SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS
WITH SOMEONE IN AFRICA
ven if you live far away in America, the UK or Europe, your concern and compassion can still touch the lives of underprivileged people here in South Africa.
Knowing there are others who understand and care means so much, not only to the people we strive to uplift, but also to our priests and sisters who leave their families and comfortable homes to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Whether you make a financial contribution of any amount towards the cost of uplifting the Zulu people … pray for us … or think about making a bequest towards the work of the Church in South Africa, please don’t leave this page without doing something to help. Your support really does make all the difference! Thank you.
In any family, there are certain people on whom you know you can rely in times of need. In our Zulu Mission Family, those people are called Mission Patrons …
When that extra deserving project needs funding, and our resources can’t stretch that far, we know we can ask our Mission Patrons for help.
When those extra prayers need to be said, we know that our Mission Patrons will storm heaven with us.
Like some of the miracles in the life of Jesus … the turning of water into wine and the multiplication of loaves and fishes … Mission Patrons have a hand in miracles of change on the Zulu Missions.
Would you like to be one of them?
It means making a substantial annual gift – a minimum of £60, €70, $100 or ZAR1500. This additional money is used for a different upliftment project each year, which the Archdiocese would not normally be able to fund.
In return for their outstanding support, Mission Patrons receive a dedicated newsletter, a rosary pouch handcrafted in traditional Sweshwe fabric (featuring the commemoative Denis Hurley pattern) and their names are inscribed in the Mission Patron Roll of Honour.
In addition, Cardinal Napier will say special Holy Masses for everyone who sends a donation to support this year’s Mission Patron appeal on:
11 July 2016 – Feast of St Benedict of Nursia
17 October 2016 – Feast of St Ignatius of Antioch
30 November 2016 – Feast of St Andrew
25 January 2017 – Conversion of St Paul
17 March 2017 – Feast of St Patrick
31 May 2017 – Feast of the Visitation
Please diarise these dates so that you can be ‘present in spirit’ as we pray for your special intentions.
This year, Mission Patrons are invited to contribute to a rainwater harvesting project at Sibongumbomvu School.
The school – previously know at St Joseph’s Catholic Mission School – boasts a single municipal water tap which must be shared by 300 learners and their teachers.
The situation is impossible. Yet the solution is simple …
If rainwater could be harvested into storage tanks, it would provide ample water and significantly cut the monthly municipal water bill which the school struggles to pay.
The classrooms offer a large roof area – ideal for rain catchment. But over the years, the gutters and downpipes have fallen into disrepair. Precious water spills everywhere and is lost. So along with installing water tanks, we need to replace all the guttering. And the cost far outweighs the slender resources of this humble school.
Your Mission Patron gift for the children and staff would make all the difference.
A local building and hardware store has generously offered us a discount on the water tanks and the materials needed to repair the guttering. And they will also deliver everything free of charge. But we need to act without delay.
If you join Mission Patrons with an exceptional gift of £60, US$100, €70 or ZAR1500, your name will be inscribed on our Mission Patron Roll of Honour, and you will receive a traditional Shweshwe fabric pouch (featuring the commemorative Denis Hurley pattern) for your rosary or other small items.
“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” – Matthew 28:20
When Jesus left this world, what comfort these words must have given to His disciples, knowing they would still be cared for by Him, beyond His earthly lifetime. And what comfort they still give to us, as we journey through life.
In a much smaller way, when each one of us leaves this world, we can also give comfort to those remaining – by assuring them of our love and ongoing care, through our Will.
Remembering the Zulu Missions in your Will is a ‘legacy of love’. Not only does it mean that your support of the missionary Church continues beyond your lifetime – but the work it continues is a fitting memorial to your Christian life.
More information on Wills and Legacies is available in our free booklet, Using your Will to Celebrate the Blessings of your Life. Please note that this is intended as a guide only, and should not take the place of professional legal advice.
If you are considering a bequest to the Zulu Missions, please let us know. We would appreciate the opportunity to thank you, and to discuss with you how you would like your gift to be used. We would also like to send you our very useful Personal Affairs Record Book.