Ongoing live-streamed Masses and devotions in the Archdiocese of Cape Town

Archbishop Stephen Brislin and Bishop Sylvester David have asked parishes, where possible, to provide live-streamed options for parish Sunday and weekday Masses, as well as other devotions. They assure us of their prayer during this trying time of Covid-19.

This list was last updated on Friday 31 July 2020.

  1. Bellville: Our Lady of Fatima. Weekday Mass will be live-streamed Mon-Fri at 19.00; Sunday Mass is pre-recorded and is available from 08.45am on the Bellville Catholic Church YouTube Channel. (Please contact Dominica – arendsedominica@gmail.com to have your name included on the WhatsApp group (include your cell number) or if you prefer, email).
  2. 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.
  3. Bothasig: Good Shepherd. Daily Rosary at 12.00 midday, followed by Benediction; Sunday Mass at 10.00am, followed by Holy Rosary. All live-streamed on the Good Shepherd YouTube channel.
  4. Bridgetown: Our Lady of Good Counsel. Weekday and Sunday Mass will be live-streamed at 09.00am to the Bridgetown Parish YouTube Channel
  5. Brooklyn / Milnerton: Our Lady of the Assumption: Sunday Mass is pre-recorded and uploaded to the parish YouTube Channel from 4.00pm Saturday afternoon.
  6. Cape TownSt Mary’s Cathedral. Mass will be live-streamed at 07.00 on Mondays to Saturdays and at 09.00 on Sundays to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt YouTube Channel.
  7. Constantia: Our Lady of the Visitation. Weekday Mass (Monday-Friday) at 08.00am; Saturday and Sunday Mass at 09.00am, will be live-streamed to the Constantia Parish YouTube channel.
  8. Durbanville: Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A pre-recorded Mass will be available on the Durbanville Parish website at 10.00 every Sunday morning, on Facebook and on the parish YouTube Channel.
  9. Goodwood: St Joseph’s. The following will be live-streamed to the St Joseph’s Catholic Church Goodwood Facebook page: Daily Mass at 08.00am (including Sunday); Devotions and Prayers of Reparation daily at 19.00; First Friday: Adoration at 19.00.
  10. 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 to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday; Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Thursday at 7.00pm.
  11. 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 www.stcatherinekleinvlei.co.za.
  12. 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.
  13. 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. 
  14. Lansdowne: Our Lady Help of Christians. Mass will be pre-recorded and posted on the parish YouTube channel every Sunday at 09.00am.
  15. Lavistown: St Martin de Porres. Sunday Mass will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the St Martin de Porres YouTube channel every Saturday.
  16. Maitland: St John’s. Sunday Mass will be live-streamed at 10.30am on the St John’s Maitland Facebook page and uploaded to the parish YouTube channel every Sunday at 11.30am.
  17. Newlands: St Bernard’s. Mass will be pre-recorded and will be available at 09.00am every Sunday on the parish YouTube channel.
  18. Paarl: St Augustine. Sunday Mass will be live-streamed every Sunday on the Paarl Catholic Church FaceBook page at 10.00am.
  19. Parow: Immaculate Conception. Mass will be live-streamed on Sundays at 9.00am and Wednedays at 7.00pm to the Immaculate Conception Facebook page.
  20. RondeboschRedemptoris Mater Seminary. Holy Week services will be live-streamed to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary Cape Town YouTube channel: Mon-Wed 6-8 April at 8.00am – Morning Prayers and Eucharistic Celebration.
  21. RondeboschSt Michael’s. Sunday Mass at 09.00am will be streamed on Facebook Live, on the parish YouTube channel and on Periscope.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Stellenbosch: St Nicholas. Mass will be live-streamed to the Stellenbosch Catholic Church’s Facebook page every Sunday at 10.00am.
  25. Strand: St Peter’s. Mass is live-streamed EVERY MORNING at 9.00am to the parish Facebook page. Devotions on Tuesday to Friday at 4.00pm.
  26. 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.
  27. WynbergCorpus Christi. Monday to Friday at 9.00am plus at 7.00pm with Evening Prayer; and Saturday evening Mass (for Sunday) at 5.30pm, Sunday Mass at 10.00am will be live-streamed to the parish YouTube Channel.
  28. Welcome EstateSt Theresa’s. Sunday Mass is uploaded to the SA Music Library App every Saturday evening. Once in the App, choose Church Services, and St Theresa’s will appear. Links to download app: For Android devices, click HERE and for IOS devices, click HERE.

Prayer and Reflection by Bishop Sylvester David OMI

Every Friday, for the duration of the lockdown in South Africa, Bishop Sylvester David will present a prayer and reflection for the people of the Archdiocese of Cape Town (and beyond). Here is his reflection for today, Friday 3 April 2020. It is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Reflection for 3rd April 2020: Day 8 of the National Shutdown. 

Topic for reflection: Jerusalem

Lent seems to have moved on very quickly and we will celebrate Palm Sunday in two days. Liturgically we are standing at the threshold of the theatre of our salvation viz. Jerusalem. Because the liturgy makes real what it signifies, we will enter Jerusalem with Jesus. What does Jerusalem mean? A popular notion is that it means the city of peace. I guess that comes from the “salem” part of the word – but the meaning is deeper that that. The first part of this composite word in Latin, Greek and Hebrew refers to priesthood, Temple, holiness and sacrifice. It is the place of the crucifixion and resurrection. It is the place of the upper room, the place of the Eucharist and the place where the Holy Spirit descended. It is the place from where the Apostles were sent. That is why we need to return to Jerusalem over and over again. 

In the OT Jerusalem is non negotiable to the faithful Jew. That is what Psalm 137 is all about. “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept” because they wanted us to sing the Lord’s song in a strange land – outside of Jerusalem. Does this lament not reflect our own alienation from community and sacrament at this time? This psalm is very relevant. The psalmist continues, “if I forget you Jerusalem, may my right hand wither, may my tongue cleave to my mouth”. The right hand is the hand with which the person nourished him or herself. If that hand was withered the person was doomed. If the tongue cleaved to the mouth, the person could not speak. In other words, if I cannot speak of Jerusalem I might as well be silent.

This is the week of the two most famous foot washings in history. Prior to Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13, his own feet were washed with the tears of a penitent woman and anointed at Bethany where Lazarus and his two sisters lived. This was an honorific anointing with very costly ointment. Judas realising that this was no ordinary perfume put up resistance calling it a waste – wanting instead to use the money for the poor. John tells us that he was not interested in the poor at all. He was a thief and helped himself from the common fund (Jn 12:5-6). Oscar Wilde, in a play called Lady Windemere’s fan, reminds us that a cynic is someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. And so Judas fixed a price on the ointment as he would later fix a price on the Lord – selling him for the price of a slave. 

Now what else would happen in Jerusalem during holy week? Let us recall past liturgies. Oil will take on a new meaning as will water and fire. Bread and wine will also be imbued with new meaning. If all these elements take on a new significance what a pity it will be if we ourselves do not become renewed and be able to sing a new song. St Augustine teaches that it is only a new person that can rightfully sing a new song. The new song, the new testament, the new covenant and the new person all go together. I wish you a meaningful remembrance of the Lord’s passion.

Important telephone numbers

Important telephone numbers and websites to keep at hand, especially during this time of lockdown.

GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 / 1207867# from any cell phone
Persons with disabilities, SMS ‘help’ to 31531
Women Abuse Helpline: 0800 150 150
Child line: 0800 055 555
SAPS Crime Stop: 0860 10111 / SMS Crime Line: 32211
GBVF-related service complaints (SAPS): 0800 333 177/
complaintsnodalpoint@saps.gov.za
National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
National Human Trafficking Helpline: 0800 222 777
Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567
National Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.za
National Institute of Communicable Diseases: https://www.nicd.ac.za
World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int
Coronavirus Hotline: 0800 029 999

A Reflection by Bishop Sylvester David OMI

Every Friday, for the duration of the lockdown in South Africa, Bishop Sylvester David OMI will present a reflection for the people of the Archdiocese of Cape Town (and beyond). In turn, Archbishop Stephen Brislin will present a reflection on every Wednesday of the lockdown. Here is Bishop Sylvester’s reflection for today, Friday 27 March 2020. The text of his reflection is below the video.

Reflection for Friday 27th March 2020

Good morning my Brothers and Sisters and welcome to the chapel in my home in Cape Town. The last line of today’s Gospel passage tells us that they wanted to arrest Jesus. Well, right now we in South Africa and in many other parts of the world are arrested. We are under house arrest with the COVID-19 shutdown and this is only the first of at least 21 days. This is a rather difficult time – we are literally in the desert with Jesus during this Lent. Apart from family prayer time, meal times, work from home times, etc. most homes will experience a restlessness. The way out for me is to develop a spirituality of restlessness. We often think of the calm nature of prayer and at times even use calming music during our meditation times but restlessness, helplessness, and even despair ought to be natural to our spirituality simply because these aspects are inescapable parts of our human existence. Read the third chapter of Ecclesiastes and see what is written there. And so as we embrace this difficult time let us remember that there is a time for everything under the sun. And right now is a time of doubt, fear and restlessness. Perhaps this can help us feel a little more authentically what the house bound and bed ridden people feel like. Perhaps as we anticipate Good Friday we can already see what Jesus must have gone through in the garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane literally means an olive oil press and here Jesus was preparing to be crushed so as to produce the oil of salvation. Gethsemane is a rich symbol of mental and spiritual suffering and so as we go there with Jesus, let us stay with him, keeping watch and praying (Mt 26:40-46).

I will pray and contemplate more, re-read Fr Ron Rolheiser’s “The Passion and the Cross” and also a book called “Sabbath” by Wayne Muller. These are easy reads and for those who need the exact titles I will put the written text of this video on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s webpage. Kindle is rather helpful at this time. May God strengthen you, your homes, your families and your communities during these difficult days. 21 days is a long time, but if we use it meaningfully, it can produce much fruit.