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Church Unusual: Sunday 22 November 2020

My dear Franciscans This is the promised second email of the day.  Attached find the usual Friday attachments for our Sunday service. The end of the year is always a busy time in the Parish, so as 2020 draws to a close please keep the Staff and Clergy in your prayers as we ensure the … Continue reading

Church Unusual: Sunday 15 November 2020

My dear Franciscans This past week has seen the deaths of three people who were connected to the Parish. On Saturday Ellings Zgambo passed away.  We pray for the repose of his soul and hold Jane Hlela and their children Bongo and Hazel in our prayers. . On Monday  Anne (Betty) Hope passed away. We pray for the repose of … Continue reading

Church Unusual: Sunday 11 October 2020

My dear Franciscans Our Patronal Festival last Sunday was a wonderful experience, especially welcoming people back to church for the first time since lockdown.  Thank you for all the many responses which indicated how well everything went. There are a few squiggles which we will be able to sort out as we go forward. This Sunday, … Continue reading

Church Unusual: Sunday 1 November 2020

My dear Franciscans At the 8:30 service on Sunday, we will celebrate All Saints Day and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (also known as All Souls Day). All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day have been observed for much of the Church’s history. On All Saints’ Day we remember all those who have been … Continue reading

Church Unusual: Sunday 8 November 2020

My dear Franciscans At this time of the year we are all no doubt caught up in planning – holidays, Christmas, 2021 etc.  This is true of us as a Parish as well. You are warmly encouraged to participate in the Parish Planning Meeting for 2021 on 21 November, 8:30-11:00 am Because we live in … Continue reading

Church Unusual: Sunday 25 October 2020

My dear Franciscans  Please come My dear Franciscans I hope this finds you well. Please remember that there will no longer be a 10:00 am service on Sundays.  Until further notice we will hold only one service per Sunday at 8:30, which will be both in person and broadcast on YouTube. All Saints Day and the Commemoration … Continue reading

Church Unusual: Sunday 4 October 2020

My dear Franciscans On Sunday we celebrate our Patronal Festival – St Francis Day. It is also the day that we, for the first time in six months, can come to church in person. It is also the first time that we will be broadcasting live on YouTube with a live congregation at the 8:30 … Continue reading

Church Unusual, Sunday, 13 September 2020

My dear Franciscans What a joy it is to be back in Johannesburg after two and a bit weeks of being away.  And how strange it was to travel, and be in different places after 6 months of lockdown.  I have returned rested and well, looking forward to seeing you all again in the different … Continue reading

Church Unusual 2 August 2020

My dear Franciscans Today is the last day of July, the 126th day of lockdown.  And we are together! We are intact as a community.  We have learnt much about ourselves, our community and new ways of growing our common life together.  And we have, willy nilly, become part of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”.  So many changes … Continue reading

Church Unusual 19 July 2020

My dear Franciscans In my sermon last week I spoke of the transformative power of gratitude.  Each morning since, I have consciously made the decision to try and live the day with an attitude of gratitude to God. On two of the days – Monday and Wednesday – I was able to carry thankfulness through most … Continue reading

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