E-newsletter, Sunday 22 March 2015

Dear friends,

Join the St Francis Singers this Sunday, 22 March at 17h00 (5.00pm) for a programme of words and music on the Crucifixion of Christ. More details here.

Please do come along to listen to some wonderful music, prose and poetry and sing some of the well-loved hymns of Easter. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

On Sunday we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. To see if you are on duty, please click on the following: http://www.mikegecko.com/shared_reports/dutyroster0.html/. Please make sure that you scroll down to the correct date, ie 22 March 2015.

Holy Week and Easter services:

Services during Holy Week and Easter are as follows:

  • Palm Sunday, 29 March, Combined service at 09h00.
  • Thursday, 2 April, Maundy Thursday service at 19h00
  • Good Friday, 3 April, Youth service at 09h00;
  • Good Friday service, 3 April at 12 noon;
  • Easter Vigil, 5 April at 06h00;
  • Easter Day, 5 April combined service at 09h00.

Please join us as we celebrate the holiest days of the Christian calendar, and please check the duty rosters on the website to see if you are on duty during this period (if you cannot make it, please let Ceri know on 011-646-2660 between 08h30 and 13h00):

March: http://www.mikegecko.com/shared_reports/dutyroster0.html/

April:  http://www.mikegecko.com/shared_reports/dutyroster1.html/

Palm Sunday will be celebrated next week, 29 March 2015, with a combined service at 09h00. We will be making crosses on Saturday 28 March from 9.15am. Please join us at the church if you are able to help. We need palm branches for decorating the church and for making palm crosses. If you have palm branches, please bring them to Donald at the church during the week.

We will also be having a special tea after the service to celebrate Rose Gray’s 60th birthday.

Lent meditations:

A meditation on “Stations of the Cross” is taking place every Thursday evening during Lent (up to the beginning of Holy Week) from 5.30 pm. These take the form of meditations and prayers based on the beautiful prints in a wood-cut medium by the famous South African artist, Cecil Skotnes, that are displayed on the walls of our church. On Saturday mornings, there is a 45-minute meditation starting at 8.30am. Both these meditations take place in the church.


Upcoming events:

An Easter craft market will be held in the Church gardens on Sunday 22 March 2015. Parishioners who have a creative hobby are invited to participate. Part of the proceeds to be donated to the Church, and you are asked to limit the sales price of your items to R200 or less.

We are excited by the number of 4-ball entries we have received so far for our Golf Day on 15th of May. Please continue to encourage your work colleagues and friends to participate in this important parish fundraising event. We also need sponsorships and prizes and ask that you consider how you might be involved in this. Speak to Keith on 082-416-5105, Mymie on 082-651-3621, or Theo on 082-900-0168.

“To Kill a Koeksister” will be staged at St Francis on Saturday 18th April at 6pm. It’s a “whodunit” affair where the audience may get involved in solving the mystery. You, or the person next to you, may be a suspect! We will have soup, bread, coffee and (of course) a koeksister! Bring your own drinks. It will be great fun.

Booking with Bart Cox at 011-447-1139 or bcox@telkomsa.net. Bring your family and friends.



In response to requests, the weekly pew leaflet is now published on our website on a Friday once it has been finalised for the following Sunday. Click here, scroll down to the date you are looking for, and then click on the link. Please note that, once you have reached the pew leaflet site, you will need to zoom in (see icon on the top right of the screen that looks like a magnifying glass with a + sign in it) to be able to see it properly.


Important notice:

Father Tim is on leave until 28 March. In his absence, please contact Ceri on 011-646-2660 during office hours (8.30am to 1pm), or one of the clergy. Their details are available by clicking here: http://stfrancisparkview.com/about/contact/. Please pray for Tim and Rose during this time.

Blessings and good things,

St Francis Parish

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