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Welcome

All are welcome in our Cathedral Church. Should you join us at Mass you will find yourself amongst an eclectic group made up of those who value their Catholic faith and teachings, and who in obedience to the Magisterium, wishes to celebrate a dignified and traditional Catholic Liturgy.


The Parish

St. Saviour’s Cathedral besides being the seat of the Cathedra of the Lord Bishop of Oudtshoorn, also functions as a Parish Church. It is the local Parish Church for Catholics living in central Oudtshoorn. Those living outside the area are also welcome to join by attending the Church and applying to be placed on the Parish Roll. Membership forms can be found at the back of the church or in the sacristy.

The Present St. Saviour’s Cathedral Building

The Cathedral building was designed by Bergamasco, Duncan & James, a Cape Town based firm of architects. The completed building was consecrated on 06 August 1967, The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord on Mount Tabor, the date representing the celebration of the annual patronal feast of the Cathedral. You can read more about the parish on the History page.

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Sacramental Life

The liturgical life at St. Saviour’s Cathedral is celebrated equally in Afrikaans and in English. In as far as English is concerned; we use the officially approved ICEL text prescribed by the Holy See. The Afrikaans texts used are those prepared by the Afrikaans Language Pastoral Region of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and approved by the Holy See. You can follow the liturgy in the Mass leaflets or booklet found at the entrances to the Cathedral. Our Holy Mass times are as follow:

Mass Times

Sunday Mass:

No Vigil Mass is celebrated at the Cathedral and only one celebration of Holy Mass on a Sunday is offered at 09:00 throughout the year.

Weekdays:

Holy Mass is also celebrated during the week, mainly in the Black Madonna Chapel and on average weekday Masses lasts about thirty minutes. Although not obliged too, attending a weekday Mass is one way of forming your own personal faith whilst praying with the Church. It is also an appropriate way of commemorating an anniversary or praying for any special need.

The weekday Masses are celebrated at the following times:

  • Monday | Holy Mass is not celebrated at the Cathedral, but Mass is celebrated at the Oratory Chapel. Call +27 (0)72 2118623 to enquire about Monday Mass times.
  • Tuesday | 18:00
  • Wednesday | 18:00
  • Thursday | 18:00
  • Friday | 18:00
  • Saturday | Holy Mass is not celebrated at the Cathedral, but Mass is celebrated at the Oratory Chapel, normally at 07:30. It is always advisable to call ahead, +27 (0)72 2118623, to confirm Saturday Mass times.

Exceptions:

First Fridays | 18:00 – First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Exposition and Benediction is celebrated at the Oratory Chapel.
Public Holidays | 09:00 – On public holidays Holy Mass is celebrated at the Oratory Chapel.

Exposition and Benediction

On Wednesday mornings Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is celebrated at the Oratory Chapel between 06:00 and 07:00 am. The service is followed by official Morning Prayer (Lauds) of the Church.

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation

In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we receive the assurance of God's forgiveness, as well as his grace and strength. Ordinarily Confessions are heard on Sunday mornings between 08:00 and 08:45, as well as before or after Weekday Masses and any other time upon request. There is never an inopportune time to request that your confession be heard!

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The Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is normally administered after the 09:00 Sunday Mass, by at least six weeks prior arrangement with the Administrator and upon satisfaction of the Diocesan requirements regulating the administration of the Sacrament. Diocesan requirements reflect those contained in the Code of Canon Law as well as other relevant instructions pertaining to Baptism.

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The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

In the case of illness please inform the Administrator immediately. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is available for the seriously sick at any hour of the day or night while those in no immediate danger of death are visited during daytime visiting hours.

Home visits for the sick

If you are ill or housebound, or have a relative or friend who is, please contact the Administrator, who will, if you wish, arrange for a visit.

Going into Hospital

If you are going into hospital, contact the Administrator so that he knows to visit you. This is becoming increasingly important, as some hospitals will not now pass on the names of Catholic patients to the clergy nor let the parish know that Catholics have been admitted to hospital. A best practise would be to request upon admission that the local parish be informed of your admission or to have a signed-card on your person, stating your wish to have a Catholic priest called in cases of emergency and imminent danger of death.

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The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

Couples wishing to be married at St. Saviour’s should contact the Administrator six months before the date they have in mind. Catholics wishing to be married must be baptised and confirmed, not divorced, and willing to attend a series of classes which explain the teachings of the Church on Marriage.

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Christian Exequies

The first thing to remember about Catholic funerals is the Truth that the body of the dead one will be resurrected and reunited with the soul when Jesus comes again at the Last Judgement. In addition, if the deceased is saved, his body will be glorified. At the time of death the parish should be contacted and special care should be taken when choosing a funeral home.

The Vigil

The Catholic vigil is a prayer service, usually held the evening before the funeral. The community of friends and family will gather for a service at the church, at home or at the funeral parlour. The vigil includes prayer for both the deceased and the grieving family. Also, a eulogy may be read at the vigil instead of at the funeral service, which is the preferred option at St. Saviour’s.

The Catholic Funeral Liturgy

The core of the Catholic funeral liturgy will likely consist of several elements. The Eucharist is almost always celebrated. This is the ceremony at the centre of the Catholic faith - the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Prayer also plays a prominent role in the Catholic funeral service, along with sacred music, occasionally hymns and a brief homily.

Interment

In the Catholic faith, there is a great respect for the body. Catholics believe that the body is ‘the temple of the Lord' and that at the End of Days, there will be a resurrection of the body.

Cremation

The Church does allow and accept cremation. The 1983 Code of Canon Law (1176. 3) reads, “The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burial be retained; but it does not forbid cremation, unless this is chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teaching.” If there is a cremation, it will almost always take place after the funeral service.

It is important that you should know that the cremated remains are always buried or interred. They are not buried on private land but in consecrated ground in a cemetery or similar suitable place approved by the local Ordinary.

It is not proper to scatter or pour the cremated remains over the sea, water, or on the land. This action does not give due respect to the remains of the deceased, nor does it allow for the closure and healing of family and friends. Likewise, housing the remains with family or friends and not placing the deceased in the ground, does not offer loved ones a specific and sacred place to visit the Christian. Visiting the deceased in a holy place provides believers with a space to offer prayers, commune with those who have gone before us in faith, and reminds us to await the resurrection of our own bodies.

It is best to always contact the Administrator as soon as possible before costly, expensive and liturgical mistakes are made with regard to funeral arrangements.

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Help and Advice

The Administrator is glad to help in time of need and to pray with those who wish it. Anyone with problems about their faith or personal relationships, wanting advice on how to pray or what to read is urged to come and talk about it.

Mass Intentions and Requests for Prayers

Holy Mass for the intention of the supplicant can be offered when and if the Administrator is able to accommodate such requests; acceptance of Mass Intentions being regulated by Canon Law. Speak to the Administrator well in advance to have a Mass Intention booked for a specific date.

Requests for prayers for the sick, or for any other reason, are always welcome and are ordinarily published in the weekly parish bulletin.

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Holy Family and Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrines

You are invited to light a candle to express your prayers before or after any service, but please remember to place a donation in the boxes provided to cover the cost of any candles.

Icons of St Luigi Scrosoppi and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

There is also an icon of St. Luigi Scrosoppi on the left of the nave and an icon of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the baptistry. Take te time to read the interesting histories on display and light a candle if you wish. Again, please remember to place a donation in the box to cover the cost of candles.

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Evangelism

St. Saviour’s is eager to extend its membership and to open to others the wonderful truths of the Gospel of Christ. You are encouraged to bring your friends to any of the services and to tell others about St. Saviour’s.

Instruction

Courses for children and adults, leading to the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation are given. Please consult the Administrator.

Adult Enquiry Classes

A course for non-Catholic adults wishing to enquire about the Catholic faith, or even just adult Catholics wishing to know more about their faith, is offered during the year, usually starting after Easter and lasting for a couple of weeks. Please consult the Administrator.

Toddlers and Children

We welcome children to our services and as a rule they should never be absent from any service at all. lf parents feel that a little one is being a wee bit too vocal, they are welcome to make temporary use of the cry room.

First Holy Communion

Children from the age of five join the Pre-First Holy Communion group. Children, who have reached the age of seven to eight, are prepared to make their First Holy Communion.

Post-Holy Communion

Children who have made their First Holy Communion are required to train to be altar servers and commit to a three year serving term as a sign of their welcoming to the local worshipping community.

Confirmation

Children who have made their first Holy Communion and have completed Post Holy Communion formation are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Youth & Students

Young people and students are welcome at all celebrations of Holy Mass, other services and Parish functions.

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Parish Functions

These are held on a regular basis to encourage fellowship and unity, all parishioners; family and friends are welcome.

Tea and coffee are served in the Coffee Room almost every Sunday after Mass, except during the June and December school holidays.

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Opportunities for Service

If you are interested in becoming involved in any of the activities of St. Saviour’s - teaching children - serving at the altar - choir - youth work - flower arranging - fund raising - visiting the sick - community and neighbourhood service - hospital work - prayer groups - general maintenance work - please contact the Administrator.

Altar Servers

Young men and boys are invited to train as Altar Servers.

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Supporting St. Saviour’s

St. Saviour’s exists solely on the voluntary support of its members, who are asked to give regularly and sacrificially each month or each week. Planned Giving Envelopes will be supplied on request. There are also a number of fund-raising events held through the year.

The St. Saviour’s Community

We are a worshipping community, firmly rooted in our Catholic tradition. Come along and worship with up if you feel attracted in any way, or call if you want any further information.

We do not present a religion that is easy going, but one that is challenging and has definite spiritual disciplines to help us move forward on our Christian pilgrimage.

We offer, to all who will hear, the life in Jesus Christ that brings hope, joy and peace to those who believe.

May God bless you.

Location

The Cathedral is situated on the corner of Baron Van Reede and St. Saviour Streets, Oudtshoorn.

Residential Address:

46 St. Saviour Street
OUDTSHOORN - 6625
South Africa

Postal Address:

P.O. Box 97
Oudtshoorn - 6620
South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0)44 2791715
Facsimile: +27 (0)44 2728908
Cell: +27 (0)72 2118623

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