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Bryanston Catholic Church of the Resurrection                         15 April 2021

CHURCH NEWS

A message from Father Keith 

Dear Friends in Christ

“They were startled and frightened
and supposed that they saw a spirit.”
– Luke 24:37


Two disciples were accompanied by the Risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They recognized him in the breaking of the bread at Emmaus. They are incredibly excited and rush off immediately back to Jerusalem to tell the rest about it. As they are talking, the very same Jesus appears in the midst of the group and extends “peace” to all. The terrified disciples think they are seeing a ghost!

I always have a little chuckle when I read this passage from Luke’s Gospel. It is easy for me to be amused because I was not living in the middle of the most profound experience in human history – Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

It’s an extraordinary fact that one of our basic attitudes towards God is one of fear. The first time fear is mentioned in the Bible is when Adam and Eve sinned. We are told that they hid, because they were afraid. From then on, most contacts with God begin with the words - Fear not; be not afraid. This was even said to Mary, as it was to the shepherds. It is reckoned that Jesus used this expression several dozen times throughout the gospels. When the apostles cried out to him in the storm, he replied, “Why did you fear, Oh you of little faith?” Sunday’s gospel speaks of the apostles being terribly frightened. This seems strange, as the reason for the fear is the one person who had always been their best friend. 

Imagine Jesus pleading with them to believe him. He invites them to touch him, to give him something to eat, to examine his hands and his feet. Human nature is so fragile, and so fickle. 

They had known Jesus on a personal basis, and had felt at home in his company. This time things were different. He had broken free of the constraints of the human body, and there was a unique presence in him that they had never seen before. 

We cannot grasp the utter transformation they felt, when someone they knew and loved was so utterly transformed, and now has an unearthly aura about him. 

While they still doubted, they were filled with joy and wonder as Jesus spoke to them about the promises of scripture, and how he had fulfilled them. 

Today the fear of the coronavirus holds us back. One sign of hope is the registration for phase 2 of the distribution of the vaccines begins soon. I look forward to the time when the majority of South Africans are vaccinated.

God bless, Fr Keith

God bless,
Fr Keith
St Joseph - A Beloved Father

Pope Francis dedicated this year to St Joseph, in previous newsletters we have given a bit of background to St Joseph and why Pope Francis had chosen this year during the pandemic to devote to St Joseph.

In this year, may each of us grow in relationship with this righteous man of God who leads us closer to Jesus and Mary and inspires our efforts to grow in holiness and love of God.

“The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. In this way, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of
salvation.” Patris Corde
God the Father chose St. Joseph to be the foster-father of Jesus. The Gospel of St Matthew (1:18-21) describes the moment when the angel of the Lord appeared to St Joseph in a dream and announced “[Joseph] do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home... She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus” (Matthew 1:20). In this moment, Joseph is invited to accept an important and significant mission in salvation history. Joseph, in faith, said “yes” to God’s calling and assented to his role as foster-father and guardian of Christ.
St. John Paul II remarked, “St. Joseph was called by God to serve the person and mission of Jesus directly through the exercise of his fatherhood.” By loving, teaching and protecting Jesus, St. Joseph served God through his vocation as a father. St. Joseph faithfully lived out his vocation as he gave his life in “sacrificial service to the mystery of the incarnation” (Patris Corde). It is this sacrificial love and service – demonstrated in the countless ways he cared for and protected the Holy Family – that bestows on St. Joseph the title of beloved father. St. Joseph gave his heart to Jesus and Mary, who in turn loved him.
Each of us has been chosen by God for a particular vocation through which we love and serve Him. We are all, in our own unique way, called to bring the love of God to others. This call to love is particularly important within our families. Every person comes from, and is formed, in a family. Like the Holy Family, we too are called to love God by loving those He has entrusted to us – our family. As brothers and sisters in Christ, this call also extends to our communities of faith.
Let us turn to St. Joseph, beloved foster- father of Christ, to implore his intercession for our needs and the needs of our families.

Adapted from a letter from the Archdiocese of Washington 

 

Prayer Before Work to St. Joseph the Worker

O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials; to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. 

All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death. Amen. (Composed by Pope St. Pius X)

This weekend lay Your hands of peace, love and healing on the people of the Parish of the Resurrection, especially: Brian Richardson, Chihera, Chris Busschau, Collette Drewes, Didi Tomsett, Estelle Jacquet, Fatima & Sieraaj Haffejee, Gail Solomon, Gillian Green, Goodwill Ntamehlo, Inez Braford, Jean Broens, Lettie Nda, Luzia Bento, Manfred Sussmann, Marilyn, Mary-Anne Alho, Olivia Tanyanyiwa, Paula Britten, Pierre Kedziersk, Quinton, Renatus Marol, Rose Kin, Simon van Wyk, Sister Notburga, Tania Noach, Trevor Fenton and Yvonne Mupenda, Erica Woxholt, Felix Finch, Loretta's granddaughter, Wayne. 

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RCIA candidates

Here are the stories of our RCIA candidates who were confirmed at the Easter Vigil.

Leo Breedt

I grew up in the Christian faith, but never settled in one particular denomination, however, my mother is Catholic. I went to a Catholic school and often attended mass, but never made the commitment of becoming Catholic. For many years after school I wanted to become Catholic, but never found the opportunity until I was introduced to RCIA at Bryanston Catholic Church which made me excited and I decided to join.

My sponsor is Gianfranco Catinella, a very devout Catholic. He is a young adult who lives by his faith and represents many of the Catholic values I aspire to adopt in my life. 

My chosen Saint is Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is the patron Saint of academics and of the high school I attended, Christian Brothers College Boksburg.

The RCIA classes were really well organized by the RCIA Team and each lesson helped me to gain an abundant knowledge of the Catholic faith. It continues to be an inspirational faith journey.
 

Yashin Singh

My journey began more than 10 years ago where I lost my faith and became atheist. Then God sent me an angel, in the form of a loving, humble and generous young Catholic lady with unmatched beauty - Leanne King. As we journeyed through our courting days, I started to see that 'something greater' was definitely present in her life. As we grew closer, she invited me to come to Church with her and after some internal quibble, I got curious and wanted to attend and so began my Catholic life. I soon started to believe again, that there is a greater purpose to life and that all religions are to be respected, for they are societies choices of ways to reach God. As I learnt more about religion, I chose to become Catholic, for the beauty I saw in its doctrines and practices. I chose my fiance Leanne King, to be my sponsor, for she herself showed me God and just having her in my life, is living proof of the Almighty's existence. I then strengthened my Catholic path by chosing the ArchAngel St Michael to be my patron saint, for I aspire to be good, do good, defend the unfortunate and protect my family and friends from the evils in the world. A hearty thank you to all our RCIA leaders for the role they are playing in guiding us on this journey. 
Phumzile Dlamini


I grew up in the Christian faith, but never settled in one particular denomination, however, my mother is Catholic. I went to a Catholic school and often attended mass, but never made the commitment of becoming Catholic. Some years after finishing school I was introduced to RCIA at Bryanston Catholic Church which made me excited and I decided to join.

My sponsor is Gianfranco Catinella, a very devout Catholic. He is a young adult who lives by his faith and represents many of the Catholic values I aspire to adopt in my life. 

My chosen Saint is Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is the patron Saint of academics and of the high school I attended, Christian Brothers College Boksburg.

The RCIA classes were really well organized by the RCIA Team and each lesson helped me to gain an abundant knowledge of the Catholic faith. It continues to be an inspirational faith journey.
 

Woza Sidle

On Saturday the SSVP team delivered their delicious bolognese meal to the children of Diepsloot. They are only cooking bolognese once a month, every second Saturday of the month.

The  Woza Sidle feeding scheme keeps running from Monday to Saturday for the rest of the month. Please keep them in your prayers. Thank you to the wonderful team of servers, you are the face of Jesus to the children you encounter. 

PACS

Thank you so much to the wonderful parishioner who donated this little red bicycle. 
You made 2 little boys in Sebokeng so so happy.

Baptism

This week we welcomed Kamsiyochukwu Azuwike, son of Ikenna and Sherene Azuwike into our church.

In Memoriam 

Funeral was held for Fernando Nunes Pissarra. May his soul rest in peace.


 

Digital Snapshot
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Web Team Appeal

Bryanston Catholic Church is a vibrant parish in which engagement is growing all the time. Staying connected with you all is important to us and one key way we do this is through the web site and app.

The web site has a good reach with about 1 500 active users and about 9 000 views per month. Keeping the content relevant is an important part of this consistent appeal. This ministry is an important part of remaining connected in our modern world.

There is an opportunity for another person to grow God's Kingdom by joining the web team. The ideal person has a love for computers and should be able to commit at least 2 hours a week to help. You will be shown what to do and supported by the other members of the team. If this is you, please contact communication@bryanstoncatholic.co.za to apply


Giving

This faith community is making a difference in the world. Our online and in-person ministries touch the lives of many thousand people.

It is through your generous donations that the Church of the Resurrection is able to offer a wide array of programmes and facilities. Thank you for your regular weekly donations; they make all the difference.

Since we are not collecting weekly donations in church, we are 100% reliant on the money that you give us via channels such as EFT or SnapScan. Every donation counts and is greatly appreciated.

If you're not signed up for dedicated giving but would like to continue to support the parish, you can make donations via snap scan or follow the link online. 
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