feastofstmargaretFeast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

On the night of the 15 October 2016, all roads led to the Cathedral of Christ the King in Johannesburg for the second night vigil celebration of in honour of our patron, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque whose feast is on the 16 October.

In her welcome address, the President, Bridgette Goeieman, reminded us that we owed much gratitude to this simple yet holy woman of prayer who experienced one of the most powerful revelations of all time by Our Lord Jesus Christ and was a true agent of His mercy.

The event was very well attended and guests included members from other sodalities in our Archdiocese, family members, members of the Sacred Heart Sodality and The Immaculate Conception of Mary (Kemolo ea Maria) from the Pretoria Archdiocese as well as members from the Manzini Diocese in Swaziland.

The atmosphere was electrifying and the rafters came down as melodies went up in praise and worship led by our male choir, Amaqhawe e Sacred. Moving testimonies were given by members from the West Rand, Soweto and Vaal Deaneries about their experiences during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. All projects on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy undertaken by the Diocesan Committee and its 6 Deaneries were showcased during the Holy Mass and presented in a narrated procession at the altar.

The excellent line-up of priests included the Sodality’s Spititual Advisor, Fr Mbulelo Sikotoyi, who unpacked the theme: “Make me an agent of Mercy” with reference to Luke 10. Other speakers were Frs Similo Mnagadi who delivered a very insightful teaching on the parable of the Good Samaritan ( Luke 10), Sibusiso Mkhize from KZN, Karabo Baloyi and the very energetic Fr Victor Ngwenya who kept the crowd alert and engaged during the healing service which continued into the early hours of the morning. Each speaker was very dynamic and on-point with their delivery of the liturgy and talks and made us realise just how much Jesus was still pouring out His love for us from His Sacred Heart as the night unfolded.

The very captivating mood in the cathedral was very uplifting spiritually and the anointing of the Holy Spirit was tangible. The spirit of Margaret Mary was indeed with us as we implored her intercession to pray for us to imitate her and to become agents of mercy too.

The One Day Mokolokotoane

Judging from the attire of those in attendance, it was clear that the competition amongst those dressed in their sports regalia and their traditional outfits was going to be fierce in terms of raising the most funds.

The venue reverberated with singing and the sound of the vuvuzela and the competitive spirit created by the wearing of soccer and rugby T-shirts translated into exciting rivalry among members.

Others came dressed in various traditional regalia and added colour to the very festive and electrifying atmosphere. The St. Cecilia Sodality’s veteran fundraiser Mrs Ndala facilitated the event once more and kept the crowds animated throughout.


The One Day Mokolokotoane

Successful Centacow Pilgrimage 2016

Tcetacow1he Feast of the Sacred Heart Centacow Pilgrimage 2016 was organised by the Inter-diocesan Committee at Centocow in the Marianhill Diocese, KZN and took place on 3 June 2016. This national celebration is held every three years and unites members from all corners of the Southern Africa region and is an opportunity for members to visit this very significant site where our beloved Sodality originated in 1895.

Embarking on a pilgrimage is another recommended activity during a Jubilee Year and 2016 was an indeed an extraordinary year as it coincided with the Centocow pilgrimage. The Johannesburg Archdiocese was one of 29 local dioceses in attendance and members of the Sodality from neighbouring countries also made up the large number of pilgrims who travelled to the event.

The liturgy was led by the Marianhill Diocesan Choir and our Sodality’s very own young men and women musical group, “Intokozo ya Makhatholika”. The programme theme was consistent with that of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and many had their confessions heard and receieved many graces as promised by Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: “Sinners will find in my Heart an infinite ocean of Mercy.”

Praises and jubilant songs were belted out by the enthused crowd throughout the night and lasted until daybreak the next morning. One of the highlights of the night vigil celebration was the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the procession with the Eucharist accompanied by all the priests and led by a brass band and young drum majorettes who braved the cold weather to come and honour the Sacred Heart of Our Lord. Oh, how that heart is loved by many. May we continue to make reparation to this Heart and return Love for love.

Successful Series of Retreats 2016

retreats2016This year we decided to break away from the norm and began the annual retreats with the Men’s retreat instead of ending with it. Retreats ran every weekend from 10 June to 8 July 2016 and the theme for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, “Merciful like the Father”, was the main focus around which activities were centered.

The change this year proved to be vital in recreating a renewed excitement among the male membership. While numbers had been dwindling over the past few years , 2016 saw the largest number of male attendees in the history of the Sodality. The Diocesan Committee was particularly pleased by the men’s turnout as we had been concerned by the dropping numbers of attendees at previous men’s retreats. We drew great inspiration from this first retreat and we looked forward to the remaining four Women’s retreats with renewed energy and excitement. As is usual, the women maintained the high spiritual mood initiated by the men. The liturgies were all very vibrant and each Retreat Master delivered powerful life-changing and very inspirational homilies and teachings.

Another change this year was the display of the new Deanery flags instead of the parish banners. Deaneries were encouraged by the Diocesan Committee to create banners which ought to be displayed whenever they congregate as deaneries in an effort to harness unity among parishes and to give them a common identity.

Throughout the retreats, members enjoyed a weekend of real Sacred Heart Sodality spirituality filled with intense prayer, Holy Hour and Benediction, praise and worship and the occasional moments of reflective silence. In alignment with Year of Mercy teachings, the Sacrament of Confession was also made available to those who wished to go and many graces and healing abounded as a result.

The Father was truly merciful to us during these retreats. It is hoped that we all came away with a renewed faith in this mercy and the willingness to imitate that mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Leadership Excellence

The Annual Leadership Workshop 2016 was held over a full weekend this year, following a request from last year’s workshop.
The theme of the Workshop was Leadership Excellence at all Levels.
The Sodality Leadership was grouped according to their portfolios with colours that symbolised each portfolio.
Yellow-Chairpersons which indicates honour, loyalty and authority.
Blue-Secretaries, associated with stability and symbolises confidence, truth and reliability.
Red-Treasurers, the colour of fire, Danger and blood.
Green-Additional Members, It symbolizes Growth, Freshness, and Energy.
The objectives of the workshop was to deepen our spirituality especially during our Lenten journey, formation and educating on the meaning and roles of the different portfolios. And lastly its objectives was to create a team building atmosphere which should be carried out back to the deaneries and Parishes and to also exchange best practices and learn from one another.
Our Spiritual Director celebrated the opening Mass and again the Sunday Mass.
We played indoor and outdoor games which helped to make us aware of who and what we are in line with the principles of the Sodality. On the last day of the workshop we had a guest speaker, Mrs Nombuyiselo Nkosi, who motivated us all through group interaction around the Topic: Total Commitment in Truth and Mercy.
It was evident during the evaluation of the entire workshop that this programme needed to happen.
The Leadership of the Sodality appreciated every single aspect of the programme.
The highlight of the workshop was the team building games (both indoor and outdoor) which made the whole group loosen up. The games also made everyone embrace being part of the Sodality Leadership and they felt appreciated and recognised for all their hard work.
Outdoor mini sports games included an egg race, ball and water games.
The Yellow team emerged victorious on the day, contrary to popular belief by the Blue Team and others that this team of mostly elderly folk would be defeated in all the games...
The Yellow team disproved this and hoisted the winning 1st place trophy at the end.
Runners up were the Blue Team (Secretaries) in 2nd place and the Green Team won 3rd place….
The real winners on the day were “Team spirit”, fun and education.
The Red Team who were so gracious in their loss…..
The Child in all of us came to life and was once again let out to play. Many of the more elderly people praised the event as they were reminded of their youth!
This was truly EDUCATIONAL FUN!

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