Dear Brother Bishops
Blessings of peace and courage for this new year in the Lord Jesus.
Re:Prayer Vigil for the Cause of Servant of God Benedict Daswa at Mater Dei Pastoral Centre near Mokopane in the Diocese of Polokwane beginning on Saturday 15th February at 6 pm and ending on Sunday morning at 6 am.
The Diocese of Tzaneen is inviting all Catholics from Southern Africa to a Vigil of Prayer with Holy Mass for the cause of the Servant of God Benedict Daswa who we believe is a martyr of the Church.The Prayer Vigil and Mass will be held at Mater Dei Pastoral Centre near Mokopane in the Diocese of Polokwane beginning on Saturday 15 th February at 6 pm and ending on Sunday morning at 6 am.
The programme for the Vigil will include a Drama on the martyrdom of Benedict Daswa,personal testimonies by family members and friends who knew Benedict Daswa,highlights of his life with reflections on the importance of his life for our times and prayers will include exposition of Blessed Sacrament with Holy Rosary meditations on the mysteries of Light in relation to different aspects of Benedict Daswa’s life.The Eucharist will focus on the prophetic spirit in the life of Benedict Daswa. The collection taken up during the Holy Mass will be for the support of the cause.It is our conviction that God will answer the prayers we raise for the success of the cause.
For this reason we are also encouraging Catholics to pray the special Novena Prayer beginning on Thursday 6th February until Friday 14 February ie nine consecutive days of prayer before the Vigil. Perhaps parishes could include this prayer during the prayers of the faithful in the celebration of the Eucharist.I have attached a copy of the main novena prayer.The novena prayer booklets are available from Tzaneen Diocese at R5 each.It can also be downloaded from the website http://benedictdaswa.org.za/
If you have any questions about Mater Dei Pastoral Centre and wish to communicate with the Brother Raul who will be in charge of the centre during the vigil or if you need more information about Polokwane Diocese, please contact the following numbers: The contact number of the Secretary of the Bishop of Polokwane, Oupa Koma, is Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 0721591077 Bishop’s Office No: 015 2958156 or 015 2958152 Contact numbers for the Mater Dei Pastoral Centre:Bro. Raul at Mater Dei: 0603855455 ; or 0769615678; Mater Dei Office: 015 491 5641. Attached is information on how to get to Mater Dei Pastoral Centre by car.
Please pass on this information to all the parishes in your diocese and archdioceses.We would like to know if there are any groups from your diocese participating in the Prayer Vigil.We would also like you dear brother bishop to attend this Vigil.
God bless you and may you travel safely to Swaziland.
+ Joao Rodrigues
Diocese of Tzaneen