Dear Monsignor / Rev. Father / Deacon / Religious / Brothers and Sisters
On the 22nd June 2022, Dr Mathume Joseph Phaahla, the Minister of Health, repealed all remaining COVID-19 regulations, but this does not mean that the pandemic has ended.
Although the wearing of masks and social distancing will no longer be compulsory in most indoor settings including our churches, as an act of true charity out of concern for others, let us remain vigilant when we gather for Holy Mass and all other Liturgical celebration.
At the same time, I take this opportunity to express profound thanks to each and every one of you, for coming together as Catholics in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg and responding in a positive life giving manner, by adhering to the COVID-19 regulations.
Please continue to pray for those most affected by the COVID-19 virus, especially those who have suffered economic hardship and the loss of a loved one during this time of the pandemic.
In virtue of our authority, and according to the norms of canon 515 & 2 of the code of Canon Law, we hereby constitute the community of the faithful living within the hereafter defined territory as a separate parish under the patronage of Saith Therese.
1. The territory assigned to the parish is bounded by the following:
To the North – Our Lady of Loreto, Kempton Park.
To the South – Saint Joseph, Primrose.
To the East – Our Lady of Fatima, Brentwood Park.
To the West – Our Lady of the Wayside, Maryvale.
2. All Catholics residing within this territory are hereby subject to the authority of the parish priest and they shall regards him as their proper pastor.
3. The Parisj of Saint Therese, Edenvale has juridicial personality. The parish will be subject to all archdiocesan regulations and statuses
We ask Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, the Patron of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, to watch over this communiity, to strenghten it in its zeal for the faith, and to help all its members come to a deeper and fuller living of Christian Life.
4. This decree will take effect as of 24 September 2021, on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy.
Sworn at Chancery offices, Johannesburg this day of August 26th 2021, under our seal and contersignature of our chancellor.