About the Parish
Our Parish is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast is commemorated on 8 December each year. The celebration of Mary’s conception has a long and interesting history in the Church. While Mary’s Immaculate Conception was already popular tradition and belief among Catholic scholars and clergy, it wasn’t until 1854, when Pope Pius IX published Ineffabilis Deus, that the doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception became official Church dogma. Pope Pius IX also fully defined the dogma which, prior to Ineffabilis Deus, existed in many different forms throughout the universal church. The Immaculate Conception is not the celebration of Jesus’ conception by the Holy Spirit, nor is it the miracle of the virgin birth. The Immaculate Conception refers wholly to Mary’s conception without the stain of original sin. In Pope Pius IX th words, the Blessed Virgin Mary “in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.” Through Baptism, we remove the stain of original sin , but this stain was never on Mary’s soul. It was excluded entirely. She was created as Adam and Eve were, without original sin. In fact Mary is known as the new or second Eve, who became mother to the new Adam, the Saviour of all humankind.
Our Parish Priest is Father Thabo Motshegoa a little bit about him:
Fr Thabo was born in Meadowlands, Soweto on the 17 December 1969. He went to school at St Matthew in Rockville, Soweto. He began his priestly formation at St Paul Hammanskraal in 1992, philosophy at St Peters between 1993 and 1994, and theology at St John Vianney from 1995 to 1999. He was ordained to priesthood by Bishop Reginald Orsmond on the 11-12-1999 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Appointed Secretary and Chancellor of the Archdiocese in January 2000 and parish of St Angela, Dobsonville 16 August 2002-2006, St Peters Kagiso 2004-2006, St Albert Vosloorus from 2009 August to 2011, Administrator of the Cathedral of Christ the King 2012 to present. Received a License in Canon Law from Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. Episcopal Vicar for Vocations, Judge in the marriage tribunal, chairperson of the Interdiocesan professional conduct of Johannesburg, Member of the college of Consultors, member of the Council of Priests.