The Chrism Mass and Holy Oils explained

By Fr. William P. Saunders

Article taken from :  Catholic Herald

On Holy Thursday morning, the bishop, joined by the priests of the diocese, gather at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More to celebrate the chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. Here the bishop blesses three oils – the oil of catechumens (oleum catechumenorumor oleum sanctorum), the oil of the infirm (oleum infirmorum) and holy chrism (sacrum chrisma) – which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year. This tradition is rooted in the early Church as noted in the Gelasian Sacramentary (named after Pope Gelasius I, d. 496), but was later absorbed into the Holy Thursday evening Mass; Pope Pius XII issued a new Ordinal for Holy Week, which reinstituted a special Mass of the chrism distinct from the evening Mass.

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Reflection on the 3rd Sunday of Lent

by Fr M Makama

The law-giving by Moses is one of the important milestones in the history of the covenant people. Because it consists of ten commandments this body of law is sometimes referred to as the Decalogue. The commandments mirror the shema in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Just as the shema is an injunction to the people of God in two parts: Love of God and Love of others, so is the Decalogue. Its contains precepts which refer to God (Exodus 20:1-11) and those which refer primarily to one’s fellow Israelites (Exodus 20:12-17).

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Gift hamper presentation at St Benedict’s

By Maphike Zwane

February for CWL is dedicated to accompanying & joining our Parish Priests on their outstation visits. We have the pleasure of joining the congregants at Holy Mass & presenting gift hampers to  previously chosen deserving beneficiaries from the community.

The first were St.Peter & Paul( Makholweni )& St. Benedict. We also take advantage to recruit.

May our Parish priests be blessed for  their fatherly support & the ladies for their charitable hearts.

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Pope Francis releases 2018 Lenten message

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Author: Pope Francis

2018 Lenten Message of His Holiness Pope Francis
“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life. Continue reading “Pope Francis releases 2018 Lenten message”