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Eight youngsters were welcomed to the banquet of the Lord by the praying community of Toekomsrus, St Martin de Porres on November 25. Fr Nkosinathi Nkabinde, the priest in charge, wished that the candidates would allow Christ to rule and direct them as they grow in finding themselves in the faith. He also encouraged parents and godparents to take an active role in ensuring that the spiritual lives of the candidates are nurtured and that they grow to be good and responsible Catholics.
Lebo WA Majahe
On Saturday 17 February at 14:00 adults desirous of being received into the Church will present themselves to the Archbishop at his Cathedral for the Rite of Election. They will be received into the Church during the Easter liturgy in their parish when they will be confirmed and make their first Holy Communion and, in the case of catechumens, first be baptised with Easter water.
Catechumens and candidates, known in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as enquirers, have journeyed for at least a year towards full and active membership of the Christian community in the company of their sponsor. Sponsors will also be present at the Rite of Election on the first Sunday of Lent.
At the Synod ’08 RCIA was one of the programmes accepted for faith formation and spirituality. Renew Africa, another a fruit of the Synod ’08, is also a guided journey towards a renewal of faith.
Parishes are urged to advise the Liturgy Department how many candidates, catechumens and sponsors will attend. Call Annastacia on 011 402-6400.
The celebration of 25 years of Kemolo ya Maria took the form of a night vigil with Mass, a healing service, Stations of the Cross Mary’s Way and praise and worship. There was also a ceremony to induct 82 new members who consecrated themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a means of spiritual renewal for themselves as individuals and society. Mary Theresa Leboa, incoming President was pleased with the attendance at the night vigil. In welcoming the new members she encouraged them to work on their spiritual formation. During Mass on Saturday a Renew banner was raised symbolising Kemolo’s commitment to spiritual renewal.
In his homily, the Archbishop issued the sodality with three challenges. First, to study the scriptures and Church documents on Mary; to become experts on the role of Mary in our lives. Secondly, to recruit more members in the vein of the New Evangelisation and thirdly, to build a shrine to Mary Immaculate in the Archdiocese.
Fr Shaun encouraged members in their parish projects, their scripture reading and support of the priests and Archbishop. He congratulated them on the wonderful injection of the Spirit of Life and wished them a ‘happy 25th, praying that ‘Mother Mary may lead us to her Son.’