CHANGE OF VENUE THIS YEAR FOR THE VIGIL AND FEAST OF
BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA
Regretfully, due to the very wet weather and bad condition of the road leading to Tshitanini which is still under construction, it has been necessary this year to transfer the Feastday celebrations for Blessed Benedict Daswa to Good Shepherd Church, Ngovhela, a village in the Parish of Thohoyandou. Both the Vigil Prayer Service from 3.00pm to 6.00pm on 31 January and the Feastday Mass and Veneration of the Relics on 1 February will take place in this church.
DIRECTIONS TO NGOVHELA WHICH IS 6 KILOMETRES FROM THOHOYANDOU:
From Louis Trichardt take Punda Maria Road (R524) to Thohoyandou (85km).
Turn left at large Elephant Roundabout.
On Main Road drive past three sets of traffic lights and Thohoyandou town to Sibasa.
At traffic lights near CALTEX petrol station, turn left towards Nzhelele (R523).
On R523 drive 3 km, then turn right.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is a short distance on the left-hand side of the road.
DIRECTIONS TO OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CHURCH NWELI
FROM THOHOYANDOU ELEPHANT HEAD TRAFFIC CIRCLE:
Drive east towards Punda Maria for 23.5km on R524
TURN LEFT on to tarred road at signs MURAGA and MATSIKA AGRICULTURAL SCHEMES
Drive about 6km on tarred road until you see shops on left and bottle store on right
TURN LEFT on to gravel road and drive about 4km to NWELI CHURCH on LEFT.
GPS Coordinates for Church at Nweli: S22.88230”. EO 30.61566
IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO DRIVE TO NWELI IF IT IS RAINING.
If it is raining, please check advisability of travelling to Nweli before leaving Thohoyandou.
Phone one of the following cell numbers:
FOR QUERIES OR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Kindly contact Mr Chris Mphaphuli:
Cell: 083 757 5090
060 798 7285
Email: Mphaphuli Chris firstname.lastname@example.org
The Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa has been approved by Rome for 1 February. This feast can be celebrated in all SACBC Dioceses as a Memorial. The liturgical colour is Red as Blessed Benedict died a Martyr. The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has officially approved proper Liturgical texts for the Celebration of the Eucharist and for the Liturgy of the Hours. These texts have been sent to Mariannhill Mission Press for printing, and will also be available online on the Benedict Daswa Website.
THE 2017 CELEBRATIONS FOR THE FEAST OF BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA TAKES PLACE IN THE PARISH OF THOHOYANDOU,DIOCESE OF TZANEEN, LIMPOPO PROVINCE,SOUTH AFRICA
THE VENUE will be in GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH at NGOVHELA.The directions to the venue are as follows: From Thohoyandou, the distance to Ngovhela is 6 km. Take the main road crossing through Thohoyandou town. Continue after the three traffic lights, climbing the main road to Sibasa, until the traffic light near the petrol station CALTEX and then, turn left after the petrol station CALTEX direction of NZHELELE – N1 – MUSINA route R 523. The church will be at Ngovhela on the right side of the hill.
Should you have any queries or require further information, kindly contact Mr. Chris Mphaphuli on 083 757 5090 or 060 798 7285.
ON TUESDAY 31 JANUARY and on WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2017
THEME: As Friends of Blessed Benedict Daswa ,together, let us become Women and Men of Loving Kindness and Mercy.
ON THE EVE OF THE FEAST on TUESDAY 31 JANUARY 2017,there will be worship in Good Shepherd Church at Ngovhela from 15H00 to 18H00.This day also marks the final day of the 9 days of prayer (Blessed Benedict Daswa Novena) which begins on Monday 23 January. The novena is directly related to the feast day because after 9 days of prayerfully imploring the intercession of Blessed Benedict for special needs,we celebrate the graces and favours received and anticipated from God through his intercession on the day of his feast.
Click on the novena tag in the menu to obtain the Novena Prayer in your preferred language.
The programme of worship for Tuesday 31 January will be as follows:
1.At 15H00 all assemble outside the church at Ngovhela and receive a message from Blessed Benedict Daswa.
2.All enter the church for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration;
3.Priests are also available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this time.
4.Exposition closes with the Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Anyone wishing to remain in the Church for quiet prayer after 6.00pm will be free to do so
THE FEAST DAY of BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA takes place ON WEDNESDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2017 in GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH at NGOVHELA in the Parish of Thohoyandou.
The programme of worship will be as follows:
7.00am to 9.00am* Veneration of the Relics of Bl Benedict Daswa
9.00am to 11.00am Eucharistic Celebration of the Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa
11.00am to 12 noon Veneration of the Relics of Bl Benedict Daswa
*During the Veneration of Relics priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
AN EXPLANATION of worship on the eve of the feast day.
From 3.00pm to 6.00pm on Tuesday 31 January, people are invited to spend a period of silent adoration, prayer and reflection in the Church. This period of immediate preparation for the Feast on 1 February will be a time of grace, reconciliation and healing.
Before entering the Church, all will receive from Blessed Benedict Daswa a short, personal message inviting them to live more deeply the Gospel call of loving kindness and mercy.
On entering the Church,people will be encouraged to spend time in silent adoration and prayerful reflection before Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. During this quiet time,they can read the message, ponder it in their hearts and ask Jesus how he wants them to live this message in their daily lives.This atmosphere of prayerful silence will offer all the opportunity of listening to Jesus speaking in their hearts,and of having a heart-to-heart chat with Him about their lives, hopes, fears,deep longings and needs.
Throughout this quiet time, priests will be available for those wishing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This graced invitation is a precious opportunity to receive from Jesus’ Sacred Heart the forgiving and healing touch of His loving kindness and mercy. Jesus’ Heart will be there longing to pour out on all who come to Him, the grace of passing on to others His gift of loving kindness and mercy.
After receiving this Sacrament of God’s loving kindness and mercy, all will be encouraged to spend some quiet time thanking Blessed Bendict for the example of his holy life, and asking for his prayers and help in living more faithfully the gift of God’s loving kindness and mercy.
Exposition will close with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Anyone wishing to remain in the Church for quiet prayer after 6.00pm will be free to do so.