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Something to ponder over:
In the Southern Cross last week; I have to admit, to my shame, that I was unaware of the Instruction authorized by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on the Feast of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2016, regarding cremation and the disposal of cremated remains for Catholics. Within this document, which you can read in full by googling “Ad resurgendum cum Christo” or if you have no computer ask Fr Barry for a copy; came the following:
“…The Church continues to prefer the practice of burying the bodies of the deceased, because this shows a greater esteem towards them. Nevertheless, cremation is not prohibited “unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine.”
“… The conservation of ashes in a domestic residence is not permitted.”
“… It is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some way other way, nor may they be preserved in some other way.”
:…when the deceased has notoriously requested the scattering of their ashes for reasons contrary to the Christian faith, a Christian funeral must be denied to that person according to the norms of the law.”

Parish News and Notices

Catholic Link – Icon of Mercy

Catholic Link – Helpers

Catholic Link – Stripped and Nailed

Catholic Link – Jesus Dies

Year of Mercy 2016
PARISH MISSIONS
In calling for a Year of Mercy (Dec 2015 – Nov 2016), Pope Francis encouraged Parishes to have special missions or retreats. Redemptorist Father Larry Kaufmann presented a proposal, welcomed by the SA Bishops, which comprises a team of Redemptorists as well as other Religious Orders offering a short Year of Mercy Mission.
Requests for these can be addressed to Fr Larry at: larrykaufmann@telkomsa.net

Something to ponder over:
In the Southern Cross last week; I have to admit, to my shame, that I was unaware of the Instruction authorized by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on the Feast of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2016, regarding cremation and the disposal of cremated remains for Catholics. Within this document, which you can read in full by googling “Ad resurgendum cum Christo” or if you have no computer ask Fr Barry for a copy; came the following:
“…The Church continues to prefer the practice of burying the bodies of the deceased, because this shows a greater esteem towards them. Nevertheless, cremation is not prohibited “unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine.”
“… The conservation of ashes in a domestic residence is not permitted.”
“… It is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some way other way, nor may they be preserved in some other way.”
:…when the deceased has notoriously requested the scattering of their ashes for reasons contrary to the Christian faith, a Christian funeral must be denied to that person according to the norms of the law.”

NEWS:

“Differences between persons and communities can sometimes prove uncomfortable, but the Holy Spirit, who is the source of that diversity, can bring forth something good from all things and turn it into an attractive means of evangelisation.
Diversity must always be reconciled by the help of the Holy Spirit. He alone can raise up diversity, plurality and multiplicity while at the same time bringing about unity.
When we, for our part, aspire to diversity, we become self-enclosed, exclusive and divisive: similarly, when we create unity on the basis of our human calculations, we end up imposing a monolithic uniformity. This is not helpful for the Church’s mission”
Pope Francis ; Evangelii Gaudium 132

In the light of recent events within not only our country but also our Parish the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has released this letter.
Pastoral-Letter.pdf

We are also reminded to remember the following prayer from Mother Theresa:
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

Info on Diversity within our Community

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