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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF SOUTHERN AFRICA(ACSA) IN THIS ISSUE: INSTITUTION OF THE RECTOR1RECTOR’S LETTER TO ALL THE FAITHFUL2ADMISSION OF COUNCILORS AND CHURCHWARDENS3TOPS N TAGS WHEELCHAIR DONATION4EASTER SUNDAY IN PICTURES5FINANCE REPORT6SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: Institution of Rector  Maundy Thursday news  Parish finances  Welcome OrorisengVOLUME 2, ISSUE 3FRA N CI SCA NMARCH2018M O N T HLYOFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PARISH OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI, WATERKLOOF, PRETORIA, RSAINSTITUTION OF THE VEN. DR.L.M.T MARIRI AS RECTOROn 25th March 2018, the Parish witnessed the institution of the Venerable Dr. Lepai Meshack Trevor Mariri as Rector of St Francis of Assisi Anglican Parish, Waterkloof. Prior to this, the Parish went through an interregnum period for the whole of 2017 and was shepherded by Father Danny Adonis as a Priest-in-charge and assisted by Father Julian Kok The service of institution was conducted by the Bishop of Pretoria the Right Reverend Allan John Kannemeyer and was witnessed by over a hundred people who included parishioners and invited guests. The service of institution coincided with Palm Sunday and it commenced with the liturgy of the palms in which the Bishop blessed the palms. This was followed by the procession of witness prior to which the Bishop addressed the congregation. The Bishop preached a sermon based on the day’s lection. The Bishop reminded congregants of the selfless dedication to mission and ministry epitomized by our Lord Jesus Christ to the point of death. He went through all the suffering, persecution and ignominy for the benefit of us sinners. He had a singular focus which drove him:Bishop Allan poses with Ven. Dr. Mariri and familythe redemption of mankind. The Bishop drew pararells of modern-day heroes such Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa to name but a few who devoted their entire lives to causes which they believed in. The Bishop lamented the social injustices and racial tensions buffeting South Africa and called for strong leadership which speaks against these evils just as Jesus did in his time. Following the sermon, during the service of institution, the Rector and congregation made their commitments to prayer, word of God, Holy Eucharist and to Christ and one another and the rector was subsequently licenced in the witness of all present. This was followed by a service of admission of Parish Council (see page 3 story)FRANCISCAN MONTHLYPage 2Letter to all the faithful My Dear Brothers and Sisters of St Francis of Assisi,chord with the growing underclass.Taking of the solemn oath of office as President of RSA on the 10th May 1994, the late Nelson R Mandela, vowed on our behalf a commitment to build a socially inclusive nonracial, non-sexist democracy: “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.” Profound prophecy deferred...And the voice of the Church of God cannot be in mute mode forever. It is the time for us to break out of our comfort zones and embrace the impossible dream. Now, more than ever before, we need to live out our Christian calling and gospel imperatives. I doubt that we need radical policies.Where is South Africa today? Twenty-four years into our democracy, we find ourselves like a teenager: unsure, unsteady and driven by hormones that are a rollercoaster of emotions, tenderness, brutality, glowing success and dastardly failures. Where did we go wrong? It doesn’t take Einsteinian wisdom to realise that the Rainbow picture lacks in rosiness:       Too few South Africans in work The quality of school education for most black people is sub-standard Poorly located and inadequate infrastructure limits social inclusion and faster economic growth Spatial challenges continue to marginalise the poor South Africa's growth path is highly resource intensive and hence unsustainable The ailing public health system confronts a massive disease burden The performance of the public service is uneven Corruption undermines state legitimacy and service deliverySouth Africa remains a divided society. Further, a social distance has grown worse between leaders and the people. Development became state-driven and symbolised by the “big leader” who knew what was best for the people. Political arrogance became the hallmark of politics best symbolised by the rise of obscene materialism and consumption. The key ingredient of the magic of the Mandela legacy is forgotten - caring about those who are vulnerable, hungry, unemployed, the ill, the elderly and the infirm; that all our children have a constitutional right to quality education and our people to quality health and safety. And this is actually an indictment on us Christians as Jesus pronounced on that more than 2000 years ago – Matthew 25: 31ff We have descended into business as usual. The activity in our country is about shuffling the chairs on the Titanic's deck than our struggle against prejudices, poverty, inequality and unemployment. Our crisis is dominated by “dirty money” and our politics are driven by the emissaries of billionaires. Thus, a growing ferment in South Africa. The people in our townships, rural areas and squatter camps/informal settlements are bitter that democracy has not delivered the fruits that they see a tiny elite enjoying – those who seem to have long lost touch with the restlessness brewing in our society. To compound the situation, new predatory elite, the storm troopers of corruption, have been unashamedly corrupting state officials and stealing. They cloak their crime of looting the state treasuries with militant, populist rhetoric that in turn further inflames the already difficult reality. But they have the ability to strike aWhat we need is a radical change in our sense of purpose. It is about restoring our moral compass as a nation that every life has equal value; such is the message of Easter and the command of Jesus that comes with that: many of us are like the two sojourners on the road to Emmaus (pronounced “eh MAY uhs”)The Rector Venerable MaririThe two felt helpless, frustrated, disappointed, discouraged and left behind. Having been so consumed in grief, frustrated, disappointed, and discouraged, it may have given them a bit of a jolt when suddenly there was a third voice in the conversation. “What’s all this you’re talking about as you walk along?” Dear friends in the Lord, Emmaus never happened; Emmaus always happens. Everyone (and as a collective) has to take a walk to Emmaus at some point in life. And South Africa finds itself there. Jesus is walking by our side. We don’t realize his presence because we are distracted by our situation. The Lord lets us walk like this for a short period. In the middle of the journey he suddenly reveals himself, restores our hope. Most of all he becomes our host. St Augustine observed that when Cleopas and his companion opened their hearts to Jesus, “unwittingly they showed the doctor their wounds”. May we reveal what lies deep within us to him. May we listen to him and allow him to minister to us by his living and enduring word. The same living and enduring word calmed the disciples’ fears in the upperroom and following that shifted immediately to mission "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." Then, "he breathed on them." The disciples are given power from the divine breath. We need to remind ourselves that Jesus regards his blessing upon the disciples as something which prompts them to go out into the world. The same is for us…"As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." A blessed Eastertide Oremus pro invicem (Let us pray for each other.)Fr Meshack The Venerable Dr L Meshack T Mariri, AHC † RECTORFRANCISCAN MONTHLYPage 3ADMISSION OF PARISH COUNCILLORS AND CHURCHWARDENS The newly–elected Parish Council for 2018 consisting of Churchwardens and Councillors was admitted into office by the Bishop of Pretoria, the Right Reverend Allan John Kannemeyer on 25th March 2018 at an event witnessed by over a hundred people including visitors and parishioners. The Churchwardens who were admitted are:   Robert Higgs Robert Lewis Shepherd MusanhuThese three churchwardens, together with the Clergy, make up the Executive leadership of the Parish. The Bishop appealed to them to lead the parish in an exemplary manner. The Councillors admitted to office are:  Vin Taylor  James Aiello  Andre Mare  Stuart Waetzel  Carole Evans  Gareth Evans  Rudi von Staden  Monique Winn  Nadine PienaarElizabeth BojeThe Bishop acknowledged that the men and women chosen as Councillors were people of integrity and should thus strive to maintain that throughout their tenure of office. Parish Council is an important pillar of governance in Church Administration. For that reason it taps into the diverse skills and talents that are resident within to benefit from such as it lays out the spiritual and strategic direction of the Parish“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men” Luke 2:14PARISH WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBER “ORORISENG” MARIRI The 29th of March was a special day in the Mariri household as they welcomed the safe arrival of Ororiseng. Born to our Rector Meshack and his wife Charmaine, she is their second child. The news of the arrival of the bundle of joy was first communicated by the proud dad in a Whatsapp message sent to theLay minister's group shortly after 17h30 and was formally announced in Church by Father Julian the same evening during the Maundy Thursday service.firmation of our effectiveness in “Growing the Church” was warmly received by parishioners who sent congratulatory messages to the proud parents.The news of the arrival of what Father Julian called the ‘newest member of St Francis of Assisi family’ and joked about as a con-The name Ororiseng means “Praise God” and there could not have been a befitting name. Welcome Ororiseng!Ororiseng MaririVOLUME 2, ISSUE 3 MARCH 2018MARCH2018Page 4TOPS N TAGS HANDS OVER WHEELCHAIR Maundy Thursday service in the Parish on 29th March 2018 was not only about washing of the feet and stripping of the altar but was punctuated with a donation of a wheelchair to a parishioner in need. The Parish operates an outreach ministry under the Diocesan Tumelong Mission called “Tops n Tags” whose focus is on giving a helping hand to those faced with disabilities.Coordinated by Elizabeth Boje and others, the Tops n Tags ministry turns plastic bread tags and bottle tops into wheelchairs for the disabled. The ministry works through partnerships with schools, congregations and ladies groups to collect plastic tops and bread tags which are then exchanged for a wheelchair. The ministry has an impres-sive record of achievement which saw it raise enough plastic tops and bread tags to acquire almost 30 wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are donated to deserving people through a request form obtained from the Parish. It was in this spirit that the Tops n Tags team handed over a wheelchair to Mr. Warnick on Maundy Thursday through his daughter.The wheelchair being handed over to the daughter of Frances Warnick by Elizabeth Boje. Looking on is Fr. Julian KokMAUNDY THURSDAY IN PICTURES “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another”John 13:34 FRANCISCAN EDITOR’S PAPER ACCEPTED FOR CANADIAN CONFERENCE Franciscan Monthly Editor Antony Jongwe would like to share the good news that his paper on Strategic Alliances in emerging entrepreneurship contexts has been accepted for presentation at a top conference to be held in Toronto, Canada. The paper is taken from his PhD research.An e-mail sent to him by Dr Thomas Koellen who is the Associate Editor of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) reads:“Congratulations and thank you for choosing the ASAC conference to present your work. I look forward to seeing you in Toronto!”, the email concludes.“I am pleased to inform you that your paper has been accepted for presentation at the 2018 ASAC Conference in Toronto”This is testimony that African researchers can produce work of acceptable international standards. Glory be to God!Franciscan Monthly Editor Antony JongweFRANCISCAN MONTHLYEASTER SUNDAY IN PICTURESPage 5VOLUME 2, ISSUE 3 MARCH 2018FINANCE REPORT Slides prepared by Rob LewisMARCH2018Page 6
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