be ‘inclusive’ and ‘consultative’. In this way all will experience a deep sense of belonging to the community.

  1. Leadership attitudes build community

Our leadership needs to develop attitudes and styles that promote community life. They should start this development amongst themselves by working in teams and not alone, and sharing in information and skills with as many as possible.

Leadership should be rotated to ensure ideas and enthusiasm are refreshed. Women should be encouraged to exercise leadership within our Parish community. In these ways the community benefits from differing leadership styles and charisms. Our leaders will not be above people, but among them, consulting with and involving them wherever possible in decisions and issues.

  1. Dealing with Conflict

Conflict is an inevitable part of the process of growth. Stresses and strains always accompany community building as a result of diverse backgrounds, life experiences and attitudes.

Situations of conflict demand a special exercise of Christian care, prudence and love. Inspired by a spirit of love opposing parties need to meet and dialogue with one another .

 

4.3. THE FAMILY AS THE CENTRE OF OUR FAITH

Society today is perceived as moving away from the value of the family as the central point for development of Society itself. The relentless chase after material goods and ‘wealth’ would seem to put ‘respect for people’ as a value way down the list of priorities. It is within the family that these values are learned, assimilated and reflected.

The Second Vatican Council teaches us that: “ the union of the human family is greatly fostered and perfected by the unity that Christ established amongst us” (The Church in the Modern World 42)

With many divorced, dysfunctional split or non-existant families within our communities, it becomes clear that these time honoured values have little exposure and ‘viewing’ time within our current lifestyles, often through no direct fault of our own.

The well known phrase ‘the family that prays together, stays together’ needs no introduction to the majority, but perhaps needs to be made into reality for us all. This pastoral plan envisages a Parish with a support structure for families, offering ideas, activities and occasions where the family will play a central role on the journey of Faith Enrichment and worship.

HOW WE PLAN TO BUILD FAITH AROUND THE FAMILY

  1. Encouragement of basic family prayer times, especially grace before meals, thanks for blessings received and personal evening prayers.
  2. Developing a sense of religiousness within the home, with visible manifestation of the family’s faith openly and proudly displayed.
  3. Building a sense of desire to actively participate as a family in the local Small Christian Community
  4. Creating opportunities for family worship around the Rosary, Adoration and Stations of the Cross.
  5. Using Parish resources to provide emotional and other support to families and family members.
  6.  By reaching out to other families , single parent families, broken families, offering support, healing and acceptance

 

4.4. SERVING HUMANITY ACCORDING TO THE MIND OF CHRIST

  1. A Serving Community

Our God is a serving God. God’s Son came to serve not to be served. (Mt 20:28). Second Vatican Council expressed it as : “The Church desires nothing more ardently that to develop itself ……..in the service of all” (The Church in the Modern World 42). Serving humanity is not new for the Church, which through its provision of services, hospital, schools, orphanages etc has done a remarkable job so far. But we must see these services as part of a larger vision: ‘The vision of a better world, a more human world, one transformed by the Spirit’

We must therefore work to create a world in which people can grow in goodness and love. In all who strive for a better world, we can see God’s Spirit at work. It is that same Spirit, the Spirit of love and service that prompts us to join them in their task.

  1. A community working to make the world more human

A new outlook on life should be developed, in which people are valued more than material things, people respect their own dignity and that of others, confidentiality and trust replace fear.

An area of focus is that of sexuality. Human relationships are being rapidly degraded in society today by breaking the link between sexuality and commitment. We as a Parish must work for enrichment of marriage and family life by fostering the unity between love, commitment and sexuality.

Another area is that of basic material needs. Many within our parish community and the Archdiocese lack even the basic necessities of life. Where we can we must all share the burden of providing resources for all.

  1. A Parish that can detect and meet human needs

We can only respond to needs if we can see them. We as a Parish Community need to learn how to discover the needs within our Parish community. No community is a true community if within it needs are ignored.

Meeting these identified needs is not the task of a few, while others focus on fostering their personal relationship with God. Rather we wish our Parish to become a community where all believers act together to build a better, a more human, world. Helping Groups to develop their resources empowers them to meet their own needs and in turn share generously with others.

  1. Our greatest need: to overcome injustice

Widespread injustice has been the greatest sin that faced us, the greatest denial of love. Working for true justice is a task for every parish and Holy Redeemer is no exception to this. To accept the Gospel means to accept the demands of justice, and to overcome discrimination and inequality.

  1. Liturgy and the transformation of the world

Our service to the world needs to find expression in our liturgies.

Those participating in the Sunday liturgy should feel inspired to engage themselves in the transformation of the whole of life. Gathering for the breaking of bread should remind us of:

Our need to share with others, to sacrifice ourselves for others, as Christ sacrificed himself for us.

And as we contemplate the bread become Christ’s Body, we are reminded of the glorious transformation that awaits the whole of creation, when Christ will come again and be “everything and in everything” (Col 3:11) “so that God may be all in all” (1Cor 15:28)

 

SECTION 5: THE ROAD AHEAD AND ACTION PLANS

Knowing where we are and where we wish to be allows us to consider a ‘road map’ to make sure we can turn our thoughts, aspirations and plans into reality. To do this we have sketched out some actions for implementation together with a proposed time frame. As with all journeys we will need to be flexible and our hope as a Parish Council is that this Pastoral Plan acts as a guideline for all our parish members to build on it within the framework of the plan and towards the Vision we have developed. Achieving the Vision cannot be on the basis of being led by the PPC but rather needs full co-responsibility and active participation of all.

To assist the Parish body in this regard the PPC commits to the following short term actions:

  • CONSOLIDATE AS A STRUCTURED AND REPRESENTATIVE PARISH COUNCIL IN 2006
  • ESTABLISH A FINANCE COUNCIL AND PRODUCE A 2006/7 BUDGET PROPOSAL TO ENSURE FINANCES ARE ON A SOUND AND SUSTAINABLE FOOTING
  • ENSURE MINISTRIES AND GROUPS ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL
  • PUT IN PLACE CLEAR COMMUNICATIONS TO PARISH COMMUNITY
  • HOLD REGULAR INDABA’S TO SHARE IDEAS AND SHAPE ACTIVITIES, AND ENTRENCH CONSULTATION
  • UNDERTAKE A PARISH MISSION (27 Aug to 10 Sep 2006)
  • CONDUCT A PARISH CENSUS TO UPDATE ALL RECORDS
  • DIVIDE PARISH INTO LOCAL ‘WARDS’ FOR BUILDING THE SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY STRUCTURE
  • PROVIDE A PACKAGE OF PRE-PLANNED SCC MEETING OUTLINES FOR A FULL YEAR
  • ADVERTISE MINISTRIES, GROUPS AND SOLIDARITIES REGULARLY
  • FORM A PARISH LITURGY COMMITTEE FROM LITURGY MINISTRIES
  • FOCUS ON BIBLE STUDY AND CREATE FORUMS FOR DISCUSSION AND THEOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING IN A “USER FRIENDLY” WAY

Achieving this will be no easy task and it is important that the prayers of the Parish community are regularly offered in support and guidance of us all as we embark upon our “Journey of Growth”

 

APPENDICES DESCRIBING THE PPC STRUCTURE, GROUPS REPESENTED SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES SUGGESTED ROLES ARE BELOW:

 

PASTORAL PLAN APPENDICES                          APPENDIX 1

STRUCTURE OF PASTORAL COUNCIL FOR HOLY REDEEMER PARISH

REPRESENTATION

Parish Priest is the Convener and presides over the Council

Deacons and Assistant Priests (ex Officio)

A representative from each of the following Groups shall be elected by groups involved:

  • LITURGICAL COMMITTEE
  • FAMILY LIFE RENEWAL
  • RELIGIOUS FORMATION
  • FAITH ENRICHMENT
  • MUSIC MINISTRIES
  • THE CARE GROUP
  • YOUTH MINISTRY
  • MAINTENANCE
  • St VINCENT de PAUL
  • SOCIAL ECUMENISM

Plus:

Max 3 elected representatives from parish Community

and

Max 3 Nominated by Parish Priest (his option)

OFFICES HELD

Executive comprising:

Parish Priest (President of Council), The Chair and vice Chair persons and the Secretary, and ex Officio members

One counselor should act as the Representative for the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council

PERIOD OF OFFICE

Period of Office: 2 years, plus 2 if re confirmed for nominated and elected persons. Vacancies filled by next most voted person, or if nominated , at Parish Priests discretion (no by-elections are held).

FULL COUNCIL MEETINGS

Every Second month formally with virtual meetings as necessary & called by Parish Priest

Simply majority creates a Quorum.

NB Finance Committee acts within its own mandates outside of PPC

PASTORAL PLAN APPENDICES                          APPENDIX 2

MINISTRIES CURRENTLY REPRESENTED

  • LITURGICAL GROUPS
  • MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
  • READERS
  • LITURGICAL DANCING
  • ALTER SERVERS
  • FLOWER ARRANGERS
  • USHERS
  • SACRISTANS
  • FAMILY LIFE RENEWAL
  • COUPLES FOR CHRIST
  • PARENT/FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
  • PARENTING COURSES
  • MARRIAGE COUNSELLING AND PROGRAMS
  • WIDOWED SUPPORT
  • RELIGEOUS FORMATION
  • CATHECHISTS
  • RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
  • BAPTISM PREPARATION
  • RESOURCE CENTRE (VIDEO LIBRARY)
  • PRE-SCHOOLERS
  • FAITH ENRICHMENT
  • ALPHA MINISTRY
  • ROSARY
  • SOCIETY OF MARY
  • NOVENA
  • ADORATION
  • BCC/HOME MASS
  • CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
  • MARIAN MOVEMENT
  • PADRE PIO
  • PRAYER CHAIN
  • THE CARE GROUP
  • ST. GERARDS WOMENS ASOCIATION
  • CO-WORKERS OF MOTHER TERESA
  • SISTERS OF CHARITY
  • NAZARETH HOUSE
  • HIV/AIDS AWARENESS AND SUPPORT
  • COUNSELLING MINISTRY
  • VISITATION OF THE SICK AND ELDERLY
  • CHAPLAINCY (CONSTANTIABERG AND DP MARAIS)
  • CWD
  • MUSIC MINISTRIES
  • ORGANISTS
  • UNITY GROUP
  • CHARISMATIC GROUP
  • CHOIR
  • YOUTH MINISTRY
  • YOUTH GROUPS
  • SIYA
  • YOUNG CHRISTIAN KIDS
  • YOUTH MASS
  • PARISH YOUTH COMMITTEE
  • OUTREACH
  • MAINTAINENCE
  • PARISH OFFICE
  • SECRETARIAT
  • BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
  • MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE OF HOLY REDEEMER
  • ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
  • ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
  • SOCIAL ECUMENISM –
  • COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • OTHER CHURCHES
  • JUSTICE AND PEACE
  • SUNDAY LIFTS
  • FUNERAL TEAS

PASTORAL PLAN APPENDICES                          APPENDIX 3

MAP OF HOLY REDEEMER PARISH BOUNDARIES

The Parish is bounded by the following areas:

Elfindale, Diep River, Punts Estate, Heathfield, Meadowridge, Bergvliet, Dreyersdal, Dennedal, Kirstenhof, Raape Kraal, Westlake, Pollsmoor, Sweet Valley, Fir Grove, Belle Constantia, Airlie, Nova Constantia, Tokai, Steenberg, Porter Estate, Klein Constantia.

Full map available in Parish Office

PASTORAL PLAN APPENDICES                          APPENDIX 4

RUNNING SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY MEETINGS 

MEETING – AS OFTEN AS THE GROUP WISHES –  we meet once a month.

The leader’s role is one of animation, co-ordination, facilitation NOT domination.

Better a team of three co-ordinators rather than one.

Group should have two facets – PRAYER & ACTION

VENUE :      

People should take turns to host meeting if possible.  This depends on the size of the group and safe parking.

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • Sit down together, share the joys and problems of life.
  • See what light the Word of God sheds on the situation.
  • Consider what can be done in the circumstances.
  • Pray with one another.

HOW TO RUN THE MEETING – TIME ONE HOUR – LIGHT A CANDLE

  1. Open with a prayer – place yourselves in the presence of God.
  2. Report back on previous Action, prayer requests, etc.
  3. Ask someone to read a Bible passage and leave a couple of minutes for Members to think about it.   Don’t fear the silence – it gives the Holy Spirit a chance to speak to us.
  4. Get a different reader to read the passage again.    Pause again.
  5. Invite members to share what the passage says to them, paying attention to the challenge it raises for them.   There should be no preaching.
  6. Determine the practical application of the passage.   What ACTION can we take?
  7.   Shared prayer.

IDEAS FOR MEETINGS

  1. Discussions of Bulletin News, eg. Praying with Salt & Light
  2. Thoughts from ‘Faith for daily Living’
  3. Discussion of the Mass Liturgy of the Day, eg. Psalms, Gospel
  4. Meet at Schoenstatt with Alan Morris’ SCC group to say Rosary at the Shrine or Stations of the Cross in the gardens there.
  5. Pray the Rosary – also worked specifically on the Mysteries of Light when that first became part of the Rosary. or
  6. Pray the Stations of the Cross eg the Divine Mercy Stations,  or Pray the Seven Dolours of our Lady, or The Chaplet of Divine Mercy for specific intentions.
  7. Explained the ‘Rosary Novena’ – 57 days in petition followed by 57 days in thanksgiving.
  8. Discuss ‘Moments Closest to Christ’ experiences we have each day/week.
  9. Listen to tapes, eg. Dr. Wayne Dyer’s tape on Knowing your Eternal Nature – dealing with dying and sorrow.
    I attended an Open Door Parish Retreat some years ago and shared points about Dispositions for Prayer, and Praying with Scripture.
  10. Motivational speech or workshop someone attended, eg I attended a motivational speech by Bruce Walsh, a victim of the Planet Hollywood bomb blast.   He lost both legs below knee.    I attended a workshop on from Anger to Forgiveness;  discussed that at the group meeting
  11. The A B C of Prayer;   the Serenity Prayer
  12. Novena to the Holy Spirit before Pentecost
  13. Pat talked about Wayne Weibel’s book Final Harvest about exhortations of Our Lady’s appearances to the visionaries at Medjugorje
  14. June is month of Sacred Heart – discussed pamphlet
  15. Easter Joy – discussed pamphlet
  16. See a Video – Exploring Catholic Church  and Personal Prayer, Pathway to Joy – Dr. M.D’Ambrosio No Turning Back;  Fatima;  Padre Pio; Parts 1, 2 & 3 of Retreat Video by Fr. Benedict Groeshel on theMercy of God in the Family (from Alan Morris).
  17. Get visitors to Holy Land, Fatima, Lourdes, Garabandal, Medjugorje to come and talk to us
  18. October – pray Sorrowful Mysteries with meditations from the book Praying the Rosary, by David Konstant.
  19. Discuss a book someone has read, eg. Wendy spoke about a book called The Anatomy of the Spirit by Charlotte Nuss which she found helpful & interesting.
  20. Pauline attended a Retreat at Schoenstatt and spoke to us about Centering Prayer.
  21. Jeanne talked about her walking pilgrimage to Sienna.
  22. Jeanne talked about Thomas Merton and his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, and The Sign of Jonah.
  23. Jeanne shared notes she took from the Dalai Lama’s talk at Kirstenbosch about the need for universal peace, harmony and global ethics.
  24. Discussed a Commentary on the Mass by St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Rondebosch, over two meetings.
  25. Rita read out thoughts on God the Father from her Schoenstatt booklet by Fr. Kentenich.
  26. Pat discussed the booklet Our Father by Matthew Kelly
  27. Pat has discussed various chapters from The Poem of the Man God by Maria Valtorte over the years.
  28. Suggestions from the Parish in preparation for Lent & Advent
  29. Discussed pamphlet from Parish ‘Jesus come Burn in our Hearts’
  30. Fr. Robin came and held a ‘Holy Hour’ with us
  31. Ask a priest to say a house mass for members & family.
  32. Fr. Bafana came to talk to us about ‘tricky questions’ we had.

PART OF THE MEETING EMPHASISES ‘ACTION’

Apart from  minuting a list of people’s intentions/needs in the group, we also hand around a bank bag for donations at each meeting.   At the end of the year the money goes to a worthy cause which the group decides on. Eg helping an altar boy with school fees;    Christmas presents for about 50 old people at Nazareth House; Donations to St. Michaels Childrens Home in Plumstead;   Donations to Little Angels

I think a really important part of the cohesion of the Small Christian Community is a written summary of the meeting which everyone gets – specially good for those who missed the meeting  and to remind us of our needs/ intentions, etc. and for advice of the following meeting date,  bible readings, catering, venue etc.

Members take turns in catering for the meeting – ie sandwiches, cakes to have with tea.

FOR ANY INFORMATION OR HELP STARTING UP A SCC GROUP CONTACT PAT MOOLENSCHOT OF  CONSTANTIA HILLS SCC TEL. 794-5917

 

 

 

 

 


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