Dioecesis Oudtshoornensis
Oudtshoorn, 15 February 2018

We are now in the holy season of Lent. Our annual diocesan pilgrimage to the Kruisberg in Dysselsdorp takes place this coming Sunday. The Stations of the Cross will take place at 8.00am. The focus this year will be on Vocations with the theme CALLED BY NAME. “I have called you by your name you are mine.”   (Isaiah 43:1)

Mass will be celebrated at 11.00am in the Amphitheatre of the Don Bosco Youth Camp. Between the Stations of the Cross and the celebration of Mass there will be a period of Praise and Worship, reflections on the theme and tributes to Fr. Johannes Rankel SAC who died on 12 January.  Fr. Rankel served the community at Dysselsdorp from 1969 to 1993. During this time he was instrumental in realising the building of the Youth Camp and the Stations of the Cross on the Kruisberg along with most of the other Church buildings in Dysselsdorp.

Other events during Lent 2018


Friday 16 February ---  Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and other conflict-torn areas in the world.

Friday 09-10 March --- ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ an initiative promoted by Pope Francis during the Year of Mercy in 2016. Ideally the call is that churches would remain open for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and with opportunities for Confession from late Friday afternoon to late Saturday afternoon. This is not practical in our diocese but perhaps attempts can be made to have it for a few hours on Friday and again on Saturday morning. It is before the 4th Sunday of Lent which focuses on the Mercy and Forgiveness of the Lord.

Friday 23-24 March -- Camp for Young Catholic Adult Males. Contact Fr. Dennis Ongansie

Sunday 25 March ---  Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. There will be a joint Anglican-Catholic procession of palm branches in Mossel Bay led by the Catholic and Anglican bishops. This is a new ecumenical venture which began last year when it was held in George. For more information contact Fr. Luyolo Jacobs at Mossel Bay.

Tuesday 27 March --- Chrism Mass at St. Conrad’s, Dysselsdorp, at 6.00pm. All welcome!

And listen to Catholic Hour on Eden FM on Sundays of Lent at 6.00pm.

Installation of Parish Priests

George East: On 06 February Fr. Ashley Orgill O Praem was installed as the new parish priest of Good Shepherd, St. Liborius and St Mary’s.

Montagu, Heidelberg and Swellendam: On 25 February Fr. Edward Alkaster will be installed as the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima, Guardian Angel and St. Patrick’s at a combined Mass at St. Patrick’s at 10.00am.

Bonnievale, Robertson and Worcester (Christ the King): On 04 March Fr. Patrick Claassen will be installed as parish priest at Christ the King at 08:30 and later at 10:30 there will be a combined Mass for Our Lady of the Valley and St. Monica at Robertson.

Still Bay, Riversdal, Friemersheim and Mossel Bay: On 11 March Fr. Johan Strydom will be installed as parish priest of St. Francis Xavier, St. Michael, St. Thomas, St Charles Lwanga and St. Blaize at a combined Mass at St. Blaize at 9.00am.

Clergy Pastoral Conference

The priests, deacons and bishop of our Diocese will be gathering for the annual Clergy Pastoral Conference at the Capuchin Adoration Convent in Swellendam from 26 February to the 02 March. There will be reports from the Bishop, Deans, Diocesan Directors of various ministries, chaplains of sodalities, religious communities, among others.

This year there will also be mini-workshops on the diocesan Child Protection Policy (see the website www.bisdomoudtshoorn.org), the Bishops’ Lenten Programme on Faith Confronting Racism and youth ministry in the context of the Synod on Youth which takes place in Rome in October. There will also be a serious discussion on vocations to the priesthood and religious life. We have only one young man from the diocese in the seminary.

Please pray for your deacons, priests and bishop during this important conference.

Diocesan Pastoral Council

The annual meeting takes place on 21 March at Step-Aside. Deans and Deanery Pastoral Council chairpersons please ensure that there is a full representation from your deanery.

FAITH CONFRONTING RACISM

Our Bishops’ Conference has published a series of pamphlets on this year’s Lenten theme: Faith Confronting Racism. What does our Catholic faith have to say about racism (the belief that one ethnic group, nationality or indeed any group is superior to another)?   There are three pamphlets which have been put on to our diocesan website www.bisdomoudtshoorn.org

*   Ten things you can do during Lent

*   Prayer resources including an Examination of Conscience

*   Discussion guide for parish groups

Prayer for Healing from Racism


Loving God,
you hold us in your hands
for we are all made in your image.
Help us to celebrate our differences.

Help us to use our diversity
to share with each other the richness
of our many cultures, languages and backgrounds.

Help us to dissolve racism still found in our hearts and in the Church
and help us work for a loving society
in which none are despised and discriminated against
by virtue of their colour.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, who taught his disciples
to see beyond all human division
and reach out to the good within each person. Amen.

May the Lord give you light and peace, courage and strength along your Lenten journey!

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