Knysna Catholic Communities

 

 

Welcome to KNYSNA CATHOLIC PARISH!

Thank you for your interest in our parish. Whether you’re just visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish home, are returning to the practice of your Catholic faith or are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, we’re happy to have you here. A parish is a community of believers and a spiritual family that is supportive and loving. It can be a place to grow spiritually, to put your faith in action, and to use our gifts of time and talent as disciples of Christ. We look forward to answering any questions you may have. In the meantime, please look through the resources we’ve made available on these pages.

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About our Church

knysna-bannerKNYSNA CATHOLIC PARISH is composed of four (4) distinguishable faith communities within the Greater Knysna Municipality. The legacy of apartheid established and maintained a policy of separate development as part of its political apparatus for the respective races of South Africa: residential areas, healthcare, education, religion and even marriage. The Group Areas Act specifically forbade races to coexist together and instead forced communities to live apart.

With the dismantling of the apartheid apparatus in 1990, South Africans were able to begin to repair and reconstruct a new society based on justice, reconciliation and peace! South African Catholics of all races who had hitherto been forbidden to worship together embraced the moment and began to discover ways to express one of the four hallmarks of the Catholic Church: unity! Many catholic communities of different races merged into single parishes to capitalise on a greater sharing of faith, talents, expertise, economic resources and cultural wealth. Knysna Catholics were no exception.

 Thus was born the KNSYNA CATHOLIC PARISH composed of the Catholic communities from the suburbs of Hornlee, Khayalethu/White Location, Sedgefield and Central Town! The parish is administered by one parish priest, Father Brian Williams, assisted by Father Augustine Mbekwa and served by Deacon Lucas Timmers. The Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils are composed of representatives from the four communities. Each community has its own Pastoral Committee that is responsible for the daily pastoral care of its faithful.

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UNYAKA WENCEBA - 2016

NIBE NENCEBA NJEGOBAWO

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THIS WEEK 3-9 APRIL 2016

 WEEKLY MASSES AND MEETINGS

Sun        03:          Catechism before Mass

Mon      04:        

Tue        05:          8.00am  Mass - SB

Wed      06:         5.30pm   Mass - SB

Thu        07:          8.00am  Mass –SB,

                           6.00pm RCIA Class, St. Boniface

                             6.30pm Marriage Preparation, St. Boniface

Fri           08:         5.30pm Mass - SB

Sat         09:         PARISH BEACH WALK: Brenton to Buffels Bay. ALL WELCOME

Sodality/Ministry

Day

Time

Contact

AmaDodana

Saturday

 

Mr. Magwebu

Inhliziyo

Saturday

 

Mrs. Duna

Choir

Thursday

6.00pm

Brigette Duna

AmaVincent

Saturday

 

 

AmaYouth

 

 

Qhobile

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK: Fezi Magalda, Mama Kobie

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL – Contact Nomhle Magadla. We need more volunteers to join the SVP.

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9/4:        PARISH BEACH WALK – ALL WELCOME. Walk together from Brenton-on-Sea to Buffels Bay. Have a light breakfast at Buffels Bay.

9/4:        CATECHISTS TRAINING WORKSHOP IN GEORGE: 9-1PM.

16-21:    YEAR OF MERCY PARISH MISSION – PREACHER WILL BE FATHER LUDWE JAYIYA.  Monday to Thursday every evening at QHR Church.

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SPECIAL MEETING, WEDNESDAY, 6 APRIL: Fr. Brian would like to meet with the CHOIR and leaders of the community on WEDNESDAY EVENING AT 6.30PM AT ST.BONIFACE HALL – PREPARATION FOR THE QHR MERCY MISSION.

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PARISH MISSION

UNYAKA WENCEBA

16-21 APRIL 2016

6.30pm evenings

ABASHUMAYELI

FR. LARRY KAUFMAN, C.SSR

FR. LUDWE JAYIYA (DIOCESE OF PORT ELIZABETH)

FR. SHAWN COLLINS, C.SSR.

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Knysna Catholic Parish is founded on and driven by EIGHT PASTORAL PRIORITIES:

  1. Spirituality and Worship
  2. Ongoing Faith Formation
  3. Family Life
  4. Youth
  5. Catechesis
  6. Justice, Reconciliation and Peace
  7. Ecumenism
  8. Communication

The PARISH FOCUS for 2014 is Marriage and Family Life!

 

BAPTISM AT KNYSNA CATHOLIC CHURCH

 As you are seeking the baptism of your child in the Roman Catholic Church, the following guidelines are presented to help you embark upon this journey of faith with Christ and his Church.

A. The Sanctifying Role of the Church

Through Baptism, God enables us to participate in his life in Jesus Christ and makes us his children. It is through this sacrament that we receive the Holy Spirit and become members of the People of God, of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Baptism becomes our commitment to grow in this new life and to strive to acquire spiritual maturity. By baptism, God purifies us from sin.

Baptism is the sacrament of faith which has the Risen Christ as its source, and it is the offer of salvation for all people.  Intimately linked to Confirmation and to Eucharist, Baptism is, with these two sacraments, Christian Initiation. The child is baptized in the faith of his/her parents, of his/her godparents and of the Church.

 

B. Basic Guidelines and Information for Infant Baptism

Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon after birth as possible. Except in case of necessity, the church is the usual place of baptism.

 In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that…

·         the parents consent, or at least one of them, or someone legally standing in their place,

·         and that there is reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith.

 

GODPARENTS: A person may only have one or two godparents (also called sponsors); if two are chosen, they must be male and female.

 In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent, these are the requirements…

·         they be chosen by the parents,

·         have the ability and the intention to fulfil the role,

·         be at least 16 years of age, and…

·         be a confirmed Roman Catholic, who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist, is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith (including Marriage) and will be a good role model for the one being baptized,

·         and be neither the father nor the mother of the child.

·         A baptized person who belongs to another Christian community may be admitted only as a “Christian witness” (not a godparent) provided that there is at least one Roman Catholic godparent who fulfils the above criteria. A non-baptized person cannot be a witness.

 

C. Baptismal Preparation in your Parish

In order to respect your request for the baptism of your child, you are invited to follow closely the stages of preparation offered below...

·         Contact your parish office and express your desire to have your child baptized. 

·         Introduce yourself to the parish priest if you do not already know him personally.

·         Open yourself to the invitation to actively join the faith community of your parish.  If you are not registered parishioners, please consider becoming involved in the prayer and celebration of the Sunday Eucharistic community.

·         While baptismal preparation varies from parish to parish, you will be invited to participate in some manner of faith formation prior to the baptism of your child.  This may take the form of a meeting(s) with the pastor, pastoral assistant, or participation in a baptismal preparation session for parents.

 It is extremely important to take your faith-life seriously because, before God, you have taken on an awesome responsibility for the salvation of another—your own child!  Your commitment and openness to baptismal preparation will help develop the faith-life of your child as he/she matures.

 

D.  Other Information

Are you living in a parish other than the one in which you wish to have your child baptized?

You are required to take your Baptismal Preparation in the parish in which you reside and then receive a testimonial letter from your Parish Priest to have your child baptized in another parish. This requirement respects the reality that pastors normally have sacramental jurisdiction only over their own parishioners.  Therefore, when one seeks a sacrament outside of one’s parish, the proper pastor’s permission is necessary.  Furthermore, the invitation to connect with one’s own proper parish first is founded on the hope that the faith-life of the family and of the one(s) to be baptized will be lived in community and not in isolation.

 

Marital Status

Your marital status will be clarified during the baptismal preparation process.  Baptism is not denied if the parents are unmarried or not married in the Roman Catholic Church.  However, there may be reason to postpone Baptism if parents are not practicing the Faith, or have no intention of living a Catholic life in harmony with the Gospel.  If your status is not in harmony with the Roman Catholic understanding of sacramental marriage, please inquire as to how we may help you enter into proper sacramental marriage or, if need be, seek a declaration of nullity by the Church.                                                   

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All of the above information applies to INFANT Baptism only.  If you have a child to be baptized who has reached catechetical age/the age of reason (7 years), you and they will receive different preparation.  Having sufficient understanding, the preparation will now be for the full complement of the Sacraments of Initiation, ie. baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist.

May God richly bless and guide you in your journey of faith! 

    

 

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