1999 August/News From Durban

It was 100 years ago that Pope Leo XIII consecrated the human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Parish in Durban has profited by this centenary year. Many parishioners have had the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in their homes already. In preparation for the Feast, a Triduum (three days) of Holy Masses was offered in honour of the Sacred Heart for the parishioners, and all our deceased parishioners too. Then on the feat itself, 11 June, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm, during which time Fr. Esposito consecrated the Parish of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A sung Mass was celebrated after this. Our Superior General, Bishop Fellay, has asked that the Society of St. Pius X be consecrated to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart, and this was done just before the Offertory. A day of many graces for our parish for which we thank God.

A few days beforehand we solemnised the Feast of Corpus Christi, with Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Afterwards a parish braai was held, principally to say “aurevoir” to the Rev. Mr. Suresh, who left the following Sunday for America to go on retreat in preparation for his priestly ordination. He was ordained on June 26th at Winona. Ad multos annos! At the moment he is on holiday with his family in India and will be returning to our Durban parish in mid?August.

One of our “new parishioners”, Mrs. Mavis (baptized on Easter Saturday night) passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday 20th June, about an hour after having been to Holy Mass. We thank God that she received the Faith and was a Catholic, but her death brought home to us all how passing life is and how near eternity.