Giving Witness to 200 Years of Catholic Faith

At 14.00 on Sunday 4th February 2018 – on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s patronal feast of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt – over 4000 Catholics from parishes across the Archdiocese of Cape Town gathered at Holy Cross Church, District Six fo r a Eucharistic Procession to St Mary’s Cathedral. The purpose of the procession was to give witness to the presence of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa over the past 200 years.

The theme of the day was “The Importance of Marriage and Family in the Life of the Church and Society”.

After introductory prayers, the procession moved off at 14.30, following the Blessed Sacrament, led by Archbishop Stephen Brislin. It made its way through the streets of Cape Town, concluding at St Mary’s Cathedral where Archbishop Brislin gave Benediction to all those who were assembled.

It was indeed a wonderful opportunity for Catholics of our Archdiocese to be together, celebrating our faith and praying together in public – laity (including members of sodalities, spiritual movements and young people from our Catholic schools), consecrated persons, deacons and priests. Many also came as families, celebrating the theme of the day. Here are some pics from the day.