1999 March April/News From Durban

On the 19th December we began regular visits to our faithful in EMPANGENI. Deo volente, a priest shall go up to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every third Sunday of the month. Catechism classes are also given when the priest is there—in preparation for first Holy Communion, to some adults in preparation for conversion and to our parishioners as a whole.

Father Esposito visited our faithful in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown over the Christmas period and Father Roscoe was in Durban itself.

On Saturday 9th January 3 of our African parishioners received the Dominican habit and thus became 3rd Order members of the Dominicans. Their spiritual guide is Rev. Fr. Albert from the Traditional Dominican Community in Avrillé, France.

On Sunday 10th January 17 ladies coming from Durban, Empangeni, Port Shepstone, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and also from Harare, Zimbabwe, found themselves in silence for five days to follow the 5?day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Many graces were received during these days. We pray that many more parishioners from South Africa will profit by following the retreats whenever they are preached.

On January 20th we began a weekly “Holy Hour”. Every Wednesday morning after Mass at 10:00 am. the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Holy Hour. Our intentions of prayer are many and in the hectic life that we live in, it is good to spend at least this hour in silence and quiet adoration.

The women retreatants behind Frs. Roscoe, Esposito and Rev. Suresh.

Enrolling the three new Third Order Dominicans