Our Lady Help Of Christians Catholic Church

Our Lady Help Of Christians Catholic Church

310 Iman Haron Road, Lansdowne, 7780
Tel No: (021) 696 2904,  Fax No: (021) 696 2904,  email: info@olhc.co.za

Ottery Chapel, 1st Floor,  cnr of Enslin and Sauer Streets, Ottery 

Upcoming PPC nominations and elections

15 July 2022


Synod Exhortation and Flyer for PPC Nominations

Dear Bishops, Fathers, Reverend Deacons, and PPC Chairpersons Synod Exhortation

At the Mass for the closing of the diocesan phase of the synod on 25 June

2022, Archbishop Stephen handed over an exhortation which he asked to be published in every parish. Those parishes represented at the Mass will have received their laminated A3 poster. There are posters for every Mass centre in the Archdiocese, and communities which are predominantly Xhosa-speaking have been given posters in isiXhosa and English.


If your parish or Mass centre has not yet received a laminated A3 poster of the Archbishop’s synod exhortation, please make arrangements to pick up your copy or copies from Coral Fisher at the Chancery. You find a digital copy of the exhortation for you to publish on your website and Facebook page, or send out via WhatsApp and email, at the following link: https://adct.org.za/synod-2021-2023/


Parish Pastoral Council Nominations

As you know most parishes are currently busy with nominations for the parish pastoral council elections or will be starting soon. To help with this process we have designed a flyer and a poster which can be printed out and distributed in your parish or sent out via social media, to help parishioners understand where the nomination process is headed. Please see these attached to this communication. These are in colour and black and white, to take into account printing needs. There are smaller files and bigger files, depending on whether you wish to print in high resolution or send out via email and social media.

Just a reminder of the proposed timeline for PPC Elections this year:

June – July:                            

Period of educating parishioners about parish leadership

Middle to end of July:             

Nomination process in parishes August – September:                                             

Publishing of nominations in parishes 

Beginning of October:                                             

Parish Pastoral Council Elections

Middle to end of October:      First PPC Meetings to elect office-bearers 

5 November:   APC Meeting for all new PPC Chairpersons


Best wishes for this process in your parishes. In Christ,

Fr Zane Godwin

Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Development – Archdiocese of Cape Town fr.zane@adct.org.za




  The Joy of Giving and Receiving

On the morning of 11 June the excited anticipation of the 75 girls and young ladies was crackling in the air like electricity!

Hosting the girls from various children’s homes and places of safety around Cape Town was made possible by the generous donations of our parishioners, family and friends.

The Savio hall was outfitted like a boutique with rails of clothing, shoes, underwear, accessories, cosmetics and toiletries.

The girls each received a booklet of vouchers to ‘shop’ and boy did they shop!! 

Shopping assistants were on hand to assist the girls with their purchases and in the fitting rooms.

Entertainment in the courtyard was provided by Bernadette Adams (aka Phoenix) giving the girls time to relax,socialize andshow iff their purchases. Lunch and snacks were served afterwards and before they knew it, it was time to say goodbye. Girls were sad to leave but excited to get back to their homes so that the modeling shows can start!!

The simple act of being able to choose an item of clothing for yourself – something we take for granted – brought so much joy we can’t even begin to comprehend.

Thank you to:
• the directors of the children’s homes and places of safety for allowing the girls and young ladies to participate in this event
• OLHC Parishioners for their generous donations
• Bernadette Adams aka Phoenix for the wonderful entertainment
• the parishioners, family and friends who assisted with the preparation of the clothing, setting up and then dismantling and cleaning up after the event
• the catering team
• everyone who assisted with transportation



New Synod Hall

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Dear brothers and sisters,

Thank you for being here for the opening of the Synod.  You have come by many different roads and from different Churches, each bearing your own questions and hopes.  I am certain the Spirit will guide us and give us the grace to move forward together, to listen to one another and to embark on a discernment of the times in which we are living, in solidarity with the struggles and aspirations of all humanity.  I want to say again that the Synod is not a parliament or an opinion poll; the Synod is an ecclesial event and its protagonist is the Holy Spirit.  If the Spirit is not present, there will be no Synod.

The full address may be read at the following link: ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ON OPENING OF THE SYNOD 9 OCTOBER 2021 

Please join us as we pray that the Holy Spirit may guide us and the Church during this time of moving forward together.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.

And kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And you will renew the face of the earth.

Father, pour out your Spirit upon Your Church

And grant us a new vision of your glory,

A new experience of your power,

A new faithfulness to your Word,

And a new consecration to your service

So that your love may grow among us,

And your kingdom come.

Through Christ our Lord.


Mary, Mother of the Church,

Pray for us.

Communion / Participation / Mission

Pope Francis has inaugurated the path towards the Synod of Synodality. The video in the link below, put together by the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, features Sr Hermenegild Makoro CPS and young lawyer, Noluthando Honono. Take a moment to view it as they share, in simple terms, what Synodality means for them.

To view the view, please click on the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdkG2-JXKas




Quick links:Mass Times 
Salesian Missions of Don Bosco:http://www.salesianmissions.co.za/
Archdiocese of Cape Town:http://adct.org.za/

Devotion to Mary Help of Christians

Devotion to Mary Help of Christians was spread far and wide through the work of St John Bosco and continues today. The Salesian family knows and calls on Mary, Help of Christians as its principal patroness. The feast is celebrated on  May 24th.


O Mary Help of Christians, our Mother, we pray to you; as you guided and helped St John Bosco, continue today to protect each one of us, our families and our young.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried,  and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Child Safeguarding Policy

Archdiocese Child Safeguarding Panel: Child Safeguarding Officer: Michael Baker.

Tel: 082 493 8493. Email: childsafeguarding@adct.org.za;
Assistant Child Safeguarding Officers: John Sheraton (021 705 5131 (h), 083 277 7999); and Bernadette Ross (061 052 3650)

Child Safeguarding Contact Persons: 

Jane Payne. Tel: 082 421 4618. Email: jane@homefromhome.org.za
Koleka Lubelwana. Tel: 082 887 7827. Email: kolekaj@gmail.com
Suzanne Duncan. Tel: 082 581 2890. Email: duncan.suzanne1@gmail.com

OLHC Parish Contact: Natalie Simons. Tel: 021 683 3784 / 071 330 1818.  Email: jssimons@telkomsa.net