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Ukunakekela • Imfundo • Umphakathi
Emmanuel Cathedral, Denis Hurley Street,
Durban 4001, South Africa
On Thursday May 30, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier signed a letter of appointment of GVK, the contractor who successfully bid to construct the Denis Hurley Centre. Work will start in the next few weeks with over 80% of the funds already secured. During the 15‐month construction period our fund‐raising teams and our many friends and associates will work hard to make sure that the building project is fully funded.
GVK, the well‐known South African construction company, was selected by the adjudication panel from the original field of ten companies who collected the bid documents on the 19th of April. The bids were very competitive and prices were close to our June 2011 cost estimates. Before the new building starts to take shape there is a great deal of preparatory work to be done – cladding the cathedral walls, relocating some of the traders and taxi ranks and demolishing the Parish Centre. During the demolition, some of the materials will be carefully preserved for use in the new building.
MGR. NADAL WALKS THE TALK!
Monsignor Paul Nadal has almost completed his 300km pilgrimage walk to Santiago de Compostela ‐ a sponsored walk for the Denis Hurley Centre. We will welcome him back and celebrate his 81st birthday at the Gala Dinner on 21 June at the DLI Hall, Greyville Race Course at 5.30 for 6.00p.m. Many thanks to those who have already sponsored Monsignor for their generous support. For details on how it is still possible to sponsor his walk and also to attend the Gala Dinner. Phone Paddy on 031‐2013832/072‐8064417. If you would like to welcome Monsignor back from his sterling effort on our behalf, be at King Shaka Airport at 5.15p.m. on 6 June.
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FAREWELL TO THE PARISH CENTRE
Over the weekend of 11 and 12 May the Emmanuel Cathedral Parish said its official farewell to the Parish Centre which will make way for the Denis Hurley Centre. After each Mass, hundreds of people processed around the building, following Father Stephen sprinkling holy water. Hymns of thanksgiving were sung and vuvuzelas blown (inspired by the story about the walls of Jericho, see Joshua 6!). No walls collapsed, but maybe they will be more ready to do so when the sledge hammers appear. Parishioners had an opportunity to write “graffiti of gratitude” on the outside walls and to pay a last visit to a building that has seen a huge range of events of all kinds from catechism classes to dances, from prayer to parties, from refugee accommodation to all‐night vigils, from illegal night schools to karate classes, from clinic and feeding scheme to sodality meetings. The youth had great fun a week later spray painting graffiti all around the Parish Centre hall.
VISIONING THE FUTURE
This is a good time to think about the long‐term future of this precious community facility in an area of great poverty. On 25 May 30 parishioners from a wide range of groups came together in the Surat Building (where all parish activities are temporarily housed) to look at what the Centre will be like five years from now. With the skilled facilitation of Davine Thaw they worked in groups to draw their response to the question: “What will you SEE, what will you HEAR, what will it FEEL LIKE to be in the Centre?” Most striking was the strong emphasis that everyone must feel welcome in this building, and that it must change lives of dependency to self‐sufficiency. Time was also given for surfacing questions people have about the project. Some answers could be given directly, but others need more thought and discussion. Thanks, Davine – you’ve got this long‐term strategic planning off to a great start.
www.denishurleycentre.org | Contact Person: Paddy Kearney | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: +27 31 201‐3832 | Cell: +27 72 806‐4417
P.S We have just received the following message from Monsignor Paul Nadal :
Arrived In Santiago de Compostela. Tired but still in one piece.