The #DivineRenovation (#DRSA19) mission continued at Holy Redeemer parish in Bergvliet, Cape Town on Sunday 20 January 2019 with the start of the catechetical year. Known to the parish as “Kick-off Sunday”, the morning served as an opportunity for families to register for catechism classes (for children), Life Teen (for teenagers) and a new season of Alpha (for adults).
Those who attended the special 10am Mass were warmly greeted – whether visitors or long-time parishioners! Fr Anthony Padua, the new parish priest, brought a new energy to the Mass – with many parishioners commenting afterwards that they felt a sense of belonging at Holy Redeemer. At the beginning of Mass the congregation were given the opportunity to greet each other and introduce themselves to someone they hadn’t met before. This created quite a buzz throughout the church.
Fr Anthony’s homily was all about God not keeping silent or quiet until His righteousness goes forth like brightness (from Holy Redeemer) and His salvation like a burning torch, taken from Isaiah 62 vs 1 and 2.
During Mass, it was awesome to feel the whole congregation worshipping God together – with exuberance and passion when it came to singing praise to God.
The Holy Spirit has certainly introduced some excitement in the parish – a feeling that seems to be running through the whole parish. As a community, we are excited about Divine Renovation and what God is doing in the church.
After Mass, tea and coffee was served by the Alpha Group and the ever popular bacon and egg rolls were on sale. It was a great morning of greeting and getting to know each other as people gathered in the parish centre to register for the different activities – we look forward to a full and spirit-filled year together.