This is the Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Pretoria, situated in the City of Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa.
DIOCESAN CHILDREN’S/YOUTH DAY
This serves as notification that our Diocesan Youth Day will be held at St Alban’s College for Boys on Saturday the 18 June 2016, (8h30 for) 9h00-15h00. Parents please make sure that you complete the consent form and return it to Church next Sunday.
PATRONAL FESTIVAL: 26 JUNE 2016
The festival of St Alban falls on Wednesday 22 June and a special service is planned to remember the life and example of this saint after whom our spiritual home is named. Please join in the festivities on Sunday, 26 June. On this day, we shall be raising funds towards the purchase of the Stations of the Cross. Guilds, ministries and the various parish groups are asked to start preparing themselves for the activities of the day.
ADVANCE NOTICE - PARISH CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING WITH GUILDS, ORGANISATIONS AND MINISTRIES
This serves to invite two representatives of each of the Guilds, Organisations, and Ministries in the Cathedral Parish to a joint sitting with the Parish Church Council (PCC) on Saturday July 23 at 10h00. It is preferable that the chairperson and treasurer represent the ministry. Please note All Guilds must submit their reports, plans, and budgets to the parish administrator by no later than 26 June 2016
The next baptism preparation session takes place on Sunday 19 Jun 2016 after the 9h30 service. This is in preparation for the Baptism Service on Sunday 7 August 2016. This is the first of four sessions and adult candidates or parents who bring infants are expected to attend all four sessions. Registration must be done before the end of this month.
Parents whose children were baptized on 26 March, please kindly collect the Baptismal certificates from the Churchwardens.
HOMELESS MINISTRY BLANKET DRIVE
The Homeless Ministry takes care of the needs of the homeless people. The Ministry is starting its blanket drive from this month for the winter season. Your offer of help in any form would be highly appreciated. Our target for this winter season blanket drive is to collect 500 blankets for the homeless people in and around the Pta CBD. Kindly contact the Social Development Committee (Mrs Sheila Mtshali) for further enquiries.
PASTORAL ARRANGEMENTS IN THE ABSENCE OF THE DEAN
As you might be aware, last Sunday was Dean Allan Kannemeyer’s last service at the Cathedral before his consecration and enthronement as the 11th Bishop of Diocese of Pretoria. We thank God for his ministry to us for the last three years and continue to ask you to pray for him as he prepares for the consecration service on May 14 2016 here at the Cathedral. In his absence, he left us in the capable hands of Father Danny Adonis, who assumes the role of Priest-in-charge. He will be assisted by Bishop Anthony Mdletshe and Father Lulamile Ngesi. We thank God for His servants who have agreed to journey with us until the new Bishop takes office and is in a position to appoint a Rector and Dean of our parish. In case you need pastoral care, please channel these requests through the parish office, or contact one of the Churchwardens to make the necessary arrangements for you. Their numbers are on the contact list at the back of this pew leaflet.
NOTICE TO ALL WOMEN
All the ladies who attended the meeting of women on 27 March and those interested in participating in the Dean’s farewell, kindly note there are Consecration gift envelopes at the back of the Church, you are welcome to transfer funds into the Church account – reference should be Consecration gift, the bank details are at the back of the pew leaflet or alternatively you can make use of the Speedpoint. The elected committee can be contacted for further details. (Pumla Sodo, Ntsiki Gumbe, Wawa Damane, Mpeli Nhantsi and Dimakatso Mokgatle).
Parishioners are encouraged to check employment and study opportunities placed from time to time on the notice board next to the kitchen. This will be a way of assisting to reduce unemployment. We encourage people to come forth with information and share to assist others.
St Augustine's, the Catholic University based in Johannesburg is offering bursaries to students wanting to study, BA, BTH, Law and Commerce. In some cases, they offer accommodation as well. People can go to the Website of St Augustine's.
ECO MINISTRY NATURE HIKE – FAERIE GLEN NATURE RESERVE 16 JUNE
“We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step
Join us for our first eco-hike on Youth Day, Thursday June 16, at the Faerie Glen, Nature Reserve, in Pretoria East. This is a hike for the whole family, and especially the youth. The hike is one of the ways we are marking World Environment Month. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a bring-and-share picnic together in the picnic area after the hike. (bring extra folding chairs).
Where: Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
Entrance fee: R8 for adults, R5 for pensioners and children (children under 12 free)
Time: 7.30 for 8 am: meet in the nature reserve in the open area before the trails start
Parking: secure and with a car guard
You will need: hiking shoes, hat, sunblock, bottle of water (very important!), binoculars if you are a birdwatcher.
Duration: between 1½ to 2 hours
Picnic: picnic goodies and chairs can be left in the cars and fetched after the hike. Just keep your ticket.
Directions: From the N1, take the Atterbury turn-off to the east. At January Masilela (Genl Louis Botha) Avenue turn left and follows the directions to the reserve. The reserve will be on your right hand side just after Glenwood Road. Alternatively, come down Lynnwood road, turn right into January Masilela and the reserve is on your left after the dip.
For more information: Eco- ministry stewardship working group: Alice (0842087583), Maki (0824964715) Zine (082 8091588) Thabile (083 619 7529), Mmakoma (079 057 3527)
FLOWERS IN CHURCH
At the last meeting of the Parish Church Council meeting it was suggested that members of the Cathedral be given the opportunity to consider the sponsoring of the floral arrangements when they want to do a thanksgiving or a memorial. Should you be interested please fill in your details on the roster at the back of the Cathedral, or call the parish office for more information. The intention is to carry a brief note of acknowledgement (“flowers in lieu of”) in the pew leaflet on occasions when flowers are sponsored.
A reminder to the congregation that the Compassionate Committee is keen to come alongside members who are living through challenging times. If you are in bereavement, or affected by serious illness, or in need of prayer support for whatever reason, the Compassionate Committee members would love to embrace you with their presence and support. Call the parish office of Ms Sangoni (see back of Pew leaflet for phone numbers) for more information.
If you wish to liosten to the audio recording of the sermons in the Cathedral, please visit the Sermon section under Gallery to listen. Click here to be automatically directed.
BOOKS FOR SALE
Anglican Prayer Book – R180.00
Hymn Ancient and Modern Revised – R320.00
Where do we look for Jesus: LL Ngewu – R100.00
Lectionaries are available at the back of the church from the Churchwardens / Councilors’, and it’s available to purchase for R20 a book.
The Cathedral is now in possession of a Speedpoint machine which enable members of the congregation to make donations, pay pledges, or contribute to the collections by using debit or credit cards. Members who want to make use of this facility should approach the churchwarden on duty before or after worship.