Day 26: 30 Days of Preparation to Celebrate Corpus Christi in the Year of the Eucharist

In this Year of the Eucharist in which we are invited to deepen our appreciation of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, each day for the next 30 days, members of the Archdiocese of Cape Town will offer reflections on aspects of the Eucharist. 

In this reflection for Tuesday, 1 June 2021, Leonardo Sforza of the Church of the Resurrection, Tableview, shares a personal reflection on the Eucharist.

This video is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please share these daily reflections on your parish WhatsApp groups.

Day 25: 30 Days of Preparation to Celebrate Corpus Christi in the Year of the Eucharist

In this Year of the Eucharist in which we are invited to deepen our appreciation of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, each day for the next 30 days, members of the Archdiocese of Cape Town will offer reflections on aspects of the Eucharist. 

In this reflection for Monday, 31 May, Fr Kees Thönissen OFM Cap  reflects on how the Eucharist commits us to the poor.

This video is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please share these daily reflections on your parish WhatsApp groups.

Day 24: 30 Days of Preparation to Celebrate Corpus Christi in the Year of the Eucharist

In this Year of the Eucharist in which we are invited to deepen our appreciation of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, each day for the next 30 days, members of the Archdiocese of Cape Town will offer reflections on aspects of the Eucharist. 

In this reflection for Sunday, 30 May, Fr Rui Henriques of St Anthony’s, Kraaifontein reflects on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. 

This video, which is in English and Portuguese, is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please share these daily reflections on your parish WhatsApp groups.

Day 23: 30 Days of Preparation to Celebrate Corpus Christi in the Year of the Eucharist

In this Year of the Eucharist in which we are invited to deepen our appreciation of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, each day for the next 30 days, members of the Archdiocese of Cape Town will offer reflections on aspects of the Eucharist. 

In this reflection for Saturday, 29 May, Fr Godfrey Solomon of Regina Caeli, Belgravia reflects on receiving Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. 

This video is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please share these daily reflections on your parish WhatsApp groups.

Day 22: 30 Days of Preparation to Celebrate Corpus Christi in the Year of the Eucharist

In this Year of the Eucharist in which we are invited to deepen our appreciation of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, each day for the next 30 days, members of the Archdiocese of Cape Town will offer reflections on aspects of the Eucharist. 

In this reflection for Friday, 28 May, Fr Jackson Francis SAC of Corpus Christi, Wittebome, reflects on the movement of the Eucharistic celebration. 

This video is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please share these daily reflections on your parish WhatsApp groups.

Prayer and Reflection by Bishop Sylvester David OMI

Auxiliary Bishop Sylvester David offers his prayer and reflection for the people of the Archdiocese of Cape Town for today, Friday 28 May 2021, during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please also see below the text of his reflection, primarily for the deaf.

Reflection for Friday 28 May 2021. “Sing a new song” (Psalm 149:1)

Our responsorial psalm for today’s Mass encourages us to “sing a new song”. What is the new song and who can sing it? The new song is the song of love sung by people who have chosen the new life. For St Augustine it is only the new person who can rightfully sing the new song. The new person, the new journey, the new covenant, the new life and the new testament all come together when the new song is authentically sung. 

This is an Easter proclamation and Augustine spoke his insight to the newly baptised. From our own liturgical celebrations we know this to be a constant refrain during the Easter season. Why then does this psalm find its way into our liturgy outside of the Easter season? Perhaps an analogy from nature can help us understand. Those who live on the Highveld in South Africa will be familiar with the “highveld thunderstorm”. On a hot summer’s day in Johannesburg for example, suddenly in the mid-afternoon, dark clouds gather and build up and give way to an enormous thunderstorm. The streets become drenched and people dash for cover. About forty minutes later, just as suddenly as it started, the storm abates and the sun starts to show. After a little while, the is little evidence of the storm and the cricket match resumes at the Wanderers. That is exactly what Easter is not supposed to be – like the highveld thunderstorm which is over in a flash leaving no sign that it was even experienced.

We are meant to take the new life of Easter into our daily routine and to interpret the world through our experience of the resurrection. I wish you great joy and we take the fact of the Lord’s resurrection into our routines and infuse our space with the words and the values of the new song.

Bishop Sylvester David OMI
VG: Archdiocese of Cape Town

Devotion to St Joseph with Fr Gerardo Garcia CS

Pope Francis declared the Year of St Joseph, running from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021. This is a rare opportunity for us to focus on this great man who is often described as “standing in the shadows”. Joseph becomes our guide to visit the important moments of the life of Mary and the childhood of Jesus. Though operating in obscurity, Joseph leads us to a deeper understanding of Church, work, family, husband, fatherhood and prayer as we delve into some important aspects of his life. Every time we do we this have a refreshing encounter with who we are as Church in the world today. As this is also the Year of the Eucharist, Benediction forms an integral part of our devotions.

This year is an invitation by Pope Francis to celebrate St Joseph. It is an opportunity that the Church and the faithful should appropriate fully. 

Fr Gerardo Garcia presents the fourth of the monthly reflections. It is titled: St Joseph the Refugee and will be livestreamed to Good Shepherd Bothasig YouTube channel on 1 June 2021 from 7.00 pm-7.30 pm. 

The livestream link is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnj6J2Sc_dW058_zPCSA4zw

Day 21: 30 Days of Preparation to Celebrate Corpus Christi in the Year of the Eucharist

In this Year of the Eucharist in which we are invited to deepen our appreciation of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, each day for the next 30 days, members of the Archdiocese of Cape Town will offer reflections on aspects of the Eucharist. 

In this reflection for Thursday, 27 May, Fr Rohan Smuts of St Jude’s, Vredenburg, reflects on the truth that Holy Communion separates us from sin. 

This video, which is in English and Afrikaans, is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please share these daily reflections on your parish WhatsApp groups.