Prayer and Reflection by Archbishop Brislin

Every Wednesday, for the duration of the lockdown in South Africa, Archbishop Stephen Brislin will present a prayer and reflection for the people of the Archdiocese of Cape Town (and beyond). Here is his reflection for today, Wednesday 1st April 2020. It is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Pope Francis’ special “Urbi et Orbi” blessing

DATE: Friday,  March 27
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis will be giving an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time (7:00 pm South Africa Time) on Friday March 27 to an ’empty’ St Peter’s Square.

The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.

The formal blessing carries with it a plenary indulgence for all who follow by television, internet or radio, are sorry for their sins, recite a few prescribed prayers and promise to go to confession and to receive the Eucharist as soon as possible.

To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness,” the Pope said. “Let’s stay united. Let us make those who are alone and tested feel our closeness,” as well as doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers and volunteers.

These days we are hearing the news of so many people who are dying, men and women who are dying alone without being able to say goodbye to their loved ones. Let us think about them and pray for them,” Pope Francis said. “For families as well, who cannot accompany their loved ones on that journey, we pray in a special way for the dying and for their families,” he said.
Please check the below beforehand to confirm.  
VATICAN NEWS: The prayer and blessing will be broadcast live on the Vatican News website (6 p.m. Rome time / 7 p.m SA time).
CatholicTV: Watch the live stream on or OR on Facebook: @CatholicTV
EWTN: The blessing will be broadcast on EWTN tape delay by EWTN-TV, both on television and online (
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Online Faith Sharing Sessions for Youth

Good Morning, we hope you are all keeping well under these circumstances.

The Lockdown won’t stop us from embracing and sharing our faith as a community, we are in this together!

Join our interactive Facebook live chats throughout this period with speakers including Fr Charles Prince, Danilo Aquisto, Sven and Franci Ruygrok, Leo Sforza, Fr Matthew Charlesworth and more! They’ll be chatting to us about important, relevant topics and answer any questions you may have.

All you need to do is Like our page @Youthchaplaincyct and/ or join the event and join our sessions.

Please share this event/ invite your friends and youth/ faith sharing groups to join!

First up, we’ll have our Cape Town Youth Chaplain, Fr Charles Prince chat to us about Faith and Hope during these circumstances on Friday 27 March at 19:30.

We look forward to engaging with you at these sessions!

Live-streaming of parish Sunday and weekday Masses and devotions

Below are further options for the live-streaming of parish Sunday and weekday Mass, as well as other devotions:

  1. Table View: Church of the Resurrection. Mass will be live-streamed on Sundays at 9.00am and Tuesday to Friday at 8.30am, on the Table View Facebook page.
  2. Grassy Park: Our Lady Queen of Peace. Mass will be live-streamed on Sundays at 8.00am and Monday to Saturday at 8.30am on the Grassy Park Facebook page – you will need to join the group. The following will also be live-streamed: Rosary at 7.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Thursday at 7.00pm; and Stations of the Cross on Friday at 7.00pm.
  3. Parow: Immaculate Conception. Mass will be live-streamed on Sundays at 9.00am to the Immaculate Conception Facebook page.
  4. Stellenbosch: St Nicholas. Mass will be live-streamed to the Stellenbosch Catholic Church’s Facebook page every Sunday at 10.00am.
  5. Simon’s Town: Ss Simon & Jude. The following events will be live-streamed to the Simon’s Town Parish Facebook page. 1. Sunday Mass 9.00am; 2. Weeday Mass Tuesday – Friday 9.00am; 3. Stations of the Cross (every Friday) 6.00pm; 4. Daily reflection.
  6. Constantia: Our Lady of the Visitation. Sunday Mass at 09.00 will be live-streamed to the Constantia Parish YouTube channel. A daily voice message will also be posted. Times of live-streamed Easter Triduum services to be announced. Click on Subscribe and click on the bell to receive future notifications.
  7. Bergvliet: Holy Redeemer. The following will be live-streamed to the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Bergvliet Facebook page: Mass on Sundays at 9.00am; Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Thursdays at 7.30pm; and Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7.00pm. Still to come: a five minute meditation/teaching each day on the Eucharist.
  8. Kommetjie: St Norbert (incorporating St Andrew’s, Ocean View and St John’s, Fish Hoek). Every day, Sunday through to Saturday, there will be Morning Prayer of the Church at 8.30am, Benediction at 8.55am and Mass at 9.00am, all live-streamed to St. Norbert’s Priory Holy Mass Online Facebook page. There will also be Stations of the Cross live-streamed on the remaining Fridays of Lent at 7.30pm.
  9. Lavistown: St Martin de Porres. Sunday Mass will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the parish YouTube channel. Here are the links to the 4th Sunday of Lent, the 5th Sunday of Lent, and Palm Sunday. Further pre-recorded Masses will be uploaded in due course. Watch this space!
  10. Paarl: St Augustine. The following Sunday Masses will be live-streamed on the Paarl Catholic Church FaceBook page at 10.00am as follows: 29 March: 5th Sunday of Lent; 5 April: Palm Sunday; 12 April: Easter Sunday.
  11. Somerset West: St Paul (incorporating St Stephen’s, Macassar; St Barnabas, Villiersdorp; Our Lady of Grabouw, Grabouw; and Greyton, Sir Lowry’s Pass & Caledon Catholic Communities). Daily Mass will be live-streamed to the Life Teen – St Paul’s Facebook page at 8.30am
  12. Goodwood: St Joseph’s. The following will be live-streamed to the St Joseph’s Catholic Church Goodwood Facebook page: Sunday Mass at 8.00am; weekday Mass (Monday to Saturday) at 6.30am; and Devotions (para-liturgies) such as Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary and Novena – daily at 18.30.
  13. Kleinvlei: St Catherine’s. Sunday Masses will be live-streamed to the Sunday Mass at St Catherine’s Kleinvlei YouTube channel every Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 8.00am. A full schedule, which includes weekday Masses, can be found on the parish website Click on Subscribe and click on the bell to receive future notifications.
  14. Lansdowne: Our Lady Help of Christians. Mass will be pre-recorded and posted on the parish Facebook page as well as the parish website The Mass will be posted by 10.00am. There will also be Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent – please keep an eye on the parish website.
  15. Durbanville: Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A pre-recorded Mass will be available on the Durbanville Parish website at 10.00 every Sunday morning.
  16. Kraaifontein: St Anthony’s. Mass will be live-streamed at the following times: Monday 8:00; Tuesday 19:00; Wednesday 8:00; Thursday 19:00; Friday 8:00; Saturday 9:00; and Sunday 10:00 to St Anthony of Padua Parish – Kraaifontein YouTube channel.

    This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.