Weleerwaarde Biskop Francisco Fortunato de Gouveia

Bishop writes...
Oudtshoorn, 26 April 2017

Almighty God, give your Church the grace
to proclaim the power of Jesus, our Risen Lord.

We have received the first fruits of his grace:
prepare us for the full revelation of his gifts.


A blessed Easter season to all!. For 50 days we continue to rejoice. Alleluia! Alleluia!

The prayer above is for Tuesday of the second week of Easter - not celebrated this year because it was replaced by the Feat of St. Mark. We share already now in the Resurrection!

A Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta
will be held at St. Saviour’s Cathedral, Oudtshoorn,
on Saturday 13 May 2017 at 9.00am.

Rosary will be prayed at 8.30am.

This is also the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima and the day on which Pope Francis will canonize the two believing peasant children in Fatima.

Martyrs aside, Francisco and Jacinta will be the youngest children ever to be canonized.

And Jesus said:   “Let the children come to me
for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”

 

Blessed Jacinta said to her cousin Lucia:   “[When I am in Heaven] I’m going to love Jesus very much, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, too. I’m going to pray a lot for you, for sinners, for the Holy Father, for my parents and my brothers and sisters, and for all the people who have asked me to pray for them…”     

The patronal feast of the Diocese of Oudtshoorn is the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The season for Confirmations has begun!   Last Sunday 9 young people were confirmed at St. Anne’s, Blanco, George.   The next Confirmations will take place on the following dates:

07 May           St. Liborius, Parkdene, George.

14 May           Ss. Peter & Paul, George.

21 May           St. Mary’s, Rosemore, George.

28 May           St. Joseph’s, De Doorns.

04 June           St. Nicholas’, Bridgton, Oudtshoorn.

A reminder that the Solemnity of the Ascension is transferred to Sunday 28 May.

YOUTH !   YOUTH !   YOUTH !

Please pray for God’s blessing on the Synod on Youth that will take place in Rome next year. All young people in the Diocese are invited to participate in responding to a world-wide questionnaire which has been sent out to all parishes and youth groups.   Urgent! Responses have to be in to Fr. Dennis Ongansie by 15 May!

Preparations are well under way for our own Diocesan mini-World Youth Day 09-11 June. We are hoping and praying that Dysselsdorp will be flooded with Catholic Youth that weekend. Please encourage all young people to attend! And the young-of-heart!   I shall be there on all 3 days! Our faith is Forever Young!!

Welcome to Sr. Jesline Maliakel who has joined the Franciscan Clarist community at Dysselsdorp. I shall give her a special welcome when I celebrate Mass with the community next week. Sr. Jesline who comes from India is no stranger to South Africa.   She previously ministered for 6 years as teacher in the Diocese of Mthatha.

May the Lord bless you during this Easter season and in the words of Romans 6:11    

“And you, too, must think of yourselves as dead to sin, and alive      with a life that looks towards God, through Christ Jesus our Lord

† Bishop Francisco de Gouveia

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Text Box: Almighty Father, the love you offer always exceeds the furthest expression
of our human longing, for you are greater than the human heart.
Direct each thought, each effort of our life, so that the limits
of our faults and weaknesses may not obscure
the vision of your glory or keep us from 
the peace you have promised.

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