Acornhoek

ACORNHOEK
Parish

Comboni Missionaries

P.O Box 1324

1380 HOEDSPRUIT

tel +27 13 795 0610

Email: parish@radioactivewifi.co.za

The Parish was founded by the Comboni Missionaries in October 1954, dedicated to Maria Assunta.

Fr. Aldrin Janito

Fr. Ricardo De Sousa Borges

Palm Sunday Celebrations:
St. Francis' Catholic Church, Thulamashe, Acornhoek Parish, Witbank Diocese

LENTEN OBSERVANCE 2021 –
ACORNHOEK PARISH, WITBANK DIOCESE
 
Last February 20, 2021 a few Good Men of the parish showed up to trim the grass around the compound of the Parish as part of their Lenten exercises.
Being part of the “Good Team” means being a Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Simply showing mercy to those in need. And this time, the nearest neighbour who is in need is the Parish. After a hard days work, everyone sat down to celebrate the birthdays of Fr. Anthony Mkhari, Mr. Million Mnisi and Nandipa Mathebula. Sir Kgau said, “it was work and fun, let’s do it again.” This coming Saturday more men will be contacted to finish the remaining work.

MARIA ASSUMPTA PARISH, ACORNHOEK COMMEMORATES
POLICE DAY 2021

Every year, Maria Assumpta Parish celebrates Police Day by inviting Men and Women in uniform at St. Francis Catholic Church, Thulamahashe for a day of prayer and appreciation for the many sacrifices they have made.

This year, the event didn’t materialize due to the high rising COVID-19 infections around Bushbuckridge Municipality. In fact, several Government offices were closed down due to infections. And Mhala Police Station was not spared.

As front-liners, the Parish salutes all men and women in blue of Bushbuckridge Municipality for risking their lives to fight crime, curb gender based violence and managing the unnecessary inflow of people attending funerals around the area.

Today, Justice and Peace Commission represented by Mr. George Malamule and Erick Nkuna, together with Frs. Aldrin and Ricardo, assisted by the LPC Chairperson of Thulamahashe, Mr. Arab Ndlovu, hand over boxes of Masks, Sanitising liquid and PMS calendars to the office of Station Commander, Col. J.T. Ngwenya, Mhala Police Station, Thulamahashe. He was delighted with our presence and support.

Lastly, as a Parish we would like to commend all our Catholic Police men and women especially Constable Elizabeth Mzimba who got infected in the line of duty. After a week, through prayers and words of encouragement from the parishioners, she managed to recover.     

Prepared by Frs. Aldrin and Ricardo

February 9, 2021 

Bishop Teddy Kumalo took possession of
the Diocese of Witbank on the 18th of January 2021

Workshop on Gender Based Violence (GBV):

Workshop on Gender Based Violence (GBV): ​

Last November 14, 2020, the Association of St. Joseph of the Maria Assumpta Parish gathered at the Parish compound for a day of reflection and prayer on the issue of Gender Based-Violence.  Fourteen heads of families discussed the matter animated by Fr. Aldrin. He presented information secured from www.gov.za on Gender Based Violence and Femicide Declaration and www.tears.co.za a leading anti-sexual violence organization in South Africa.

Fr. Aldrin managed to gather testimonies directly from victims of rape and physical abuse around the Parish. Head of families were taken by surprise that this evil is not from a distant place of the country, it is taking place, right here in our parish area. Anger and disbelief prevailed in the hearts of the participants. A prayer was offered for the victims spent in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

After hearing the sad and painful testimonies of the victims of the parish, heads of families formulated an open letter to be circulated and to be read in all Local Christian Communities, circulated via social media for awareness campaign with the intention to educate and warn parents and families to look after their children and help educate and protect them from possible rape and physical abuse.  

Last November 14, 2020, the Association of St. Joseph of the Maria Assumpta Parish gathered at the Parish compound for a day of reflection and prayer on the issue of Gender Based-Violence.  Fourteen heads of families discussed the matter animated by Fr. Aldrin. He presented information secured from www.gov.za on Gender Based Violence and Femicide Declaration and www.tears.co.za a leading anti-sexual violence organization in South Africa.

Fr. Aldrin managed to gather testimonies directly from victims of rape and physical abuse around the Parish. Head of families were taken by surprise that this evil is not from a distant place of the country, it is taking place, right here in our parish area. Anger and disbelief prevailed in the hearts of the participants. A prayer was offered for the victims spent in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

After hearing the sad and painful testimonies of the victims of the parish, heads of families formulated an open letter to be circulated and to be read in all Local Christian Communities, circulated via social media for awareness campaign with the intention to educate and warn parents and families to look after their children and help educate and protect them from possible rape and physical abuse.