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                                        Plenary Session of SACBC in Marianhill
          Notices                                                                                                           Contradictions evident in government policies!

       Good Shepherd
                                        ACTION BEING                                                                        A brightly coloured poster depicting a collage of happy looking South Afri-
                                                                                                                            cans states: FAMILIES ARE THE CORE OF SOCIETY. This poster, cre-
                                                                                                                            ated for the Department of Social Development, advocates a restoration of
        Retreat Centre
        Hartbeespoort
                                        TAKEN BY THE                                                                        family values—Love, care, hope, support. But what of the current parlia-
                                                                                                                            mentary debate on Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill?
                                                                                                                            See Archbishop Buti ‘s and SACBC’s take on this page.
 Retreat Programme for 2004
            SEPTEMBER
                                        BISHOPS                                                                            Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World: Vatican II
                                                                                                                           Gaudium et Spes—7 December 1965
               16-19
       “A celebration of life”            Following a call to action on           the right to conscience is subject to    MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY IN
      Retreat with Anne Moore             abortion (see article below) is-        the limitations clause in the Consti-
                  17-26                   sued at the plenary session of          tution. CATHCA objected to this          THE MODERN WORLD
Retreats co-ordinated by the Centre for the Southern African Catholic             interpretation and hold that Free-       Following our recent articles about the proper place for the celebra-
           Ignatian Spirituality          Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)             dom of Conscience is one of the          tion of Catholic weddings, we begin a series of articles in which we
3, 5 and 8 day retreats (A 30 day retreat held in Marianhill last month,          fundamental rights in our constitu-
                                                                                                                           quote from the chapter dealing with the Dignity of Marriage and the
              also possible)                                                      tion. They urge that the Bill be
                                          Archbishop Buti Tlhagale,               amended to include a clause on           Family. This is to make available to all our readers and their families
                  24-26                   Bi shop of Johannesburg, is                                                      the tenets of their faith as Catholics on this matter.
     “That they may share my joy”                                                 conscientious objection.
                                          drawing up a pastoral letter on         A Pastoral Introduction to               MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY IN THE MODERN WORLD (47)
                John 17:13
      Preached Retreat: Bishop D.         the question for distribution in        the Order of the Mass                    The well-being of the individual person and of both human and
             Verstraete, omi              the diocese.                            A detailed booklet which seeks to        Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conju-
               OCTOBER                    He told Diocesan News that all          give a resource to parish priests,       gal and family life. Hence Christians today are overjoyed, and so too
                  15-17                   dioceses had been asked to draw         pastoral councils, deacons, lay          are all who esteem conjugal and family life highly, to witness the vari-
    An introduction to silent retreat     up such a letter. If nurses were        ministers, liturgy groups, choirs        ous ways in which progress is being made in fostering those partner-
        A weekend for first time          equipped to handle abortions            and congregations on the Mass as         ships of love and in encouraging reverence for human life; there is
        retreatants—Rev. Trevor           themselves, this would under-           Sacrifice has been drafted by the                                            progress too in services available to
                 Hudson                                                           bishops and after further meetings
                                          mine the family and the idea of
                                                                                  in October and November, it will           If you are planning a married people and parents for ful-
                  15-17                   marriage and threaten the culture
          “Putting down roots”            of life, promoting what Pope
                                                                                  be finalized at the SACBC January                                            filling
                                                                                                                             Catholic Wedding for greater their lofty calling:expected
                                                                                                                                                                       benefits are to be
                                                                                                                                                                                          even
         Meditations on a tree.                                                   Plenary session and released for
             Jeremiah 17:7-8
                                          John Paul II calls ‘the culture of      distribution to every parish in            yourself or your son/ and efforts are being made to bring
                                          death’ in which we live.                every diocese in the country.              daughter, please be               them about.
         Rev. Lynne Wyngaard
                                          “The government intends nurses          Archbishop Buti said that priests
             NOVEMBER                                                             today didn’t study the Latin rite         sure to contact your
                                          to be trained like midwives and                                                                                    However, this happy picture of the
                  22-26                                                           symbols, meaning and rubric and
     “He spoke to them in parables”       the fear is that if the Choice of
                                                                                  this, together with the shortage of
                                                                                                                            parish priest before             dignity of these partnerships is not
                 Matt 13:3                Termination of Pregnancy                                                                                           reflected everywhere, but is over-
            Fr Don Bohe omi               Amendment Bill is passed, moral
                                                                                  priests in our parishes, led to a         arranging the venue              shadowed by polygamy, the plague
                                                                                  blurring of roles in the Mass. Who
              DECEMBER                    approval will be conferred on           does what, when? These are the            for the                          of divorce, so-called free love, and
                   3-11                   abortions.”                                                                       Wedding Reception!               similar blemishes; furthermore, mar-
      Directed Retreat: Sr Irene op       CATHCA also worried                        Continued on Page 2                                                     ried love is too often dishonoured by
       Taize Retreat: Fr Chris          There have been cases of doctors                                                                                     selfishness, hedonism, and unlawful
           Schonenberger                and nurses being discriminated                                                                                       contraceptive practices. Besides, the
                3-11                    against because of their opposition      On September 8 we
                                                                                                                           economic, social, psychological, and civil climate of today has a se-
      Advent Retreat: Bishop D.         to abortion and this worries the         celebrate the birth of                    verely disturbing effect on family life. There are also serious and
          Verstraete, omi               Catholic Health Care Association
                                        (CATHCA). In an e-newsletter in          the Blessed Virgin                        alarming problems arising in many parts of the world as a result of
                                                                                                                           population expansion. On all of these counts an anguish of conscience
  Day retreats preached by              August, CATHCA says that a Con-          Mary                                      is being generated. And yet the strength and vigour of the institution
                                        science Clause which protected
  Bishop D. Verstraete OMI                                                       St Alphonsus de Liguori, foun-            of marriage and family shines forth time and again: for despite the
                                        doctors and nurses from
                                        discrimination because of their op-      der of the Redemptorists writes           hardships flowing from the profoundly changing conditions of society
17 October “For when I am weak,         position to abortion in the original     thus of Our Lady:                         today, the true nature of marriage and of the family is revealed in one
then I am strong” 2 Cor 12/10           draft was now absent.                    ‘Having been destined to become the
                                                                                 Mother of the Eternal Word, this
                                                                                                                           way or another.
14 November “The love of God            An argument was made in 2002 that
                                                                                 Child was enriched with so great a
overwhelms us” 2 Cor 5/14                                                                                                  It is for these reasons that the Council intends to present certain key
                                                                                 grace that even at the moment of her
18 December Awaiting the                                                         Immaculate Conception she ex-             points of the Church’s teaching in a clearer light; and it hopes to guide
coming of the Lord                       POPE JOHN PAUL II at                    ceeded all the Saints and Angels in       and encourage Christians and all men who are trying to preserve and
                                         Lourdes 2004 gave the homily            sanctity, for she was given a higher      to foster the dignity and supremely sacred value of the married state.
                                         for Sunday Mass on the So-              order of grace, which corresponded
          BOOKINGS:                      lemni ty o f the                        to her dignity as Mother of God.’         HOLINESS OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY
 Good Shepherd Retreat Centre:           Assumption.                             ‘How delightful a sight to heaven
                                                                                                                           (48)
           PO Box 15,                    He spoke of the joy of the              and earth must have been the beauti-
                                         Blessed Mother as expressed             ful soul of this happy child! Let us
      Hartbeespoort, 0216                                                                                                  The intimate partnership of life and the love which constitutes the
                                                                                 rejoice with our beloved infant who
       Tel: (012) 259-1392               in the Magnificat for being                                                       married state has been established by the creator and endowed by him
                                                                                 was born so holy, so dear to God,
     Tel/Fax: (012) 259-0235             ‘looked upon’ by God in her             and so full of grace!’                    with its own proper laws: it is rooted in the contract of its partners,
              e-mail:                    lowliness, for the service she                     See page 8                     that is, in their irrevocable personal consent. It is an institution con-
 info@goodshepherdretreat.co.za          was able to give her cousin                Daveyton and Munsieville               firmed by the divine law and receiving its stability, even in the eyes of
                                         Eliz ab eth , an d for the               youth get together for a week-           society, from the human act by which the partners mutually surrender
                                         blessedness promised to those            end of devotion to Mary Our              themselves to each other; for the good of the partners, of the children,
                                         of ‘low degree.’                                    Mother                        and of society this sacred bond no longer depends on human decision
                                                                                                                           alone. For God himself is the author             Continued on Page 4

   IN THIS EDITION
 Bishops’ Action             1
 Year of the Eucharist        2         A media statement of the SACBC held in Marianhill in August reads:
 Carmelite Spirituality       3         “The Catholic Church calls on all Catholic medical personnel to insist on their constitutional rights, respecting their freedom of conscience and to refuse to
 HIV/Aids assistance from Rome 4        cooperate in the performance of abortions.”
                                        The right to life is the most fundamental of all human rights on which society is based. Abortion as a direct attack on this most basic right can never be justi-
 Alpha in Soweto               5
                                        fies even by the intention of protecting or promoting any other right or value.
 Good Shepherd Centenary          6     The current parliamentary debate on Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill challenges us once more to uphold the sanctity of human life from
 Secrecy to be broken             7     conception until death, and to condemn abortion as an act gravely contrary to the law of God.
                                        We are furthermore deeply disturbed by the proposal that the new amendment bill seeks to extend to nurses the right to destroy innocent life through even
 Word of Life                     8     more freely available abortions. We note with great sadness that 330 000 innocent human lives have been destroyed since the Abortion Act came into opera-
                                        tion in 1997. There is no doubt that the aim of the proposed amendment is to increase the number of abortions in our country and as a Church we deplore this
                                        onslaught on the lives of the unborn.                                                                                        Continued on Page 3

Visit the web site of the Catholic Diocese of Johannesburg at: http;//www.catholic-johannesburg.org.za                                                                                                      1
                                                                                                                                DIOCESAN DEPARTMENTS MAY BE REACHED AT:

Year                                              A special Year of the Eucharist
                                                  has been announced by the Holy
                                                  Father. It will begin in October
                                                  2004 in Mexico and will end in
                                                                                      appreciate our faith in the true
                                                                                      presence of Christ in the Sac-
                                                                                      rament of the Eucharist, the
                                                                                                                                Cathedral Place, 3 Saratoga Avenue, Private Bag X10,
                                                                                                                                Doornfontein 2028
                                                                                                                                Telephone: 011 402-6400
                                                                                      ritual practices around the               Fax: 011 402-6406
                                                  October 2005.                       Eucharist and to correct devia-
                                                  Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, Bishop
                                                                                      tions that might have crept in,

of the                                            of the Diocese of Johannesburg is
                                                  pushing for a Eucharist Congress in
                                                  South Africa.. This will be dis-
                                                                                      and so we must discuss.
                                                                                      “We must re-invigorate our
                                                  cussed by members of the SACBC human language of commun-
                                                                                                                               BISHOPS’ ACTIONS
                                                                                                                               Continued from Page 1

                                                                                                                               questions this booklet seeks to ad-
                                                                                                                                                                            •

                                                                                                                                                                            •
                                                                                                                                                                                     Who sexually abuses chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                     dren?
                                                                                                                                                                                     What does the Church say
                                                  this month or in November when      ion with the Holy. Parishes              dress.                                                about sexual abuse of Chil-
                                                  they meet.                                                                   It gives and introduction to the                      dren?
                                                                                      must be represented at this
                                                                                                                                                                            •        What action does the

Eucharist                                         Archbishop Buti says if an agree-
                                                  ment on a national congress can’t
                                                  be reached, he would suggest one
                                                  for the Johannesburg Diocese.
                                                                                      jamboree and formal papers
                                                                                      read, which can be taken back
                                                                                      with them, so that solid knowl-
                                                                                                                               celebration of Mass, detailing litur-
                                                                                                                               gical ministers and their functions
                                                                                                                               such as priest celebrant, deacon,
                                                                                                                               proclaimer of the Word, the gath-
                                                                                                                                                                            •
                                                                                                                                                                                     Church take?
                                                                                                                                                                                     What are the main provi-
                                                                                                                                                                                     sions of the Protocol docu-
                                                  “We must try to understand and      edge can promote chapels for             ered assembly, liturgical musi-                       ment?
                                                                                      the Blessed Eucharist.”                  cians, extraordinary ministers               •        Does the Church report
                                                                                                                               of Holy Communion, servers                            such cases to the Civil au-
                                                                                                                               and ushers.                                           thority?
                                                                                                                               It details the Eucharistic cele-             •        What should I do if I sus-
    A Monthly Update on your Diocesan Departments                                                                                                                                    pect abuse is occurring?
                                                                                                                               bration and the desired gestures
                                                                                                                               and posture, words, sacred
    DEPARTMENT DOINGS                                                                                                          scripture, presidential prayers,
                                                                                                                               sung texts, invitations and in-
                                                                                                                               troductions, liturgical music,
                                                                                                                                                                             Policy, Practice and Procedure
                                                                                                                                                                            Manual
                                                                                                                                                                            A Policy Manual is being distrib-
    The following are highlights of reports from heads of departments discussed at their                                                                                    uted to every diocese in the coun-
    August meeting.                                                                                                            silence materials and objects,               try. It has been published by the
                                                                                                                               bread and wine, sacred vessels,              Legal Advisory Committee of the
                                                                                                                               the altar, ambo, chair, cross,               SACBC as a resource for each par-
                                                                                                                               books vesture and incense. It                ish. Fundamental documents re-
    Aids                                      Planning for the Catholic Educa-          was done under the facilitation of                                                  garding the establishment of the
    About 60 parishes have not yet re-        tion Congress from 23-25 Septem-          Isang and Tony.                        follows with a section on adapt-
                                                                                                                                                                            parish, its statutes and guidelines,
    turned questionnaires sent out re-        ber has gobne ahead. The Congress         Some of the Justice and Peace          ing the celebration to special
                                                                                                                                                                            letters of appointment of parish
    questing information about healing        will be held at the Randburg Tow-         team met with five Dominicans          circumstances.                               priest and assistants, RSA parish
    and caring groups in the parish.          ers Hotel. The number of delegates        and one Holy Family in training        Three further sections have                  constitution and tax exemption,
    Could this be orchestrated?               per region has been allocated.            for future ministry and explained      been set out on Introductory                 professional conduct protocols,
    Archbishop Buti, discussing with Sr                                                 the workings of Justice and Peace      rites, liturgy of the Word and               title deeds to property and plans,
    Claudia the work of the Aids Com-         Evangelization                            to them. Members of the team have
                                                                                                                               under discussion of the liturgy              last Will, ID book, driver’s licence
    mission in the diocese, said that it      The next Diocesan Pastoral Coun-          been assisting the Lufuno team in                                                   and Marriage officer’s licence
    was important to promote spirituality                                               getting their GDH books audited        of the Eucharist the four sub-
                                              cil meeting will be held at Cathe-                                                                                            should be filed in this manual. All
    of people living with HIV and Aids.       dral Place on October 23 from 1:30        and making a new proposal for          sections handle preparation of
                                                                                                                               the gifts, Eucharistic prayer, the           documents relating to Parish Pas-
    We must develop relevant spiritual        pm. The printing of guidelines for        funding from CRS.                                                                   toral Council, its constitution, re-
    help for communities concerned            the Diocesan, Regional and Parish                                                communion rite and concluding                cord of members, committees and
    with HIV/Aids—that is, everybody.         Pastoral Councils is proceeding           Pastoral Care for Refugees             rite.                                        minutes of meetings as well
                                              and constitutions are to be updated.      Sr Marizette assists the Portu-        “This, almost for the first time,            should be filed in the appropriate
    Catechetics                                                                         guese community with Mar-              is instruction on what happens               place.
    A Diocesan Mass for catechists will       Finance and                               riage Preparation every Friday.        in the Mass for parishioners—                A section deals with professional
    be held on 13 November 2004 in the        Administration                            A retreat held at the end of July      when to kneel, sit or stand.                 conduct, another with tax matters,
    Cathedral at 15:00pm and the              Several non-reporting parishes                                                                                                VAT, UIF of employees, employ-
                                                                                        at La Rochelle parish for the          There has been confusion be-
    Bishop will officiate. After that there   have been visited by Pierre de                                                                                                ment matters, compensation, and
    will be a bring and share in the big                                                Portuguese youth group took            cause of changes, many of
                                              Villiers and will be coming on                                                                                                gives full information on these
    hall. At the request of the catechists                                              the theme, “The Samaritan”             which go against the spirit and
                                              board now. An officer from Stan-                                                                                              labour matters. A register of exist-
    there will be input from the Cate-        dard Bank visited the department
                                                                                        The French Mass held in                letter of the General Instruc-               ing assets is provided for comple-
    chists and an exhibition work to en-      during August regarding FICA              Rivonia now includes more and          tion of the Roman Missal                     tion in the manual as well as details
    able sharing and encouragement.           matters.                                  more people from western and           (GIRM) issued by Rome to the                 regarding motor vehicles. An ac-
    Confirmation days for young people        Justice & Peace                           central Africa. Integrations be-       universal Church. The only disad-            counts pack is designed so that
    will take place at Bosco                  Evaluation of the department’s            tween the communities is good          vantage may be the unintentional             parishes can record their financial
                                              work during the past six months           and some attempt is being              throwing of inculturation out of the         transactions.
    Education                                                                           made to find new strategies to         window. This may stifle the Afri-            PASTORAL (Internal Forum)
                                                                                                                               can spirit of worship, “ Archbishop          Solution
                                                                                        make people self-sufficient.
                                                                                                                               Buti said.                                   As some marriages can’t be recti-
                    Good Shepherd                                                       SPRED
                                                                                        The second half of the year for all
                                                                                                                               “Take for instance, the question of
                                                                                                                               vestment colours. The difference
                                                                                                                                                                            fied, the Pastoral (Internal Forum)
                                                                                                                                                                            Solution may be applied by a priest
                                                                                                                               here is visible. Colours mentioned           to enable a Catholic partner or
                    Retreat Centre                                                      groups has begun with preparation
                                                                                        sessions. The Bishop’s annual
                                                                                        Thanksgiving Mass will take place
                                                                                                                               in GIRM are black, white, green,
                                                                                                                               purple, and red. In most cases, Af-
                                                                                                                               rican vestments are multi-coloured.
                                                                                                                                                                            partners living in an irregular union
                                                                                                                                                                            to receive the sacraments of recon-
                                                                                                                                                                            ciliation and the Eucharist. In this
                               A place to rest                                          this year on November 27 at St         We haven’t spoken on this matter             case the priest makes a pastoral
                                                                                        Anthony’s, Coronationville.            yet, but I think it is a problem—
                               A place to pray                                          The first of three training week-      guidelines are needed.”
                                                                                                                                                                            judgement in the internal forum
                                                                                                                                                                            that such a person may in good
                                                                                        ends took place for three staff
                               A place to meet                                          members in the Archdiocese of
                                                                                                                               Sexual Abuse of Children by                  conscience receive these sacra-
                                                                                                                               Church personnel                             ments although no canonical deci-
    Just one hour from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from                                 Durban. Evaluations were positive
                                                                                                                               A pamphlet issued by the SACBC               sion can be obtained from the Ec-
    Pretoria yet allows you to get miles away from the hus-                             and participants were enthusiastic                                                  clesiastical Tribunal as to the inva-
                                                                                                                               will shortly be available to every
                                                                                        about continuing.                                                                   lidity of the previous marriage for
    tle and bustle in the tranquil Magaliesburg overlooking                                                                    parishioner in the diocese through
                                                                                        The full team of five in the depart-                                                various causes. This solution may
                                                                                                                               their parish. It details on the ques-
    the Hartbeespoort Dam.                                                              ment attended a weeklong Bible
                                                                                                                               tion of sexual abuse of children by          only be applied if certain condi-
    Our facilities include:                                                             talks given by Fr Dennis McBride                                                    tions are met. The bishops would
                                                                                                                               Church personnel, What you
    •      45 double rooms, mostly en suite                                             at the Bible College.
                                                                                                                               should know and what you should              like to see a compulsory three year
    •      Dormitory facilities for 50 people                                                                                  do. Questions asked include:                 course for priests which could keep
                                                                                        Youth
    •      A conference room for 100                                                                                           •        Who is a child?                     them up to date on such issues.
                                                                                        Two meetings of the diocesan de-
     people                                                                             velopment team have taken place        •        What is child sexual abuse?
    •      2 smaller conference rooms                                                   in Braamfontein.
           plus smaller breakaway rooms                                                 At the end of July Sr Nomawetu
    •      2 chapels                                                                    and Tebogo attended the second
    •      TV projector                                                                 meeting of the working team in
                                                                                        Braamfontein organized by GCC
    •      Swimming pool                                                                and IDASA, which body if funding
    •      Beautiful walks and wonderful bird                                    life   a six month programme dealing
    We cater for workshops, retreats, conferences, semi-                                with Race Relations in the univer-
    nars, encounters, confirmation retreats, individuals                                sities. Twenty leaders are needed
                                                                                        to begin this project together. Each
    wanting quiet time, as well as our own directed retreats                            denomination is asked to send two      !                 " #                                   $     %& #
    throughout the year.                                                                members at least. It is hoped that
                                                                                        the project will spread to youth
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                                                                                            work of the new evangelization..          Catholic Bishops’ call to
                                                                                                                                                                                         Notices
    Carmel and its                                                                          “To experience God in history and         action on abortion
                                                                                            in one another it is necessary to         Continued from Page 1
                                                                                            have, on the level of the theologi-
                                                                                            cal virtues, “special times” of con-      We are deeply aware of the great
                                                                                            templative prayer.”                       damage caused to women by abor-


    Spirituality
                                                                                                                                      tion since they had already bonded
                                                                                            We are led back to the center and         with as mothers with their unborn
                                                                                            source of contemplative experi-           babies. The Church wishes to help                           * 4  5
                                                                                            ence; we stand before a living and        them in coping with their loss and
                                                                                            life-giving Presence, before the          grief.
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                                                                                            face of the God of Jesus Christ           The Church will continue to use its
    Part Two:                                                                               who summons us and transforms             own resources to counsel, to pro-                                            !
                                                  foster the fidelity and spiritual
    written by the Members of the Secular                                                   us into Him.                              tect and to care for unmarried
                                                  growth of her nuns through the assis-                                                                                                               "
                                                  tance of brothers of the same spirit,                                               mothers and other women in preg-
    Carmel (OCDS)….                                                                         Prayer is raising heart and mind to                                                 #
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                                                                                            God, it is union with God, trans-         abuse.                                                 $
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    For various reasons (the Great Schism,                                                  formation of the soul in God, it is       “How can a country possibly re-
                                                  tolic activity”.                                                                                                                                    '
    the Black Death, the Hundred Years’                                                     to be in heaven on earth. Prayer is       generate its moral fibre if it contin-
    War, which decimated Europe) religious                                                  a dialogue of friendship with God         ues to widen and facilitate the de-
                                                  With the reform of St Teresa, the
    Orders became relaxed in the 14th-15th        Order was divided in two: The an-
                                                                                            and contemplation as union with           struction of unborn life?” ask the                ! 4 %
    century. Many efforts were made at re-        cient Order of Carmelites (O. Carm.)
                                                                                            God incarnate. It is to remain                                                             #    &
    form, also in Carmel. The best known is                                                 alone in loving awareness of God.                                                          $! ' 1
    that of the great Saint Teresa, which re-
                                                  and The Order of Discalced Carme-
                                                  lites (OCD-initials from Latin); both
                                                                                            Primary prayer is not reciting            New course for St.                            !  *      4 -
                                                                                            some ready made formulas or ful-                                                        !         6
    sulted in a new branch of the Order.          have the branch of women religious.
                                                                                            filling certain rituals, but to live in
                                                                                                                                      Augustine College                              + -     7 .
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                                                  Discalced means without shoes—a                                                     A new course will begin in January
    Teresa de Ahumada, born in 1515, was a        term meaning ‘reformed’ at that
                                                                                            intimate loving relationship with                                                            1     -
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                                                                                            God.                                      2005 at St. Augustine College in
    gift of God to the Church and to the Car-     time.                                                                                                                                       !
                                                                                                                                      Victory Park. The course, MPHIL in
    melite Order. Even as a little girl Teresa                                                                                                                                                (
                                                                                            At the beginning of the millen-           THEOLOGY, with specialization in
    wanted to die to see God. Though she          It should be of interest for many to
                                                                                            nium the Holy Father Pope John            Canon Law, will consist of seven
    did not always keep this ideal in her         learn that there are lay members the
                                                                                            Paul II challenged all the faithful       modules and a research paper and
    heart, the love of God did not die and        world over, under the same Rule and
                                                                                            to look at the face of Christ afresh.     covers the whole code of Canon           QUOTE: The Holy Eucharist is
    much against her father’s will, she en-       the same Superior General. After all,
                                                                                            He insisted on the call to holiness       Law. It normally takes most students     the greatest treasure that the
    tered the Carmelite convent of the Incar-     the original Carmelites were lay peo-
                                                                                            of all the faithful and the need of       two and a half years to complete and     Church has on earth. It is
    nation at Avila, Spain.                       ple, who were given the structure of
                                                                                            training in holiness. He wrote:           students are eligible for admission if
                                                  a religious community following                                                                                              Christ himself—Cardinal Fran-
                                                                                            “This training in holiness calls for      they are the holder of an Honours
    She found that the sisters were not really    other great religious orders of the                                                 degree or the holder of a degree         cis Arinze, Prefect of the Congre-
    committed to their call and wanted to go                                                a Christian life distinguished                                                     gation for Divine Worship and the
                                                  time.                                                                               taken over a minimum of four years
    back to the roots. She viewed the voca-                                                 above all in the art of                                                            Sacraments
                                                                                            prayer” (NMI 32). He expresses            or the holder of a qualification con-
    tion to Carmel thus: “Our primitive Rule      There are a number of religious con-
                                                                                            his wish: “How helpful it would           sidered by the Academic Board to be
    states that we must pray without ceasing.     gregations, affiliated to the Order,
                                                                                            be if not only in religious commu-        appropriate for admission as a can-
    If we do this with all the care possible—     but who do not base their Constitu-
                                                                                            nities but also in parishes more          didate for the degree of Master of
    for unceasing prayer is the most impor-       tion on this Carmelite Rule. The
                                                                                            were done to ensure an all-               Philosophy.
    tant aspect of the Rule—the fasts, the        feasts of Saints and Blessed of all
    disciplines and the silence of the Order                                                pervading climate of
                                                  the branches are celebrated accord-
    commands will not be wanting.” With                                                     prayer” (NMI 34). If you were to
                                                  ing too the particular Carmelite litur-
    great difficulty and against opposition                                                 ask who would teach us all this,
                                                  gical Calendar.
    both from within and outside of the Or-                                                 the Pope would answer: “How can
    der, she reformed the Constitution of the                                               we forget here, among the many
                                                  To promote holiness of life is the
    sisters in 1564 and later with St John of                                               shining examples, the teaching of
                                                  duty of the Church. Both St Teresa
    the Cross as her main support, that of the                                              Saint John of the Cross and Saint
                                                  of Avila and St John of the Cross
    Friars (Fathers and Brothers). She was                                                  Teresa of Avila?” (NMI 33).
                                                  wrote extensively on prayer and con-
    the sole woman foundress of men reli-         templation. St Teresa’s major writ-                                                       )
    gious, now followed on this by another                                                  Carmel in Africa                                       *     '
                                                  ings are “The Book of her
    Teresa, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.           Life” (Autobiographical), The Way                                                                 +
                                                                                            The first Discalced Carmelite Fri-        + 5   ,-       12
                                                                                                                                                  7 -8
                                                  of Perfection, The Interior Castle
    She wrote in The Way of Perfection that                                                 ars reached the kingdom of the                   *
                                                                                                                                      9 ) ,* *
                                                  and The Foundations. Besides this
    her purpose in reforming Carmel was to                                                  Congo in 1584. They did not sur-            , $ ! '37
                                                  she has a number of minor works.
    provide power-houses of prayer for the                                                  vive for long. The reason was that          0 0:   1
                                                  There are more than 437 Letters ex-
    Church and to pray for priests who de-                                                  the then Superior General was
                                                  tant. She was declared. Along with
    fend the Church against                                                                 against Missions in the Order. We
                                                  St Catherine of Siena, the first
    heresies. It was the time of the Protestant                                             had to wait full three centuries for
                                                  woman Doctor of the Church in
    Reformation.                                                                            them to come to Tunisia in 1885.
                                                  1970.
                                                                                            In 1931, the Carmelite nuns
    Her “aim in reforming the friars was to                                                 founded their first community in
                                                  St John of the Cross, a theologian in
                                                                                            Rivonia, north of Johannesburg,
                                                  his own right, has for his major writ-
                                                                                            with two South African Sisters
We celebrate with our                             ings: The Ascent of Mount Carmel,
                                                  The Dark Night, The Spiritual Can-
                                                                                            who had entered Carmel in Eng-
                                                                                            land. This foundation was later
Priests…..                                        ticle and The Living Flame, besides
                                                  a number of minor works. He is the
                                                                                            moved top Benoni. The second
.                                                 mystical Doctor of the Church.
                                                                                            foundation in Wynberg, Cape
BIRTHDAYS:                                                                                  Town was begun in 1952 and the
September1-Fr Malieu Van Vlierden                                                           third community is at Mafikeng,
                                                  Among more than 40 Saints and
September 2 -Fr Remy Makobane                                                               opened in 1992. The nuns are
                                                  Blessed of the Order , St Therese of
September 2-Fr Albert Nolan                                                                 from different countries, and at
                                                  Lisieux, (the Little Flower) stands as
September 9-Fr Theophilus Malotsa                                                           present only five are South Afri-
                                                  the shining star. She is the third
September 10-Fr Deodato Kasiya                                                              cans.
                                                  woman Doctor of the Church and is
September13-Fr Patrick Maselwane                  called the Doctor of the Science of
September 19-Fr Pierre El-Khoury                                                            The friars came to Malawi in
                                                  Love.
September 22-Fr Phillipe Docq                                                               1963. Fr Elias Friedman, writer
September 24-Fr Stanley Tebele                                                              and historian of Jewish origin
                                                  Our sister St,. Teresa Benedicta of
September 27-Fr Dominic Baldwin                                                             (+1999) was the only South Afri-
                                                  the Cross, commenting on the Rule
September 27-Fr Kenneth Single                                                              can Carmelite friar. The first batch
                                                  of Carmel wrote: ‘ “To watch in
September 29-Fr Jonathan Petersen                                                           of Carmelite friars came to South
                                                  prayer” -this is to say the same thing
                                                                                            Africa in 1998 and they have their
                                                  that Elijah said with the words, “to
                                                                                            community at Benoni, in the Dio-
                                                  stand before the face of God.”
                                                                                            cese of Johannesburg.
ORDINATIONS:                                      Prayer is looking up into the face of
September 1, 1962-Fr John Finlayson               the Eternal… “To meditate on the
                                                                                            The secular Carmel (OCDS) has
September 1, 2002-Fr John Taberner                Law of the Lord” -this can be a form
                                                                                            been active for many years and is
September 8, 1951-Fr James Fitzsimons             of prayer when we take prayer in its
                                                                                            present in several dioceses.
September 8, 1989-Fr Kenneth Single               usual broad sense.’
September 8, 1993-Fr Henricus Vos
                                                                                            We need local vocations for all
September 9, 1967-Fr Lionel Sham                  Any social body has to be dynamic
                                                                                            the groups so that we may be able
September 11, 1973-Fr Anthony Thouard             and progress further, but it can also
                                                                                            to stabilize and carry out our mis-
September 15, 1996-Fr Miguel Ganzales             very easily regress and religious
                                                                                            sion in the church, to be witnesses
September 15, 1957-Fr Paul Winters                communities are no exception. “A
                                                                                            to Christ praying on the mountain.
September 20, 1959-Fr James Hyland                Teresian Carmelite spirituality com-
September 20, 1959-Fr Joseph Leathem              mitted to the new evangelization and
September 20, 1959-Fr Eamonn O’Reilly             supporting it, needs to make this step
September 21, 1958-Fr Robert Toland               towards a contemplative attitude in
September 23, 1967-Fr Anselm Prior                the midst of action. The goal will be
September 24, 2001-Fr Jeff Jawaheer               to achieve integrating the experience
September 28, 1995-Fr Peter Knox                  of God and life’s experience: to be
                                                  contemplatives in praying and in the


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    Good Samaritan Foundation                                                                                               HOLINESS OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY

                                                                                                                            of marriage and has endowed it with various
    will assist HIV/Aids patients                                                                                           benefits and with various ends in view: all of these have a very im-
                                                                                                                            portant bearing on the continuation of the human race, on the per-
    especially those living in Africa                                                                                       sonal development and eternal destiny of every member of the fam-
                                                                                                                            ily, on the dignity, stability, peace, and prosperity of the family and
                                                                                                                            of the whole human race. By its very nature the institution of mar-
    Zenit News Service: July 29                                                                                             riage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of
                                               by promoting Catholic ideals                                                 the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory. Thus
                                               with regard to the prevention                                                the man and women, who “are no longer two but one” (Mt. 19:6),
    The Holy See has established a             of Aids and the accompani-             $                            %
    foundation to assist HIV/Aids                                                                                           help and serve each other by their marriage partnership; they become
                                               ment of the sick. Prevention                                                 conscious or their unity and experience it more deeply from day to
    patients, especially those living          and education in the Chris-                &         ''                      day. The intimate union of marriage, as a mutual giving of two per-
    in Africa.                                 tian values of faithfulness in
    The purpose of the foundation is                                                          %                             sons, and the good of the children demand total fidelity from the
                                               marriage, chastity and absti-          Prevention Subgroup:                  spouses and require and unbreakable unity between them.
    to assist the sick all over the            nence and special attention to         The primary goal is Education for
    world especially those with HIV/           prevention of mother to child          Life, especially for the youth, in
    Aids, as well as to prevent the                                                                                         Christ our Lord has abundantly blessed this love, which is rich in
                                               transmission of HIV/Aids will          collaboration with the Diocesan       its various features, coming as it does from the spring of divine love
    spread of the virus, said Cardinal         be the main fields of activity         Youth Department.
    Javier Lozano Barragán, presi-                                                                                          and modeled on Christ’s own union with the Church. Just as of old
                                               for the Good Samaritan                 Treatment Subgroup:
    dent of the Pontifical Council.                                                   Working on information for par-       God encountered his people with a covenant of love and fidelity, so
                                               Foundation.”                                                                 our Saviour, the spouse of the Church, now encounters Christian
    Fides, the Vatican Agency re-              The Cardinal said: “In the             ishes concerning Aids activities.
    ports the Cardinal as saying that                                                 Later in the year parishes will re-   spouses through the sacrament of marriage. He abides with them in
                                               struggle against HIV/Aids there        ceive a document sharing some of      order that by their mutual self-giving spouses will love each other
    the foundation will be open to             are still too many words and
    anyone anxious to help people on                                                  the best practices regarding HIV/     with enduring fidelity, as he loved the Church and delivered himself
                                               too few facts. In fact the first       Aids work in our Diocese.             for it. Authentic married love is caught up into divine love and is
    the continent of Africa.                   thing to do is top monitor the         Constitutions:
    “The aim is to identify the most                                                                                        directed and enriched by the redemptive power of Christ and the
                                               real needs of people in coun-          We are in the process of finalizing   salvific action of the Church, with the result that the spouses are ef-
    urgent needs in the fight against          tries all over Africa where anti-      our Constitutions.
    Aids in order to distribute re-                                                                                         fectively led to God and are helped and strengthened in their lofty
                                               retrovirals are not available.”        Start-up money:
    sources where they are needed in                                                  Funders from overseas have prom-      role as fathers and mothers. Spouses, therefore, are fortified and, as
    Africa and elsewhere in the                                                       ised us start-up money for the ac-    it were, consecrated for the duties and dignity of their state by a spe-
    world.                                                                            tivities of the Commission/           cial sacrament; fulfilling their conjugal and family role by virtue of
    “Precise duties and detailed or-                                                  Subgroups. Our subgroups are:         this sacrament, spouses are penetrated with the spirit of Christ and
                                                                                      Prevention, Treatment and Healing.    their whole life is suffused by faith, hope, and charity; thus they in-
    ders will be given to fulfill the
                                                                                      WORLD AIDS DAY on Decem-              creasingly further their own perfection and their mutual sanctifica-
    mission to meet the necessities of                                                ber 1,      2004 has the National
    the poorest, most affected and                                                                                          tion, and together they render glory to God.
                                                                                      Theme of Women and Children , a
    the most needy countries and                                                      Gauteng Main Theme of Youth can
    people suffering from HIV/                                                        win against Aids and a sub-Theme
                                                                                                                            Inspired by the example and family prayer of their parents, children,
    Aids,” the Cardinal said.                                                         of Respect Women and Protect          and in fact everyone living under their family roof, will more easily
    “Besides caring for the sick, we                                                  Children, especially the Girl         set out upon the path of a truly human training of salvation, and of
    also aim to prevent the disease                                                   Child.                                holiness. As for the spouses, when they are given the dignity and
                                                                                                                            role of fatherhood and motherhood, they will eagerly carry out their
                                                                                        PRAYER OF CONFESSION:               duties of education, especially religious education, which primarily
                                                                                                                            devolves on them.
                                                                                       O God, we confess our sin in
                                                                                           the midst of HIV/Aids.           Children as living members of the family contribute in their own
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                                                                                       sisters and brothers, families       accepted courageously as a continuation of the calling to marriage,
    •       The best service and quality for the best prices, with 22 years experi-
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                                                                                           disconnected from our            riage, which is an image of sharing in the partnership of love be-
                                                                                                 neighbours.                tween Christ and the Church; it will show forth to all men Christ’s
                                                                                              We have become                living presence in the world and the authentic nature of the Church
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                                                                                             Forgive us, O God.             Archbishop, Njongonkulu                 exceptional crisis.”
                                                                                                                            Ddungane was presented at a             He said that HIV/Aids hits the poor
                                                                                      Bring us back to the center of
         0                             1          /                      .            your presence where you hold          one-day conference entitled
                                                                                                                            “The Challenge of HIV/Aids to
                                                                                                                                                                    hardest and is also a disease that
                                                                                                                                                                    too often marginalizes and ex-
                                                                                      all who call upon your name.                                                  cludes, not least because of its as-
                                    Obviously                                          Help us to break the silence.        Christian Theology” at the
                                                                                                                                                                    sociations with sex.
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    & Panel Repair Centre                                                              restore the connections with         Cape at the end of July.                blame
                                                                                                                            The Archbishop was unable to at-        The Church must take much of the
                                                                                             all whom you love.             tend the conference organized by the
                                TEL: 312-1111                                             We pray in the name of                                                    blame for the issue of stigmatisa-
                                                                                                                            UWC Department of Religion and          tion and its attendant problems of
                                                                                                    Jesus.                  Theology and the Ecumenical Foun-
         290 NEW ROAD, GRAND CENTRAL, MIDRAND                                                       Amen.
                                                                                                                                                                    fear, denial and silence. Christian-
                                                                                                                            dation of SA (EFSA) as he was recu-     ity has too often espoused a de-
                                                                                                                            perating from prostate surgery at the   structive theology that links sex
                                                                                                                            time.                                   and sin with guilt and punishment.
                                                                                                                            In his paper the Archbishop called      We must take a lead in overturning
                                                                                                                                                                    these distortions, he wrote.
                                                                                                       There will be a lecture—presentation at                      Stigma, too, has become a silent
                                    CONTACT                                                                 LaSalle College, Discovery                              killer… “decimating families who
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                                                                                                       The lecture-presentation entitled                            “Another tragic and shameful area
                                          at                                           “The Singer and the Song: thoughts for Tired Teachers and Twinkling          of the church’s spiritual blindness
                   AFRICA WIDE VAN LINES                                                                 Teachers-to-be” will be given by                           is in relation to women, and this
              TEL (011)818-5815/6/7 FAX 818—1638                                                            Bro. Michael Burke CFC.                                 t o o is h av i n g de v as t at i n g
                                                                                                              Refreshments will follow                              consequences in relation to HIV/
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                                                                                                                                                                                          and must accord to women dignity
0 "5                                                 First-ever ALPHA                                                                          Anglican Archbishop                        and status that is no less than that
                                                                                                                                                                                          of men, just as Jesus did.
0572 5                                               Conference in Soweto—                                                                     Aids,” says Archbishop Ndungane.
                                                                                                                                               “We let men use their strength to
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lavish funerals a financial strain
                                                                                                                                                                                          He appealed for the clergy to take a

89     :                                             to be addressed by Archbishop                                                             the detriment of women.
                                                                                                                                               Christianity complicit
                                                                                                                                                                                          leads also in teaching that a simple
                                                                                                                                                                                          low-cost funeral dishonours neither
                                                                                                                                               Christianity has been complicit in         the deceased, nor God. He says

" 485" 1 &
                                                     Buti                                                                                      sustaining the patriarchal domi-           that lavish funerals can place un-
                                                                                                                                                                                          bearable financial strain on fami-
                                                                                                                                               nance of men and the subjugation
                                                                                                                                               of women in terms of politics, eco-        lies—especially where more than
                                                     The National Alpha Confer-               The programme runs from 8:30am                   nomics, culture, society and the           one family member is affected.
                                                     ence will be held at Grace Bi-           on Friday October 1 through to                   family as well as within the institu-      The Archbishop said that if all
                                                     ble Church in Soweto on Octo-            5pm, after which participants are                tional church.”                            parts of society, worldwide, fail to
The Southern African Catholic                                                                 invited to a ‘Model Alpha evening’                                                          rise to the challenges of the Aids
                                                     ber 1-2 this year. This is the                                                            Patriarchal attitudes
Bishops’ Conference has an-                                                                   which includes a meal and ends at                                                           pandemic, it will be the greatest
                                                     first time the National Confer-                                                           The Archbishop says that the
nounc ed a R2 064 000 grant                                                                   8:30pm. Saturday will start at                                                              disaster that the human race has
                                                     ence of Alpha South Africa is                                                             church has become rooted in
to finance programmes and                                                                     8:30am with an hour of worship                   millennia-old patriarchal attitudes        known.
                                                     being held in Soweto and the
in itiative s fightin g                                                                       and intercession and finish at 5pm.
                                                     organizers are very honoured             The Conference fee for the two
ag a in st H IV / Aid s in
                                                     to announce that Archbishop              days and includes refreshments,
Botswana and South Africa.
The announcement was made at                         Buti Tlhagale, Bishop of Jo-             lunch on both days, evening meal                                      "
                                                                                                                                                                   ! # $                      %
                                                                                                                                                                                             $ "$             $
Marianhill Monastery near Durban,                    hannesburg will be opening the           on Day One and all Conference                                           %  &              '     )*
                                                                                                                                                                                             ()
at the conclusion of the meeting of                  conference.                              resources is R150 per person.
Bishops from South Africa, Bot-                      The conference, says, Anne Jones,        Bursaries are available for those                    $                             #                -.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3- * )                ,
swana and Swaziland representing                     Alpha National Office Director, is       who cannot afford to pay.                        :     3     -.
                                                                                                                                                  , - $ ) 3-
five million Catholics.                              the launch pad for introducing the       There will be “Park ‘n Ride” facili-                 ,   )   ?
The amount has been added to that                    Alpha course to the ‘black’ churches     ties from outside Soweto and lim-                6 , + #)
of R6 700 000 which was allocated                    and to invite church leaders to part-    ited accommodation with host                     +# , 8 #
to projects since the beginning of                   ner with Alpha to provide all the        families will be offered in Johan-
2004. The money will be used to                      tools necessary for it to become ac-     nesburg and Soweto.                                6                     * ) #5 %                 %                      %         ,
disseminate information, promote                     cessible and relevant to all people of   For enquiries and registration,                      % (                  3: ) (
prevention programmes and to treat                   South Africa. There will be many         please contact Alpha South Africa                7 &#                    .
and care for those who are affected                  seminars for Youth Alpha.                National Office at telephone num-                  ;                            /
by the disease and particularly the                  Main speakers will be Paul Cowley,       ber 001 341 0551 or 011 325 2338                 1                         8B %
orphans—there are almost a million                   who is a curate at Holy Trinity          (fax) or you may e-mail:                         #                                                              ,             -!
orphans in our region. The spon-                     Brompton in London, UK and is            inform@alphasa.co.za
sored projects are fully operational                 Director of Alpha in Prisons and                                                          ,
and are constantly supervised by                     Alpha for the Armed Forces, and                                                           #                                                            ,
Church officials. In the last quarter                Julio Mekki, who runs C’s Media-                                                          -                         !
of the year the Aids office will con-                workz in London and works, to-
tribute R8 000 000 more to approved                  gether with his wife, Latana, with
projects.                                            the urban youth and young adults in
                                                     North London, training them in IT,
Anti-Retroviral Therapy                              practical learning and social skills.
A greater amount of money has                        Julio was born in Marendera, Zim-
been allocated by the Catholic                       babwe and has been very much in-                           RESEARCH ASSISTANTS/JUNIOR LECTURERS
Church for the Anti-Retroviral                       volved in the Alpha Course.
therapy: 400 people are presently                    “We encourage you to attend the                                         FIVE POSTS
receiving ARV therapy at seven                       Alpha conference and to take this
designated sites. These will be in-                  opportunity to be envisioned and         St Augustine College of South Africa is the only private provider of education accredited to offer both Masters and
creased to 10 in September 2004                      equipped to run an Alpha course, to      Doctoral Programmes in South Africa. As part of our continued growth strategy we intend increasing our academic
when three more sites start func-                    meet and share ideas with others and     capacity by employing five enthusiastic young academics to newly created positions of Research Assistant/Junior
tioning in Hlabisa (KZN), Win-                       to be refreshed by teaching, worship     Lecturer. The positions to be filled are:
terveld (Tshwane/Pretoria) and                       and prayer,” says Anne Jones.            •       Research Assistant/Junior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Ethics
Francistown (Botswana).                              Programme                                •       Research Assistant/Junior Lecturer in the Department of Culture and Education
                                                                                              •       Research Assistant/Junior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy
                                                                                              •       Research Assistant/Junior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry
                                                          !" #                                •       Research Assistant/Junior Lecturer in the Department of Theology
                               $ $           %              & '                               Initially these positions are offered as 3-year contracts, which may eventually become permanent by mutual
                                         !       "                                            consent. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act.
      (    !    &               $         )* +     +'                                "
                                          # +( # +    )                        )+,            Requirements: Applicants should have a Masters Degree in a relevant field in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Phi-
                                                                                              losophy, Religion or Theology. Applicants must be prepared to pursue doctoral studies at the college and part of the
           !    )     +, (           (       +       (                         +              remuneration package will include a bursary for these studies. Should a suitable candidate not be found,
                        * (            +-        +                                            applications will be considered either from those currently completing a Masters degree or from those with honours
                           )    +         . ) / +(
                                             )                        ,                       degrees who are qualified to be accepted into our Masters programme. Besides English, applicants should be fluent
   0 1 (2 3 .            01          -   4) ( !                  05        -      63 3 7      in an indigenous Sub-Saharan African language. Preference will be given to Southern African languages including
                                                                                              Afrikaans. Some experience and skill is required in the use of computerized systems including word-processing, data
 #$        !         %                                                        &               analysis, Internet research and the use of research databases. Some lecturing experience at postgraduate level or prac-
          &                              '                                    &               tical work in academic research institutes will be an advantage. Applicants should be interested in pursuing an aca-
                                                 &                        &              (    demic career and in the enterprise of research and tertiary education. They are required to share the ethos and values
          ( $ +&                                                                              of the college, as outlined in the ‘mission and vision’ section of our website. This should not be interpreted in a
The Workshop will address issues which can assist us in changing our thinking, atti-          purely denominational sense and for that reason applications are invited from people of all backgrounds.
tudes and behaviour to promote ecological and social justice.
It aims to create a greater awareness of the suffering of the earth and all its beings,       Key Areas of Responsibilities: The successful applicants will assist the department coordinators in research,
understanding of the forces and belief systems which destroy the environment at               educational and administrative duties. This includes preparing modules and lecturing as well as helping to conceive,
global and local levels, new understanding of spirituality, faith and creation, commit-       design and plan projects within the research goals of the department and the research policy of the college. They will
ment and planning for follow-up actions.                                                      pursue their own research and study towards a doctoral degree in a specialization approved by the college. They will
                                                                                              gradually develop responsibility for their own area of research and interest within the goals of the
Applications are to be sent to Mrs Dawn Linder by 29 September 2004:                          department.

SACBC—Justice and Peace Department                                                            Salary will be negotiated dependent upon experience but will not be less than R84000 p.a. for candidates with a Mas-
Environmental Justice Desk                                                                    ters degree plus a bursary to cover the cost of doctoral research and studies at the college valued at R20000 p.a. Sal-
PO Box 941                                                                                    ary scales for those with lower qualifications will be adjusted in accordance with the norms for academic posts.
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                                                                                              Applications:
                                                                                              Please e-mail your letter of application
                                                                                              detailed Curriculum vitae (CV),
                                                                                              and the contact details of three referees, to:
                    De La Salle SA Centenary                                                  admin@staugustine.ac.za
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    Good Shepherd Sisters                                                           BUSINESS MUST ACCEPT CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP,
                                                                                    ETHICAL VALUES SAYS WILLIAMS, NOTRE DAME PROFESSOR
    Celebrate 100 years in
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                                                                                    Notre Dame in the United States                      Call for Nominations
    Mass at Maryvale                         school were opened south of Jo-
    At 11am on Saturday, Septem-             hannesburg and in Cape Town and        and Director of the Centre for            Governing Board: International Solidarity and
                                             a Home for unmarried mothers was       Ethics and Religious values in                      Peace-Building Institute
    ber 11, 2004, a thanksgiving
                                             opened in 1959 in Pretoria North.      Business, addressing an audience          The Southern African Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), through its Justice and
    Mass will be celebrated at
                                             Auxiliaries, who were consecrated      at St Augustine College last              Peace Department, is establishing a church-based international solidarity and
    Maryvale       Parish     by             women helped in the running of         month, said that business, spe-           peace-building institute as an associate agency of the SACBC.
    Archbishop Buti Tlhagale,                the homes. In 1968 on the property     cially big business, must show
    Bishop of Johannesburg.                  at Hartbeespoort Dam which is          that they understand that they are        The institute will have as its overall objective the building of peace, with jus-
                                             now the Good Shepherd Retreat                                                    tice, in Africa. Based on the SACBC’s experience in supporting a peaceful
                                                                                    a crucial part of contemporary
    Beginnings in Johannesburg               Centre, the Congregation started a                                               transition from apartheid in South Africa, it will provide a mechanism
    In 1904 the Rt. Rev. Matthew             ‘girls’ town’.                         society. This is best accom-
                                                                                    plished by a mission statement            through which the SACBC can make a more contribution to peace-building
    Gaughran omi Vicar Apostolic of          In 1970 the Good Shepherd Sisters                                                efforts on the continent particularly in situations where requests have been
    Kimberley and Johannesburg ap-           began to help in parishes in Port      that includes an acceptance of            received from other Bishops’ Conferences to do so.
    plied to the Mother General of the       Elizabeth with people resettled        corporate citizenship, purpose
    Good Shepherd Sisters in the Mother      under the ‘Group Areas Act’.           and ethical values.                       The SACBC therefore calls for nominations of suitable candidates to serve on
    house in Angers, France, for the         Community work replaces                “The key to building and main-            the governing board of the institute. Nominated candidates should:
    foundation of a convent of sisters in    homes                                  taining trust, however, is to have        •      Be in good standing in their community and professional field:
    Johannesburg, which at that time         Because of changes in government
    was little more than a tent village      policy at the time which did not
                                                                                    ongoing open and honest com-              •      Be familiar with the church’s institutional context:
    clustered around the gold mines.         want girls out in ‘institutions’       munication available for all in-          •      Have some background in peace-building and/or social justice work
    Five Sisters                             many homes run by the Sisters          terested stakeholders.”                          in an international context:
    Five sisters were sent from France       closed down. Community work in         Lack of trust in business world-          •      Be available for at least four meetings of the management board an-
    and arrived in Johannesburg on May       Eldorado Park and Kliptown were        wide was at an all-time high,                    nually.
    21. They settled on what was then        started in 1973 and 20 years later     with financial frauds such as En-
    bare veld in Orchards. They built a      those trained by the Sisters took      ron, WorldCom and Parmalat                The SACBC seeks to appoint a governing board that is gender-balanced and
    simple house of corrugated iron          over their work in the community.      stoking the fire, corporate gov-          that has a strong gender perspective on conflict and peace-building in Africa.
    lined in part by wood and in others      Today a small band of Sisters still    ernance approves exhorbitant              Governing board members will be appointed for a period of three years and
    by mud-baked bricks on a plot pur-       reaches out to thousands with the                                                will not be remunerated for their service.
                                                                                    executive pay unrelated to per-
    chased from the Oblates of Mary          help of co-workers, Good Shep-
                                             herd Associates and friends. They      formance, the rapid fall in world         Nomination forms are available from the SACBC Justice and Peace
    Immaculate.
                                             continue their work at Fatima          stock markets and corporate de-           Department by contacting Ms Thabitha Chepape at tel.+27 12 323 6458,
    The Mission
    The Good Shepherd Sisters have           House in Pretoria North where they     ception are all factors leading to        fax +27 12 326 6218, or e-mail: tchepape@sacbc.org.za
    through the ages been women who          work with unmarried mothers and        distrust.                                                  Nominations close 30 September 2004
    believe that each person is of more      bring hope and relief to poor and      The 2004 World Economic fo-
    value than a whole world and that        suffering people at Mmakaunyane,       rum survey on trust levels, how-
    each individual is loved infinitely by   Madidi, Hebron and Port Eliza-         ever, shows that 63% of South
    God and needs to be free enough to       beth.                                  African citizens trust global mul-
    know and experience that merciful        Pupils run self-help projects          tinationals operating here. The
    love. Their mission is that of recon-    Teenagers and adults are uplifted
                                             by being given personal develop-
                                                                                    research, conducted in SA by
    ciliation, the reaching out to people,
                                             ment and skills training, classes in   GlobeScan, indicates that, in
    especially women and girls, margin-
    alized by society to help them re-       English, typing, computer, needle-     part, this higher trust of compa-
                                                                                                                              Do you want to know what makes you think, feel and act the way
    build themselves.                        work, machine knitting and bead-       nies in South Africa results from                                    you do?
    Chapel - Nucleus of Maryvale             work. The women are encouraged         big companies listening and re-           Do you wonder why you believe the way you do, even when you
    Parish                                   to use these skills to run self-help   sponding to the plea of citizens                        know it would be better to change?
    The chapel of the Good Shepherd          projects. Day-care centers for Aids    for antiretroviral drugs for those
    Sisters in Orchards served the local     and HIV infected children, many        suffering from HIV/Aids.                                     ENNEAGRAM WORKSHOP
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    the nucleus of the present day Mary-     groups for women suffering from                                                       understanding and can be a tool for conversion and change.
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                                                                                                                            Eco—Group, Environment Desk—SACBC

      $   , - $$ -                                                                                                          We meet them everywhere
   " " . #$ . /" !"                                                                                                         Poets sing their praises, artists
                                                                                                                            immortalize them in paintings,              please contact your di-
   " !! 0                                                                                                                   children play in them, adults rest
                                                                                                                            in their shade and Jesus speaks
                                                                                                                                                                        ocesan office for Justice,
                                                                                                                                                                        Peace and Integrity of
                                                                                                                            of them in his parables. They are           Creation.
“Child sexual abuse thrives on              The pamphlet gives a summary of         child sexual abuse and encourages       home and even sources of food         May the blessings of the trees
secrecy. If the evil is to eradi-           the SACBC policy and an outline         every person who hears of cases of      for many animals, birds and in-       be ours: rootedness in God,
cated, then the secrecy must be             of its procedures.                      this evil to report to the relevant     sects.                                hope and steadfastness.
                                            It calls on all its members to report   authorities.
broken,” said the Bishops at                                                                                                              TREES
                                            every allegation.                       The Bishop’s Delegate on Profes-                                              Written by:
the conclusion of the ir ple -                                                                                              Do you ever talk to trees, shrubs
nar y session at                                                                    sional Conduct is:                                                            Aloysia Zellmann, OP
                                            Serious sin                                                                     or flowers? Do you sometimes
                                                                                    Fr Graham Rose                                                                For Eco-Group
Marianhill on August 11.                    Child abuse is a serious sin and a      PO Box 46                               listen to what the trees want to
                                            crime. It thrives on secrecy and this                                           tell you about yourself, about        Environment Desk—SACBC
                                                                                    Rivonia
Every case to be reported                   secrecy must be broken. The             2128                                    God?
The SACBC has in place a Protocol           Church calls on society in general                                              What a gift the trees are for us.
(a policy and procedures document)          to break the secrecy surrounding                                                They provide us with firewood,
to enable it to investigate all allega-                                                                                     warmth and energy. They replen-
tions and has pledged itself to report
every case of child sexual abuse to
                                            Reminder to all Parishes                                                        ish the oxygen in the air, ena-       The Guardian of the
                                                                                                                            bling life. They not only clear the
                                                                                                                                                                  Keys—by Mgr Jan Jaworski
the civil authorities. This is in line      September 19—the 25th Sunday of Ordinary time is JUSTICE &
with Church policy worldwide. Pope          PEACE SUNDAY in the Johannesburg Diocese. Please promote                        air of carbon dioxide but convert
John Paul II has said “there is no          Justice & Peace during the Liturgy of that Sunday. Justice & Peace              the gas into food for a variety of    In his latest book, Mgr Jaworski
room in the Catholic priesthood for         is a way of life based on scripture and the social teachings of the             living beings. Trees contribute to    writes of his Moscow experience
those who would harm the young.”                                                                                            the beauty of nature by their col-    and his meeting with Tadeusz Kon-
                                            Catholic Church for the transformation of society by committed fol-
It is not enough to have procedures                                                                                                                               drusiewicz, Catholic Archbishop of
                                            lowers of Christ.                                                               our, shape and size, and if we        Moscow, who at 55 is the pastor and
in place if only a limited number of                                                                                        allow it to happen, they lift our
Christians know about these proce-                                                                                                                                metropolitan of the biggest diocese
                                            Justice and Peace happens when the      nomic. Exploitation is exposed and      spirit and nourish our soul. Does-    of Russia. The Archbishop is quoted
dures.
                                            dignity of each person is respected     changed, allowing people to exer-       n’t the tree deserve a kind word      as saying, “The Catholic religion
                                            and when the environment is re-         cise their human rights to build a      or a gentle touch?                    was written into Russian history in
A pamphlet for parish                       spected and maintained for genera-      good society.                                                                 golden syllables” and that Russia
distribution                                tions to come.                          Justice and Peace is directed to-                                             should not see Catholics as enemies
Consequently the Bishops are pub-                                                                                           Arbor Week, 1-7 September,
                                            Justice and Peace work overcomes        wards the transformation of struc-                                            or a danger, but rather helping hands
lishing a pamphlet for distribution to      all kinds of oppression, whether po-    tures, policies and practices which
                                                                                                                            Tries to make us more aware of
                                                                                                                                                                  in the evangelization of people who
all Catholics through local parishes.       litical, religious, cultural or eco-    diminish and destroy the integrity      the importance of trees for the
                                                                                                                                                                  for many years were exposed to
                                                                                    of creation, and the possibility of a   life of our world. Do you know        atheistic propaganda.
                                                                                    true quality of life for all, espe-     that indigenous trees occupy
      !/                   !0 !                         1                   2!      cially the poor and the marginal-       only 0.2% of South Africa’s sur-
                                                                                                                                                                  After discussing ecumenism and the
                                                                                                                                                                  need for dialogue, the chapter in the
                              /             30                                      ized.                                   face area and commercial forest       book explores the rift between the
                                                                                    The need to overcome injustice          less than 1.5%? Two hundred           Orthodox Church and the Catholic
                                                                                    is something we have alluded            year old trees are felled by hous-    Church detailing an interview in
                    +          4                                                    to repeatedly. The reason for                                                 international press between the Rus-
    !5!6! 2 7 ! !   2 !6! 8 5                                                                                               ing developers or cut down for
                                                                                    such repetition is that wide-           furniture or firewood. Deforesta-     sian Orthodox Patriarch, Alexis II
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  1 !5'5(#01 *5(#01                                                                 spread injustice is the greatest        tion of the rain forests, the very    cow in February 2004.
     !5    2 ;  !        4     < !1 0                                               sin facing us; the greatest de-         lungs of our planet, occurs at the    In the interview Alexis II, asked why
                                                                                    nial of love. Working for true          alarming rate of about 2% per         he had not met with John Paul II,
                                                                                    justice is therefore the most           year, that is, the size of Holland!   answered: “As a result of the prose-
       !                        0                        0!     !                   challenging task for and par-           Do we realize that we destroy         lytizing that is taking place in the
                                                                                    ish in Southern Africa. No              ourselves by destroying the           territory of Russia, I have to justify
   September 15th            Introduction to LISS       Fr Eugene Clarkson          parish, community or move-              trees? How can we help the trees      meeting the pope. If I simply meet
                                                                                    ment should consider itself             to survive?                           him in front of TV cameras, then
   September 22nd            God is Love                Fr Tony Nunes
                                                                                                                                                                  there will be no concrete improve-
                                                                                    excused from this task. We              •       Respect trees and shrubs
   September 29th            Salvation                  Val Halley-Wright           cannot be a ‘Community Serv-                                                  ment in our relationship. My flock
                                                                                                                                    since they too are perme-     will not understand me. That is why
   October 6th               The New Life               Fr Eugene Clarkson          ing Humanity’ is we disregard                   ated with divine energy,      we are saying that such a meeting
                                                                                    the deepest challenges set be-                  speak to them before cut-     must be preceded by concrete steps
   October 13th              Receiving God’s Gift       Fr John Cleary              fore us. To accept the Gospel                   ting off a branch for fire-   between our churches”. The Patri-
   October 20th              Baptism in the Holy Spirit Marlene Barrett             means to accept the demands                     wood.                         arch concluded his declaration with
   October 27th              Growth                     Fr Paul Seggie
                                                                                    of justice and to overcome dis-         •       Plant at least one indige-    “the very joyful message ‘No matter
                                                                                    crimination and inequality.                     nous tree or shrub for        where and what kind of conflicts
   November 3rd              Transformation in Christ   Ray Fleurot                 (SACBC Community Serving                                                      arise the duty of the Church is al-
                                                                                                                                    every one tree cut down.      ways to step forward as a peace-
                                                                                    Humanity No23)                          •       Plant a tree or shrub at
   November 10th             Thanksgiving Mass          Fr Eugene Clarkson                                                                                        making force.’ We hope that these
                                                                                                                                    your parish, school or        words will become a reality in our
                                                                                                                                    home.                         lives.”
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    “Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions                               ! "     !" " +                                                                       ,
    cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:33) By Chiara Lubich

     Such a demanding and radical request is rather shocking. It is not intended
    for any specific category of persons, like missionaries or religious who must
                                                                                         “The Catholic bishops decry                 independent international and re-           tion, to challenge political leader-
    be free to go and proclaim the Gospel everywhere. Nor does it apply only to
                                                                                         the ongoing human suffering of              gional monitoring of the pre-               ship to transparent and accountable
    exceptional moments, like times of persecution when disciples are asked not
                                                                                         their brothers and sisters in               election process as a prerequisite          governance, and to build communi-
    only to give up their gods but also to give up their lives in order to remain
                                                                                                                                     for validating the election itself.”        ties and nations where people may
    faithful to God. Jesus is addressing these words to everyone. So we can all          Zimbabwe and Sudan, and call
                                                                                                                                     SUDAN                                       live in dignity and experience a
    respond.                                                                             on Southern African Develop-
                                                                                                                                     The bishops continued, “In Sudan,           true quality of life.”
     It’s one of the conditions for following Jesus, a condition that Luke insists on    ment Community (SADC), the                  while tens of thousands have been           The bishops reaffirmed their com-
    in his Gospel: “Sell your belongings and give alms. ...For where your treas-         African Union (AU), and the                 killed and more than a million dis-         mitment of engaging with Zim-
    ure is, there also will your heart be” 12:33-34). “No servants can serve two
                                                                                         United Nations (UN) to take                 placed in the Darfur region, thou-          bawean, Sudanese and other Afri-
    masters. ...You cannot serve God and mammon” (16:13). “How hard it is for
    those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” (18:24)                          stronger action, including the              sands in other parts of Sudan, such         can church and political leaders to
                                                                                         consideration of targeted sanc-             as the Malakal district, silently face      ensure a lasting end to Africa’s
                                                                                         tions, to prevent further suffer-           equally devastating violence at the         conflicts. To this end the Confer-
    “Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions                                                                       hands of militias actively sup-             ence is establishing an interna-
                                                                                         ing.”
    cannot be my disciple.”                                                              This statement was made at the con-         ported by the Khartoum govern-              tional solidarity and peace institute
     Why does Jesus insist so much on being detached from goods, to the point of         clusion of the Southern African             ment. The UN investigation team             to support its efforts in this regard.
    making it an indispensable condition for following him?                              Catholic Bishops’ Conference                issued a report on August 2, 2004,          For further information,
    Because he is our first real and true treasure in life! And so he invites us to      (SACBC) plenary session at Marian-          stating that it cannot be doubted           please contact Bishop Kevin
    put aside all those idols—those “possessions” - that can take God’s place in         hill on August 11.                          that the Government of Sudan is             Dowling (Vice-chairperson of
    our hearts.                                                                                                                      ‘responsible’ for what has hap-
                                                                                         ZIMBABWE                                                                                the SACBC Justice and Peace
     He wants us to free. He wants our souls to be released from every attachment                                                    pened in Darfur. We ourselves
                                                                                         “The Zimbabwean situation of star-                                                      Department) at 014 573 3403
    and concern so that each one of us can really love him totally with heart, mind                                                  have personally witnessed some of
                                                                                         vation and malnutrition, willful po-                                                    (telephone and fax) or 083
    and strength. Although material goods are necessary in life, we have to use                                                      these atrocities during visits to Su-
                                                                                         litical violence and intimidation, and                                                  655 0457 or at
    them with the greatest detachment. We must be ready to put aside anything if                                                     dan.
                                                                                         the immoral use of food aid by the                                                      diocrust@mweb.co.za and
    it might take first place in our hearts. For those who follow Jesus, there is no                                                 “Because of the African Union in
                                                                                         Zimbabwean government demands
    room for avarice, for the pleasure of riches, for the unrestrained quest for                                                     particular must take action against         Neville Gabriel (Co-
                                                                                         stronger and transparent intervention
    comfort and security.                                                                                                            the Government of Sudan and ex-             ordinating Secretary of the
                                                                                         by African governments through the
     He asks us to renounce possessions also because he wants us to be open to                                                       clude it from all AU organs such as         SACBC Justice and Peace
                                                                                         AU,” said the bishops. “With more
    others, to accept and love our neighbours as ourselves, for renouncing our                                                       its Human Rights Commission. In             Department at 012 323 6458
                                                                                         than three million people displaced
    goods will bring many benefits to our neighbours. A disciple of Jesus cannot                                                     addition, pressure must be put on
                                                                                         as a result of the crisis in Zimbabwe,
    give in to avarice and ignore the poor.                                                                                          the Government of Sudan to imple-
                                                                                         a generation of exiles and refugees
                                                                                         has been created. This situation can-       ment the AU provisions on good
    “Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions                           not be allowed to continue. The             governance and the promotion of
    cannot be my disciple.”                                                                                                          human rights.”                                        Stephen M Aondo
                                                                                         Government of Zimbabwe must care
     How can we live this “Word of Life”? The simplest way to “renounce” is “to          for its own people.”                        In conclusion, the bishops re-
    give”. We can give to God by loving him, by offering him our life so that he                                                     flected: “With war on terrorism on          Is looking for a job in cargo inspection,
                                                                                         “In addition, strong measures must
    may use it as he wishes, and by being ready to do his will always.                                                               the increase, there is yet continuing       surveying, shipping, clearing, forward-
                                                                                         be taken by the international com-
     And to show him our love, we can love our brothers and sisters by being                                                         erosion of a culture of human                 ing, warehousing, insurance, sales &
                                                                                         munity to ensure a meaningful and
    ready to risk everything for them. Even though we might not think so, we                                                         rights in the world today. We call                        marketing etc.
                                                                                         honest election in Zimbabwe in
    have many riches to put in common. We have affection to give, cordiality to                                                      on all church members and people             I have over 10 years experience Con-
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    to share, like books, clothes, cars and money. Let us give without reasoning,       Weekend with                                 to promote healing and reconcilia-             e-mail: aondostephen@hotmail.com
    for example, “But I might need it on this or some other occasion.” Everything
    might come in handy some day, but in the meantime, if we follow this line of        Jesus and Mary
    thought, many attachments will seep into our hearts and many more needs             Report from Thabang                                    INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE FAMILY
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     If just giving a glass of water will be rewarded, what will be the reward for      devotion to Mary Our Mother.
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     This is confirmed by one of the many episodes that are continually reported        What unites us as
    to me by those who live the “Word of Life” with us.                                 young people devoted                           . 0 66                  .               .01            6.                  .
     A father of a family in Caracas lost his job. Two weeks later he became seri-      to Mary Our Mother                               We invite applications for the position of
    ously ill. During that very same period his car was stolen. It was a very diffi-    is the Marian Move-                         RELIGION EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR
    cult time for him and his family. They would have to leave their apartment          ment of priests. The                                      to commence in January 2005
    because they could no longer pay the rent.                                          spirit that unites us is   Veritas College opened in 1992 as the amalgamation of St Brendan’s CBC Springs—founded on
     In the meantime a friend of theirs who was not well off himself felt prompted      the spirit of Our Lady     21 January 1964 and the Convent of our Lady of Mercy Springs—founded on 3 February 1930. It
    to respond more completely to God’s love and to live the Word of Life by            and we as young peo-       is grounded in Catholic educational values in the Dominican and CBC tradition.
    following the example of the early Christians who put everything in common.         ple are part of the
    That same evening he talked about this with his wife and they felt that their       Movement. We have          The RE Co-ordinator will be responsible, with the Principal, for ensuring that both instruction in
    own poverty could not justify leaving their friends on the street. They decided     cenacles, we pray          and practice of Christian values are at the heart of our school.
    together to offer a part of their house to that family. Their house, however,       together, share fra-
    wasn’t finished yet. On the following day, a sum of money arrived unexpect-                                    Responsibilities would include:
                                                                                        ternally and conse-
    edly that made it possible for them to finish the house.                            crate ourselves to         •   Teaching RE classes and guiding the team of RE teachers
                                                                                        Our Lady.                  •    Co-ordinating Outreach projects
                                                                                        We thank the Conso-        •    Assisting the Pastoral Care team
                                                                                        lata Fathers, who          •    Liaising with the Parish priest in planning Masses and liturgies
                                                                                        prayed with us, cele-
                                                                                        brated Mass and ad-        The successful candidate will be:
                                                                                        ministered the Sacra-      •    A qualified and experienced teacher who is committed to the who development of young
                                                                                        ment of Reconcilia-             people
                                                                                        tion.                      • Enthusiastic about the challenges and opportunities of this post
                                                                                        Anyone who would           •    A committed Catholic with a background of involvement in the Church
                                  .                 -                      -            like to begin a ce-
                                                                                        nacle group can con-       This is a management position and a competitive package will be offered
                                                                                        tact Fr Ronald Cairns
       1 " .-                                                                           omi on 011 440 1744        Veritas College reserves the right not to proceed with filling the post. An application in itself will
                                                                                        or write to PO Box         not entitle the applicant to an interview or app oi nt m ent and f ailur e t o m eet th e mi ni mu m
        2 1) 1)
       1 () 32) ,                                                                                                  requirements of this post will result in applicants automatic ally dis qualif ying thems el ves f or
                                                                                        39084       Br a ml ey ,
     ' "1    $ !                     &
                                   #4 +           4     (5
                                                     $ 42)                                                         consideration.
                                                                                        2018.
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                                                                                                                   Applications should be submitted to:
                                                                                        Mary Immaculate,
    )                                     $                , 12 4 1
                                                          / 0 1 354 5                   Dav ey t on    and         The Principal
          (                                                                             Munsiev ille               Veritas College Nestor Road or Fax to:
                                                                                        Visitation group of        PO Box 288 Pollak Park 011 815 2381
                                                                                                                   Springs 1560 Springs
                                                                                        Our Lady.

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