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Bryanston Catholic Church of the Resurrection                     25 March 2021

CHURCH NEWS

News from Fr Father Keith 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

It is with great joy and much sadness that we approach Holy Week. The joy comes from the expectation of celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday. The sadness comes as we remember the Passion and Death of Jesus on Good Friday.

Currently we are only allowed 100 people in the Church and 100 people in the hall for a service. Therefore, it is essential to book for all the Holy Week services listed below, via our website or the Church App. The bookings will open on Monday. There is speculation in the media that this number might be reduced to 50 people in the expectation of a third wave of infections.  

The South African Council of Churches has expressed unhappiness about the current restrictions limiting attendance to 100 people, saying that churches have been behaving and ensuring protocols are followed. They are appealing for greater numbers to be allowed in religious gatherings.

I am praying that we will be allowed more people to come to church for Easter. In the light of this uncertainty, please keep an eye on our parish website for instructions should legislation change.
Easter Holy Water: Don’t forget to bring a bottle to church and take home some Easter Holy Water. You are encouraged to bless your home with this new Easter Holy Water.

Mass for Easter Monday will be said at 9.00am

May our celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ be a source of hope and joy as we face the coronavirus pandemic in 2021.

God bless, Fr Keith
The Paschal Meal

The Paschal meal traditionally takes place on Holy Thursday but you may be participating in the Mass of the Lord's supper on Thursday so you are invited to celebrate the Paschal meal with your family anytime during Holy week.

Ideally, you need a minimum of 4 people to do the role-play. All the elements of the Passover meal such as the lamb, unleavened bread and Beitzah is explained in the booklet that has been produced for you. The booklet is available on our website and church app. Printed copies are available from the church foyer and church office. 

Please send us photos of your families paschal meals that we can share with our community.

The Ursuline Sisters

The Ursuline Sisters are a Catholic religious order of women founded by St Angela Merici at Brescia, Italy in 1535 under the patronage of St Ursula.

They were the first institute for women dedicated exclusively to the education of girls. Their spirituality is centred on an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ who is the “Only life and hope.” This is nourished by a life of prayer and ministry, contemplation and action expressed in service of others.

The first six Ursulines arrived in South Africa from Holland in 1895 and began their work in Barberton. Here in Gauteng, they were based in Krugersdorp and Bryanston.

We are fortunate to have amongst us a community of Ursuline Sisters, serving at Brescia House School and at our very own parish.

St Angela once said, “Reflect that in reality you have a greater need to serve the poor than they have of your service.” 

To learn more about the Ursuline Sisters click here

Prayer

Dear Jesus 

Today we lift up hands of gratitude to You.

In times of challenge help us to seek You always and be grateful for life,
During our Lenten sacrifice teach us to know the enormous sacrifice You made for us on the cross so that we could be free of the burdens of life.

Teach us to put our stress, panic and fears at the foot of the cross.
During Holy Week help us to increase our prayer and reflection time so that we can walk the way of the cross with You.

Help us to stay awake with You as You faced the burden of our sin.

Come Holy Spirit, heal our brokenness and teach us to submit to You as we rest in Your arms of peace.

This week we ask for a special blessing on the people of the Parish of the Resurrection: Altino Couto, Anna Telela, Brian Richardson, Chihera, Chipo, Chris Busschau, Collette Drewes, Didi Tomsett, Estelle Jacquet, Fatima & Sieraaj Haffejee, Gail Solomon, Gillian Green, Goodwill Ntamehlo, Inez Braford, Lesley-Anne & Caitlin Culhane, Luzia Bento, Manfred Sussmann, Marilyn, Mary-Anne Alho, Olivia Tanyanyiwa, Pierre Kedziersk, Quinton, Renatus Marol, Simon van Wyk, Sister Notburga, Tania Noach and Yvonne Mupenda. 

We ask this in Your blessed name
Amen

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Pensioners and Children Support Group

This is the last weekend that we are appealing for Easter Eggs. The team would like to distribute the easter eggs before Easter.

PACS is busy putting together care packs containing beanies and shawls for 20 pensioners at Badirammogo Retirement home. Your donations are appreciated; we are still in need of a few more shawls to complete these packs.

PACS will be having a cake sale after the 6.00pm Easter mass as well as after the 7.30am and 10.00am morning Masses on Easter Sunday. All funds will go towards supporting the very needy causes of the homeless and destitute. 

Woza Sidle Feeding Scheme

The Woza Sidle project has grown since it's start in August 2020. Together with the Society of St Vincent de Paul, they are going to serve 170 children of Diepsloot breakfast and lunch, from Monday to Friday. 

How can you get involved? Here are a few alternatives;
1) Donate R10 to cover a meal for a child 
2) Donate clothes and shoes in good condition for reselling
3) Buy ingredients 
4) Connect us with others, please!! 

Take a look at the parish website for more details on this wonderful project.


Baptism

Aidan Duff, son of Andrew and Nakita was baptised on 20 March

Mila Fiandeiro, daughter of Ricardo and Lorin was baptised on 19 March

Digital Snapshot
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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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