St Joseph’s – Cedara Outreach
Inspired by the Gospel values, St Joseph – Cedara leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in our community and also at the direction of Cardinal Wilfred Napier, Parishes in the Archdiocese of Durban are obliged to become actively involved in the problems facing modern day South Africa, namely those of Unemployment, Poverty and AIDS
Our Parish advertise in notice board and catholic link where people with available skills can advertise their services and likewise, people in need of care and comfort can have their details displayed. People wanting to make use of this service can contact Mike O’Connor
To ensure the success of the program, our parish had to appoint a Outreach Portfolio Head(Mxolisi Ngcobo) who is also the member of Pastoral Parish Council and a "Outreach Co-ordinator" (Catherine De Klerk)whose job it is to interact with the various groups and individuals in the Parish and people and organisations in need.
The Home Visitation program was established to bring the “Bread of Life” to those who are housebound and also to bring a friendly visitor to offer a time of companionship and caring. The volunteers arrange the date and time of the visit with the parish and non-parish members. The format follows the guidelines in a booklet designed for Ministers of the Eucharist”.
During the course of the year, there are many special events that offer parishioners a chance to share bread and fellowship in a social setting. These events include: Barn Dance, Parish breakfast, youth cross visitation, Paschal Meal.
There is a group of individuals who have volunteered to pray for the needs of the parishioners. These people pray in their own way (Mass, Rosary, Stations of the Cross or silent prayers) or perform acts of sacrifice for the intentions phoned or emailed into the Prayer Chain. Requesters’ intentions should reflect serious needs (i.e. grave illness, surgery, job loss, family distress, injury due to an accident or death).
Prayer requests are distributed to the volunteers by means of an advert on the Catholic Link, telephone and e-mail distribution list.
Nhlalakahle Community and Crèche
Our parish is surrounded by the poor community of Nhlalakahle which is a very small village with not more than 30 families. In this village most people are unemployed and most homes are being headed by children who are orphans and have no idea of where their next meal will come from. The parish sponsors the community with self-help projects like community garden where through pastoral care funds, seeds and tools are bought for the use in the garden that was donated by the Oblates Community. Two ladies from the community decided to start a self-help scheme in form of a crèche whereby small children get to attend for free. This project is fully supported by our parish in terms of training the two teachers, cooking lunch for the kids and supplying the crèche with toys, books etc.
Cash donations are also accepted for pastoral care fund. Blankets, jerseys and warm clothes are colleted each year to be distributed to the needy children of Nhlalakahle.
"For I was hungry and you gave me food...thirsty and you gave me drink...
A stranger and you welcomed me...naked and you clothed me... (Matthew 25)