The Celebration of a Temporary Profession
Once more God has blessed the Order of friar Servants of Mary (Servites) with more members as they and the local Church of Thengane (Star of the Sea Parish) celebrated and witnessed the reception into temporary profession of brothers Nabobonke Ngubane and Sakhile Ngcobo.
This celebration took place on the 28th of July 2012 at Thengane Catholic Church which is the outstation of Star of the Sea Parish. This celebration was well attended by the laity and also by the religious sisters born in the Vicariate Apostolic of Ingwavuma but residing elsewhere.
It was also attended by Bishop Jose Luis IMC, the Local Ordinary of the Vicariate Apostolic, who presided over the Eucharist. He was assisted by three priests: Frs. Mandla Msweli, Thulani Ntsele, OSM and Mnelisi Khathi, TOR.
"Let us keep our eyes on Jesus"
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
"IZwi laba yinyama, lahlala phakathi kwethu"
Continuing with the new initiative started last year, once again I come to you with the theme that will lead our journey of faith in the coming year.
You might recall that in my previous letter I announced I would be presenting the theme on July 1st of each year. In the meantime, Pope Benedict XVI invited the whole Church all around the world to celebrate a "Year of Faith" which will begin on 11 October 2012 and will conclude on 24 November 2013 (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King).
In a letter sent last October 2011 Pope Benedict explains that the 11th October 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (11 October 1962) and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (a text promulgated by Blessed John Paul II) (11 October 1992).
In this "year of faith" Pope Benedict invites us to: "rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ."
For this reason the theme for 2012 - 2013 will be taken from the letter to the Hebrews
"Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,
who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection" (Hb 12:2)
We are called to keep our eyes on Jesus!
Year of faith
The Year of Faith "will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text promulgated by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, with a view to illustrating for all the faithful the power and beauty of the faith." (Benedict XVI)
CONCEPT OF THE LOGO
The logo is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is represented as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from whichIt will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text promulgated by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, with a view to illustrating for all the faithful the power and beauty of the faith. sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (IHS). The background to the sails is a sun which, associated with the trigram, refers also to the Eucharist.
Zululand in Praise of “Zimvubo”
(from our archives)
Fr. Mooney, serving in the Zululand Mission, pays tribute to an American missionary,
On July 1,1995, Fr. Thomas "Punchy" Calkins, died in Chicago after a long illness. Fr. Tom was born in Chicago. He came to the Servite Mission in Zululand in 1951, where he was given the Zulu name "zimvubo" (hippo), shortly after his arrival. He was affectionately called Baba Thomas, a term of endearment.
Baba Thomas was a pioneer missionary who, like St. Paul, opened up new frontiers in Northern Zululand to Christianity. He learned Zulu, and knew the culture and the local customs. He loved African folklore and poetry. He did the ground work of contacting chiefs and "headsmen" for the church sites that are now flourishing Mission Stations. Baba Thomas had only one purpose "to improve the spiritual and material welfare of the needy and marginalized local people. Schools and clinics were opened". Many of us later missionaries hear about the hardships the early missionary had to endure - living in tents and travelling on horseback or on motorbike.
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