Consecration of Ukraine and Russia

At a Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation at St Mary’s Cathedral Cape Town, Archbishop Stephen Brislin consecrated Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This was in union with Pope Francis’s consecration later today from the Vatican.

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Archbishop Stephen Brislin will be joining the Holy Father Pope Francis in consecrating Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, during Mass on Friday 25th March, at St Mary’s Cathedral at 13.10 pm.

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the Mass will NOT BE LIVESTREAMED as previously announced, but recorded and uploaded to our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel after the Mass. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

INVITATION BY ARCHBISHOP BRISLIN

Archbishop Stephen Brislin invites you to pray the prayer of Consecration in union with Pope Francis, if possible at about 6.30 pm on Friday 25th when he will do the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If it is not possible to pray it at that time, then anytime during the day. 

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary 

Basilica of Saint Peter 

25 March 2022 

O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. 

Yet we have strayed from that path of peace. We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars. We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns. We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons. We stopped being our neighbour’s keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to be brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves. Now with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord! 

Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life. He has given you to us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity. By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are there to guide us with tender love. 

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children. In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion. At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. We are confident that, especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid. 

That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs. To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3). Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded. We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How greatly we need your maternal help! 

Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer. 
Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war. 
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation. 
Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world. 
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness. 
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons. 
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love. 
Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity. 
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world. 

O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts. May the tears you shed for us make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew. Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace. May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the rain of bombs. May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their native land. May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside. 

Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son” (Jn 19:26). In this way he entrusted each of us to you. To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother” (v. 27). Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our history. At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ. The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty. 

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world. 

Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes from God. May you, our “living fountain of hope”, water the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion. You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace. Amen. 

Consecration of Ukraine and Russia

Archbishop Stephen Brislin will be joining the Holy Father Pope Francis in consecrating Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, during Mass on Friday 25th March, at the Cathedral at 13.10. The Mass will be live streamed to the Cathedral and Archdiocese of Cape Town Facebook pages.

Synod Implementation Training

Synod implementation training takes place at St Anthony’s, Langa, on Saturday, 12 February 2022

https://forms.gle/UarDYuUoyrwpQ7Ed6

Two members from each parish (perhaps the parish priest/ parish administrator himself and a parish synod coordinator, or a PPC chairperson and a parish synod coordinator) are asked to attend this training. All deacons of the archdiocese are invited over and above those already mentioned.

Apart from being guided through an actual synod discussion process, suggestions for the training of group facilitators and scribes in parishes will be given and material will be distributed.

The intention is that the parish synod coordinator will direct the parish process logistically, arrange training of facilitators and scribes, and be the visible face of the process in the parish.

The theme will focus on one main question: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our journeying together”?” (Vademecum 5.3 and also in Preparation Document, 26)

The day starts with registration at 08:30 and will conclude at 12:00. Please use the following link to register by 7 February for the synod implementation training on 12 February 2022:

https://forms.gle/UarDYuUoyrwpQ7Ed6

Archdiocesan Theology Course

This February we shall start with Year One of the three-year cycle of theology lectures in the programme, and as such it gives a good overview of the whole spectrum of theology.

There are a wide range of lecturers who have agreed to present on the different topics and the course will be offered via Zoom again this year, with the possibility, depending on need, of also having students meet in person for the lectures, i.e., a hybrid of online and in person lectures.

This course is aimed at those who are involved in parish ministry, particularly Catechism and RCIA teaching, but it is also suited for those involved in the different aspects of the Liturgy and those who assist in pastoral work such as counselling, marriage preparation and baptism preparation. It is also ideal for those who are seeking to broaden and deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith. Those who are at the very beginning stages of discerning a vocation to the permanent diaconate are also encouraged to participate in the course. This course will equip participants for more effective pastoral ministry in their home parishes.

Please note that registration for this year’s Theology course has closed.

Ministry for a Synodal Church

Calling all parishes to be represented at our Ministries Morning of Formation and Reflection on 29 January at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Lansdowne. Three members from each parish are welcome to attend in person and others involved in parish ministries can participate online via Zoom.

Archbishop Brislin will give the keynote address on Ministry for a Synodal Church. This will be followed by discussion groups, in person in the parish hall, and in breakaway rooms on Zoom. This will conclude the online part of the programme, but those present in person will go on to be part of Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with Bishop Sylvester, ending with a prayer of commissioning for ministry.

To RSVP to attend in person or via Zoom, please complete the form via the link below by 20 January.

https://forms.gle/2FB86HxqkZu7BdaS9