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Message Of Hope July 2021


Comboni Missionaries

P.O Box 1324


tel +27 13 795 0610


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

Fr. Francisco de Medeiros

Fr. Endrias Shamena Keriba

Fr. Ronald Alionzi

Mother's Day Celebration

Maria Assumpta Parish, Acornhoek, Witbank Diocese celebrates Mother's Day. Finally, after a year of lockdown the women of the parish gathered to pay tribute to all mothers of the Parish for their faith dedication, and endurance. The day started with a Holy Mass presided by Fr Endrias Keriba followed by a series of talks and testimonies of women drawn out from their life experiences. After which food was provided and shared by all. The Parish is grateful to all the Women Leaders of the Parish, Sodalities, Groups and Associations for making this event a memorable one.

Heads of families from Maria Assumpta Parish celebrating the launching of the Year of St. Joseph, Patron of the Church at Maria Trost, Lydenburg, graced by the presence of Bishop Thaddeus Xolelo Kumalo, Bishop of Witbank Diocese, May 1, 2021.


It is with deep gratitude to God that we announce the arrival of
Fr. Endrias Shamena Keriba among us. He has been assigned to Acornhoek Community.

Palm Sunday Celebrations:
St. Francis' Catholic Church, Thulamashe, 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.


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):

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 on Gender Based Violence and Femicide Declaration and 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.