This year the Diocesan Priests Retreat, held at Mariannhill from 5-10 October, was given by Fr. Bob Jones SVD and was called an Earthen Vessel retreat.
The hills were alive with the “sound of music” and joy as hundreds of parishioners of St Peter’s Montebello and Outstations gathered on Saturday 9th June for the celebration of the Eucharist and the blessing of the new Grotto.
After a joyful and vibrant participation of the Eucharist, some Sisters from the parish were thanked and given gifts by the parish as were a family who presented the parish with the gift of a cow, and also Deacon Antonius Zama and his son who built the Grotto.
Bishop Barry Wood OMI was the main celebrant assisted by Fr Nkosi Sithole, Fr David Sithole and Fr Brian Duffey OMI. After Mass the celebrants and parishioners proceeded to the grotto for the blessing. Bishop Barry blessed the grotto and then joined the parishioners in the hall for a thanksgiving dinner.
It was remarked that a former parish priest Fr. D.J. Carr OMI would be smiling in heaven as he had a great devotion to Our Lady. Each time when he was out walking and he passed a statue of Mary, he would stop, raise his hat, say a short prayer and then continue.
We thank Fr Nkosi Sithole for his initiative in building the wonderful grotto and may it be a place of prayer and healing for the whole parish and beyond.