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It is deep regret that we have to notify you of the loss of Sister, Sr. Melanie Marie Hester Missionary of Saint Charles Scalabrinian, who sadly passed away early hours of 15th January 2013 aged 58 years.
Sr Melanie dedicated her whole life to migrants and refugees and was living in South Africa for many years carrying out this truly magnificent Mission both at Bienvenu Shelter and Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg.
It is such a great loss both to her family, The Scalabrinian Congregation, friends and all the people she assisted throughout the years. She will be dearly missed.
A memorial Mass will take place on Saturday 19 of January at the Cathedral Christ the King at 10 o’clock.
May she rest in peace and may God give us the strength to continue with the Mission she dedicated her life to.
A message from the Archdiocesan Family Life Department
Pope Benedict, in inviting the church to celebrate a Year of Faith, gave as his main purposes: Firstly, to learn more about our faith and secondly to grow in our relationship with Jesus.
He writes “Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation. Today too, there is a need for stronger commitment to new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith. Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy.” This experience of love clearly begins in each family, ideally between a husband and wife and their children but also in the other types of family forms, for example single parents, or grandparents bringing up children. Parents and other family carers are the primary educators who are called to pass on their faith to new members and through family catechesis, which is a study of the faith as a family. All the members of a family can grow in faith and understanding. Read more
As the world commemorated Aids Day, the community of Kagiso, St Peter’s were not any different. The parish health desk took to the stands the awareness of the HIV and Aids pandemic. Mirriam Pone Modimokwane, the parish portfolio Chairperson emphasized that families should stop discriminating those who are living with the HI Virus. She encouraged all to take advantage in getting tested and knowing their status as free testing is available from all local clinics. By far South Africa has been noted to be the country with the best practice to deal with HIV. Read more